Wednesday 12th March 2008, Streaky Bay.
300 K NW from Port Lincoln, still on the Eyre Peninsula, and we are now at Streaky Bay, See map. We passed through, and called into, several small towns on the way here today and decided that given time it would be nice to visit each of these places and stay a while, maybe some time in the future. Some of the places are Elliston, Venus Bay and Port Kenny. Streaky Bay is also quite a nice place as is demonstrated by the occupancy of the caravan park we are in, it is chock-a-block full, it is just as well we booked ahead. Fairly ideally situated, especially for the fishermen, it is right on the waters edge in the bay, so could be an enjoyable place to relax as there may not be a great deal to go and see in the district during the week we intend to be here. Those little towns we stopped at on the way: From Port Lincoln the whole of the coastline is part of the Great Australian Bight, and as far as I can gather almost the entire length is cliff face. On the trip today there were an occasional gap in the cliffs with an inlet to a bay and it was here that these little towns are situated, all being ideal spots for fishermen.
Monday 10th March 2008, Port Lincoln.
More touring today with a trip to Tumby Bay via a small town of Koppio. There is a Smithies Museum at Koppio that we thought would be interesting, and it certainly was. It is basically a collection of memorabilia from one family of several generations, plus some donated farm equipment, and was very reminiscent of the old days. It was certainly worth the look, especially the old machinery. We then went on to Tumby Bay, about 45K north of Port Lincoln on the route we came down. We had heard about this town and was interested to have a look, but it was not up to our expectations, nothing against it, being a sleepy little town that would be good for a resting period, but not as big as we thought. We were also interested in a mangrove walk, but this too was disappointing, being very short over a small area of mangroves. That filled in the day anyway, but we did make the decision that if in the area again we would prefer to stay at Port Lincoln.
Friday 7th March 2008, Port Lincoln.
A nice rest day yesterday, well most of it. Linda went in for some more shopping so I spent some time walking along the beach track. It took me to the local wharf where I watched some fishing boats unloading Sardines. This may not be such a big deal you might say, but it was a new experience for me to see how they did it, which was by somehow, without damaging the fish, pumping them up a very large tube along with heaps of water, then the fish were fed into trays on trucks while the water was separated and returned to the boat for another cycle.
Today was spent at Coffin Bay, and we could have chosen a better day as it was too hot to do the couple of walks we had planned. The trip was to the local National Park and covered another area of the coastline, which again was very picturesque. We actually cancelled the last half of the trip as it was mainly over sand and dunes. I did have a tyre pump to reinflate my tyres after traversing the sand, but whether it was too hot to bother deflating tyres and then reinflating them when done, or whether we decided the scenery of the remainder of the trip was not as good as the first, the decision was made then and there to abort.
Wednesday 5th March 2008, Port Lincoln.
Yesterday was spent doing what we first do in any new city, familiarise ourselves with the area, find shopping (most important) and get information on what is to do in the district. The caravan park was more helpful in this respect than any other we have stayed at by providing a list of touristy things and must do’s.
Today we ventured down to the southern most tip of the Eyre Peninsula, with the exception of the Lincoln Nation park which is actually further south, called Cape Carnot. The whole of this trip is privately owned land and they allow tourists to enter, at a cost of course, and tour some extraordinary scenery of the coastline giving us an idea of what the Great Australian Bite is going to be like. The name of this tour is ‘Whalers Way’ and is well worth the trip. The roads are not in the best condition, and some sections are sandy, so it is my recommendation to use a 4WD. We had to help extract one small car from a sandy section of the road, which highlighted a good point: I have a tow rope in the back of the car, but it is way down under everything else. All our years of travel and we have never needed it, and now when we did it was a major task to extract it. In fact by the time I did extract it the two females, one of whom being Linda, had assisted in pushing the car free anyway. I will have to find somewhere more convenient to put it for the future.
A rest day doing home chores tomorrow, and then more touring on Friday.
Monday 3rd March 2008, Port Lincoln.
We are now at Port Lincoln about 220K from Whyalla, see map. We had only intended to go to Cowell, about 100K, but when we got there the caravan park was booked out, a pity actually because it looked like a nice enough place. It is possible that the new ferry across the Spencer Gulf is the reason for it being busy with caravans waiting to cross, or have already crossed, but I don’t know why because the only reason I could see a lot of people taking their vans on the ferry would be to say “We have done that