Yondah Sanctuary is home to Yondah Beach House and Seafire Beach House, two perfect coastal hideaways set on the 150-acre on the wild southern coast of Yorke Peninsula. These spacious, self-contained retreats offering views of the surrounding crystal oceans and windswept dunes.
An easy 3 hour drive from Adelaide, these retreats offer a unique ‘luxe-in-nature’ experience complete with private sandy beaches, panoramic sea views to Kangaroo Island, clifftop walks, rare native orchids, abundant bird life, and pods of whales in winter. Explore the stunning wilderness of South Australia with snorkelling in crystal clear rock pools, or hike along dramatic clifftops to secret coves and secluded beaches.
For the conservation-minded, step into the shoes of a researcher and get involved monitoring and surveying iconic wildlife species including western pygmy possums, malleefowl, hooded plovers, ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles and heath goannas. You can also take part in seasonal revegetation activities to create habitats for rare local butterflies and native bees as well as re-establishing understorey plants and native grasslands.
Conservation is at the heart of Yondah Sanctuary, with extensive revegetation works helping malleefowl and raptor populations thrive. This sanctuary is also part of the Marna Banggara rewilding program, reintroducing critically endangered species including the bettong and quoll to the South Australian mainland.
Michele Bain and Nick Cureton are the owners of Yondah Beach House, a property situated on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. The property is an eco-friendly tourist accommodation and dedicated wildlife sanctuary. Michele and Nick aim to maintain the property for these uses, with future plans for revegetation and establishing a wildlife release program as part of the Great Southern Ark project.
The property covers approximately 121 hectares on the coastline and comprises cliffs, dunes and heathland backed by mallee on limestone. Vegetation consists of coastal tussock grasses and heathland vegetation backed by South Australian coastal mallee (Eucalyptus diversifolia) woodland. The understorey consists mainly of cockies tongues (Templetonia retusa), coastal daisybush (Olearia axillaris) and 30 species of orchid.
The property provides habitat for a range of wildlife including western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus), western pygmy possums (Cercartetus concinnus), long-nosed fur seals (Arctocephalus forsteri) and Rosenberg’s goannas (Varanus rosenbergi). A variety of birdlife is also present including malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata), hooded plovers (Thinornis rubricollis), ospreys (Pandion spp.) and white-bellied sea eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster).