Going Back to My Roots on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Until our last post, ‘Finding Our Mojo in Adelaide‘, we’d not had a music themed one for a while. Now here’s another, feel free to have a listen to Odyssey doing their thang. The point of it will become slightly less muddy if you continue reading. I (Andy) grew up in Cornwall, U.K. and it was here that I first met Jane when she moved there with her parents in her teens. The rest, as they say, is history.

Tin mining occurred in Cornwall from the Bronze Age through until the twentieth century. Some of those miners left to put their skills to use across the globe. One of the places they rocked up to was the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia where there was a nascent copper mining industry. At the top of the Yorke Peninsula is the triangle of towns; Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta called little Cornwall.

One of the things we miss is a proper Cornish pasty so we thought we might be able to get a fix here. We took the endeavour pretty seriously and tried one out in each of the towns as you can see if you watch the videos below. We even managed to pair the last one with a Bundaberg Ginger Beer.

Pasty Number 1: Kadina

Pasty Number 2: Wallaroo

Pasty Number 3: Moonta

As you can see, we didn’t quite get the pasty fix we were after. We did, however, have a walk around one of the old Copper mines at Moonta. They were designed in Cornwall and looked like they could have come straight from a Cornish cliffside.

Beaches, Birds and the wreck of a Barque

We carried on down to the bottom of the peninsula where we were camping at Marion Bay. It was a great spot, right on the beach. However, we’ve camped all over Australia as we wrote in this post and this was the worst place we encountered for getting pegs into the ground. The pitches were artificial grass on top of gravel so you were basically trying to hammer into solid rock. We gave up after we had a few pegs semi secure and hoped our combined weight would be enough to stop the tent blowing away. We can’t really recommend this site for tents but it’s a well equipped campground and a lovely location if you’ve got a van.

From our base at Marion Bay we explored Innes National Park which was stunning. Beautiful secluded beaches with hardly anyone else there. These included Jolly’s Beach where I nearly stepped on a ray and Ethel’s Wreck Beach. At the latter, you can still see the wreck of the Ethel, a 700 ton barque which came aground en route to Adelaide from South Australia in 1904.

As we drove back to the campsite, a family of emus decided they had right of way so who were we to argue. We’d wanted to get back to get back to our roots and visit little Cornwall in the Yorke Peninsula for a while. The pasties might not have been up to scratch but the landscape certainly rivalled that back in the home country.

Roadrunners or Emus?

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