Once you get over the initial "ooh-aah" and wander over to the semi-obscured examples at the back, you'll find even more interesting shapes.
You can't help but look at them and try to imagine just how these weird and wonderful granite outcrops could be weathered into such extraordinary shapes by something as simple as wind and, occasionally, water.
There's a parking area, toilet and an honesty box when you first pull up as it's all on private land and the revenue collected goes solely to the maintenance of the site.
Out of the loop and back on the main road there's not a lot to see except straight roads until you come to something that isn't huge but has become a significant attraction in the local area.
It's called Murphy's Haystacks, a reddish outcrop of granite inselbergs listed as being up to 1,500 million years old and featured in many an item of promotional literature for this part of the world.
A little further on from Smooth Pool we came across some "civilization".
We passed the new "housing estate" called, can you believe it, "Fishermans Paradise". The estate consisted of about 4 houses, 3 of which were not yet finished. Where on earth they would get water from in this dry part of Australia's driest state was a mystery to me.
Still, what an address. It would certainly be a great conversation starter and give you some boasting rights at the bar.
As a bonus to our journey we also spent some time doing boys stuff in the sandhills of Yanerbie, another semi-famous local site on the way out of the loop road. These shifting dunes of milk white are a joy to behold. I went a little beserk with my camera and then slid down a steep-sided dune, something I hadn't done for decades. It generates a sense of freedom. It's that sort of place......especially for silly old people like me.
I let Bob drive from here. Bob had trouble with the gears. By this time I had learned to look away and, when the crunch came, I had an instant mental picture of the engine and gearbox haemorraging. You get used to it after a while.
.....and this is a place to love. An excerpt from a story I wrote:
' With nowhere to fish we finished the loop road and headed back to the info centre.
"If you only had half a day, what would you go and see around here?" was the question I put to the lady. Westall Way was her choice and Smooth Pool was one stop she recommended we take. Westall is another loop road, this time a little further south.
Her enthusiasm for the trail was well founded. Our first stop was at "High Cliffs", another scenic spot though the height wasn't as great as Cape Bauer. We bypassed the "Granites", a popular local surfing and fishing spot, and headed straight for Smooth Pool. If you were constructing a place for a picnic, you couldn't do much better than here. Red rocks, reflective pools, the sea beside you, cliffs in the background and you can drive right up to the shore. The only thing missing are facilities but, since we were in the motorhome, what did we care.
Fortunately, I had called in at the local pie shop at Streaky Bay for some proper food and this was the chosen site for the feast. Just sitting on the rocks with gull or two for company and watching the world go by. Definitely a place I will return to.'
For our initial foray we headed out for Cape Bauer, past the new housing estate and then through farming land. At last we were to get a look at the ocean and Cape Bauer serves as a dramatic introduction for what you can expect along the rest of the western side of Eyre Peninsula. The sparsely vegetated wind blown cliffs are impressive and eye catching. Their rugged beauty a sign of conglomerate being attacked constantly by the sea; their dangerously underscoured tops having collapsed here and there as if to indicate their true fragility. The swell below breaking on remnants of what were once cliffs but now are merely as speed humps to traffic.
We were impressed and spent about an hour walking around the dunes and cliff edges, soaking up the atmosphere and the warming autumn sun. With nowhere to fish we finished the loop road and headed back to the info centre.
Streaky Bay's jetty provides a nice fishing spot; snapper can be caught from the Streaky Bay jetty between October and December and other seasonal fish as well.
Dotted along the coast are fine sandy swimming beaches, free beachside camping sites, rock pools, and many rock and surf fishing sites.
Boat Ramps are located near Streaky Bay to enable the angler to fish the middle of the Bay itself.
The history of European exploration of the Streaky Bay area starts with the Dutch sailors who accompanied Pieter Nuyts on his 1627 voyage across the Great Australian Bight.
Nuyts reached the South Australian coast near Streaky Bay before turning westward and heading to the Dutch East Indies. His visit to the area is recalled on the Pieter Nuyts Monument in the median strip on Bay Road near the Streaky Bay Community Hotel.
Note: It is not Pieter Nuyts, but Matthew Flinders that named the bay because of the streaky discolouration he noticed in the water during his expediation inland Australia!
Visited Streaky during the winter months - well, it was in August so spring was just peeking around the corner ... the sun was shining, the waters were gentle - but yet, there was still a lil nip in the air!
So here I was - enjoying the sun, in my sweater and Levis ... what a combination.
Driving down towards Streaky, and getting the very first view of the ocean - its simply breathtaking.
I actually literally stopped driving to take it all in...
One can never go amiss taking a lazy walk to the edge of the jetty - watching the waves gently lap up to shore.