This was our first time in South Australia so we were excited. We couldn’t wait to explore all that South Australia had to offer.
We crossed the border and did all the required stops that were asked of us when entering. We were still getting over the gorgeous views of The Great Australian Bite- WOW. They were amazing!
Ceduna to Streaky Bay
We decided to take our time and drive along the coast, after all we aren’t in any rush. Our first stop was Streaky Bay. Streaky Bay is a beautiful clean coastal town and we enjoyed our stay very much. We stayed at the Streaky Bay RV Camping Grounds for $10 a night. During our stay here we met lots of travelling families, many of which were travelling in the opposite direction. It was nice to sit around and chit chat about the different places we each had been too and the different challenges we were all facing.
The corner pub in Streaky Bay is great to go to on a Friday afternoon, it’s busy with locals and overlooks the water. We stopped in for dinner while the sunset, great meals if your hungry! After you can walk off your big meal down the jetty which is in front of the pub.
The Cape Bauer Loop scenic drive takes you along some beautiful sites along the coast. Although the weather does make a difference to the experience. Tide was low when we visited which meant that the blowholes and whistling rock were not active (they needed more water) but it was still great a drive. Halley’s Beach was great for a swim and a fish! Check here for all year round Streaky Bay Events
Streaky Bay to Elliston- Eyre Peninsular
The west coast has the most spectacular cliffs and scenery and when you visit Elliston you can enjoy to your heart’s content. The sunsets are amazing and if you are interested in photography then here is where you can get some great shots.
If you are only here for a few days then I highly recommend the Anxious Bay and Little Bay Drive (Elliston Clifftop Drive). Along this scenic drive you will find lots of different sculptures with the oceans views in the background. This is where you will find plenty of photo opportunities.
After heading out for a day of exploring and swimming we headed back into the town and had some cold afternoon drinks at the Port Kenny which is the local pub. Elliston’s population is very small and is only 377 locals so the town is quiet. We headed down to the jetty foreshore for a BBQ dinner and watched the sunset. It was bliss……..
Elliston to Coffin Bay
After leaving Elliston we free camped all the way to Coffin Bay. Coffin Bay is only 120kms from Elliston so a few days off grid was easy to do without needing to refill our water tanks. It’s a great feeling to be able to find a place and just park up for the night. The saying ‘home is where you park it’ is on point!
Arriving into Coffin Bay we had a good feeling. The beautiful blue bay in the centre of town caught our attention straight away. Inside the bay were the mussel farms and boats pulled up along the jetty. It gave us that real homely feel.
We stayed at the Yangie Bay Campground- Coffin Bay National Park. This is a 12 kilometre drive out of town and bookings are required before coming. But I highly recommend this place to stay. It was brilliant! We stayed here three nights at number five camp spot. We were metres away from the water and had visits every evening from the locals. The kangaroos are friendly and will come looking for fresh water. We had plenty of photo opportunities with these furry Aussie friends!!!
Coffin Bay was the place when we had Emus take over the road….. we were heading back to our campgrounds and there was a family of Emus walking in the middle of the road…. and they were not moving. The mother and five of her babies. We drove behind them for about ten minutes before they finally turned off into the bush. In the town of Coffin Bay and in the National Park you will find lots of Emus just roaming around. The kids (and us adults) loved it!!!
Stay tuned for next South Australian update in our next blog.
Kylie and Dan