Cable Bay


Cable Bay looking towards Cape Spencer.

27/7/2017 - All campsites within Innes National Park utilise an online booking system.  There are 9 campsites at Cable Bay and all cost $15 a night.

Cable Bay is inside the Innes National Park, about 320 kilometres from Adelaide at the foot of the Yorke Peninsula.  It is not far inside the park's boundary and is the closet camp ground to the surf break called "Chinamans".  It will cost you $15 a night to camp (at the time of writing) and $10 to enter the Park.  (Costs updated July, 2017).

The campground itself is easily visible from the main road that runs through the park.  There are about 8 sites set amongst the low coastal vegetation, just behind the beach.  There is a toilet here, but nothing else.  Because of the lack of trees, there is next to no shelter, so the weather would have to be agreeable to make for a comfortable stay.  

Cable Bay is not as popular as other sites within the park, so a bit of privacy is virtually guaranteed, if you don't mind waving to the cars as they drive by.

The beach is lovely, but can become filled with seaweed after a strong southerly blow.  The water is clear but the bottom here is almost entirely reef with a few sand patches here and there.  It is great for snorkelling because of the reef.  There are lots of ledges, drop offs and holes to peer into.

Fishing in the sand patches has produced a number of good sized flathead.  Drifitng a float over the broken ground is a good way to catch a few squid, but you need a high tide.

Sunsets along this little stretch of sand are spectacular and the low sun lights up the cliffs at the end of the beach.

As mentioned, it is only a short drive to the Chinamans carpark, so surfers don't have to venture too far.  There is no surf on the beach itself.

On one occasion here, I was camped with my son.  During the second day a hot northerly wind had blown up.  On the beach, I didn't notice how strong it had become, as it was blowing offshore, straight over our heads.  When I returned to the camp site, I found most of the pegs had pulled out and the tent was almost down.  It was too windy and uncomfortable, so we headed for a more sheltered location.  The ground at this site is sand over rock, and the rock is not very far down.  It is possible to hammer the tent pegs in only so far.  This is fine if there is little or no wind, but if it blows, the pegs fail to hold.

Because of the lack of shelter, it is a site to visit only during pleasant weather.  Campfires are allowed except in Fire Danger Season (1st of November until 30th of April).  No firewood collection allowed inside the park.