In 1970, Innes National Park was dedicated to a bird thought to be extinct until it was discovered again in the 1960s. The bird for which this park is dedicated is called the Western Whip bird.
The coastline along the Yorke Peninsula and Innes National Park is rich with maritime history. Ships that became the victims of the unpredictable storms for which this area is known. There is a trail that follows along this area to tell of the tragedies that have happened here.
In Innes National Park at Cape Spencer, West Cape and Peter Island are three lighthouses. These lighthouses are still operated and maintained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. These three lighthouses are still used as navigational aids along the coast.
There is camping available in the park. You have the option of staying in one of the shacks in the park or use your own camping equipment. A 4-wheel drive is not necessary to navigate in the park. 2-wheel drive vehicles are good enough.
Western grey kangaroos, pygmy possums, bearded dragons, and sleepy lizards all inhabit Innes National Park. Dolphins, seals, and sealions play and rest on the outer islands of the park. In the winter months, whales can be seen swimming around. Innes National Park is also home to 110 species of birds.
Surfing is another activity to indulge in at the park. At Chinaman’s reef, you will be challenged at times by some really good waves. Salmon, whiting, mullet, and squid are just some of the fish that await your fishing line in the park.
Among the many trails in the park, include the Brown Beach to Gym Trail. This trail leads you to and through beaches, sand dunes, and the view of lots of bird life. In September, this trail is a showplace for a diversity of orchids. The Cape Spencer Lighthouse Trail leads you to a good whale watching spot. Inneston Trail takes you through the historic mining village.
While visiting Innes National Park there are some rules to follow.
* Your pets are not allowed. Their noises disturb the wildlife. In addition, poisons are set out for fox control, and your pets would be in danger.
* You are welcome in many areas of the park; just take your garbage with you when you leave each area.
* There is no guarantee of the quantity or quality of the rainwater. Bring your own water supply with you for drinking.
Innes National Park offers a variety of activities for almost everyone who visits. The coastline along the Yorke Peninsula and Innes National Park are rich with maritime history. Bring your camera and lots of film. You will not be disappointed. Have a great stay.