The Eyre Peninsula

After our long drive across the Nullarbor, we spent the next few days exploring the Eyre Peninsula. After leaving Ceduna we travelled down the west coast, where our first stops were Smokey and Streaky Bay – they must be big fans of bacon around here! Both were very nice little villages, and clearly very popular with local fishermen.

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Continuing down the coast our next stop was at Ellison, which is a lovely seaside town situated in Waterloo Bay. We made use of the free electric BBQ’s overlooking the jetty, cooking some kanga bangas (kangaroo sausages) for our lunch. We are definitely getting the hang of this Aussie lifestyle!Another stop worth making is at the Leo Cummings Monument, just off the main road to Port Lincoln. We drove past the memorial itself, straight to the exposed cliff tops where the views of the ocean were incredible.

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After another day with a lot of driving, we decided to spend the night in Coffin Bay. We stayed at the Coffin Bay Caravan Park, which had a great location right on the seafront. We arrived with just enough time to grab some drinks and head down to the shore to watch the sunset.

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Coffin Bay is famous throughout Australia for its Oysters, and despite our travellers budget, we thought it was only right that we sampled the local produce while in town.

We were a little nervous as our only previous experience of oysters was not a good one, with us nearly spitting them out in disgust. However, we needn’t have worried, the ones we tried at the 1802 Oyster Bar and Bistro were delicious, with the highlight being the grilled oysters with pistachio crumb. Always choose cooked oysters!

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The morning of our second day on the Eyre Peninsula was spent in Port Lincoln, which is known as the seafood capital of Australia. We joined the locals walking along parts of the Parnkalla Trail, along the jetty and around the bay.

We also climbed to the roof of the towns oldest building, the Old Mill, which provided us with great views of the surrounding area. Our visit to Port Lincoln coincided with the ANZAC day public holiday, and we also watched as a military parade passed through the town. Its clearly a very important holiday here.

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As we headed up the east coast of the Peninsula, we made a number of other stops including Tumby Bay, and Port Neil, which had the nicest beach and more free BBQ’s for yet another outdoor lunch.

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We  spent a night in Whyalla, an industrial town which is dominated by its huge steelworks, and not the most exciting of places. The only highlight of the visit was the huge storm that arrived just as we walked along the beach. Fortunately we made it back to the van before it reached us.

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