Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula
A little under 2 hours south of Port Hughes you’ll find the Innes National Park
Explore spectacular Innes National Park where you can see emus, kangaroos and tammar wallabies in the wild.
You may even see some dolphins, seals or whales swimming by! Visit a real ghost town, explore one of the many walking trails, hug a lighthouse or see the Ethel Shipwreck.
Visit the ghost town of Inneston, an old township within Innes National Park that was once home to 200 people. In its heyday it was completely self-sufficient, with its own school, post office, bakery, general store, and tennis court. You can even rent one of the renovated heritage cottages and stay the night.
- Follow the old wooden railway line on the Thomson/Pfitzner Plaster Trail Hike starting from Inneston or Stenhouse Bay. There are signs along the way that tell the history of the trail
- Step back in time and learn about the historic Inneston Village and the gypsum mining era on the Inneston Historic Walk
- Head to the Inneston Lake in the heart of Innes National Park. This is one of the very few places in the world where stromatelites grow! They are very rare marine growths, similar to coral, that are built by algae and sediment
- Get a bird’s eye view at the West Cape lookout which boasts a 360 degree view of the national park. On a clear day you can even see Kangaroo Island. This is a great spot for a picnic, complete with sheltered picnic tables with views across to Pondalowie Bay
- See the ruins of the Ethel shipwreck on Ethel Beach that was wrecked in 1904
- Catch a wave and go body boarding at Pondalowie Bay
- Visit West Cape or Cape Spencer lighthouse, or hit the trail on one of the many walks within the park
- Camp under millions of stars at one of Innes National Parks campgrounds
Whatever you do, you’ll be made very welcome on Yorke Peninsula!