If the sign approaching Colton says the Bakery is open -- then stop !!!
On leaving Elliston we headed north to the historic town of Colton, an old pioneer town complete with a hotel, church, school and cemetery, all only empty buildings today except for the schoolhouse. The cemetery is the burial site of the first Greek settler to SA, George Tramountanas, who arrived in SA in 1822 at the age of 20. One thing not to be missed in Colton is the Bakery !!!! Call in when you see the open sign to purchase wood fired bread via a self serve Shop (shelter) and an honesty pay system. Bread and buns are baked in the wood fired oven bakehouse next to the old Colton school, now a private residence. Trish and I brought a beautiful cob loaf and a pack of 4 sweet sticky buns. Everything was $3.50 each/pack. All breads, buns etc are baked to traditional recipes and with traditional methods. ...don't miss this stop !
50klm up the road we take the turnoff to Talia Caves, where we visited 'The Woolshed', a large cavern carved into the granite cliff by wave action. A walkway and wooden steps provided access onto the rocks to view the cave and its honeycombed ceiling, dark
At Talia caves
crevices and nearby blowholes. Having read the sign of wild bees maybe in the cave, Trish didn't enter too far, I did and it was cool ! Not far away is 'The Tub" a large crater with a tunnel connection to the sea and a granite base. It is 10 to 30 Mtrs deep and 50 mtrs across. Further along the track was a parking spot overlooking Talia Beach where we pulled over to enjoy sticky buns and expresso coffee for morning tea.
Retracing our route back to the main coast road we continue North West towards Venus Bay. Turning left and driving in 12 or so Klms we arrived at Venus Bay, situated on a fantastic calm and protected bay. Venus Bay is again renowned for fishing and is great for families as the waters are protected from the Sthn Ocean. We saw two prawn boats at the Wharf and believe also that a Lobster boat operates from here also. The unique curved jetty is home to the West Coast Prawn Trawlers. The colour of the water here was amazing, pure turquoise....and so clear.
Via Port Kenny we headed for Baird Bay for a free camp night.
Baird Bay is a small fishing village about 50 odd Klm south of Streaky Bay. It is situated on the shallow western arm of Anxious Bay. The bay and township are named after James Baird who settled here in 1850, before being speared by local aboriginals on the 2nd Nov 1850. The town consists mainly of holiday shacks and a very small permanent population. A small camping ground is situated offering basic amenities which is where we spent the night.
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