South Australia’s newest walking trail links the small coastal towns of the Yorke Peninsula taking in spectacular cliff tops, lush farmland and pristine beaches. The trail is still being developed and when complete will be 600Km. ARPA Bushwalkers are the first organised group to start walking the trail and were welcomed by both the Ardrossan and Stansbury progress associations. The history of the area is evident when passing the now abandoned mining infrastructure and grain and wool handling jetties. It also gives a look into the future as it passes the wind farm at Wattle Point and new mining exploration around Pine Point.
Twenty-five club members walked the section down the east coast of the peninsula from Port Clinton in the north to Port Moorowie, a distance of 162 Km over 9 walking days. One interesting feature of this walk is the impact of the tides; several stretches of beach can only be walked at low tide so walkers need to check tide times and alternatively walk along the cliff tops when its high tide.
The group will return in 2012 to walk the next section from Port Moorowie to Point Turton, around the “Bottom End”.