Christmas by the sea
Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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Where I stayed
Smoky Bay Caravan Park
I picked up my paperwork from Ceduna did the usual food shopping and took off for Streaky Bay for a couple of days.
The Park is right on the foreshore so I could take the dogs for a walk on the beach which I hadn't been able to do much of lately.
The down side was it is a very windy spot and due to this I was unable to leave the door open.
After a wonderful Christmas lunch and dinner the next day it was time to find somewhere with less wind.
Streaky Bay was the next stop for the night and then the coastal drive through Point Westall, Sceale Bay and Point Kenny.
Smoky Bay's coastline was first sighted and mapped by Captain Matthew Flinders in 1802, who named it 'Smoky Bay' after the amount of smoke from fires lit by the area's Aboriginal people.Whalers were the first Europeans to inhabit the coastline near the current site of the town, just north of Pt. Collinson. Recently, dune erosion has uncovered parts of the ruins of their camps, with pieces of whale bone and three one-hundred gallon cooking pots were recovered.In the early 1860s pastoralists arrived in the district. Former Adelaide civil servant Charles Francis Heath (1832–83) established a sheep grazing property which he named Wallanippie Station after the Aboriginal name of a waterhole near his homestead at the back of Point Brown peninsula.A feud took place in 1865 between two Aboriginal men at Wallanippie Station, resulting in one being speared and the other charged with murder. Heath was required to attend the Supreme Court in Adelaide as a witness. The trial was notable in that it was an instance of British law intervening in traditional Aboriginal law.Following that the government decided that the developing district needed established law and order. On 16 November 1865, Heath was appointed the first justice of the peace and local magistrate for Smoky Baypost office, repeating station and living quarters had been built. The town continued to grow, with a school and hall opened in 1909. A jetty was proposed for erection in 1908, and finally completed in 1913.The town of Smoky Bay was surveyed in 1913 under the name of 'Wallanippie, along with the aforementioned jetty and a Harbour's Board reserve. A large galvanised iron goods shed and arailway line extending to the far end of the jetty were established, allowing the town to operate as a port.The town's original name of 'Wallanippie' was officially changed to 'Smoky Bay' in 1940, after continued use of this name by locals since the town's establishment. The town became less important throughout the mid 1900s, and its capacity as a port was diminished, leaving the town as a residential, as well as an agricultural centre for the surrounding community.The growing of Oysters was established in the bay in 1988, providing a new economic facet for the town, and adding to the town's promise as a tourist destination.During the 2002/2003 summer, a ban on taking all shellfish from the waters of the bay was imposed after a deadly biotoxin was discovered in the shellfish.