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South Australia Coastal Way Itinerary

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With the beach on your doorstep every step of the way, experience the Coastal Way, the South Australian road trip perfect for families. Explore the Yorke Peninsula and enjoy the unspoiled beaches, private retreats, and a selection of eccentric townships. Grab a camper and take your time travelling along the picturesque coastline while sampling local produce, incredible wine, absorbing the culture, and marveling at the sheer beauty of this slice of paradise that is South Australia.

Travel

6 days


Route

Adelaide to Wallaroo

509km


Best Time of the Year

November to May

Highlights

  • Port Vincent
  • Marion Bay
  • Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park
  • Inneston
  • Wallaroo

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4 5 6

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Day 1
Britz Adelaide to Port Vincent

Distance 196km - Driving Time 2 hours

After collecting your campervan at the Britz Adelaide depot, get straight on the road and dive headfirst into this incredible road trip by driving to your first destination of Port Vincent. Loved by many for its incredibly peaceful vibe, this seaside village will provide you with a family-friendly, sheltered, and laidback beach day. Enjoy your time here by taking advantage of this sheltered bay and hiring a kayak or a standup paddleboard to traverse the coastline, or stay close to shore and dive into the serene waters.

Port Vincent is a peaceful town with an unmatched ambiance. Enjoy a sunset over the bay while dining at one of many wineries to choose from, or enjoy an easy dinner of fish and chips on the beach.

Head to Port Vincent Foreshore Caravan Park for the night, to experience absolute beachfront accommodation overlooking the incredible bay.

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Day 2
Port Vincent to Stansbury

Distance 18km - Driving Time 2 hours

After spending a peaceful morning relaxing at Port Vincent watching the sunrise over the still bay, jump back on the road and take the short drive to Stansbury. Often frequented by the local dolphins, another pristine sheltered bay, Stansbury is iconic for its Mediterranean climate, sandy beach, and tranquil waters. The foreshore is the perfect playground for families and young children to spend the day. Enjoy lunch making the most of the barbecue and picnic facilities available along the foreshore.

Originally known as Oyster Bay due to the sheer number of Oysters found here, be sure to try out collecting your own on a boat trip with Pacific Estate Oysters, or if you prefer, chill out at a seaside restaurant and dig in.

If you are around between October to May, make sure you head to the Stansbury Markets and experience the coastal village vibe with stalls selling everything from local wine, fresh seafood, arts, crafts, and pastries.

Spend your evening at Stansbury Caravan Park, enjoying yet another night of stunning panoramic ocean views.

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Day 3
Stansbury to Marion Bay

Distance 95km - Driving Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Head to Marion Bay for yet another saltwater fix. The gateway to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, Marion Bay offers the best of both worlds with their beaches, to suit all kinds of aquatic appetites. Head to the sheltered swimming beach with pristine turquoise waters, or for some action-packed adventure, try the surf beach on the other side of the bay.

As well as being an idyllic coastal town, Marion Bay is also a popular fishing town – have a go at fishing by taking your pick of the beach, jetty, rock, surf, or charter fishing.

After a busy day spent in the salt and sun, enjoy lunch or dinner at the Marion Bay Tavern and graze on local seafood, wood-fired pizza, and sensational wine.

Stay at Marion Bay Caravan Park for a unique bush camp experience under the shade of the native trees, looking to the breathtaking coastal scenery.

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Day 4
Marion Bay to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park

Distance 5km - Driving Time 6 minutes

With a short drive to Dhilba Guurdana Innes-National Park, you are set with lots of time to enjoy this unreal slice of paradise. Spend the day surrounded by wild coastal seclusion, spent wrapped up in the sunshine and the pristine sea. At Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, the beach meets bushland.

Enjoy the abundance of phenomenal beaches brimming with beauty, look out for wildlife frolicking in the sea, travel back to visit the ghost town of Inneston, enjoy a panoramic view of the national park at West Cape Lookout, see the ruins of a 1904 shipwreck at Ethel Beach and spend a night admiring millions of stars at the National Park's campgrounds.

With so much to see and do here, you may want to park up for a few days to explore.

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Day 5
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park to Moonta via Port Hughes

Distance 176km - Driving Time 2 hours

Head to Port Hughes to explore yet another picturesque coastal town for another dose of seaside relaxation. Explore the colourful secrets of Port Hughes' past on the Coastal Trail from Simms Cove to Tipara Lighthouse.

Try your luck at reeling in your dinner by casting a line from the iconic long jetty of this Port.

Head to Moonta Bay and take some time to uncover this town's heritage on a Moonta Mines Walking Trail, and exploring the Moonta Mines Museum. Take some more time unwinding with the comfort of the sea nearby. 

Spend your evening at the Port Hughes BIG4 Tourist Park, escaping from the hustle and bustle in an iconic seafront campsite.

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Day 6
Moonta to Wallaroo

Distance 19km - Driving Time 20 minutes

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