Walks in the Port Hughes and Moonta region


Port Hughes Coastal Trail mapPort Hughes Coastal Trail

Named after Captain Walter Hughes who held the pastoral lease of the area, Port Hughes was laid out by survey as a port and township in 1863. Follow the Port Hughes Coastal Trail along the coast and discover some of the secrets of Port Hughes’ colourful past!


Port Hughes to Moonta Bay Walk

As part of the Port Hughes Coastal Trail, you can walk further to Moonta Bay.

  • Time: 45 minutes (one way) or 1 hour 30 minutes (return)
  • Distance: 3km (one way)

Port Hughes Jetty: Have a healthy meal at the pub or café or enjoy the playground. Drinking fountain, car park, toilets, and boat ramp are also nearby if needed.

Moonta Bay Jetty: Enjoy cafes and restaurants, playground, drinking fountain, public toilets, car park, a pontoon for safe swimming, and the all famous Splash Town!

Port Hughes to Moonta Bay Walk – pdf


Moonta Historic Town Walk

Starting and finishing at the Moonta Town Hall, the Moonta Historic Town Walk takes about 1 hour. The self guided walk showcases many of Moonta’s shops, hotels, banks, post office, meeting halls and several houses. Most were erected between 1863 and 1875 and many have retained their authentic shop fronts and verandas.

Moonta Historic Town Walk – pdf


Moonta Mines Walking Trails

Discover the history of this copper mining region via three marked trails which form the Moonta Mines Walking Trails. Ryans Walk is a short walk of about 500 metres. Hancocks Walk, from the miner’s cottage or sweet shop, is approximately 45 minutes return. Hughes Walk is a short loop around historic Hughes Engine House and takes about 1 hour. More information is available from the Moonta Tourist Office or the Moonta Mines Museum.

Moonta Mines Walking Trails – pdf


Balgowan To Moonta Bay

Distance: 41.1km (10 hours)

Following the shared trail north from Balgowan, cyclists & walkers head past Tiparra Rocks, The Bamboos and on to The Gap in the first part of this section of Walk The Yorke.  There are several camping spots along this stretch of coastline, and it is a great spot to get away from it all. More >


Walk The Yorke

With more than 500 kilometres of continuous shared walking & cycling leisure trail, you can explore Yorke Peninsula’s coastline from Port Wakefield to Moonta Bay.

With coastal trails & town walks, Walk the Yorke showcases Yorke Peninsula’s spectacular coastline, diverse coastal communities and environments unique to ‘Yorkes’.

Choose from short walks or a day walk, or why not try a multi-day walk?  The hero walks of Walk The Yorke are those recommended by the designers and developers of this 500km trail, and have some of the best scenery & walking experiences.

Walk the Yorke Leisure Trail Map – pdf

Thanks to Yorke Peninsula Tourism