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Streaky Bay is a charming seaside town on the West Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, which has good shopping, sports facilities and an array of accommodation options.
Seafood is the lifeblood of the town and offers delicious fresh Oysters, Abalone and Scallops. Anglers are also spoilt for choice with King George Whiting, Salmon, Snapper, Garfish, Snook, Tommy Ruffs, Flounder, Trevally, Squid and Blue Swimmer Crabs all in abundance in the waters surrounding Streaky Bay.
En route to the large town of Streaky Bay, in fact 40Km south, it is worth a stop to see the wondrous outcrop of unique pink granite boulders, named Murphys Haystacks. They are located out in the middle of a crop farm but there are marked walkways between the two groups of rocks with interpretive signage.
51 Km south of Streaky Bay, on some very rough stretches of gravel road, there is Point Labatt Conservation Park, which has a purpose built platform 50 metres above a large colony of sea lions. Upward of 50 sea lions and seals can be seen under the cliff face as they frolic, swim, sunbake and fish on the shoreline. They were fascinating!
The Cape Bauer Loop Coastal Scenic Drive is just outside Streaky Bay and has the most striking and rugged scenery of the Great Australian Bight. There are many photo opportunities along the route, including Hallys Beach, Whistling Rocks and the Blowholes and Cape Bauer itself, with thundering huge waves crashing against the tall cliffs.
The 31Km Westall Way Loop Coastal Scenic Drive is another one for the book and only 10 Kms from Streaky Bay. Stop at the many gorgeous beaches along the route, including Tractor Beach, Granites, Speed Point and Yanerbie Beach. Check out the Highcliffs where sea stacks loom out of the Southern Ocean and explore the extensive rock pools at Smooth Pools and enjoy a nice refreshing swim or snorkel around the reefs.
20 Km’s north of Streaky Bay there are a couple of lovely beaches which are great for fishing and swimming, Haslam and Perlubie Beach. We camped on the shores of Perlubie Beach for a few nights and enjoyed the long stretch of calm watered beach and white sand dunes. There are grass-roofed open sided huts built on the beach which are great for shade and shelter. I can vouch for the brilliance of the sunset over the tranquil beach – ravishing!
The wild West Eyre Peninsula in South Australia saved her best for last. Streaky Bay was an extraordinary experience with wild coastline and pristine beaches, wildlife encounters and weird looking rock formations. Where else in the world do you get to camp right on a beach?
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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