Yorketown Caravan Park
Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
2019 Best Grey Nomad
Small Caravan Park
In Italy all roads may lead to Rome, but on the Yorke Peninsula, all roads lead to Yorketown.
And there's good reason for that. Yorketown sits at the heart of the southern Yorke Peninsula and is at the intersection of five routes leading to towns equidistant from this inland agricultural hub.
Yorketown has always played a pivotal role in the economic health of the region. Originally known as Weaners Flat because it was where farmers would bring their sheep to separate ewes from their lambs, the town is surrounded by almost 200 salt lakes. Early 20th century settlers found wealth in these natural phenomena, providing them with a rich cache of income. Production was at its peak during WWI when 57,000 tonnes of butcher's salt was produced annually.
With the salt jacks now silent, tourism has become crucial to the town's economic prosperity. Boasting two acres of lush lawns and picturesque gardens which features 16 moderately-priced hardstand powered sites, the Yorketown Caravan Park is proving successful in attracting visitors and encouraging them to stay longer to enjoy all that the Southern Yorke Peninsula offers.
While the area’s wineries, brew house, bakeries, cafes, seafood outlets, quality meats, art galleries and weekend markets may be the original drawcard, it is the authentic experiences and little touches, such as a one-off surprise gift of freshly-baked donuts for each visitor, that is turning the park into a favourite repeat stay location.
Location: Memorial Drive, Yorketown (only 400 metres into the heart of the town)
Open: All year round
Facilities: 22 sites, 16 of which are on lush green lawn. BBQs, a small camp kitchen, flower beds, well-serviced laundry, clean amenities, and dump point. Yorketown has most services that mature visitors seek, including a Foodland supermarket open 7 days, financial services, ATMs, hospital, dental services, a large pharmacy, two hotels and a printing office. There is also public tennis courts and basketball ring adjacent the van park and a nearby golf course.
* Hark back to Yorketown's grass roots at the Orrie Cowie Sheep Stud, 10 minutes drive west of Yorketown. Become a farmer for the day and meet the majestic merino. Finish the day with a drive to the Corny Point Lighthouse, which has ample parking for big rigs off the gravel access road from Corny Point. This road continues south from the lighthouse along the coast, and is a very scenic and pleasant drive via Berry Bay and Point Annie.
* Learn more about the historic salt mining at the Edithburgh Museum, which also has displays about the area's shipwrecks before gaining a first-hand look at pretty Pink Lake and Lake Sunday.
* One of those five intersecting roads will take you north to the Minlaton Chocolaterie, where fresh roasted coffee, patisserie and baked savoury treats combine with chocolate to create a near perfect experience. What could possibly make it better?
* A little further north is Barley Stacks Wines, an award-winning winery in the barley-focussed central Yorke Peninsula. Open daily from 10am, Barley Stacks Wines invites you to taste and purchase their range of red and white still and sparkling wines at their memorable cellar door. Wine and chocolate - the perfect combination!
* In addition to these wine and chocolate lovers must-visit locations, there is a diverse array of dining and food experiences from cafes, bakeries, pubs and restaurants to seafood outlets. And if catching your own appeals, then the St Vincent Gulf north of Edithburgh from September to April could see you raking the sand in shallow waters to catch delicious Blue Swimmer Crabs.