I've said it before – Yorke Peninsula in South Australia is very pleasant place to visit. There are many small towns dotted throughout with small and friendly populations, along with some quite stunning scenery. Some time ago I looked at the town of Port Clinton, the first town you come across if you go down the eastern coast of the peninsula. Well, now it's time to look at the next town on that coastal route – the town of Price.
Seven kilometres south of Port Clinton, and connected to that town by a stretch of the 'Walk The Yorke' walking trail, which, while seven kilometres or so in length, is not a difficult walk, going through some very pleasant countryside. Price is dominated by the Cheetham Salt Works, the main employer of the town and yet it has maintained its charm throughout.
Set back from the Yorke Highway, Price is not a large town, but it has a lot of facilities. For example, there are two halls, one with sporting facilities, the other in the centre of town. it is also a really nice town to walk around and take in.
To stay at Price, there is a well-maintained Caravan Park, the office of which doubles as the town's store and post office. A new manager has recently taken on the role of running it, so I would check with the website they have for contact details. The Caravan Park is well laid out, with street names and decent facilities and always looks clean.
There is also a decent picnic area with a barbecue, a grassed area, exercise equipment, a display of old rail transport and an undercover playground. There are plenty of trees and the town really takes care of its surrounds. The whole town is well looked after in that regard – always clean, neat and tidy. The town also has a couple of ovals.
Price has a very pleasant hotel – the Wheatsheaf Hotel. It does meals a few nights a week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), but is open every afternoon and evening as a relaxing place to have a drink and chat with friends. They also have occasional events, like live music and raffles and other assorted things. (Open Sunday to Tuesday, 12-8pm; Wednesday to Friday, 12pm to close; & Saturday, 11am to close.) Contact: (08) 8800 4107, or on Facebook.
Finally, there is the boat ramp and fishing spot on Wills Creek, down a Causeway to the wide parking area and with platforms to fish from. You can walk through the Wills Creek Conservation Park, there are shelter sheds, cleaning tables and places to fish as well. I've seen people in kayaks paddling along the Wills Creek, and there is an abundance of birdlife around the area for the nature-watchers (I've spent some time with the camera there more than once).
So for a relaxing place to stay, where you can enjoy yourself, and still be within close driving distance of the larger Ardrossan and Maitland, Price is an ideal choice.