West Coast, Eyre Peninsula
The west coast of Eyre Peninsula features a variety of attractions.
Coffin Bay National Park
300 sq.km.On a spur of land reaching out into the Great Australian Bight on the southwestern coast of the Eyre Peninsula is Coffin Bay National Park, a region of granite and limestone crags, with heavy surf thundering against jagged cliffs, heathland with a sparse growth of vegetation and traveling dunes, and sheltered sandy bays for sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts.
Address: 75 Liverpool Street, Port Lincoln, SA 5606, Australia
Useful tips: Best time to visit: spring and autumn.
Picturesquely situated on a long sheltered inlet near the southwestern tip of the Eyre Peninsula is the little fishing village of Coffin Bay (pop. 340), named by Matthew Flinders after his friend Isaac Coffin.
The little town of Ceduna (pop. 3000) is the last settlement of any size before the crossing of the inhospitable Nullarbor Plain in Western Australia. The port at Thevenard, 3km east, ships grain, gypsum and salt and is the base of a fishing fleet. Its situation in Denial Bay, with its sheltered beaches and offshore islands, makes it an ideal place for a beach holiday.
The area around Ceduna features a variety of attractions.
Overseas Telecommunications Earth Station (closed)
The Overseas Telecommunications Earth Station links Australia with countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.THIS ATTRACTION IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED.
The town of McDonald, a settlement founded in the 1840s, now lies in ruins. Day trips to beaches in Decres Bay, Laura Bay and Davenport Creek.
Yumbarra Conservation Park
The Yumbarra Conservation Park features bizarrely shaped granite crags rising out of low sandy hills.
Nullarbor National Park
2300 sq.kmThis vast monotonous plain with no trees (as its name indicates, from Latin nullus arbor) is covered only with low-growing salt scrub. It is only after abundant winter rains that multi-colored flowers and many varieties of grass bring a touch of life to the landscape. Rough tracks lead to the imposing cliffs that fringe it on the south.
In Waterloo Bay on the west coast of the peninsula is the popular holiday resort of Elliston (hotels, motels, holiday apartments, caravan/camping parks), with safe bathing beaches and beautiful wild coastal scenery. There are fine views from Mount Wedge (250m).
Flinders Island is in the Great Australian Bight and is good for diving and water sports.
Streaky Bay, Australia
The little resort and fishing port of Streaky Bay (pop. 1000) has good sandy bays, little inlets and high cliffs. In the hinterland is wheat-growing country. There is an interesting local museum in the former schoolhouse. Along the beautiful coasts nearby can be seen many pelicans.
Point Labatt is a nature reserve with a large colony of sea lions.