Posts Tagged With: Eyre Peninsula

Elliston and Streaky Bay (flashback)

From Coffin Bay we drove north up the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula towards Streaky Bay. The kids really wanted to see the famous Great White Shark caught in 1990 that weighed 1500kg and was caught by rod and reel on 28kg line.

 

First stop was Elliston where the Tourist Information doubled as shop for local jams – raspberry was the pick of the day, and Op Shop with some cool shorts for the boys. Heading out of town we drove the scenic cliff drive lined with sculptures, giant thongs, surfer on a bike, Rapanui-style heads and a few other impressive ones too.

Just beyond Elliston we paid a quick visit to Talia caves, worthy of the 6km detour. The combination of limestone on top of sandstone has been eroded by the sea over the millennia resulting in long caves under the cliff. In the case of the Tub the thin roof has collapsed, leaving a tunnel to the sea.

Further north again beyond Sceale Bay a dirt road takes you out to Point Labatt where a sea lion colony can be observed from the cliff top.  Sea lions and Fur Seals were both present and the former were in quite a playful mood in the shallows of the protected reef.

 

 

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Ceduna and heading towards the Nullarbor

Ceduna was just a stop to fill up with water, clean up a bit, stock up with supplies and plan for the trip across the Nullabor. All but the planning were performed proficiently. We found a few spares that were required and spent quite a bit of time catching blue swimmer crabs off the jetty again.

After two days in Ceduna we travelled the one hour or so north west to the famous surfing beach, Cactus, at Port Sinclair. The three main surf spots there are Cactus, Castles and Caves, all a short distance from the campground. The swell was small but there were enough waves to keep the surfers happy. Most impressive was the windsurfer catching the waves though. With no board it was frustrating just having to watch, but with two shark attacks in NSW in the last two days, and a memorial plaque for a surfer taken from Cactus in September 2000, I was happy to watch the keen ones surf beyond sundown.

The next day we went for a swim in a nearby salt lake and found a golf ball ready for the next challenge. We stopped in Penong for a hole of golf on the Nullarbor Links course, the longest in the world. With not a single blade of green grass to be seen we all launched in and I think the best result was a score of 8 on the par 4 hole. Challenge complete!

Next stop Fowlers Bay where we camped near the beach in the National Park. We all snorkelled and I fished one night/morning with limited success – still not sure what fish I caught and returned but think it might have been a small jewfish. Time to press onwards and into the Nullarbor.

 

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Streaky Bay and heading north

From Murphy’s Haystacks we headed west towards the coast and took in the three scenic drives for the area. The first took us to the sealion colony at Point Labatt, then back up via Sceale Bay we drove the Westall Way loop drive that has a number of lookouts, Granites and Smooth Pools where a huge the promise of a huge ocean rock pool in the heat was very enticing. Unfortunately the strong south easterly breezes continued to blow and when we all got out of the car it didn’t seem such a good idea again.

 

Passing through the quiet, but attractive town of Streaky Bay the Cape Baer loop drive showcased some beautiful beaches, Hallys Beach being the standout. Whistling rocks were trying their hardest to perform, but the tide was not right to witness any action at the adjacent blowholes. In big swell the five holes in the ground must put on an impressive show but we missed out.

Back in Streaky Bay we finally got to see the replica Great White Shark in the roadhouse.

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Our destination for the night was Perlubie Beach and driving into a dusty carpark behind the beach our hearts sank. It looked average and while I tried to find a flat spot in the last viable spot we just parked and decide to check out the beach. Our spirits lifted again when we found the camping spots were actually on the beach, with cabana covers for sunshade. Sweeet!

School term is back in progress and we had found a great place to get the kids back into it.

 

Perlubie Beach Camp

Perlubie Beach Camp

 

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Murphy’s Haystacks

In between last blogs we had an overnight stay at Murphy’s Haystacks. Not much too add other than to display the photos – a very photogenic spot and gave me time to find out more about my camera, what it can and can’t do, and experimented with a few new shots.

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Coffin Bay National Park

Another short drive west from Lincoln National Park brings you to Coffin Bay National Park. Determined to keep up the adventure we decided to camp at Black Springs, the tides were in our favour so we drove down to Yangie Bay, deflated the tyres and headed on. We had a temporary bog that took five minutes to get out of then plain “sailing” from then on in, albeit quite rocky and rough in places.

Despite being a very dusty campground, the site we chose was on the edge of a low cliff directly above the beach. With its own bench it offered glorious views across the bay to the east. We took the Black Rocks hike to Avoid Bay, a 3.8km walk across the peninsula. A large osprey nest perched prominently on top of a stack below the cliff and a pair of ospreys circled, one with a fish in its talons. The beach was really shallow and water warm so we spent some time snorkelling to cool down. Plenty of fish life but nothing big enough to catch for dinner without a boat!

We took one day with just the car to explore the whole National Park. There is plenty of 4WD fun to be had with lots of sand to Morgans Landing, then rocky to Point Sir Isaac where we watched sea lions and dolphins cruising up and down the coastline. Sensation Beach presented a dune that appeared to go nowhere from below, but in fact a right turn at the crest takes you down to a huge surf fishing beach. On our return we stopped at the big sand dunes beside Seven Mile beach and let the kids run up and down them for an hour.

