Trip Start Jul 26, 2006
90Trip End May 25, 2009
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Where I stayed
Streaky Bay Caravan Park
(9-11 January 2009)
We checked out Ceduna our first major town after heading into South Australia, after the border check point. We purchased some groceries and bought some beer and paid a couple of bills on-line that we knew were due to be paid. The bills never escape you, even when you are traveling.
We headed down the Eyre Peninsula, coastal route to stay hopefully at the free camps along the way to Streaky Bay. Unfortunately, they were all full, we just made it to the Caravan Park at Streaky Bay right on 6pm for check-in. We were disappointed we could not get in anywhere else. The caravan park was jam packed. Everyone recommended us to stay here, it would have been great if you had a boat. It was obviously very popular with boaters.
Although the area was first discovered by a Dutchman Peter Nuyts in 1627 and two centuries later in 1802 by Captain Matthew Flinders and named Streaky Bay whilst examining the South Australian coastline, because of the streaks in the water in the bay by the reflected of light and seaweed, it was Edward John Eyre in 1839 who established a camp area about three kms from Streaky Bay. He used this waterhole on an expedition to Point Bell in 1839 and to Albany,WA in 1840. Obviously the Eyre Peninsula was aptly named after him.
We also saw this spot in a Caravan and 4wd Magazine as a good place to catch crabs, using claws along the shoreline, but we were clearly too early or there was not much around. Everyone went out into deeper water with their boats and put traps out, rather than catch them on the shoreline, so what chance did we have. We definitely could do with a boat. Low tide here certainly went out a long way to reveal mud flats.
Streaky Bay acts as a service centre for the surrounding rural community, with wheat, barley, wool and fat lambs being the main activity on the land. Also cattle, pigs and poultry contribute to a lesser extent to the general economy of the area. Granite mining is also a significant industry. The other major industry is fishing with Streaky Bay owes much of its prosperity to the harvest of the sea. The most famous catches in the area are the famous King George Whiting, Southern Rock Lobster (crayfish), abalone and shark. In season salmon, snapper, garfish, tommy ruffs, trevally, squid, blue swimmer crabs, razorfish and scallops. Oyster farming is a major aquaculture industry and you can arrange a tour, but all facilities were closed when we visited the area.
We took a coastal scenic drive the first morning called The Cape Bauer Tourist Loop. We first stopped at Hally's Beach and Whilstling Rocks (blow holes). We were told to be very careful of the large holes in the area, which if you did not see you could easily fall into, never to be seen again. Hence the kids had to hold onto our hands much to their hatred, but fear got the better of them. We took in the sights from lookouts accessed by 4WD to Olive Island and the rugged coastline. On the way back there is a lovely view of the township. This only took us a couple of hours and we got back in time for a late lunch of fish and chips.
We could already tell we were in another state, other than WA the fuel was cheaper as well as the fish and chips and groceries.
We then headed on another Coastal scenic drive called Westall Way Loop. This was definitely a 4WD route with corrugated dirt roads all the way around. We enjoyed High Cliff, The Dreadnoughts, The Granites, Smooth Pool and Speeds Point and then onto the fishing village of Yanerbie. When we got sick of the 4wd and rough roads and the kids behaviour we headed back to the Caravan Park.
The prevailing winds which never stopped whilst we were at Streaky Bay and other fellow campers comments that it had not stopped in over a week, lead us to depart Streaky Bay after two nights. We filled our tanks with water and headed out of town.