Arriving in South Australia our first stop was a beautiful camp spot at Perlubie Beach, at the north end of Streaky Bay. Streaky Bay is very tidal and has unusual bands of colours – hence the name. Local fishermen were launching their boats by tractor and we were able to put the caravan in a great spot overlooking the beach for a few nights before we headed around to Port Lincoln.
Port Lincoln is an interesting town, with its’ large tuna fishing industry and the life size statue of Makybe Diva, the famous three times winner of the Melbourne Cup, whose owner lives in the town. We spent a day out at Whalers Way where, from up on high above the rocks, we saw the Cape Wiles fur seal colony cavorting below in the surf. We visited Theakestone’s Crevasse, a unique fracture 13 metres deep and with rugged walls about 7 metres high where the ocean causes a strong tidal surge that sends waves rushing between the walls, Nearby, we found a 32 year old Osprey nest perched precariously 61 metres above the sea on a pinnacle of rock. Finally, a visit to see Cape Carnot which is the most south-westerly tip of the Eyre Peninsula and also the site of the oldest rocks in SA at over 2643 million years old. A magnificent spray rises above the rock as the waves crash into it.
Returning to the caravan park at the end of the day, we had a feast of delicious Coffin Bay oysters and mussels.
Leaving Port Lincoln, we next headed inland again to visit the Gawler Ranges NP but first spent a quiet night free camped at Carrow Wells on the eastern side of the peninsula. In the evening, we crept around to see if any occupants of the wombat burrows could be seen but none could be spotted. Then it was northward to the Gawler Ranges.