Frequently asked questions
Here are the answers to our most frequently-asked questions. If you still have a query, give us a call anytime on 0417 829 010.
Do we have to share with other people?
Never! You’ll have the whole estate to yourself, even when you book our 1 Bedroom or 2 Bedroom options in low season.
Can we stay for less than the 4 day minimum?
Yes, sometimes 2 and 3 day gaps occur between longer bookings and these will appear in our online booking system.
How far is the house from the beach?
The house is about 150 metres to the cliff tops, then there are various goat tracks down to Yondah’s beaches and coves.
Is it easy to access Yondah's beaches?
Yes, but only if you’re reasonably fit because all beach access is via steep, winding tracks down the cliffs. Children and pets should be supervised at all times.
Is it safe to swim?
The beaches and rockpools are perfect for paddling and snorkelling but deep water swimming is not safe – this coastline is known for its strong currents and its wildlife, including sharks.
How long does it take to get to Yondah?
It’s an easy 3 hour drive from Gepps Cross (on the northern side of Adelaide), and about 2 hours from Port Wakefield which is located at the top of Gulf St Vincent.
What are the roads like?
Not terrific but hey it’s an adventure right? You can stay on the bitumen almost all the way but the last 20km are graded gravel roads.
Are there any shops nearby?
The nearest shop for basic groceries, takeaway food and petrol is in Marion Bay which is 26km away.
Is cleaning included?
It certainly is. We don’t like those hidden cleaning fees either.
Are dogs allowed inside?
They sure are! Yondah is genuinely pet-friendly.
Is there a fenced area for dogs?
No, however the whole 300 acre property boundary is ‘farm’ fenced except for the section along the coastline nearest to the house which is located 1km from the main road (so no traffic worries). We have not provided a smaller fenced area for dogs because an unattended dog is at greater risk of snake bite.
Is there a phone or internet?
There’s both! Yondah has a landline and NBN satellite internet access which you can use for free to download your emails etc. Unfortunately the service isn’t yet up to streaming movies but we live in hope.
Will my mobile work?
Yes, it should work most of the time if you’re with Telstra. Other carriers are more reliable near towns.
Is there good TV reception in the house?
Considering Yondah’s remoteness, the TV reception is surprisingly good and you can access all the main channels.
Is there a BBQ?
Yondah is all electric so there’s an electric BBQ kettle, electric grill and even an electric wok.
When is the open wood fire operational?
From May to September inclusive. Outside of these months, the fireplace is closed to prevent bushfire.
Do we have to bring our own firewood?
Yes you can. Or you can buy one of our firewood kits which contains kindling, firelighters and logs – these are only $14 to cover costs. But don’t forget that your first fire is complimentary – it will be all set and ready to go when you arrive (May to September inclusive).
Do we have to bring bedding?
Not at all. You’re on holiday so you only need to bring your beach towels and favourite food and wines.
Can we drink the water?
There’s no mains water on southern Yorke Peninsula so it all comes off the roof. It is regularly treated so it’s fine for washing etc, but we suggest you boil it before you drink it, or take a cask of drinking water with you.
What's in the kitchen?
There’s everything you’ll need including a Blanco underbench oven with ceramic hotplates, full-size fridge, microwave, breadmaker and other small appliances plus cake tins etc and basic pantry provisions.
How big is the fridge?
The fridge is a 505 litre Beko fridge (323L Fridge / 182L Freezer) so there’s plenty of room for all your goodies.
Are there whales?
Yes there are! Between May and October, you may see humpback and southern right whales in Yondah’s bay. Sometimes they breach right out of the water.
Are there snakes?
Yondah is located in a remote natural environment, so yes, encounters with snakes are possible between October and March. Our snake repellers seem to deter them most of the time but we advise caution.
Is there a boat ramp nearby?
Yes, there’s a ‘natural’ boat ramp at Foul Bay which is about 3km away.
Is the fishing good?
Yes it is, but we don’t encourage fishing because it doesn’t align with our green ethos. We’d much rather you grab a snorkel and go play with the baby fish in one of the big rockpools!
Do you allow motorbikes or hunting?
No we don’t because these activities disturb the wildlife, damage the fragile coastal environment and raise safety issues for other people in the area.
”This is by far the best getaway home we have ever stayed. Bringing our dogs has made our holiday that much more meaningful.”
LORRAINE & GEOFF (GLENELG, SA)
“We are so excited. We want to continue our annual holiday at your glorious beach house until we’re all 90!”
KRISTY, SVEN, LOUISE, JOSEPH, SOPHIA & JENSEN (BROMPTON, SA)
“This extraordinary hideaway is simply magic. Beautiful beaches and cosy little bays where we sat to watch the sun set. A piece of heaven on earth.”
LYN & ROSALIND (CALOUNDRA, QLD)
“Beautiful, peaceful, breathtaking. The accommodation was remarkable, well exceeding our expectations. The whole package was magical.”
ANDREA & FAMILY (HAPPY VALLEY, SA)
“Yondah is so private, not seeing or interacting with other people for 4 days is a very rare occurrence in the world today. We loved the seals!”
ALLAN, ANITA & LILLY (BRISBANE, QLD)
“Seventh visit and still as good as the first. Always wonderful to drive over the ridge and see Yondah silhouetted against the sea!”
BRUCE, ANNE & GAZELLE (BLACKWOOD, SA)
“It's bright and white, an ocean-facing bubble of light on 120 hectares.”
AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER (JANUARY 2017)
“Solitude, nature, the sea, wildlife and the comforts of home. We love it so much, Yondah has become an annual pilgrimage“
SIMON (MARION SA)