Innes National Park is tucked away up on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. I guess you could call it a Toy Store for photographers & camping/outdoor enthusiasts. I think what really adds to its uniqueness 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 hoping at the steady pace of 1 landmark & 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.
Friday afternoon, the Fellas and I found ourselves at the helm of 2 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 “yea na’s” and “na yea’s” 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 Jacks 4WD. We were off.
There’s a stack of camp grounds 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!)
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 sign posted, 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
Park Fees: Camp ground $11 a night & Vehicle Fee $10
Essential gear required
- Tent/hammock for sleeping
- Head torch
- Warm clothes (it gets cold at night being right on the ocean)
- Food & water (theres a general store before the park, but its 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
- Surfing (hell good waves on offer if the swell is up!)
- Kangaroo and Emu watching
- Afternoon naps on the beach go down a real treat