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TEST Coastal Way - South Australia

Travel through South Australia from Adelaide to the Yorke Peninsula along the picturesque Australian coastline

National Park
The Coastal Way road trip takes you from Adelaide through the Yorke Peninsula and along more than 700km of picturesque Australian coastline. Explore remote and secluded beaches with clifftop walks, ship wrecks and sandy coves. With lots of bushwalks, fishing and plenty of camping spots - this road trip is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle.

Day 1: Adelaide to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park (travel time 3 hr 15mins – 285 km)

Venture off from Adelaide to Ardrossan – 1 hour 45 mins from Adelaide. Ardrossan boasts stunning towering clay cliffs and is home to fresh blue swimmer crabs. The seaside village of Port Vincent is the perfect stop to partake in a stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking adventure before making a pitstop at Stansbury to indulge on fresh oysters plucked from the ocean yourself if you like! You may even spot a dolphin or two if you’re lucky. Your next stop is Edithburgh where you can take a dip in the town’s beautiful tidal rock pool.

Your final destination for day one of this road trip is Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park where you can spend the night. Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park has spectacular coastal views, and many hiking and walking tracks which showcase the diverse wildlife in the area.  There are several different campground options around the park to choose from.  You will need to pre-book your night camping via the park’s website.  

Kayaking at Port Vincent
Image via South Australian Tourism Commission

Day 2: Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park

While at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park we suggest taking a tour of the National park with Aboriginal Cultural Tours. You will learn about the world’s oldest living culture from Aboriginal Guides, and gain insight into how they lived in the area in the past, and how the area is used today.  Share in Dreaming stories and learn about the spirituality and culture connected to the area– truly an experience that will stay with you.


Apollo van parked at sunset

Day 3: Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park

Spend the day exploring one of the many hiking and bushwalking trails throughout the park.  Trails range from easy 30-minute walks through to 4-hour treks for those feeling a bit more adventurous.  The trails offer the chance to spot a variety of birds and animals.  Why not visit one of the lighthouses or the Ethel shipwreck and learn about the tumultuous maritime history of South Australia.

Kangaroo at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park
Image via South Australian Tourism Commission

Day 4: Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park - Marion Bay (Travel time 7 mins – 7km)

Venture to Marion Bay which has a sheltered swimming beach on one side and a surf beach on the other - making it perfect for those wanting a beach fix.  It is also a popular fishing destination with plenty of spots to cast a line and catch yourself dinner for the night.  If you aren’t lucky with the fishing, the local Marion Bay Tavern provides local seafood paired with local wines or wood fire pizza – if you fancy a night off campfire cooking.  The Marion Bay Caravan Park is the perfect place to set up camp for the night with powered sites available from $35 per night.

Marion Bay Tavern
Image via South Australian Tourism Commission


Day 5: Marion Bay to Adelaide – 3 hours 22 mins – 290km

Return back to Adelaide via heritage town Moonta and stop at the Moonta Mines Museum.  The museum is located in the former Moonta Mines Model School which was erected in 1878.  Learn about the history of Cornish pioneers and the miner’s lifestyles, who came to South Australia for the copper mines from 1861- 1923.  If you’re still after beach time Moonta Bay offers swimming, surfing, fishing and is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the ocean (why not extend your trip an extra day and enjoy the serenity).  We recommend stopping at one of the bakeries and digging into one of Moonta’s famous Cornish pastries – a little nod to the towns historic mining past.

This driving route is supplied by SouthAustralia.com

Places to stay: Apollo works with a number of campground networks – we recommend downloading our ApolloConnect App or visiting our Places to Stay page.



Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National park

Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park has activities for everyone.  For those wanting to explore and see the birds and wildlife of the area there are a range of bushwalks available ranging from 30 mins to 4 hours.  The Park also has access to the beach which provides for fishing and surfing or exploring the Ethel ship wreck or visiting the Cape Spencer lighthouse.  

Lighthouse at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park
Image via South Australian Tourism Commission


Ethel Shipwreck

There are 85 shipwrecks scattered around Yorke Peninsula’s coastline. The Ethel shipwreck was wrecked in the 1904 as the 711-tonne sailing vessel was making its voyage from South Africa to Port Adelaide.  Located in Innes National Park the Ethel while collapsed over time is a popular attraction for photographers and tourists.   

Ethel shipwreck
Image via South Australian Tourism Commission


Marion Bay

Located at the foot of Yorkes Peninsula Marion Bay is gateway to Innes National Park.  Home local crayfishing and finish boat due to its sheltered position, and has a jetty adjacent to the boat ramp that provides a perfect photo opportunity at sunset.


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