Yorke Peninsula lies across the Gulf St Vincent from Adelaide and in a similar way to Italy is shaped much like a leg and foot, but much smaller at around 200 km in length. My prior post took a look at the setting sun at Moonta Bay which lies at the very top of the peninsula, at the ‘hip’ as it were.
Travelling down the peninsula by road you eventually arrive right down the far ‘toe’ end. From Moonta Bay, it’s a 2½ hour drive, and 4 hours or so if travelling directly from Adelaide. Rugged Cape Spencer and West Cape define the toe and for this post I’m featuring sunsets again, this time at West Cape.
The two capes are within the Innes National Park and around 20 minutes drive from the last township on the peninsula, Marion Bay (which has previously featured on Photo Morsels in A wet and rainy day in Marion Bay).
The images in this post were taken in July last year (2014) which is mid winter down here in Australia. Despite that, the weather while I was there was fine and mild.
In sailing ship days, ships approaching from England and Europe would make landfall in the general vicinity of the capes and enter Investigator Strait in order to proceed to Adelaide. This would have been the first land those ships had seen since rounding the Cape of Good Hope at the base of Africa. Combine the navigational challenges associated with a journey of some 10,000 kilometers without any land observations, the presence of islands and reefs, strong tides and notoriously rough and windy weather on the wrong day, and the area soon became a shipwreck coast. To improve maritime safety, lighthouses were established as early as 1879.
Back to the car after that last shot for the drive back to Marion Bay and dinner. Kangaroos, of which there are many within Innes National Park, emerge at dusk to feed so it was a slow and cautious drive to ensure none became bonnet emblems.
Pentax K-3 and my Pentax FA 20-35 zoom. Took my newer and heavier tripod (Vanguard ABEO Pro 283AT Tripod) along for the evening. The extra weight of the Vanguard came in handy as there was just enough breeze coming off the sea to potentially shake my usual lightly built travel tripod.
To Learn More
National Parks guide to Innes National Park.
A wet and rainy day at Marion Bay
Also down that way is Point Turton:
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I am so happy I stumbles across you blog. Your photos from West Cape is absolutely stunning. What an amazing area. Very picturesque.
I must go over to your blog as well and hit the Follow button.