Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello joins Explore SA each Wednesday to share his holiday inspirations and latest tips on exploring South Australia with friends and family.
Each week Cosi will suggest a selection of beautiful landscapes to visit, events to get involved in and fantastic activities to enjoy.
I grew up on Yorke Peninsula so I may be a little biased when talking about how amazing it is, but it really is a brilliant family location.
The Copper Triangle was my home turf with my youth spent riding motorbikes along the beautiful sandy beaches and spending hours, in fact days, sitting on the Wallaroo Jetty waiting for the catch of the day. Back in those days tommie ruffs were the species we were chasing. Geez we caught heaps too, very often we would catch 70 or 80 tommie ruffs, that my patient dad would fillet for us, so we could enjoy the reward of a bite sized fish fillet cooked by mum.
So what would I recommend you do on Yorkes? Firstly, make your way to my home town Kadina then onto its two neighbours who help make up the Copper Triangle – Wallaroo and Moonta.
Wallaroo is famous for its north beach, one of the few South Australian beaches you can still drive your car on. It’s a perfect place to park the car, set up a picnic and let the kids (and yourself) unwind. Taking the kids to the beach is a much better idea than letting the kids run wild in your holiday house. Down the beach they can make as much mess with the sand as they like and the only thing you’ll need to clean up is the trail of sand from the car to the shower, the evidence of a great day out. Wallaroo also has one of the longest jetties in the state and it’s a tradition that you have to walk to the end of the jetty. While you’re strolling up there do what I call “bucket perving”. As you walk past each fisherman you casually have a sneak peak in their bucket to see what they have caught. Thumbs down to those fisherman with lids on their buckets, keeping their catch a secret.
There are plenty of shacks you can hire right along the beach or if you want to live it up a little more then Wallaroo Marina Apartments is perfect. It is located right next to the Coopers Alehouse, just in case you’re thirsty, and it’s Yorke Peninsula’s only high rise building. Another thing I love about regional SA, a whole region only has one high rise building.
Up the road is Moonta. Grandma Cosi used to always say “you’ve never travelled till you’ve been to Moonta”. The drive into town is cool as you’re greeted by a tunnel of gumtrees, then take a right turn and you’re in the historic main street. I’d say this is my favourite street in the area. I hate shopping but don’t mind following my wife along this street full of antique shops and quirky cafes. It’s worth a walk.
Moonta is home to the famous Coffee Barn Gelateria located a few kilometres out of town. This place gets country ‘line ups’ during summer and if you taste the pancakes or gelato, you’ll understand why. The people who run it are sensational too. Isn’t it funny how great service always seems to make the food taste even better.
The Yorke Peninsula is the perfect spot to take a weekend holiday or longer if you’ve got the time. Plus coming up there are even more reasons to go with events like Stansbury Seaside Markets and the Port Vincent Gala Day over new years.
The drive to Yorke Peninsula is too easy and there are so many holiday options it really does suit everyone. I don’t think there are many people who have had a bad time on Yorkes.
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