The laidback, family-friendly haven of South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is a favourite with AT readers – here’s why it’s so popular, in their own words. (For more information see

“Simms Cove Beach is a child-friendly paradise. There’s a wide expanse of white sand and tidal pools, perfect for sandcastles with flowing moats. The pools vary in temperature and contain schools of little fish, perfect for chasing. Beyond the pools, the sea is guarded by the blue line (the start of the sea grass). Older children venture over it to the reef, marvelling at the fish and coral life, or they trek down to the Moonta Jetty to jump or to swim off the pontoon.” AT reader, via email

“Black Point, Yorke Peninsula is a glorious stretch of north-facing beach that is lined with around 150 shacks that are absolute beach front. It’s all about friends, family, and having no cares in the world. The kids run free and catch up with old friends and make new ones; beach cricket, slow walks along the beach and fantastic food and wine. We catch our own seafood feasts. We rake the shallows for blue swimmer crabs or drop the nets out just past the blue line. The kids also love to duck dive just off shore for the delicious local scallops. The day ends with a beach bonfire for the kids, which wouldn’t be complete without the marshmallows!” AT reader Jo Barrie

“At Simms Cove Beach, between the Moonta Bay and Port Hughes Jetty, there is a white clean beach under an ochre ridge. The gradient is shallow, and a retreating tide exposes swimming pool channels for children to explore. This is no booming Bondi. The pace is slow. There are families here, and romantic couples. Toddlers catch their first fish here. The western-facing beach presents some of the most stunning sunsets on the planet. When the sun goes down, families play cards and scrabble and eat ice cream in cones.” AT reader Barry Savva


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