Sunday, September 23, 2018

Streaky Bay - Port Lincoln - Barossa Valley

A couple of days in Streaky Bay allowed us to catch our breath after the drive from Perth. It was also washing, cleaning, shopping etc.  It was also a chance to run/walk in the morning, something that hasn’t always been possible for a variety of reasons; wrong terrain, not time, not a suitable location, no walking tracks etc.  Seafood was also on the agenda. The Eyre Peninsula is a pristine water environment, full of wonderful seafood. We had our share of Smoky Bay oysters, deep sea boar fish (really good), King George whiting, and SA prawns. All fresh. Beautiful. We didn’t do any fishing, probably needed to be offshore to have any luck. 

There are 2 main scenic drives to do from Streaky Bay.  The first was the Westall Way Loop and the other was Cape Bauer Loop.  Both were mostly dirt roads, but good roads. Both had some extraordinary coastline to see. I will let the photos do the talking. 

Whistling Rocks and Blowholes.

Some wild water!  

Leaving Streaky Bay, we dropped in to another geological wonder “Murphy’s Haystacks” on the Flinder’s Highway.

Port Lincoln for 3 nights. From the jetty back toward the caravan park. Ours is in the middle of the photo, just right of the trees. 

The view from our van, back towards the jetty. A beautiful day. 

A drive to Coffin Bay (about 45kms). Pristine waters make for perfect oyster growing. Most of the land surrounding the waterways are National Park, so minimal pollutant runoff. 

Lunch at 1802 Oyster Bar. (Coffin Bay was discovered in 1802). We had oysters prepared 6 different ways between us.  Sensational. 

Lookout view over Port Lincoln. The grain terminal dominates the town centre. Pilot navigation required through the passage way. Lots of islands. 

Port Lincoln is also has a huge tuna fishing industry. Tony Santic, who has made big money from the tuna industry, is the owner of Makybe Diva. (Multiple Melbourne Cup winner). The horse’s statue takes centre stage along the foreshore. 

This place could be Santic’s weekender. The marina has many beautiful homes. The well heeled end of town. 

We enjoyed our few days in Port Lincoln, the nice weather certainly made a difference. Time to move on, edging our way closer to home. Tonight is a free camp in Crystal Brook, beside the railway line. Already several trains have been through (I think 7 since we got here after 3pm). One of those was the Ghan. Another about to come through as I type!  We wandered to one of the 2 pubs for tea.  Only pizza available on a Sunday night. That was fine. They were pretty good. The Publican says there are about 28 trains in a 24 hour period. It could be a noisy night!  No big deal. 

Off to the Barossa Valley tomorrow for a few nights.  A nice way to finish off our travels, as we will be home on Friday.  Wow, how 3 months can go by so quickly. We have had a fantastic time, seen so much, that we can barely remember where we have been. So much more to see.  There is still plenty out there for us to see next time. 

Thanks for following our travels. 

Cheers 🥂 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Photos Perth to Streaky Bay

Cottesloe Beach

Beautiful view from the golf course over looking Cottesloe Beach

Karalee Rock Freecamp. Used the fire pit. 

Karalee Rock catchment. The wall was several kms long around the rock, funnelling to this point. The flume taking water into the dam. 


Couldn’t find the Lebanese restaurant with its neon sign. Just the Kebab shop.  

Our neighbours at Fraser Range. 

Not so treeless part of the Nullarbor. 

Head of the Great Australian Bight.

The new and old Nullarbor Roadhouse

The treeless, straight plain!

Head of the Bight. 

Rustic Corrabie Station

Streaky Bay