Eastern Eyre: Tumby Bay and Surrounds

Tumby Bay

After leaving Port Lincoln we followed out anti clockwise route around the Eyre Peninsula. After a quick detour via Louth Bay which we were not that keen on, we arrived in beautiful Tumby Bay at lunchtime. We were rather peeved during our initial drive up the esplanade when we saw the "no dogs" signs on the main grass areas near the jetty. Things were a bit more relaxed further up the road so we parked the van and went for a walk along the beautiful foreshore. We were heading for our customary wander up the jetty but found that once again the hounds were banished so Alan had to find a shady spot for dog sitting duties while I strolled up the Jetty.

Rules, rules and more rules!


This area is home to a family of sea Leafy Sea Dragons which are the State marine emblem. The jetty has several access points to allow snorkelers and divers to access the world underneath the jetty. I regretted not packing the snorkelling gear for this trip!



Second Creek Campground

There are a number of accommodation options in Tumby with the small  CWA caravan park (Not suitable for big rigs but right on the esplanade) and the main caravan park at the end of the esplanade quite a way from the main part of town. The caravan park is often listed on the Travel Auctions website if you want to pick up a cheap ten nights.

We kept going on about 10km of dirt road to a small campsite called Second Creek which is right on a secluded beach overlooking Tumby Island. There is boat launching access, rubbish bins and a clean drop toilet. The people with boats said the fish were not biting, but out neighbours from Port Arlington in Victoria managed some blue swimmer crabs and collected razor fish at low tide. I am not keen on seafood so we were no threat to the critters of the sea. 

The camp site is quite sheltered from the winds and low tide provides opportunity for long walks on the beach without meeting everyone. The estuary to the west is a bird and marine life sanctuary which is home to a large flock of Cape Baron Geese. Overall this one would have to be one of the nicest campsites we have found on our travels to date and cannot wait to go back there one day. It is on Wikicamps but not in Camps 9 so Shhhhh ton't tell anyone!


Second Creek Campground.

About 10km from Tumby Bay on dirt roads, corrugated in places


Fairly clean long drops, no water. Good 4G phone signal and TV reception.

Dog Walks

Can walk for miles on the beach at low tide

Local Services

Tumby Bay has most facilities.


$10 per vehicle, box next to toilet


Beautiful spot with great views and boat launching facilities. Did have a couple of hoons come in for burnouts on Saturday night.

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