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Yorketown, South Australia

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Yorketown is at a junction of five roads leading to other towns all the same distance away. Take the town walk to discover the area's history. You'll also find two friendly hotels, a caravan park, playground and a good variety of shops to stock up on supplies, including a seven day supermarket. Rightly known as the hub of southern Yorke Peninsula, the town also has a hospital, banks, churches, oval and facilities for all sports. In the early days, Yorketown was called 'Weaners Flat', because it was where the pastoralists separated the lambs from the ewes. Surrounded by around 200 salt lakes, the town has a history based initially on harvesting those lakes. Today, the crystal formations are a boon for photographers and the red pink to white of some of the lakes catches the eye. Attractions: Yorketown's Old Courthouse photographic display. Yorketown Historical Society Town Walk. Yorketown Golf Course. Salt lakes. Yorketown owed most of its prosperity in the early days to the salt industry which reached its peak during the First World War with 57,000 tonnes farmed in a year. Production ceased in the 1950s when the salt refinery closed in Edithburgh. Yorketown's Old Courthouse contains over 1000 photographs depicting early pioneer days and the Yorketown Historical Society has mapped out a town walk.

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