The Eyre Peninsula in South Australia has never been on our bucket list, it has never been on our list of places to stay for a holiday and many families we have met have spoken about heading across the Nullarbor and missing it altogether. To be honest, we had to google it when it was mentioned that we could be heading there for the What’s Up! Downunder Summer Series!
After caravanning around this unique peninsula for two weeks in the impressive JB Caravans Scorpion Sting (check out our review here!) , we are now shouting it’s praises from the rooftops and are telling people they’re crazy if they miss it! You’re doing it wrong if you miss the Eyre Peninsula!
In a nutshell, this is how we saw the Eyre Peninsula in 2 weeks:
We were on a pretty tight schedule to get to Whyalla – so we high tailed it from our home in Numurkah Victoria to Murray Bridge in SA for the night, then headed to Whyalla where our adventure began! We were very lucky to be touring in a JB Caravans Scorpion Sting. What a treat!
Whyalla: Despite being the third biggest town in South Australia, Whyalla had a very coastal, touristy feel about it. A port that is buzzing with mineral activity and beaches that were pristine, Whyalla had everything you could want for a holiday stop. We stayed at the Discovery Parks Whyalla Foreshore Tourist Park and were welcomed by friendly managers who quickly became like family. Powered sites right on the beach were an eye opener for us inland folk and when the tide was out there was hours of fun to be had collecting shells.
We visited the Whyalla Maritime Museum which included a tour of the HMAS Whyalla and boasted the largest HO guage model railway which was pretty impressive!
We then had one of the best experiences of our time on the road. We got to play with the wild dolphins in the marina. This was the first time our girls had experienced dolphins in their natural habitat and it was quite a unique and emotional experience for us all.
Port Lincoln: Gorgeous beaches, lush green grass, immaculate foreshore with a huge playground, what more could you ask for? We stayed at the Port Lincoln Tourist Park and were once again gob smacked at the beautiful waterfront sites. We could get used to these types of caravan parks. A great base to check out the surrounding ‘bays’ and coastline.
Tumby Bay: Not far from Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay had one of the best bakeries we have been to with the biggest and yummiest donuts!! They were devoured after a fabulous mornings trying SUPing for the first time! We have never laughed so hard, Jaq and her crew from Eyre Peninsula Aquatics looked after us and made it so much fun.
Coffin Bay: Oysters, oysters and more oysters! If you love oysters and fishing, then you are in the right place. A quiet, majestic bay that has a fabulous “Oyster Walk” along the water. The holiday houses on the water caught our eye and despite the rain, it was definitely a place we would return to for a quiet coastal getaway. We stayed at the Coffin Bay Caravan Park and due to the rain we enjoy the Coffin Bay Hotel probably way too much…
Cummings Monument: On the road from Coffin Bay to Elliston is Cummings Lookout – WOW, this was our first taste of the rugged coastline and the beginnings of the Great Australian Bight…INCREDIBLE! Yes, it was bloody windy, but well worth the stop!
Elliston: The coastal towns just kept getting better and better. Another quiet little town, we stayed at the Elliston Waterloo Bay Tourist Park which had a gorgeous bay & pier. Early morning walks were spectacular!
Streaky Bay: Our final coastal town and maybe the Eyre Peninsula was saving the best for last. We love this little town! The beaches, the shops, the foreshore…the pub! Another destination that I can see us coming back to for a longer visit. We stayed at the Streaky Bay Foreshore Tourist Park which was fantastic. Waterfront powered sites and our favourite beach. Large grassed areas, loads of room, a play ground…yup…the kids LOVED this park!
Wudinna: We cut in and had our final nights in Wudinna. Once again, a town we had never heard of, however it was the perfect base to discover the Gawler Ranges National Park and surrounding areas. Head in one direction and you hit seals and sea lions in their natural habitat, head in the other direction and hit amazing rock formations, head in another direction and you hit the most incredible salt lakes we have ever seen.
This is a MUST see place to visit. We headed in on a Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safari and then along a 4wd track called Sturts Track – what an adventure! 7 kms of salt lake heaven!! Another highlight and a wonderful way to end our Eyre Peninsula adventure.
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