house and windmill on the Yorke
Peninsula near Warooka
Warooka (including Corny Point and Point
Last major township on Yorke Peninsula
Located 228 km west of Adelaide, Warooka is a
tiny township at the southern end of the Yorke
Peninsula. The area was first explored by
Matthew Flinders in 1802 who named Hardwicke Bay
(after Earl Hardwicke) and Corny Point. No one
knows what Warooka means It is said that the
word is a local Aboriginal word meaning 'windy',
'muddy', 'ship', 'swamp' or 'lagoon'. Take your
It was settled in the 1850s by wheat and
sheep farmers who shipped their produce out from
the numerous jetties and ports around the
The most impressive building in town is the
Warooka Memorial Hall which was built in 1927
and now houses the Community Library. It is
actually located on a hill surrounded by flat
wheatlands. You don't get the feeling until you
are in town that you're actually sitting on a
low lying hill with views all around.
Things to see:
Warooka District Museum
A typical folk museum located in the town's old
Police Station. It is full of interesting local
memorabilia. It has a lot of interesting
artefacts from the town and district's early
history. It is open by appointment. For details
and opening contact (08) 8854 5003.
An attractive run of white sand which is popular
with holidaymakers. It is a safe swimming area
and is suitable for windsurfing. The waters are
shallow and safe for children.
Originally a port for the barley from the
surrounding area, Point Turton is now a holiday
resort with a general store and caravan park.
There are still two huge grain sheds and, at low
tide, it is possible to see the remains of the 'Yulta'
which ran aground in 1926 when trying to moor at
Pont Turton during rough seas. Today Point
Turton has an excellent boat launching ramp and
is popular with deep sea fishermen.
Corny Point Lighthouse
Matthew Flinders named Corny Point which he
described as 'a remarkable point'. He did not
offer an explanation for the name. The historic
lighthouse which was built in 1882 and is now
automated. It still offers excellent views over
the coast. Corny Point was one of the many
shipping ports around the Yorke Peninsula and
was still in operation as recently as 1942.
Today it is noted for its excellent and safe