Beautiful SA Cliffs, Rock Formations,Fields of Wheat & New Batteries

Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 18:51

Navigator 1 (NSW)

On past trips we had missed the coastal stretch from Ceduna to Streaky Bay so we made our way south and pulled into the little township of Haslam.

Haslam, a small coastal village, is located about 32 kilometres north of the township of Streaky Bay It was established in 1893 as a deep sea port, under the name of Port Carawa, to allow the shipping of machinery and food to the local settlers, as well as providing transport of local products to other parts of the state. When road transport took over in the 1960s, this service died out. The jetty remains today but not original.

Today, apart from local fishermen and tourists who like to try their luck, two oyster boats, launched by tractors, go out daily to their leases.

Not far down the coast we passed through Streaky Bay on our way to Westall Loop Road to take in some more beautiful SA coastline. 'The Dreadnought's were impressive rocky outcrops which have been created by the force of the ocean weathering away the coastal cliffs.
'High Cliffs' provided a magnificent vantage point from which to take in the vista and 'The Granites' were quite impressive with the rocks strewn around the point.


We past Point Westall and then drove down to the beach at Smooth Pool. This was a lovely location but we couldn’t find a spot where we could get out of the wind. We finally settled in on the cliff at Speeds Point overlooking a protected bay. There we stayed for two nights.

It was time to leave the coast and head to Minappa on the Eyre Highway. From there it was just 15km to Pildappa Rock. This huge granite rock is like Wave Rock found in WA, but a miniature version. From two of the picnic areas it is an easy climb to the top of the rock to take in the 360 degree views of surrounding farmlands.

We were now on a mission to reach Adelaide as our ‘house batteries’ needed replacing.
The internet is a wonderful thing and we were able to track down a supplier but we had 5 days to fill in before they were available

We passed fields and fields of grain being harvested, trucks entered silos with their loads and others transporting bales by road. stayed at a wonderful ‘free camp’ at Kimba Recreation Reserve and another at Weeroona Is.

In Adelaide we discovered the batteries were not the same dimensions as those in the truck so we continued onto Melbourne where we were able to replace our house batteries with the original brand - 2 x HAZE 230ah.

We had a few days before we needed to reach Melbourne so we took the 'less direct' route via Murrayville. Our visit this time took in a visit to the historic Kow Plains Homestead. It was wonderful to see the restored buildings which now give visitors a look into tour past.

With new batteries installed we had six weeks to fill in before catching the Spirit of Tasmania on the 12th December.

Did we go to Tasmania or didn't we?
The outback calls
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