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Walk the Yorke – Marion Bay to Gleesons Landing is a 60.5km, grade 5 One way hike located in Innes National Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 3 days to complete.
Enjoy the spectacular coastline around the rugged foot of Yorke Peninsula in this 3-day section of the 500km Walk the Yorke trail. The Walk the Yorke trail was opened in December 2015, and is a walking and cycling trail. Generally the trail connects pre-existing walking trails (around 5-10% of the Walk the Yorke) with beach walking and road walking. There are long beach walking sections, although the sand is often firm and the beaches shared with people fishing, surfing and camping.
The official website describes this section as:
The official website has some more notes, and a rough map.
We have walked this, and suggest the following considerations:
Campsites along the way include:
All campsites within Innes National Park require accommodation to be prebooked online. There is some limited Telstra mobile phone service in some high spots inside the national park (including Stenhouse Bay campground, Pondalowie Bay campgrounds and Casuarina campground). Walkers and cyclists are exempt from paying entry to the park. Water is usually available at campsites, but campsites like Casuarina campground only have a single water tank, and as such may leave walkers vulnerable to tank failure.
At Formby Bay there is a Walk the Yorke shelter (with water tank and picnic table), which is presumably acceptable for hikers and cyclists to camp at. There are no fees to camp here. The site is not open to car-based campers.
At Gleesons Landing there are ample car-based campsites available, which include a couple of toilets and rubbish bins, but limited shade. A camping permit is required. Permits can be purchased from the Yorke Peninsula Visitor Centre in Minlaton, Corny Point General Store, Warooka IGA, Edithburgh Deli and Newsagency, or any of the Yorke Peninsula Council offices.
The official maps are a little generous with their trail type marking designations. Generally walking trails only exist through towns and headland camping areas, with a couple of walking trails through Innes National Park (the existing Thomson-Pfitzner Plaster Trail, and a new 7.8km constructed walking trail between Inneston and Pondalowie Bay Campsite).
The following photos begin in Marion Bay and continue in sequence through Innes National Park to Gym Beach, and on to Gleesons Landing.
View other sections we have listed:
GPX file courtesy of Walking SA. File may not contain elevation data and may only represent half the length on return hikes.
Max elevation: 27 m
Min elevation: -8 m
Total climbing: 637 m
Total descent: -617 m
For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Walking SA