The Yorke Peninsula in South Australia is filled with a lot of little towns, dotted along the coasts and into the centre of the peninsula. There are many places for a tourist to go for an extended stay or a weekend getaway.
The town of Wallaroo is an old copper mining town on the west coast of the Yorke Peninsula, a part of the Copper Triangle. A two-hour car ride from Adelaide, it is a popular tourist spot. Wallaroo has plenty of activities for the visitor museums, historic buildings, beaches, a jetty with some great fishing and many places to stay and eat.
One that seems to fly under the radar a bit is the Cornucopia Hotel.
The Cornucopia Hotel
The Cornucopia was originally called the Copper Coast Hotel and was built in 1862. It still retains much of that old world charm. The front bar area is large and roomy, with plenty of space around the main bar and a wide variety of drinks available. There's a dart board and snooker table, tables, and a lack of clutter. And, of course, there is the standard small pokie room.
The historic fireplace
Upstairs are the rooms for guests. The prices are very good, and the rooms are comfortable. There are shared kitchen and shower facilities, and TVs in each room. Rooms are available for singles, doubles or families. As I said upstairs. Patrons need to be aware of that.
The only thing lacking was some free wi-fi for guests. That would have made things perfect.
The food, though, must be mentioned. The dining area is a decent size, and they do lunch and dinner seven days a week. Prices are the standard prices of pub fare, and the servings are huge. You will not go hungry. There are also salad and vegetable bars if you feel you need something extra. And the desserts are really nice as well. The food is so very good; I recommend the Thursday Schnitzel night, but any time is fine, with a large menu.
The dining room bar
And finally, the staff are really nice. I dealt with a large number and they were all friendly, pleasant and professional. They could not have been more helpful. It is such a pleasant change to have staff who treat the guests and patrons like this. Even the majority of locals who frequent the place were a decent bunch.
The front bar
As an aside, it would be remiss of me not to mention that Adelaide's most renowned paranormal investigator Allan Tiller has experienced some interesting phenomena at the hotel. Personally, I didn't. I almost think that's a shame
It would have added to the ambience.
So, if you are heading to the west of the Yorke Peninsula for example, for the Kernewek Lowender Festival in May you cannot go wrong with the Cornucopia.