Travelling Oz - Adelaide to Eyre Peninsula and Return - Part 2
After being in Adelaide visiting family and spending time with our granddaughter, it was time to set off for another trip. Our son and his family decided to come with us for a week to Eyre Peninsula and visit places such as Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln National Park, Coffin Bay and Mambray Creek in the Mt. Remarkable National Park at Flinders Ranges. Leaving Adelaide mid morning, we stopped for lunch at Port Wakefiield. The pies were great at the bakery and we recommend them to anyone. We continued on to make our first night stop at Mambray Creek, Mount Remarkable National Park. This is a great stop with wildlife, hot showers, toilets and water. Sites do need to be booked online in advance.
An early morning start saw us leaving Mambray Creek and head for Port Augusta where we visited the Wadlata Outback Centre. We found the Centre very interesting and recommend going through the “Tunnel of Time” to get the whole story. After lunch we continued our journey towards Whyalla. Whyalla was a major shipbuilding town in years gone by and as you drive into the town you will see a large ship on display on the side of the road. It is well worth the stop to take a photo and the history of the vessel. From Whyalla we had a very scenic drive down the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula through seaside communities such as Lucky Bay, Port Neill, Cape Hardy, Tumby Bay and finally Port Lincoln. It is a very beautiful coastline to drive. Port Lincoln is a great spot for stocking up on your everyday needs, fuel etc. It also has great water facilities and a dump point a little out of town on the way to the National Park.
Our next stop was three nights camp at Fisherman’s Point in the Lincoln National Park. You will need to pay camping fees as well as park entry fees for camping in this national park as is with all the parks down in this area. As there is no water at this site most times and basic toilet facilities, you will need to be self sufficient for camping in these areas. This is a very nice spot with an abundance of wildlife overlooking the bay from high cliffs with easy access from the camp down onto the beach.
We left the coaster bus at the camp and went 4x4 sightseeing with our son and his family for the day to September Beach, which has great picnic facilities, toilets and some tank water depending on the season, Carcase Rock and also Yatchies Bay. September Beach is a beautiful swimming beach with incredibly clear water and we could not resist the temptation for a dip in the ocean and try out some snorkeling.Be aware that the water can get quite cold here even for March. Access to Carcase Rock is by a 4x4 track. However if you are able to access this area it is well worth the effort and if you are as lucky as we were, you will see seals basking in the sun on the rock.
On the last day, we walked 9.5 kms back to Yatchies Bay. It was well worth the effort seeing an abundance of wildlife along the way, including emus and kangaroos. There are a number of great walks that can be done from this park and all are well worth it. After 3 nights at Lincoln National Park, we packed up for our journey to the west coast to Coffin Bay and the Coffin Bay National Park. As you exit the Lincoln National Park it is worth the effort to detour to Stamford Hill, do the walk to the top and view the Flinders Monument as well as the beautiful coastline and beaches.
After leaving Lincoln National Park we drove back to Port Lincoln to fill up on much needed water, food and fuel. It was only a relatively short drive of around 43 kms to west coast and our next stop for the next few nights at Yangi Bay Campground in the Coffin Bay National Park. This was another excellent campsite with basic toilet facilities and no water but no good for swimming. This site however did provide excellent access to the beach front areas of the Coffin Bay National Park. This area is also well worth the visit and while there, a must stop is the Coffin Bay township to partake in some of the delicious and fresh oysters for which the area is renowned.
After a wonderful two nights stay at Yangi Bay and the Coffin Bay area in general it was time to return via Port Lincoln with another night stopover at Mambray Creek before the final leg back to Adelaide.
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