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Blackpoint

Thursday, September 27, 2007

It's said there's no such thing as a free lunch — unless you are on holiday on Yorke Peninsula. You can stroll in the shallows to catch blue swimmer crabs, dive for crayfish and scallops just off-shore or throw out a line for garfish, tommy ruffs and King George whiting.

Yorke Peninsula's limestone soil has given the area some of Australia's richest farmland. The barley capital of the world's yield is worth $290 million a year. It also produces top quality wheat, canola, peas, beans and lentils.

The Narungga people have lived on Yorke Peninsula for thousands of years. They moved along the coastline and recently a skull which could be 2000 years old was found in the dunes.

Black Point's long stretch of sand edging a glistening bay makes it a popular destination for holiday makers. It is on the eastern side of the Peninsula and offers great surfing and good restaurants. Community spirit is warm and friendly and if you walk along the beach, allow extra time, as there is always someone who will want to stop for a chat about how the fish are running, the weather and other holiday topics.

In the early 1950s it was a makeshift shack settlement, and they are still lined up and down the beach. Around 40 percent are owned by the original owners and 30 percent by local farmers. Some are available for rent, but if you prefer something a little more modern, there is a good choice.

Country Getaways has rental properties right across the Yorke Peninsula, all between one and three hours from Adelaide. They have shacks, bed and breakfasts, farm stays and apartments; something for every budget. They know the Peninsula inside out and can set first-timers in the right direction.

The folks at Beachfront Black Point are the people to see if you wish to hire a boat or linen, and they also have a range of holiday house rentals.

Location

South Australia's Yorke Peninsula.

Cost

Country Getaways shacks start at $100 a night for up to six people.
Prices correct at 27.09.2007.

For more information

Country Getaways Accommodation
Booking Service
Ph: (08) 8832 2623
Website: www.countrygetaways.info

Beachfront Black Point
64 Main Coast Road
Pine Point
Ph: (08) 8838 2208
Fax: (08) 8838 2444
Website: www.beachfrontblackpoint.com.au
Email: beachfront@netyp.com.au

Yorke Peninsula Tourism
Ph: (08) 8821 2663
Website: www.yorkepeninsula.com.au

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