Innes National Park is tucked away up on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. I guess you could call it a toy store for photographers and camping/outdoor enthusiasts.

Highlights
  • Vast wide open Australian landscapes
  • Crystal clear night skies, full of stars
  • Off tap & endless photography opportunities

I think what really adds to the uniqueness of Innes National Park is there’s only one road in and one road out of the park – catering for every type of getaway made easy! You can slumber around the park, beach hopping at the steady pace of one landmark and beach per day. Or, you can go for a park record of every landmark & beach in day… but then that’s not really any different to jumping on Google street maps and clicking your way around the park, doing this would be silly and then I wouldn’t get to write these articles. So please get outside and away from a screen.

Youth on the Yorke // Innes National Park (S.A.) Lachlan Riley

Friday afternoon, the fellas and I found ourselves at the helm of two weeks uni holidays, with an absolute shedload of ideas on how to fill our time. So naturally we gravitated towards the option that meant getting out of the city and camping under the stars. Then, with a quick consult in the group chat and throwing around a few “yeah nahs” and “nah yeahs” we had our location and dates sorted.

Monday morning, after loading up the swags, bbq, camera gear and a very brief supermarket trip for food and water supplies. We then fuelled up with the essential bakery stop for a pie and proceeded to splash some Unleaded 91 in Jack’s 4WD. We were off.

There’s a stack of campgrounds to choose from in the park, dotted along the forever winding road along the coastline of the peninsula (by the way you have to book campsites online and register your car before you head in, otherwise you’ll cop a big fine!)

Youth on the Yorke // Innes National Park (S.A.) Lachlan Riley

We chose the closest park to the entrance, so we were more inclined to chase the road around the corners and see what we could see. There’s an awesome map of the entire park at the check-in point, I recommend giving this a sus. It has all the different landmarks, beaches and old historical townships (Innes was once a booming maritime and mining township) to see on a really easy to read map. The park is also incredibly well signposted, so if you ever forget where things are, just take a look around and you’ll probably see a sign pointing you in the right direction (you shouldn’t really be getting lost on the only road to drive on in the park anyway).

My recommendation – turn your phone off (there’s very little phone reception as it is), and just idle around the park. It’s incredibly picturesque and insanely peaceful. I promise you’ll leave with a smile on your face!

Cost: Fuel $89
Food: $25
Park Fees: Campground $11 a night and vehicle fee $10

Essential Gear
  • Tent/hammock for sleeping
  • Camera
  • Head torch
  • Warm clothes (it gets cold at night being right on the ocean)
  • Food and water (there’s a general store before the park, but it’s hell expensive and trading hours never match up with what’s advertised.)
  • GPS (this is a must for first time visitors, more so to tick off places from your to do list)
How To Get There
Innes National Park is a 3 1/2 hr drive from Adelaide, along the National Highway A1, onto the Yorke Highway.
Activities
  • Photography
  • Surfing (hell good waves on offer if the swell is up!)
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Kangaroo and emu watching
  • Afternoon naps on the beach go down a real treat
Skill Level
Beginner
Distance Covered
Innes National Park is 300km west of Adelaide and is 9,415 hectares in size. Plenty of space for activities.