You know you’re going somewhere far away in Australia when the road signs just start to point towards a destination entitled “outback.”
My aunt had recommended that we try out the Yorke Peninsula and so within a couple of hours we’d booked a lodge and put our belongings in the car and headed out onto the highway.
“You’d better stop at the Woolworths in Minlaton” my aunt told us before we left.
Aside from Minlaton, that was it. There was barely anything else around.
So off we went to Woolworths stocking up on as much food as we could ready for our few days in “the middle of nowhere.”
And there was no phone signal.
Staying in Marion Bay
We were lucky that the school holidays had ended so there were vacancies at late notice.
We booked into a cabin park and had our own wooden green hut for two nights. We were a ten minute walk from Marion Bay, one of the larger spots on the Yorke Peninsula.
Marion Bay was a strange place – there was a main street with a pub, a petrol station which also doubled as a general store and that was it really. It was the type of place that when you went for a walk, you waved and said hello to everyone you saw.
It was the bay itself that really did the place justice. The water was probably the bluest I have ever seen and the sand was so white. And the best thing…. we had it all to ourselves.
Stepping into the water, I expected it to be freezing cold but it was so warm!
Innes National Park, a gem in the Yorke Peninsula
One of the main reasons we chose to stay in Marion Bay was because it was so close to Innes National Park which is home to several beautiful beaches and natural lakes.
Some of them can only be reached by foot.
We took our packed lunch in the car, paid the park fee and went out exploring.
We barely saw any other cars and it almost felt like we were completely on our own.
Well, aside from the numerous kangaroos that hopped alongside our vehicle as we drove at 30 miles an hour – we didn’t really want to hit one!
The beaches at Innes National Park are spectacular.
You think you’ve seen one beautiful beach but then you turn a corner and are completely amazed by another.
Coming face to face with the local wildlife
Because we were on our own, it seemed like all of the animals wanted to come and say hello.
While we were walking down the path to Inneston lake, we came face to face with a giant emu, turned another corner and came face to face with a giant kangaroo.
It was almost like Yorke Peninsula was trying to show off all of its wildlife in one go.
And then, during a stop at the best surfing beach, we had our best animal encounter yet.
There we were standing looking out to sea when I saw a fin appear around a group of surfers.
And then some more fins, and then out of the sea leapt a group of inquisitive dolphins who had come to say hello to the group of surfers.
I looked around. We were the only other ones on the beach.
Staying on the sand we followed the dolphins as they froclicked in the water and headed along the bay. We just couldn’t quite believe it.
We had them all to ourselves and the group of surfers of course. According to the surfers, there we around six or seven dolphins in the water.
We’d barely noticed the rain falling around us as we watched them disappear into the distance. Some ten minutes later and they were gone.
We headed back to the car and headed back to the lodge for dinner.
The next day, we headed back into the park to see if we could spot them again but there was no sign of them. Just proof that we were lucky to witness them in the first place and that we are just visitors in their land.
Heading out of the park for the last time, I was determined that although we were leaving, I would be back to Yorke Peninsula soon.
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