Tourist friendly, good range of accommodation, great scenery
A bit distant from anywhere
Nice laid back place for good food and friendly folks.
At Murphy's Haystacks, it is very easy to view the ones you come to first, and then miss the rest.We just happened to look around and saw them, so we then went for a look.Here was another large group of these geological wonders made of Hiltaba granite, so named after a sheep station situated some way north-east. More wonderful shapes and sizes, I...more
On the same day we did the Westall Loop and Point Labatt, we finished the day be going to Murphy's Haystacks.The name is misleading as Murphy's Haystacks are not haystacks at all but a clump of pink granite boulders that give the appearance of haystacks. Rising out of the hillside, these are known as granite inselbergs dating back 1,500 million...more
POINT LABATT IN THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT, IS ANOTHER MUST SEE!We continued onto here after finishing the Westall loop. Still travelling on dirt road, this one became a little rough. Once there though, it was worth the drive, for from the cliff top we looked down upon dozens of Sea Lions basking in the sun. Perhaps it was the time of day, I don't...more
Just a word of caution, as the weather warms, the Lizards and Snakes come out.We saw several "Stumpy Tailed" lizards crossing the road. They move very slowly, SO DO NOT RUN OVER THEM as they are not dangerous to humans and do no harm.If you tease them, and they latch onto your fingers, expect pain!!The Lizard has a short, wide stumpy tail that...more
The Beaches along here go for miles and miles with not another person in sight.We did see a fisherman and that was all. They are great for fishing and swimming.Surfers Beach is a very popular safe swimming beach with no rips and it's quite shallow, a great place for kids to swim, surf and play safely. There are more bays in the area, such as Heart...more
Leaving the smooth pools behind and travelling on the dirt road again, we drove over a hill and greeting us on the other side was the sight of colossal sand hills in the distance. Closer we came to these huge pure white virgin sandhills, so clean and pristine!These are the Yanerbie sandhills, and plenty of fun can be had sandboarding on them.more
Driving along, it wasn't far when we found another Brown tourist sign, this was to "Smooth Pool" As we drove down to the carpark, we had a marvellous view of the rocks and savage ocean, for me it was one of those "wow, this is beautiful" moments, it certainly was a favorite spot of mine.Other than a couple sitting on the rocks eating lunch, we were...more
The town jetty is a good place to try fishing from. If you are lucky, you may catch one of South Australias best fish, the "King George" Whiting.I just went for a walk along the jetty, at that time, there wasn't any fish being caught. I noticed a fenced of swimming area, a good idea as the White Pointer sharks are known to frequent the Streaky Bay...more
Another day, and another scenic drive is planned, this one is the Westall Way Loop. It is a 31km scenic loop located just 10kms South of Streaky Bay.This drive is also along another dirt road which takes us to a series of rocky granite outcrops known as the Westall Granites. These boulders are covered by quite a bright orange algae and are quite...more
There a quite a few Churches in Streaky Bay, and you will come across them on the town historical walk.My 1st photo is of the Anglican, St. Augustine's, a nice looking Church built in 1912. Doors were closed!In the same street, is a smaller Church, this one is the Uniting Church which opened in 1911, it has a Manse next door. This Church was not...more
I only saw this Museum from the outside, but I thought I would mention it, as it records the life of Streaky Bay, which has long been a fishing port. This Museum has information on shark hunters, about when it was acceptable to hunt sharks and you can read about these hunters in the museums gallery of local characters.Also on display are large blue...more
This is located at Stewart's Roadhouse and is FREE TO VIEW.It is a life size replica of the world's largest white pointer shark caught on a rod and reel in April 1990It took 5 hours of struggle to land the 1520kg female shark on a 24kg line. The Shark was estimated to be between 16 - 18 years old.The White Pointer is now a protected species of...more
Hitting the dirt road again, this time our view was of a beautiful Beach and not Cliffs.The Beach was completely deserted! Beautiful white sand and turquoise blue water, I wondered why? Perhaps it was too cold, who knows. You are allowed to walk your dog on the beach.This concluded the Cape Bauer Loop. All I can say is "DON'T MISS IT!"more
Standing on top of the Cape Bauer cliffs, we noticed the sea rushing in, and as it receded, a flat shelf was in view.This is known as the Continental Shelf, a shallow extension of the land mass that is only tens of metres deep, compared to a thousand metres deep a little further out in the deep ocean. It is on these shelves where most of the plants...more
