Our Little Side Trip Marion Bay Yorke Peninsula – South Australia

So what is there to do on a 44 degree celsius day in the middle of summer?

Well drive 11 hours in an air-conditioned car through the driest State on the driest continent on Earth of course!

With our penchant for out-ports we have discovered the dreamy town of Marion Bay (pop.200) once an outport as ‘free’ settler immigrants made their way in ships from England via South Africa to South Australia (heave away …haul away..)

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Marion Bay is at toe end of the foot of the Yorke Peninsula

 

Three hours drive west of Adelaide…what a gem of a place….driving through fields of barley (supplying Australian breweries ) salt lakes, conservation parks into the sleepy town of Marion Bay just 5kms from the world renown Innes National Park.  There are also Marine Sanctuaries here and seal colonies. Whales and dolphins. Shipwrecks from the free settlers who almost made it,  reefs for diving, an international surf carnival and in between lots of quiet with not many people around.  Our kinda bliss.

Some Aboriginal History:

Narungga people have always lived on Yorke Peninsula – 40-70,000 years?

Their country extends as far north as Port Broughton and east to the Hummock Ranges. Their neighbours were the Kaurna of the Adelaide Plains and the Nukunu to the north, with whom the Narungga would meet for trade and ceremony. The Narungga nation was made up of four clans, the Kurnara in the north of the peninsula, Windera in the east, Wari in the west and Dilpa in the south.

The Narungga managed and preserved their lands. They used fire to clear old grasses and promote fresh plant growth. Fresh water rock holes were covered with slabs of stone or brushwood to keep the water clean and to prevent animals from drinking from them. Track ways were maintained through the thick mallee forests, linking places and people throughout the peninsula.

The peninsula is criss crossed with stories of the dreamtime with particular locations relating to the exploits of various beings. Budera, Ngarna the powerful club thrower, Curlew the Owl, Bulgawan the wicked old woman and Madjitju the bat man were some of the beings who lived on the peninsula during the dreamtime. On a trip to Marion Bay you might come across the small mud huts of the Illawari, the little people, and see the bones of Badara lying in the middle of a salt lake. At Point Yorke you might hear the evil spirit Wainjira breaking on the rocks.

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7pm and we have made it to Marion Bay! This is the ‘front’ beach…75 metres from the holiday villa we stayed in
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three women and their pooches cool off after a scorching day

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there is a jetty to catch squid from…and whiting, Australian salmon and squid are out there too
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hello ladies…

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Innes National Park was a gypsum mining area.declared a park in 1970
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Steakhouse Jetty – great place to catch Whiting
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flowering bushes everywhere in this desert
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scenic drives

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West Cape Lighthouse – still functioning

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a small national park with many places to see…countless bays and beaches like this one

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ancient cliffs
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‘Ethel’ shipwreck

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not a human soul to be seen…
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ahhh…the serenity…

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the tenacious mulga scrub can grow anywhere…

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shady pathway to Pondowie Beach – surfer’s fave
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golden wattle

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hello again…
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one of many salt lakes

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the roads less travelled…
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we love a road trip

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gigantic sand dunes
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full moon in Leo rises over Marion Bay

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the sun sets over William Bay looking towards Rhino Head
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one of the Marion Bay Holiday Villas…a very short walk to the beach

Highly recommended:

http://www.marionbayholidayvillas.com.au

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2 thoughts on “Our Little Side Trip Marion Bay Yorke Peninsula – South Australia

  1. Thank you for your travel report. After a long and cold winter in Middle Europe look these bays very inviting. I’m glad to hear something from you again.

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