COME SEE Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula. Australia.
COME SEE INNES NATIONAL PARK, YORKE PENINSULA.
Secluded – Chill
|BEST TIME TO VISIT|
Spring – Autumn
1 hour +
2.2km circuit for Stenhouse Bay Loop
As told by Zade Grilloni
Whenever I open google maps and notice a national park I haven’t explored yet, a little part of me whispers… ‘just get in the car and drive”. I’ve found it’s been the best way to not only soothe the spontaneity in my soul, but also to find hidden gems. We truly get so much such satisfaction from visiting relatively untouched places. Finding a beach with clear, golden sand and not a footprint or human in sight just turns us on. Being 3.5 hours drive from Adelaide, one might even call this place South Australia’s best secret!
We visited on a great day. The sun was shining and the sky was clear with a top of 25 degrees. Perfect weather for an adventure. With trails ranging from 30min strolls to four-hour treks, we decided to take the Stenhouse Lookout Walk along the coast. Within the first few minutes we came across an old historic train, from the early 1900’s.
Making our way around the bend, we were amazed by the tall, rugged cliffs that fell to crashing turquoise water. It was so mesmerizing that we took a seat and watched in awe. I just couldn’t stop thinking of how lucky we are to live in Australia with a coastline like ours. Not to mention a free Australian safari with roaming kangaroos, emus, wombats and birds.
Cape Spencer Lookout was next up. Before we had a chance to walk up to the lighthouse we looked down to our right and saw my favorite kind of view. An untouched beach!!!! There that voice was again telling me we had to get down there one way or another. There were no stairs, no walkways… just a very, very steep wall of sandy bush that went down about 50 meters.
Sliding down through the sand and bush we were coming in hot. Laughing hysterically at ourselves wondering how the hell we were going to get back up afterwards. With shoes full of sand and black thongs that turned into white thongs we made it down snakebite free!
The only thing we regretted was not bringing a 6 pack of ciders down with us… this beach was incredible. It felt like a dream. With happiness filling our minds we started to explore! It was magic. After many little breaks to catch our breath we finally got back to the top THANK THE LORD. It was a hard climb but it definitely taught me that you’ve got to risk it to get the biscuit.
After that experience, we all opted for immediate chill so we drove straight to Shell Beach and had a mini picnic on the sand. Shell beach not only has a beautiful range of shells but some pretty gorgeous swimming holes in among the rocks too.
What a day! We saw some of the best coastline of South Australia, swam in swimming holes and risked our lives for a beach. Another day in the life of us. My advice, always listen to that little fearless voice when a spontaneous invitation arises. You never know what you’ll be rewarded with.
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