Yankalilla is an agriculturally based town situated on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, located 72 km south of the state’s capital of Adelaide. The town is nestled in the Bungala River valley, overlooked by the southern Mount Lofty Ranges and acts as a service centre for the surrounding agricultural district.
In the early stages of the colonisation of the state, Yankalilla was a highly important location, but its close proximity to Adelaide and the advent of fast transport has greatly diminished this position.
The economy of the town is based mostly on the surrounding agricultural lands, with industry and tourism also supplementing the town’s economy.
Since it’s establishment, Yankalilla has had cereal crops such as wheat and barley as a major agricultural component, and today this still remains the case. Dairy farming and livestock grazing, including sheep and cattle have also become important to the economy, with dairy products one of the towns biggest exports. Forestry has been attempted in the area and is still occurring in the district.
Tourism has been a rapidly increasing facet of the town economy, with a little over 12,500 tourists visited the Yankalilla Tourist Information Centre in 2006, and this figure is increasing at 12% each year. The Shrine and the country atmosphere draw tourists to the area, with others passing through the town on drives.