Yorke Peninsula Day 3-4 East Coast

We left Mallala early to escape the Anzac Day Football crowds and headed off towards Ardrossan on the North Eastern end of the peninsula. This seemed like a busy holiday town and the caravan park had them packed in like sardines. 

We were quite surprised by the absence of sandy beaches here, the shoreline has cliffs and the beaches are rocky. At low tide there are big mud flats which are great for exploring and catching crabs but not much good for swimming.

After spending a bit of time wandering around the jetty area we decided to head off further South. 

Picture

 
 
Picture

 
Picture

 
Picture

 
Picture

 
Picture

 
​We eventually found a great camp spot at Port Julia, lots of room with separate caravan spots, toilets and distant sea view all for the princely sum of $7 per site. The only downfall is that there is no fresh water but we can top up in the next town using the 25L container. We are walking distance from the beach and there is a little jetty where the squid were biting. One of the guys pulled out a huge one, but the majority were much smaller.
Picture

 
Picture

 
Picture

 
Picture

 
Picture

 
Picture

 
There are walking trails on either side of the town along the top of the small cliffs that seem to exist all along this part of the coast.

We were most surprised to find a set of green couches in one of the few bits of sandy beach. Given the goat track down to the beach carrying those couches would have taken some effort, but the view was great!

Picture

 
Picture

 

Day 4

Another beautiful morning and unseasonally warm weather in the high 20’s. Went for a long walk this morning to the north of the township. Most of the beaches turn into tidal mudflats at low tide and there are lots of interesting things to look at. There are many very large mussels (razorfish) that dig into the sand and stick out at low tide, some are 10 to 12 inches long. Apparently they are great to eat and taste like scallops only better but given that I hate seafood we did not collect any.

One of the locals warned us that often the poisenous blue ringed octopus lives inside the razorfish shells so care is required to collect them.

Picture

 
Picture

 
We also found some other strange things on the beach such as an old cart that seems to have crashed a long time ago.
Picture

 
In the afternoon we headed off to Port Vincent down the road to visit the supermarket and get some shower water. Very pretty place but a strange combination of yuppie and filthy (Alan reported a turd on the floor of the toilets!) and the caravan park again would have made sardines claustrophobic. We completed out chores and were happy to return to our luxury setup for a shower and dinner.
Picture

 
Picture

 
Picture
This entry was posted in SA Yorke Peninsula, Tales of a Blonde Nomad.

    Subscribe to the Tales of a Blonde Nomad

    New subscribers receive a free download of one of my landscape or nature images.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*