Book holiday accommodation in Port Vincent on Australia’s Yorke Peninsula
The stunning Yorke Peninsula, south of Adelaide, has more than 700km of stunning coastline to explore and one of the peninsula’s loveliest towns is Port Vincent.
Its sheltered bay and all-year-round sunshine has made Port Vincent a popular destination for travellers, both from Australia and worldwide, and the town provides a wide variety of holiday accommodation to suit all budgets.
Within easy driving reach of Adelaide, Port Vincent is a fine base from which to explore the Yorke Peninsula or to simply chill out by the beach.
Kick back and relax
The Yorke Peninsula has been home to the Narungga people for thousands of years with European settlers moving into the region in the early 19th century. The renowned explore Captain Matthew Flinders named the distinctive boot-shaped peninsula after the then First Lord of the Admiralty.
Port Vincent is one of the most popular towns, situated on the southeast coast of the peninsula with excellent fishing, boating and sailing facilities. The quiet bay on which it sits has beautiful beaches that are perfect for families as the waters are safe for swimming and with many holiday rentals, including self-contained accommodation, to select from, you’re sure to find the perfect stay for you.
The waters of Gulf St Vincent are on the east of the peninsula with Spencer Gulf on the west so – naturally – seafood is one of the local specialities. Those who like to fish should head for the historic wharf to catch blue swimmer crabs, mullet, salmon, bream or squid, or you can even dive for scallops.
And if that all seems a little too much like hard work, just tuck into the freshest fish and chips on the shore and watch the dolphins playing in the surf.
Port Vincent has a stunning marina and boat hire is available for those looking for their own adventure on the high seas. An even greater adventure comes from exploring some of the many wreck sites off the coast – dive trips are available to explore the sunken vessels or if you’d prefer your history on dry land, local museums tell the story of this exciting coastline.
Step back in time
The Yorke Peninsula can boast some interesting towns and attractions, and if you can tear yourself away from the relaxing vibe of Port Vincent and your top-quality holiday accommodation, there is plenty to explore.
Head for Minlaton, dubbed the “barley capital of Australia” because of the abundant crop the area produces – barley from here is said to be present in every beer produced in Oz. Here you will also find the only original Red Devil Bristol monoplane left in the world, flown by aviation pioneer Captain Harry Butler in the first airmail flight fro Adelaide to the Yorke Peninsula in 1919.
In odd numbered years – the next is in 2013 – the Copper Coast Cornish Festival, known as Kernewek Lowender, takes place in the historic copper mining towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo. Traditional Cornish activities, far from their origins, are held over a week of festivities.
Head for the wilderness of Innes National Park, on the southern edge of the peninsula. Bush walking and bird watching are essential pastimes here while visitors can also discover more of the area’s Aboriginal and European history while basking in some spectacular views. Campsites are available all across the national park and indeed the peninsula, and you might consider leaving your holiday accommodation in Port Vincent for a night or two.
Life’s a breeze
The climate of coastal South Australia on which the Yorke Peninsula sits is a temperate one with warm summers and mild winters. Expect average daily temperatures during the summer months from January to March of 30?C and average daily winter temperatures of around 15?C. The peninsula is a narrow one that’s only 50km across at its widest point so be warned – sea breezes can make summer days seem cooler than they are. Many holiday rentals will have air conditioning but you might not find that necessary.
UK travellers heading for South Australia can get direct flights to Adelaide from London Heathrow Airport. From there, Port Vincent is around a two-hour drive – hiring your own car or 4x4 so you can explore the Yorke Peninsula at your leisure from your holiday accommodation is the ideal way to see the region. For those on a budget, there are daily bus services from the centre of Adelaide to the peninsula where local connections will get you to Port Vincent.