Streaky Bay

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

Eyre sign

eddy eyre and co
The sculptures  depicts explorer Eyre and an Aboriginal tracker who helped him as much as his compass did.

Eyre and aboriginal trackereddy eyre and compass

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

streaky bay jetty
The long jetty at sunset
pacific gull
Pacific Gull

 

ruddy turnstone
Ruddy Turnstones
yanerbie beach
Sceale Bay
sceale bay from yanerbie
Sceale bay entry
Black faced cormorant
Black faced Cormorant on the swimming enclosure off the jetty.
baird bay seal
This area is famous for Point Labatt sealion colony and Baird Bay Eco  tours. They take you out on a boat to the seal colony island at the mouth of Baird bay. where you can get in the water with them. We did this the last trip here and it was amazing swimming with these guys and also dolphins. We wondered why the guide was so obsessed with us swimming so close to him and then we saw something trailing from his ankle. It was a shark repelling device! The jury is still out whether these things work or not.
shark stats
The other thing this town is famous for is the 21 yr old that caught the largest great white shark ever caught on a line in the days when they were not protected. You can see the replica of this shark at the petrol station/visitors centre. It was female and was carrying thousands of eggs!

shark in the papershark with a biteSteve in the shark

 

bad old days
These photo’s were on the walls of the pub. They are from the 1950’s when big sharks were regularly strung up on wharves when “the only good shark was a dead shark”
bad old days 1950's
These deaths brought out the whole town to look.
streaky bay mural
Streaky bay mural
crumbly sandstone outcrops
Crumbly sandstone shoreline
westall way loop drive
Coastline on the Westall Way loop scenic drive
westall coastal loop
The granites
smooth pool
Smooth pool is good for a snorkel
gull smooth pool
The gull hopeful for a chip
smooth pool snorkel
I asked Steve how the water was. He said “Not as cold as I expected’  but he didn’t stay in long and came out pink and shivery. Lot of small colourful fish but nothing big to see.
sand hills vegetation
Sand hills and coastal desert vegetation

sandhillssteve up the sand hill

purple coastal vegetation
Nice purple desert vegetation
sceale bay conservation park
Sceale Bay conservation area
banded stilt
Banded Stilt is a new bird we found poking around on this salt lake
streaky bay jetty
Long town jetty

Now it’s back to the deserts!

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