Blogs from Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula August 21st 2014

Streaky Bay to Hancocks Lookout (Birdseye Highway/Eyre Penn.) Leaving Streaky Bay via the Flinders Hwy our first scheduled stop is Elliston where in 2011 we attended the Elliston Hotel Melbourne Cup Day and Trish won the Cup Sweep, I wonder if they will welcome us back! You can take a scenic route out of Streaky that joins the Flinders Hwy via Point Labbatt, where you can see the only permanent colony of Australian Sea Lions. On this loop you can also visit Murphy’s Haystacks, a unique outcrop of ancient wind-worn pink granite inselbergs, (do you remember what an inselberg is? Check our Blog, MikeandTrishV.Pildappa Rock). If you take this loop to leave Streaky heading South East towards Elliston, you will join the Hwy about 40klms out. The next place to visit along this route is Venus ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula February 2nd 2014

Left Marion Bay and headed for Whyalla a booming industrial town at the head of both the York and Eyre peninsula's with a population of 22,500, major industries include Arrium Mining,steel production and commercial salt production to name a few.I'm sure Whyalla has much to offer but after a 6hr drive all we wanted was a cold drink and something to eat and sleep,so we found the local pub and did not go sightseeing staying overnight before heading to Port Lincoln which has on it's brochure the slogan Seafood capital of Australia. Port Lincoln a small fishing town compared to Whyalla with a population of 14,00 but boasts home to Australia's largest fishing fleet. The town also caters for the tourists and visitors with plenty of serviced attractions as well as numerous natural/nature made sights to ... read more
Coffin Bay
Coffin bay

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula February 2nd 2014

Arrived at Streaky Bay in wonderful weather very warm and little wind( the wind has been a feature along the SA coast).The caravan park is right next to the beach with some sites being on the beach edge.We tried for a beach site but were told we would have to wait a couple of days,we elected to move on to a site 1 row away from the beach and move again in 2 days to a beach front site.I noticed however the selected beachfront site was empty( I concluded it was to be taken that day for 2 days) When the next day came no one on the site so I inquired at the office and they realized the previous occupants had left without telling them,so we moved sites,we are now on a beachfront site. Streaky ... read more
Streaky Bay
Room with a view

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula » Venus Bay September 20th 2013

Since we arrived at Venus Bay last Saturday, we have been waiting for the wind to drop so that we can go fishing. That day finally came today. In the meantime, we have entertained ourselves by doing pretty mush nothing. We did have a go at fishing from the jetty, We caught nothing, but had lovely fresh whiting and salmon trout for dinner. They were donated to us by some of our fellow caravan park residents. As we walked to the jetty, I started talking to a woman from the site next to us heading the same way. We had seen her earlier in the morning fishing from the beach with a beer in her hand at ten in the morning. Impressive. Anyway, as we walked, she told me that she loves fishing, but doesn’t eat ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula » Venus Bay September 17th 2013

The holiday continues, and so does the wind. We have been getting buffeted by wind gusts since arriving, however it did settle yesterday for a while. This morning promised us a sunshine and a gentle breeze, so instead of fishing like everybody else, we chose to go for a drive in search of oysters. We are in the vicinity of Coffin Bay, famous for oysters, so that’s where we headed. We stopped for lunch at Ellerton, about half an hour down the road. That should give you a clue about our departure time. Over a pie and coffee (good pies at Ellerton) Frank suggested that Coffin Bay was a long way, about 220km, so we should go across to Cowell on the other side of the peninsula instead. Cowell is famous for its jade and huge ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula » Venus Bay September 15th 2013

Back by popular demand, or because a couple of people asked me too, I am again writing a blog for this holiday. I will start with a quick update for anybody just joining, and for those who were following, because it is a long time between posts. For varying periods of time, we take on the life of grey nomads. In reality, we have a caravanning holiday, but the nomad title sounds good. Also, we aren’t grey. Frank is. However, I have brown hair with golden highlights. Who knows what colour my hair is in reality. Moving on, we are traveling in our home built 5th wheeler, which every trip brings us much pleasure and always an element of frustration. Last year, we travelled with our two dogs, Sally and Bubble. Bubble was diagnosed with a ... read more

Friday & Saturday 3rd & 4th May Friday morning arrived and there was a mad dash foursome headed to the point to capture the sunrise before heading north west up the peninsular. Once out of Port Lincoln there was a great grain growing area, superior to what we saw on the east coast, but after 100ks, the landscape changed to grazing land and then stone fruit. Not the kind you can eat, thousands of white stones sitting atop of a very thin layer (if any) of top soil. One person described this part of the coast as a land of emptiness. That would be a good description. There is evidence of long abandoned attempts to farm where old crumbling stone cottages only show the chimney and fireplace. Even a stone Church in the middle of emptiness. ... read more
Dawn at the point
Elliston coast line 01
Sunrise Billy Lights Points

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula April 15th 2013

Thursday night got a tad windy, as we have described previously, the wind in this state can be quite fierce. During the night Gail heard a thud and went to the front of the tent and saw Henry laying on his right side, looking decidedly unmcomfortable. It took both of us to get him up and move him so that his front wheel faced into the wind. An inspection during daylight hours showed it was more pride and no actual damage. Friday night was snitzel night at the local pub, with happy hour from 6-7pm. We met up with our camp neighbours for a great time. Sunday morning started overcast and cloudy, but by mid morning was sunny and warm. We decided to go exploring. First port of call was the local roadhouse to refuel. As ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula April 7th 2013

Friday morning dawned bright and sunny. We broke camp early and left Port Vincent heading north. Unfortunately, we had to travel on the same road that we came in on and as luck would have it, we turned off before the scene of Heidi's embarrasing incident. We rode through the outskirts of Port Pirie and Port Augusta (every name seems to have Port before it or Bay after it). It was odd riding past P. Augusta as it smelt like we were at Port Kembla. Arriving at Whyalla, knackered, we found the Hotel/Motel we wanted, very easy. After a couple of cheap beers $4 ea for a pint, and a big snitzel meal we were ready for a good nights sleep. Saturday morning, we had the continental breakie that was included in the price of accom, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula October 10th 2012

Today we rolled into Ceduna. Smuggling Fred in was a piece of cake. We looked around a bit. Things were booked out cause they were having the Ceduna Oyster festival that weekend (yuck). Instead we went to Streaky Bay. We went for a big four wheel drive. We went to the top of a cliff and saw some seals. The wind was soooo strong it nearly blew us off the cliff. We were all delirious. We were yelling our lungs out at the top. We were telling the seals to take cover. We saw heaps of beautiful beaches but the weather was so bad we couldn’t stay long at any place. Mum and dad went crazy over the oysters. They bought a knife to open them. Dad learnt how to shuck them. Now he thinks he ... read more
coffin bay oysters
i caught these
and these

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