Yorke Peninsula Day 7 – The South West Corner

 

 
 
 
Today we explored the South west corner of the Peninsula. There are only two bitumen roads in this area, but the dirt roads are well maintained. The area is rugged and the coastline is a mixture of beautiful beaches, huge sand dunes and rocky cliffs. There is a surfing reserve at Daly Head and although there were plenty of surfies present only one was in the water. 
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Corny point and Point Turton are seaside holiday towns, with a general store and not much else. It seems that the towns in this area are located in the wrong places because none of them have nice beaches. Corny Point has a lighthouse and it is not difficult to see why this is needed!
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While driving around we came across several lazy or shingleback lizards which seem to like playing chicken on the roads. Luckily we did not squish any of them.
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The countryside is similar to the other side of the peninsula, Marion Bay gets about 470mm rainfall a year which is a little more than the towns further north which average less than 400mm.

Marion Bay relies on the local desalination plant for town water, other areas just seem to have tank water. Bores are everywhere but many are salty and unsuitable for drinking. The soils are supposedly quite fertile, but are littered with rocks. Virtually every paddock has a pile of rocks along the fence line, under trees or in a low lying area. I am not sure how they are collected, but it looks like there is a machine that picks them up and dumps them.

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We completed the day by examining the old playground next to the caravan park with the metal detector, yielding a huge 40 cents, a sinker and a heap of pull caps and other rubbish. Alan tried his luck at fishing but the only thing we caught was seaweed!
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