At the foot of the Yorke Peninsula lies the small town of Marion Bay. This location is popular for surfing and fishing, and Innis National Park is somewhere for families to explore. The popular holiday town is surrounded by spectacular coastline with natural rock hugging the beaches carved over time by the crashing waves.
The many beaches in Marion Bay offer something for everyone. There are many swimming locations perfect for families, surfing hot spots for the keen surfers and many white sandy beaches and jetties for fishing and relaxing.
Fishing is very popular in Marion Bay with boat, jetty, beach, rock, and surf fishing. Some huge fish, squid and crayfish have been caught in the waters of Marion Bay and the locals are keen to tell you about the hot spots and their catches.
Being at the bottom of the peninsula offers great fishing year round. The peninsula offers two great gulfs, Spencer Gulf and St Vincent Gulf. St Vincent Gulf is renowned for King George whiting and the Spencer Gulf for its large snapper. Large fish can be caught from just about anywhere here, but a great spot is Browns Beach. It is a great location for beach fishing and offers some of the best salmon fishing in the state.
There are so many places to explore with many driving routes leading to different beaches and stunning scenery lookouts. One place you need to check out is Innes National Park. The park is very large, covering 9100 hectares, with many different areas. The park is a favourite for camping, fishing and surfing. Walks range from thirty minute strolls to four hour hikes that will take you to some stunning spots showcasing some of the best coastal views. While exploring the National Park you will see an abundance of wildlife including emus and kangaroos and many different birds.
Innes is also a famous surfing location and holds one of the most prestigious surfing events in South Australia, the Chinamans, every October long weekend. The coastline accepts winds from different directions offering some great waves on many of the surfing beaches.
For where to eat and drink while you are here, the Marion Bay Tavern is where you want to be. The tavern offers sea views, and as soon as you walk in, you breathe in a pleasant, smoky, charred scent that comes from the open pizza oven that cooks up delicious pizzas all day. They serve lunch and dinner with amazing food and generous servings. Oysters, garlic bread and bruschetta are on the menu for entrees. For mains, local fish, pizzas, steaks, burgers and schnitzels are some options.
The Marion Bay Motel is only 20 metres from the main entrance to the tavern. They offer five spacious and modern motel rooms that are close to the jetty and have a queen bed and single bed.
The Marion Bay Caravan Park is another fantastic place to stay. Set up camp under the native trees, with powered sites or relax in a self contained villa or cabin. Some of the many features available to guests include, free WiFi, fish cleaning facilities, camp kitchen, sheltered barbecue and seating area.
If the motels or caravan park is not your thing, there are many holiday home and villa rentals available.
Winter can become very chilly here, while summers can get extremely hot. The best times to visit Marion Bay are March, April and May when seas are calm. Take a break from everyday life and get down to Marion Bay for a relaxing getaway with plenty of places to relax and plenty of places to explore.