Royston Head Hike

1 h to 1 h 30 min
30 min to 45 min

4.9 km

↑ 116 m
↓ -116 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park on the road to Dolphin Beach off Browns Beach Road, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, this walk takes you to Royston Head and back via the Royston Head Hike. Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park is a remote coastal wilderness on the tip of the Yorke Peninsula with a backdrop of rugged cliffs and sandy beaches, offering excellent opportunities for camping, bushwalking, birdwatching, fishing, surfing and discovering maritime history. Along this hike, walkers can experience spectacular views of the rugged peninsula coast and blue ocean from the coastal cliffs at Royston Head. The walking trail fades away as it reaches the cliffs, leading to a fantastic lookout point with a tranquil beach below. This hike consists of sandy, gently undulating walking trails with some uneven rocky surfaces. Suitable for average fitness levels. Campgrounds are available near the trailhead at Shell Beach and Browns Beach, as well as several other locations around the park. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.1970416,136.8659411)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Port Wakefield Highway, Port Wakefield.
  • Turn on to Copper Coast Highway then drive for 6.4 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Yorke Highway and drive for another 55.3 km
  • Turn right onto Yorke Highway and drive for another 37.3 km
  • Turn left onto Maitland Road and drive for another 32 km
  • Turn right onto Moorowie Station Road and drive for another 6.8 km
  • Turn left onto Yorke Highway and drive for another 48.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Stenhouse Bay Road and drive for another 175 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 265 m
  • Turn slight left onto Yorke Highway and drive for another 660 m
  • Turn slight left onto Yorke Highway and drive for another 25 m
  • Turn right onto Pondalowie Bay Road and drive for another 18.2 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 215 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 30 m
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Continue another 2.4 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.4 km to get back to the start.
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Royston Head Hike

Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.9 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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