About Streaky Bay
Streaky Bay is an important, small service centre on the edge of the only safe, deep water harbour between Port Lincoln and King George Sound in Western Australia.
On the way – checking out the Talia Sea Caves
As we left Ellistion, on the way to Streaky Bay we stopped off at a couple of notable interest points collectably known as the “Talia Sea Caves”.
The Woolshed is a large cavern carved into the granite cliff by wave action. A walkway and wooden steps provide access onto the rocks to view the cave with its honeycombed ceiling, dark crevices and nearby blowholes
The Tub is situated about 1km south of the Woolshed Cave, which is a large crater in the cliff with a tunnel connection to the sea. It is 10 to 30 metres deep and 50 metres across with a granite base. For the adventure-seeker, it is worth the climb down into the crater. Beyond The Tub is a dramatic cliff face that offers long views to the south along Talia Beach.
We had stayed at the Discovery Parks – Streaky Bay Foreshore caravan park in 2018 and it was an automatic selection for a large group like our Tagalong23 gang to stay at.
The caravan park is located right on the water with a short walk back into town (maplink) for shopping, restaurants etc. They also sell the best fish & chips from the office.
I didn’t have any photos from the caravan park so I “borrowed” some from the web…
The great white shark in the servo
The Shell garage in town has a fiberglass replica of a massive ‘Great White Shark’ which was caught on rod and reel in 1990. The massive shark replica is a world-record catch.
Cape Bauer Loop Coastal Drive
The Cape Bauer Loop drive is a 39 km coastal scenic drive from Streaky Bay, on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It is a good quality dirt road, very little traffic, lovely coastal scenery and easy access from Streaky Bay.
Cape Bauer is a limestone headland that marks the northernmost point of Corvisart Bay. The eastern side falls away to the sheltered waters of the Gibson Peninsula coastal wetlands, while beautiful beaches stretch southwards.
The drive is still classified as being part of the Great Australian Bight. Taking the drive out of Streaky Bay we visited several locations along the way including the blow hole and whistling rocks along with many scenic lookouts.
Point Labatt Seal Colony
The second coastal drive from Streaky Bay was to Point Labatt to check out the seal colony and view more of the striking coastline. (maplink)
We found lazy seals, just kickin’ back doing nothing, and energetic seals who were frolicking in the rock pools. It was a great trip.
Found in no other country in the world, the Australian sea-lion is one of Australia’s most endangered marine mammals and rarest seals. Point Labatt is the only place on the mainland where Australian seal pups can be seen learning to swim, play and rest on the beach. It is also one of the few places in and around Australia where they are protected from land predators and which provides a safe environment for the sea-lion pups to develop.
Lunch stop at Sceale Bay
After leaving Point Labatt we called into Sceale Bay township (maplink) for lunch in a small reserve next to the beach and it has the best looking toilet we have seen. From there the road is dirt, but pretty good.
Continuing our journey back towards Streaky Bay from Sceale Bay we stopped to check out a rocky beach called Smooth Pool (maplink). It doesn’t look exciting from a distance but all the pools in the rocks with different shapes & sizes was fascinating.
We also visited Murphy’s Haystacks in our 2018 and wanted to share the amazing beauty of this natural phenomenon. They are ancient wind-worn pink granite boulders that formed 1500 million years ago. They stand like a crooked set of giant’s molars on a hilltop just 2km off the Flinders Highway. (maplink)
Folklore has them named after a Scottish agricultural expert who spotted the crop of remarkable rocks from the local mail coach. The Scotsman obviously had a fertile imagination. “That man must harrow,” he commented to his fellow travellers. “Look at all the hay he has saved.”
The owner of the land was Denis Murphy, and faster than you could shout “mine’s a Guinness!” the Murphy’s Haystacks nickname had stuck. Of course they’ve nothing to do with haymaking and are in fact great examples of weathered granite inselberg formations (German for “island-mountain”). They’re part of a larger mass called the Hiltaba Granite, named for the Hiltaba Station in the southwest Gawler Ranges, under which much of the mass lies. Ayers Rock is an inselberg.
The granite was originally hidden deep in the Earth’s crust, probably some 7-10 km below the surface, but over eons the overlying rocks have worn to be transported and deposited on the surrounding continental shelf and inland basins.
Tagalongers have a Singalong
Our travelling musician, Paul, dragged out his guitar for the final Tagalong singalong and it was a real hoot, with singing dancing and may laughs. Thanks mate for being our resident muso!
…and so ends Tagalong23.
I hope everyone had a great time and will be looking forward for Tagalog24!
More posts will soon be added to this blog as we had 6 vans travelling onto Ceduna and then 4 of us headed over the Nullabor to WA.
- Accommodation at Discovery Parks – Streaky Bay Foreshore (visit their website)
- Cost per night (at 24 Sep 2023) – $34.00
- Stayed for – 4 nights
- CP Location – close to town & on the beach (location map)
- Did we have a good site? Yes – most sites are good
- Facilities – Didn’t really use them
- Amenities – Modern and cleaned regularly
- Our rating/score – 8/10
- Was it a nice place to visit? Yes – our second visit
- Much to see & do? plenty, especially the coastal drives
- Our rating/score – 8/10
- Would we return? may return again one day