Central East Eyre – Cleve and Surrounds

Port Neil

As we slowly made our way up the East Coast from Tumby Bay our initial stop was Port Neil, a lovely seaside town with a beautiful foreshore. It is also within the Tumby Bay council area so once again the dogs were banished from the jetty walk. The fishing here seemed pretty good and I watched on guy pull our three squid in about three minutes. Silly me had been wondering about the stains on the jetties, not realising the squid shoot ink when pulled out of the water!

Arno Bay

Our next stop was the town of Arno Bay where the major activity is commercial fishing.

There is a small harbour among the sand dunes with apparent plans to expand this facility.

The town is divided in two by an estuary. South of the township is a fantastic mangrove walk which is a board walk of about 700 meters on the East side and a walking trail on the west side. The area is beautifully appointed with picnic facilities, swimming access, toilets and fishing spots. The board walk has several rest areas, some with shade roof and is wheelchair accessible. It provides beach access at the end. We did not have time to do the walk part, but the sign at the start give a typical Australian warning about snakes, spiders and a swooping bird.

Cleve

Cleve is a small service town about 20km inland from Arno Bay. It has shops and petrol stations and is RV friendly. There are unpowered caravan sites at the showgrounds for $10 a night including toilets and hot showers. Cleve also has a well appointed bush camp a few km out of town next to a disused reservoir. Both sites were well cared for and are a credit to the town. Cleve does not have the attraction of beach access but it is quite a good base to explore the surrounding area.

Cleve Showgrounds

Accommodation Rating – 3/5

Location

Showgrounds in Cleve

Facilities

Clean flushing toilets, hot showers, bins, washing line (no machine), Town water to taps at the caravan sites.

Dog Walks

Around the showgrounds

Local Services

Park with BBQ and super market across the road

Cost

$10 per vehicle, box on toilet block

Comment

Vans must be self contained, no tents. Some Road noise and very dusty at present

 

 

Yeldulknie Reservoir

Accommodation Rating – 4/5

 

Location

About 10km from Cleve, signposted

Facilities

Clean flushing toilets, bins, tables, shelter, shade trees

Dog Walks

Walking tracks across the reservoir

Local Services

None at site, services available in Cleve

Cost

Donation

Comment

Beautiful spot established by the community in the late 1990’s. Access is via a dry creek bed which is the overflow from the dam. There is no ford to cross so the site is probably inaccessible in very wet years. Reservoir has some water at present but levels are low. There is tap water but unsure if this is drinking quality or untreated.

 

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