Innes National Park – Yorke Peninsula, Sth Australia
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We spent a whole day at Innes National Park, which lies on the toe of the Yorke Peninsula. We walked for miles along many of the walking trails, leading to lighthouses perched on the capes that jut out into the sea (there are over 40 shipwrecks off the rugged coast of the Yorke Peninsula) and clambered down to beautiful windswept beaches spread beneath precipitous rocky cliffs, and finished the day by exploring Inneston historic village which was the mining township set up during the time of gypsum mining. Gypsum was discovered on the peninsula in the early 1900’s and at one stage around 200 people lived and worked in the area. Originally the gypsum was bagged and loaded via dinghy onto ships anchored in the bay. This was back breaking and dangerous work, and eventually the Stenhouse Bay jetty was built to enable ships to berth and load the bagged gypsum. This is now a popular fishing jetty. At the back of the jetty you can see the V shaped hopper that was dug right up the side of the cliff to hold the loose gypsum prior to bagging.