Pondalowie Bay, Yorke Peninsula (South Australia)
Pondalowie Bay, Yorke Peninsula
Pondalowie Bay is located on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula in the Dhilba Guuranda – Innes National Park, which is a park that is managed by Parks SA. The park has many coastal bays and beaches and lots to do and see, for instance the Inneston Historic Village, which was once the site of a gypsum mine for the Yorke Peninsula Plaster Company Limited. There is a lot of wildlife to see in the park, emu, goanna, snakes and kangaroos are abundant.
Windsurf, Foiling and Kiting at Pondalowie Bay
On the water you have a really good chance of seeing dolphins and if you head out to some of the rocky outcrops or islands you could see sea lions and seals. It is not uncommon to sea eagle rays, in the shallows too.
The south end of the bay is perfect for windsurfing, wingfoiling and kiting. Being sheltered, there is also lots of opportunity for Stand Up Paddle boarding or beginner sessions in the mornings or too.
For a more advance spot further up the bay also check out Pondalowie Surf Break.SAILING:
The bay is suited to all types of windsurfing, foiling, SUP and kiting. It is especially nice for long blasting runs in the right wind direction, given that it is so long and the scenery is spectacular.ABILITIES:
This southern end of the bay is excellent for all abilities, due to the sheltered nature of the bay.SEASON:
You can sail the bay at anytime of the year, the warmer weather is better though and the summer tends to have a slightly higher average breeze.WATER:
The south end of the bay, is fairly sheltered and also forms a natural harbour, where there are a few fishing boats moored. Because of the natural shelter, this end of the bay stays relatively calm and is a good launch spot.
The water itself is crystal clear and the bay is spectacular to sail, regardless of the type of sailing.RIGGING:
The beach is fairly flat and firm, you will have to rig on the beach at this spot, the sand is firm for rigging and you can drive your car or 4wd onto the beach without fear of being bogged.LAUNCHING:
At the south end of the bay the beach lightly slopes into the bay, so launching is easy, and there are very few submerged obstacles waiting to get you.
Locally there are camp sites, most of which are managed and booked by Parks SA. In Marion Bay there is a selection of Caravan Parks, Air Bnb's and the local hotel.
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- Flat Water Blasting
- Bump and Jump
- Longboard Cruising
- Salt Water
- Easy Launching
- On-site Parking
- Free Parking
- Camp Ground
- RV Camping
- Public Toilets
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