Olive Island, we could see quite easily off the shore of Cape Bauer.This Island has a large breeding colony of Australian Sea Lions and is also a known nesting location for Osprey, White-Bellied Sea Eagle and Cormorants. Olive Island is also an important refuge for Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Fairy Terns, Ruddy Turnstone, Rock Parrot and Cape Barren...more
This was our next stop. Here are Whistling holes and Blow holes.The Whistling Rocks/Blowholes are on the clifftops of the northern section of Corvisart Bay. Wave action and the dissolution of coastal limestone has resulted in rounded shafts which funnel air under pressure from the crashing waves below. These features are dangerous, so be very...more
I had already taken photo's of plants growing inbetween rocks and in the sand, such a harsh area they were growning and they seemed to be growing well.At the Whistling Holes/Blow Holes, there was a notice board about the plant life. It had a photo of each plant and a description.more
As we continue along the dirt road, we are on the look out for the Brown tourist signs. We soon find one, and turn - off into a carpark. We have only travelled about 16 kms from Streaky Bay and were already at the Cape itself.Be ready to be amazed at the stunning high cliffs, the colour of the cliffs was outstanding, and the views of Olive Island...more
If you come to Streaky Bay, then you must stay and do some of the tourist drives.We did, and were amazed at the coastal scenery we saw on this part of the Great Australian Bight.To do the Cape Bauer loop, head out in your Car past the caravan park and turn left after Bayview Farm. The road was dirt, but in good condition. We didn't go far before we...more
Lets go on the historical walk of Streaky Bay, just you and me!The walk is about 2.6km and I found it quite easy to do.Some buildings that are located along Alfred street were the Old Council Chambers, built in 1892. There is an information plaque on the building.Next I walked around the corner in Eyre Avenue, and here I found a boat on dry dock,...more
Located on the corner of Bay road and Alfred street, are three historic buildings located together.One is the Council chamber/Institute Hall, built in 1934, replacing an older hall from 1887.Time to walk along Bay road now. Located in the centre median strip is Nutys Monument, afraid I didn't take a photo of the plaque, so I don't know who this...more
This is a must stop, if you want to go on a walk around the town. I picked up the Streaky Bay Historic Walk brochure. The distance is about 2.6kms, and in the brochure is a map with locations and information.The centre is full of brochures and helpful staff.The centre itself is a noted historic building, once the Masonic Temple in 1926. The walls...more
Entering town, we headed towards the coast as this was where our Caravan Park was located.When I first saw the Bay, I immediately thought what a pretty location Streaky Bay was in. From the main part of the town, there is a beautiful view over the bay. If it is a calm day, and we didn't strike one, you will see the streaks in the water, hence the...more
Pieter Nuyts passed by on his 1627 voyage but it was really when Matthew Flinders was doing a thorough exploration of the area that the European influence began. Nuyts' visit to the area is marked by the Pieter Nuyts Monument in the median strip on Bay Road near the Community Hotel. Flinders named the bay because of the streaks he noticed in the...more
Stewarts Roadhouse is where the Shark Replica is housed. After having a look at that, we had a look at the Menu, and decided to eat there.There is a small proper dining area. We ordered at the counter and then took our seats, and didn't have to wait long for meals. We all had different, and we all were happy with our meal.It was a good size meal...more
Being in a costal town - what's a girl to do but to try out seafood! I was not dissapointed by the selection of scallops, calamari and whiting served - and as my pic shows - the portions are HUGE.Decor wise, restaurant has a very old, woodsy feel - friendly staff members - albeit a bit understaffed during peak dinner periods.House wine is at...more
Getting to and about Streaky can get a bit of a hassle, I suggest taking a flight into Ceduna from Adelaide and then hiring a car into town - Streaky is approx 120 km away and is a mere 1 1/2 hr away ...
As we were sightseeing on cliffs along the Great Australian Bight, where the wind comes straight from Antartica and can nearly blow you away, it's a good idea to put a jacket in the car, just incase you strike a very cold day, I know I used my jacket on more than one ocassion.
Even on a warm day, if you feel the cold, you still may need a jacket.
The thing about Oz is .. there is always something/or someone who is helpful ..
The sign is one such thing - when at loss of doing something, stop by any of the pitstops available, get your bearings and away you go!
Fondest memory: To be honest - the local bakery .. I fell in love with the hot dogs there.. :-)