On our road-trip from Whyalla to Glenelg we stopped at the historic town of Port Germein (maplink).
We went here to check out the historic jetty which was officially opened in 1881 and has length of about 1500 metres. It was originally built for loading bags of grain onto sailing ships and destined for ports all over the world. It was once the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere. The jetty is now a great venue for tourists and locals alike.
We finally left Port Lincoln and headed to Whyalla taking a couple of stops along the way. We were in a Bailey convoy with our friends Neil & Sharon.
First was the wheat silos in Tumby Bay (maplink). It’s amazing how they scale the artwork to fit the silo (check the photos). The artwork was inspired by an Instagram image of two boys jumping for fun and relief off the Tumby Bay jetty. We then drove into town for a look around, saw nothing spectacular so we moved on.
Next stop was Arno Bay which was really just a toilet stop and when we returned to our caravans there was another Bailey parked up next to our two. Seeing 3 Bailey caravans parked up together is a real rarity so we all had a good laugh and introduced ourselves to the newcomers Bill & Cheryl. All three vans then continued in convoy to Whyalla where we stayed for 3 nights.
We found a very quaint tour called Fred’s Marina Tour where Captain Fred takes 10 people, in his little electric boat, around the fishing harbour in Port Lincoln. Fred talks (for 2 hours) about the different types of fishing fleets and aquaculture that has grown in the Port Lincoln area. It was very informative and finished with a short cruise through the water ways of the Port Lincoln rich and famous.
While we were in the harbour one of the Clean Seas Kingfish processing boats returned from the Kingfish pens with a load of kingfish to be exported. The boat looks amazing with all of it’s pipes and vacuums etc. They unloaded enough fish to fill a semi-trailer, and they do this nearly every day.
We discovered a really nice caravan park called Port Lincoln Tourist Park right on the water and tiered up the hill so that the majority of sites had a view of the water. This would have to be one of the best laid out parks we had stayed in with magnificent views over Spencer Gulf (maplink).
We actually extended the stay for an extra day as we enjoyed the location, staying there with our Bailey friends Neil & Sharon. Also took in the Friday night market in Port Lincoln and checked out the Makybe Diva statue.
We decided to stop at Coffin Bay for a couple of days and what a great find this was. The Coffin Bay Caravan Park is in a perfect position for doing the coastal walk along the Oyster Walk as well as strolling over to the Beachcomber next door for happy hour – oysters and a few drinks.
The caravan park also has a permanent nightly population of kangaroos and there are plenty of mines to trod on each morning. Totally loved this stay along with Neil & Sharon Morrison.
We took a drive through the Coffin Bay National Park to check out the striking coastline. We also came across a couple of emus along the way.
As we left Streaky Bay (SA), travelling to Elliston, we stopped off at a pretty interesting natural phenomenon called “Murphy’s Haystacks”. They are ancient wind-worn pink granite boulders that formed 1500 million years ago. They stand like a crooked set of giant’s molars on a hilltop just 2km off the Flinders Highway. (maplink)
Folklore has them named after a Scottish agricultural expert who spotted the crop of remarkable rocks from the local mail coach. The Scotsman obviously had a fertile imagination. “That man must harrow,” he commented to his fellow travellers. “Look at all the hay he has saved.”
The owner of the land was Denis Murphy, and faster than you could shout “mine’s a Guinness!” the Murphy’s Haystacks nickname had stuck. Of course they’ve nothing to do with haymaking and are in fact great examples of weathered granite inselberg formations (German for “island-mountain”). They’re part of a larger mass called the Hiltaba Granite, named for the Hiltaba Station in the southwest Gawler Ranges, under which much of the mass lies. Ayers Rock is an inselberg.
The granite was originally hidden deep in the Earth’s crust, probably some 7-10 km below the surface, but over eons the overlying rocks have worn to be transported and deposited on the surrounding continental shelf and inland basins.
The second coastal drive from Streaky Bay was to Point Labatt to check out the seal colony and view more of the striking coastline. (maplink)
We found lazy seals, just kickin’ back doing nothing, and energetic seals who were frolicking in the rock pools. It was a great trip.
Found in no other country in the world, the Australian sea-lion is one of Australia’s most endangered marine mammals and rarest seals. Point Labatt is the only place on the mainland where Australian seal pups can be seen learning to swim, play and rest on the beach. It is also one of the few places in and around Australia where they are protected from land predators and which provides a safe environment for the sea-lion pups to develop.
