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Eyre Peninsula Holiday Destinations & Towns
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CACTUS BEACH

Situated twenty-one kilometres south of Penong is the real surfers' paradise. Cactus Beach attracts surfers from around the world. Although the surrounding land is private property, camping is permitted by the owner, telephone (08) 86251 036.

CEDUNA

Population: 2877
Set on the attractive shores of Murat Bay, Ceduna is the ideal point to rest and reflect on the rest of your journey.

Most travellers choose Ceduna as a stopover after crossing the Nullabor Plain from the West or arriving from Adelaide en route to Western Australia, In fact the town's name derives from an Aboriginal word "chedoona", meaning "a resting place" which was next to a waterhole two kilometres from town.

There are plenty of modern waterholes today, with several motels and caravan parks to choose from whilst Ceduna's blue skies and fine climate perfectlIy suit watersports or lazy beach days. Murat Bay, named in 1802 by French explorer Nicholas Baudin, has barbecue facilities set on a lawned foreshore.

Ceduna's original settlement was at Denial Bay, twelve kilometres west, where provisions were unloaded from ships and brought ashore at low tide on wagons. Some local ruins remain. Locally grown Denial Bay oysters can be purchased from the Oyster Farm.

Fishing or touring trips to the local bays are very popular and four wheel drive or helicopter tours along the coast or inland can bring encounters with whales or the wildlife and landscape of the Nullarbor.

CLEVE

Population: 809
Scottish brothers DrJames, Donald and Peter McKechnie established a sheep station here in 1853 and the settlement has since grown into a prime farming community.

A scenic drive along the Cleve escarpment towards Cowell Hills offers imposing views and glimpses of wildlife, while a day trip towards the Darke Range encounters the grave of explorer John Darke, who was buried where he died in 1844 of Aboriginal spear wounds.

COFFIN BAY

Population: 341
Situated on one of Australia's most beautiful estuaries, Coffin Bay offers a scenic smorgasboard of unspoilt inlets. bays and vast waterways perfect for fishing or family holidays.

Whilst named by explorer Matthew Flinders after his friend Sir Isaac Coffin. the many tragic shipwrecks along the rugged coastline might have seemed the obvious origin. The exposed jagged cliffs and wild seas contrast with the sheltered gentle waters of the bays themselves.

Watersports of all types are very popular here and all necessary facilities are provided, including mooring grounds and marinas. Apart from the natural beauty of the area, wildlife, birdlife and wildflowers are just some of the other attractions.

COWELL

Population: 692
Cowell is literally a gem of a place. Famed as Australia's only commercial jade mining site, the town is home to the rare black jade as well as green jades and fine marble .

The unique markings of the stones are found in some of the world's largest deposits, formed during intense movements and re- crystallization within the earth's crust around 1700 million years ago.

Anglers, beach-lovers and boaties find other reasons for a visit, with Entrance Island and Franklin Harbour providing a host of water and beach-based activities. Point Price Sandhills offers white dunes and surfing, while Lucky Bay has a safe swimming beach for children, plus other amenities.

ELLISTON

Population: 209
This popular resort sits on the shores of Waterloo Bay, flanked by ruggedly beautiful cliffs and a spectacular coastline.

Named in 1878 after Ellen Listen, a governess, the town provides memorable coastal walks, caverns to explore, dazzling white dunes, unspoilt beaches and outstanding fishing.

Several sheltered bays are perfect for swimming, sailing, diving or water-skiing, while "Blackfellows" at Anxious Bay offers one of Australia's best surfing spots. Nearby conservation parks are the home of kangaroo, emu and the hairy nose wombat.

IRON KNOB

Population: 331
Situated just off the Eyre Highway this is the 1894 birthplace of the Australian steel industry.

The town grew up between the two main quarries Iron Knob, and Iron Maiden which supply iron ore to the Whyalla Steelworks. Fifty two kilometres away

KIMBA

Population:795
The largest of the central wheat belt towns, Elimba is a strong farming community at the gateway to the Gawler Ranges. A large sign also proclaims the town as "halfway across Australiala".

PORT LINCOLN

Population: 11.552
Blessed with one of the world's largest and most attractive natural harbours, Port Lincoln has a fine climate and first-class visitor amenities .

Known locally as "Lincoln", the home of Australia's largest commercial tuna fleet is renowned for its seafood and sparkling blue waters which lap some of the loveliest stretches of coastline.

From Winter Hill Lookout a 360 degree view of the coast and country shows the sheer diversity and beauty of the surrounding area.

Boston Bay played host to intrepid Mathew Flinders when his ship HMS Investigator dropped anchor in February 1802. He named the spot Port Lincoln after ~his native Lincolnshire in England.

Port Lincoln is on the Eyres Peninsula, boarders the north Eyres Highway, boasts Coffin Bay National Park, and Lincoln National Park. Both parks provide bird-watching, brush-walking, and you can bush camp, but do inquire locally about safe swimming.

PORT NEILL

Population: 510
With one of the safest swimming beaches for families, supported by attractive lawns and picnic areas, Port Neill is a popular holiday town.
Visitors can get an impressive introduction to the area from Port Neill Lookout, Wharminda Soaks, a charming picnic area twenty kilometres west of Port Neill is abundant in wildflowers and birdlife.

STREAKY BAY

Population: 992
This ruggedly beautiful region is a haven for the fishing industry, with crayfish, abalone and shark being the main catch. Probably one of the first "tourists" was Dutch explorer Peter Nuyts, who sailed past in 1627 aboard his ship Gulden Zeepard (Golden Seahorse). Mathew Flinders followed in 1802, naming the bay after the bands of colour in the water made by seaweed. Overland explorer Edward John Eyre was more interested in fresh water, setting up a depot nearby in 1840. Today all the modern comforts can be found, plus a number of historic buildings, walks and rock formations popular with photographers.

TUMBY BAY

Population: 996
Once a thriving port supplying Adelaide with wool and grain, Tumby Bay today plays host not to the old sailing ketches but modern pleasure craft. The Island Lookout rewards visitors with a fine panorama of town and offshore islands.

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