We left Port Augusta heading west on highway 1 and were supposed to turn right to head to the Gawler Ranges but instead turned left down to Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula. Just before we were to turn back into the desert we thought it might be a long time before we saw the sea again. On the way we stopped for a short break at Kimba.
Kimba’s claim is it is “Halfway across Australia” and it has a “big thing” which happens to be a bird which was very easy for Steve to spot for a change. It was quite pathetic as big things go. Not even sure it was a galah.
The silo art was impressive. As was the look out with the explorer Eyre and Aboriginal tracker Sculpture. M
In 1627 Dutchman Peter Nuyts sighted Streaky bay and nearly 200 yrs later Captain Matthew Flinders rediscovered it and named it while exploring this coast in his ship the Investigator.
In 1850-1860 a whaling station operated not far from here. From 1854 the country was opened up by pastoralists. In 1870’s a small oyster factory was established . The original town was called Flinder’s but later changed to Streaky Bay in 1940.
Streaky Bay is a little fishing town with one pub, 2 grocery stores and 2 caravan parks and a long jetty as the water is so shallow in the bay. There is a swimming enclosure out on the jetty to swim off of. This is a wheat growing area and these little towns along here are now pretty reliant on tourism. M
Now it’s back to the deserts!