A short excursion from the campsite to Black Springs Well was worth the walk. The hand pump finally brought forward a brown stream of water that did go clear, albeit full of organic detritus. The park also has a number of wells dug by 19th century Whalers which we found on our excursion around the park

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Lincoln National Park – Memory Cove

A short drive from Port Lincoln brought us to Lincoln National Park, and we drove down the 4WD track to Memory Cove. During Matthew Flinder’s trip to the area in 1802, eight of his crew took a boat to shore, foundered on the reef near Cape Catastrophe, and lost their lives. The surrounding offshore islands were individually named after them and Memory Cove as a reminder of the incident.

Access is via a padlocked gate and a very rough road takes you to the beach. Unfortunately as soon as you arrive a swarm of bees descends looking for water, so the full awning went up to protect us, but not before I accidentally trod on one and got stung. Once set up things got better and the next few days were spent exploring the beach, shoreline, surrounding area and a bit of fishing. Wildlife abounds in the National Park and when Xavier wasn’t finding sea hares, peninsula brown snake jawbones and more besides we were watching Australian sea lions frolicking around the bay, and sea eagles flying overhead. We even got to watch a newly born baby dolphin being taught the ropes by its parents in the shallows of a nearby beach. It was tiny, barely a metre long and looked very clumsy when it surfaced to breathe, pushing its whole head and torso out, rather than just exposing the blowhole. Fish were everywhere and when the wrasse had stopped eating all the bait the big stuff came out (around dusk). Having watched swimmers in the sandy shallows it was a bit unnerving to see a 2+m bronze whaler cruising in knee-deep water two nights on the trot. Memory Cove is famous for the presence of Great White Sharks in the murky depths but this was 10m from the shore. That said I couldn’t resist slipping into the water at a spot where the sea lions were hanging out to try and get a photo. Unfortunately they were very wary and not as inquisitive as I was hoping they would be in the water. When I didn’t have a camera at hand they were more than happy to mock and put on fantastic jumping performances as we approached. I landed a large eagle ray on the last night after a 30 minute battle, and released it back.

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Tunarama – Port Lincoln

We arrived in Port Lincoln, deliberately timing it for the annual Tunarama festival. Port Lincoln is the home of Australian Tuna fishing and the launching point for Great White Shark fishing trips.

 

We arrived on the Sunday, dropped the camper trailer at a park and dashed back into town to witness the tuna tossing grand final. Andrew Ettinghausen, ex-Sharks NRL player was there with his film crew and he decided to give it a go. He showed that chucking a 9kg tuna is not as easy as it might seem. The winner already had 3 titles under his belt and he unleashed a 24m throw, almost twice as far as his nearest rival!

Prawn peeling came next and Amanda had registered early to make sure she was in it. The competition was to peel two prawns, dress with lettuce and salad and then eat it as fast as you could. Unfortunately Amanda picked the windy end of the table for her heat and lost her plate and prawn to the ground a couple of times before trying to eat hers with half the shell on to catch up! Good attempt though and we decided to call it a day. We checked out the sandcastles competition as we walked home.

Next morning saw us up early for Australia Day breakfast and for a gold coin donation we had an absolute feast, with fruit, cereal, and full cooked breakfast. The kids went back or seconds too so we were more than willing to throw in some more gold coins. Next to the breakfast tent we watched the Bunnings boat race competition start. Given two pieces of marine ply, some 4 by 2 lengths, 20 nails, wire and lots of tubes of silicon, glue and paint each team had two hours to build a boat that they were to race in the afternoon around a course. Some interesting designs emerged and people started choosing the winners before the boats had even got in the water.

The Greasy Pole competition was our next spectacle. Out on the jetty a pole was greased up ready to go. With age restrictions applying the kids were gutted they couldn’t try. Despite all manner of tactics a young girls “frog” approach paid off being the only one to make it to the end of the pole without slipping off. This was very popular and hilarious to watch.

The afternoon boat race was similar too, rapidly degenerating into a wreckage site as most teams swam with the remnants of their boats around the buoy and back home. Only one boat didn’t sink with both of the team paddling to glory in their boat the SS Sink. The rescue boats circled ….. just in case, but everyone was laughing and no-one gave up or needed assistance.

The kids all entered the Watermelon eating contest and with both Xavier and Hannah qualifying for the finals the scene was set. Hannah had the tactics set and quickly grabbed a spot with a slightly smaller piece of watermelon but she left the field behind chomping her way to victory, almost finishing her quarter melon in the one minute. She is now the Port Lincoln reigning champion watermelon eater for 2015. She won 25 dollars for her troubles and may have to return to defend her title next year.

Xavier came so close to a podium position too, but had been given a bigger chunk of melon to start with, and just finished out of the prize money. He did get the rest of his melon as a consolation prize.

Fifty Toes gives Port Lincoln a massive thumbs up for the entertainment of Tunarama – highly recommended for all.

To top it off we even got leafy seadragon and great white shark tattoos in one of the stalls.

If that wasn’t enough Xavier then found a fossilised sharks tooth back at the campground near the beach. An action packed couple of days in Port Lincoln that will be remembered for a while.

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Tumby Bay – fishing extravaganza

We stopped for a couple of days on the way down the Eyre Peninsula at a quiet town called Tumby Bay. The big jetty and favourable weather conditions found us spending quite a bit of time fishing.

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Oscar started getting excited when he saw me catch a squid, but when he stepped up the next day he couldn’t stop catching mackerel, one after another. So many in fact I was having trouble getting a line in. At the end of two days we had caught mackerel, tommy ruff, trevally, snook, garfish and had a bag full of bait for future expeditions squirrelled in the bottom of the freezer.

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