EYRE PENINSULA- RUGGED COAST, WHITE BEACHES
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
323Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Elliston 300kms
WEATHER: Very overcast, rain and grey. 20 degrees midday
ACCOMMODATION: Streaky Bay CP-$27pn; Waterloo CP -$22 no power
Well it was still very overcast with intermittant showers when we decided to leave Ceduna and make our way down the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula.
This peninsula is a great fishing mecca with a gorgeous coastline and small attractive towns. There are several accessible national parks with good facilities.
We popped into the pretty coastal town of Smoky Bay, 40 kms from Ceduna which had an impressive jetty and beach front caravan park. it was raining heavily so we drove onto Haslam to check out the free camping spot. On this grey and wet day we decided to make our home at a caravan park at Streaky Bay. The coast along this stretch is very scenic.
We stayed at Streaky Bay for 2 nights, checked out the town and managed to get our walking in between showers. There were many fishermen here and it was fascinating to watch them hauling in their catches and cleaning them at the designated bench. The pelicans remained close by to grab the discarded fish. We had a very well equipped camp kitchen so cooked up some special treats under shelter.
Just out of Streaky Bay, the interesting Murphy Stacks was a quick side trip on our drive south.
They are an outcrop of pink granite boulders in the middle of flattish landscape. We had a laugh when we read that this was the most popular tourist attraction on the peninsula because during our time at the attraction not another soul was seen.
At Venus Bay, we did the South Head Walking Trail and were gobsmacked by the gorgeous rugged coast. The ocean pounds the disintegrating cliffs and the views change as you round the peninsula; there are small islands off shore and birds flitting about. Superb. We spent nearly 2 hours here taking in the beauty and stretching our legs.
Venus Bay, a tiny holiday town would be a lovely spot to spend time relaxing and admiring the coast, walking and swimming, but today is wet and the only camping area is fully booked and chock-a-block! Oh well it will have to be next time and we did enjoy the walking trail!
As the sign reads: "it's worth another look". You bet!!
As the brochure says- famed for pristine beaches, beautiful sunsets, breathtaking scenery, swimming, surfing and fishing!!!
We pulled into the small town late afternoon and chose the Waterloo Caravan Park to stay; the manager, a lovely woman apologised for all sites being booked but led us to a grassy, spacious unpowered area towards the back of the park which we were happy about, because we were on our own. Our neighbours were away in Adelaide for a few days.
It was very cool and still raining on and off, but we did take a walk around the beach and town, where everything was closed on Sunday. The description from the brochure matched our perceptions but under heavy cloud we probably didn't see Elliston at its best.
On Monday morning we walked up to a lookout on a gravel road to get our 7kms in for the day and we marvelled at the beauty of the cliffs, small islands and swirling ocean. A trip to the bakery was worthwhile.
We telephoned mum/Nell in Adelaide and when she told us she had taken a turn for the worst we decided to cut short our journey around the peninsula and drive 200kms across to Cowell, via Lock and make our way to Adelaide.