Thursday, April 24, 2014

Yorke Peninsula, S.A.

Due to the, not unexpected, influx of Easter and School Term Holiday travellers to The Yorke Peninsula, we opted to make camp behind the Town Hall at the small town of Bute. In reality, we weren't left with many options as all the seaside camps were booked out! The beaut little town of Bute is situated in the central north of The Yorke Peninsula. By using Bute as a base camp we could drive in any direction to explore the peninsula.

The first day out took us to Port Broughton on the North West Coast. This is quite a picturesque seaside village. One thing I noticed was a newly constructed Nursing Home for the Elderly on the fringes of the town, only about 1 km further along the road is the town cemetery - moving the oldies out of town gradually! But not too subtly.

Further south along the west coast was the Port town of Wallaroo. Not an overly scenic town but there is a small sandy beach beside the Grain Loading wharf. Also at Wallaroo you will find the remains of the Old Copper Smelter adjacent to the port area but for some reason tourists cannot access the area as it is fenced off. It is not possible to take satisfactory photographs of the area. Go Figure!

Another day saw us travelling south along the East Coast of the peninsula. First town we approached was Androssan. Here the coastline is high cliffs. We continued south and arrived in Port Vincent for lunch. The town was bustling with holiday makers. Our return route took us through the towns of Minlaton and Maitland located on the Central Peninsula. The entire peninsula is almost entirely cropping with the seaside towns supporting ship loading terminals for the grain, fishing industries and general aquatic pastimes.

On a third days' touring, we drove to the west coast again. Passing through Kadina and Moonta, the first stop was Moonta Bay. This is a beautiful, scenic small town with sandy beaches and a large boat ramp area. After a walk around the beach area at Moonta Bay we drove the short distance (3 km) to the adjacent Port Hughes. We noticed some vacancies in the very exposed caravan park here. Travelling back towards Bute we stopped at Moonta for lunch and to purchase groceries for the caravan as we plan to travel northwards in the morning.

Our camp site for the Easter Period behind the Town Hall in Bute. There is a camper trailer beyond or camp and we had other campers for various lengths of time.

The main street of Bute with the RSL Club and the front of The Town Hall. Behind where I am standing is the IGA Store.

On the drive to Port Broughton we spotted this unusual roadside display in front of a farm house.

A very picturesque beach and jetty precinct at Port Broughton.

A grand old Hotel on the Main Street of Port Broughton.

The Town Hall and Memorial Arch in Wallaroo.

The main street shopping of Wallaroo.

The Wallaroo Lighthouse with the Nautical Museum in the background.

The Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum.

The Pier and Port Area of Wallaroo.

Cliff top foreshore at Androssan with the Grain Terminal in the background.

Busy main street of Androssan with plenty of tourists strolling the street.

Port Vincent seaside with a Caravan Park in the background.

Foreshore Kiosk at Port Vincent.

The beach area at Port Vincent, looking north.

Moonta Bay Jetty looking back towards the town.

The same jetty looking over the sand flats at low tide.

A stoney beach at Port Hughes.

The car park picnic area at Port Hughes with a jetty in the background. The very exposed Caravan Park is behind and above me as I take this photograph.

Many of the buildings in Moonta Township are Heritage Listed.

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