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Walk the Yorke – Foul Bay to Marion Bay is a 25.3km, grade 4, one way hike located in Yorke Peninsula South Australia. The hike should take approximately 9hrs to complete.
This one-day walk passes along the spectacular coastline within Hillocks Drive, which is a real highlight of this end of Yorke Peninsula. Experience the rugged coastline, quiet sandy beaches and magnificent rock pools.
This section of the Walk The Yorke trail is part of the section called Section 9 – Foul Bay to Marion Bay.
A more challenging but very rewarding section, the trail from Foul Bay to Marion Bay has plenty of photo opportunities.
There is a shelter with seating and a small water tank located just east of Foul Bay, at the Foul Bay campground.
Departing from Foul Bay, the trail is a shared walking / cycling trail. Heading towards Point Yorke, stop at the Kangaroo Island lookout. As its name suggests there is a great view across Investigator Strait to Kangaroo Island.
Cyclists leaving Point Yorke will travel along the South Coast Highway to Marion Bay, while walkers will follow the walking trail and beach trail along the coastline. Meehan Hill lookout is the next stop, and cyclists are encouraged to detour towards the coast for this fantastic photo opportunity.
Cyclists will return to the road and continue to Marion Bay.
Walkers will survey some of the best scenery on the Peninsula as they trek along the beach, as well as experiencing some rock hopping and dune climbing.
The trail is once again shared by walkers and cyclists just before Marion Bay. Follow the signs into the township.
Marion Bay Caravan Park, located a short distance from the jetty, has been designed as a bush camp. Feel right at home amongst the shady native trees with just a short walk to the sheltered Marion Bay beach.
Please refer to the official Trail Notes for further information.
Try to minimise your impact with every step you take. Always walk in the centre of the track and be prepared to walk through the mud – attempting to skirt bogs only makes them bigger and causes more environmental damage. It is also usually quicker to walk straight through.
When walking on beaches, please be aware that you are sharing the beach with shore-nesting birds such as the Hooded Plover, as well as other species whose populations are declining. Shorebirds nest from early September to late March. Please walk below the high tide mark.
Walkers please note – the times indicated on the topographical maps are estimates only. They are based on an average walking speed of 4 km / hour. However some sections may take 3 to 5 hours longer due to the varying terrain, with an average walking speed of as low as 2 km / hour. The terrain includes beach walks with soft sand, dune climbs and rock hopping. Please base your walking times on your own fitness and ability.
Walk the Yorke is a linear trail covering approximately 500kms, and all distances mentioned are one way unless otherwise indicated.
Looking for maps of the walking trail? Topographical maps are available from Yorke Peninsula Council – phone 8832 0000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. There are 10 maps in all, cost is $9.95 per map, or $90 for a pack of 10. Postage and handling costs apply.
For more information on this hiking trail, please visit the Yorke Peninsula website