Being on the foot of the Yorke Peninsula, Marion Bay experiences high winds of a south-easterly nature during the summer months. The best times to visit are the months of March, April and May, when the winds die down and the seas are calm with a mild temperature. Summer months can become very hot and winters can be bitterly cold. Marion Bay has a moderate rainfall and generally does not receive as much rain as Adelaide or surrounding districts.
Marion Bay can only be accessed via car, from a 2.5 hour drive from Adelaide, and a 1.5 hour drive from Port Wakefield. From Adelaide, use theNorth South Motorway, and then exit onto Port Wakefield Highway and use the divided dual carriageway for about an hour until Port Wakefield, where you should then exit onto Copper Coast Hwy, and then turn off at Yorke Highway until the very end of the town.
- 1 Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, CMB Stenhouse Bay, ☏ , (after hours). One of the best known attractions on the peninsula, with over 9200 ha of mallee bushland. Birdwatchers will love to explore this Park, with over 140 species including Ospreys, Hooded Plovers, Malleefowl, and the elusive Western Whipbird. It is a popular destination for camping, bushwalking, fishing, surfing and scuba diving. The park has a range of designated campgrounds throughout, and all (except Casuarina) are on a first come-first served basis. Fees apply to enter the park and for camping.
Marion Bay is a base for many deep sea fishing charter operators, who offer short or long tours off Yorke Peninsula. For those interested in deep sea fishing, and fishing at Wedge Island, Marion Bay based charters offer packages and accommodation.
- Reef Encounters Fishing Charters, 17 Osprey Drive, ☏ . Reef Encounters Fishing Charters has been operating on the Yorke Peninsula since 1998 and is recognised as one of the leading fishing charter services in South Australia. The business is owned and operated by Mark, whose reputation is his guarantee of an awesome fishing adventure.
- SA Fishing Adventures, 7 Gannet Crescent, ☏ . SA Fishing Adventures is a deep sea fishing charter based at Marion Bay. Owners Herbie and Kirsty have created packages for small or large groups with all bait and fishing equipment supplied. They can also arrange meals, accommodation and for your catch to be filleted and packaged.
- Marion Bay Motel, Stenhouse Bay Road, ☏ , email@example.com. Yorke Peninsula’s trendiest new motel. Rooms have 1 queen bed, 1 single bed and a fold out bed, or 1 queen size bed and 1 single bed, or 1 queen size bed. A/C, large LCD television, Austar, tea and coffee making facilities, bar refrigerator and ensuite bathrooms. Full of character and personal touches. From $130, room only.
Cellular (mobile) telephone network reception may not be available in many areas especially those distant from cellular network repeater towers normally located along the major highways and near larger townships. Hilly terrain will also effect reception. In an emergency seek higher ground. Some networks provide a poor coverage in regional and rural areas. It is generally considered that the best reception is available from either Telstra or Optus when in areas such as Yorke Peninsula.
For emergency services including police, fire services and ambulance call 000 from any telephone and ask the operator to connect you.
Such calls are placed without charge to the calling party.