Off the beaten track
Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
135Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Fowlers Bay Eco Park
There is a great beach and sand dunes...wow incredible. We ventured up the top of one, almost killed me but the view was worth it.
I was told the locals from Yalata come to enjoy the surf, buy their supplies at the local shop and the children joy playing in the well maintained kids park. For a township of approximately 125 people it is incredibly well maintained.
The caretakers of the caravan park hold a friendly BBQ on Saturday night, so I put my name down as I thought it would be fun to be with other people for a change.
So come 6pm I strolled over to the camp kitchen with my large glass of cold white in hand and pulled up a seat and enjoyed the conversation going on around me while the snags, chicken patties and locally caught and smoked fish were being cooked
As there were no mail deliveries that week and I was desperately waiting for my paperwork to be delivered to Fowlers Bay from Qld I decided to make a dash to Ceduna before the Christmas festivities locked up the post office and the supermarkets.
The coastline around Fowlers Bay was first mapped in 1627 by François Thijssen, a Dutch sea captain. His ship was the Golden Seahorse (Gulden Zeepard).Fowlers Bay was named by Matthew Flinders when he anchored his ship The Investigator in the waters on 28 January 1802, after his first lieutenant, Robert Fowler.Edward John Eyre set up base camp here in 1840 during his epic journeys across the Nullarbor Plain. By this time the area was well-known to American and French whaling ships; Eyre documents seeing whalers in the area.In the 1860's, the first pastoral leases were established by William Swan and Robert Barr-Smith, forming Yalata station, a massive farming property, whose boundaries encompassed from the Head of the Great Australian Bight to Streaky Bay.The region was surveyed in March 1890 and proclaimed a town (under the name Yalata) in the Government Gazette in 1890, with the name changed to Fowler's Bay in 1940. Yalata now refers to a nearby township.