Streaky Bay is a beautiful place to stay and the caravan park is right on the beach. One of our neighbours “Fast Eddy” took me out to gather some Razorfish.
Razorfish(also known as razorshell, razor clam, common razor and pod razor) are a range of bivalve mollusc species common around the Eyre Peninsula coastline. They are an edible species of shellfish which gets their common name from their resemblance to an old fashioned cut throat razor.
You need to wear protective footwear and gloves as they will cut through your skin very easily (why they are called Razorfish). They are like flattened cones and are about 300mm in length with the pointy end embedded in the sand and the “mouth” just poking out of the seabed. You just pull them out, crack them open and remove the “heart” which looks like a scallop. Cook them just like a scallop too. Limit is 25 per person per day.
Razorfish as "pulled"
Razorfish as "pulled"
Razorfish after cleaning
Razorfish in seabed
Razorfish in seabed
Neil & Fast Eddy
Here is a video I found on YouTube showing how Razorfish are cleaned…
The Cape Bauer Loop drive is a 39 km coastal scenic drive from Streaky Bay, on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It is a good quality dirt road, very little traffic, lovely coastal scenery and easy access from Streaky Bay.
Cape Bauer is a limestone headland that marks the northernmost point of Corvisart Bay. The eastern side falls away to the sheltered waters of the Gibson Peninsula coastal wetlands, while beautiful beaches stretch southwards.
The drive is still classified as being part of the Great Australian Bight. Taking the drive out of Streaky Bay we visited several locations along the way including the blow hole and whistling rocks along with many scenic lookouts.
This beach would have to be the unofficial sea shell capital of Australia! There’s heaps to do here, fish, relax on the beach or happy hours galore! There is definitely no swimming here as the ocean is full of sea snakes and sharks.
Here is a nice YouTube video we found about 80 Mile Beach…
One of the Barnhill Station regulars runs a free Tai Chi session every morning which Merrisa and Michelle attended. What a beautiful setting to practice your Tai Chi.
While at Barnhill we discovered this really hilarious dice game called Left, Right, Centre. You have 4 dice (all the same) with the faces marked with L R C K (Left Right Centre Keep) and when they are thrown you have to pass your money in the direction shown on top of each dice. So the money flows backwards and forwards until it all ends up in the Centre (the pot) and the last person left with any money wins the pot. When there are a large number of people playing the game you can hear the screams and laughs ring throughout the campsite.
The girls played one night while the blokes all sat around the fire. Very laid back environment at Barnhill Station – totally recommend a visit. Check out the rules for playing this fun game below.
Left Right Centre Dice
Rules for playing Left, Right, Centre:
Sit in a circular formation, ideally on a table or an open area. Keep ample space in the centre; this area would be utilized as a pot (when a Centre is rolled).
We play with 5 x 20 cent pieces, but you can use any denomination as long as each player has 5 coins of equal value
There could be four probable outcomes after the dice has been rolled. The dice could either show an L (left), C (centre/pot), R (right), or K (keep your money).
If any of the dice turns up 1 or more L’s, the player gives that number of coins to the player on the left.
If any of the dice turns up 1 or more R’s, the player gives that number of coins to the player on the right.
If any of the dice turns up 1 or more C’s, the player puts that number of coins into the pot in the centre of the table.
If any of the dice turns up 1 or more K’s, the player keeps that number of coins
Roll only those many dice that correspond with the number of coins you have in front of you. If you have one coin, roll one, and so on.
The best part is that even if you lose all your coins, you don’t lose the game. There is a very high chance that a player besides you might give you a coin on his/her respective turn. However, you don’t get to roll the die unless you have coins in front of you.
The game continues till one player is left with one or more coins in front of them and everyone else has none. This player then has to throw a Centre or Keep to collect the money from the pot.
After the Bailey BASE week-end we moved onto Moonta Bay on the Yorke Peninsula (maplink) with our Bailey friends Neil and Sharon. We spent 3 nights at this lovely place right on the water witnessing amazing sunsets every night.
Moonta is famous for the mining of copper in the 1860s. The old sandstone buildings in the district are absolutely beautiful. Find out more here.
The beach was only a few steps from the caravan and is a really quiet and majestic place to visit.
Moonta Bay Beach
Moonta Bay Beach
about 10 steps to the water
Beautiful sunsets at Moonta Bay SA
The Moonta Bay jetty at night
(L to R) Neil, Merrisa, Neil M, Sharon, Nan & Gerry