Eyre Peninsula – Murphy’s Haystacks to Kiana Park

Venus Bay

Our late night visitors to Murphy's Haystacks were gone early in the morning and the day trippers started rolling in not long after. We bought some "haystack honey" from the self serve box and headed South. I was disappointed that we did not get to the sea lion colony at Baird Bay, but it would have been about 90km of dirt road and we did not want to leave the van at the haystacks. So off we went South again, past Port Kenny which did not impress to the beautiful Venus Bay. It is another seaside town and fishing is the name of the game here! There were boat trailers everywhere and we could see fish in the water around the jetty.

Talia Caves

Back on the road after exporing Venus bay, the next stop was Talia caves which are about 6km off the hightway. The road to the caves is well maintained dirt, but after seven years our fridge vents let go. The bottom one went at the end of the caves road, luckily a nice man picked it up and brought it back to us at the next stop. The woolshed cave is pretty cool and worth climbing down the steps. The Tub is a collapsed cave that left a massive hole in the ground.

Elliston

Our next stop was Elliston, a nice seaside town with most facilities. There is a nice lookout over the bay,

 

 

 

 

We continued on to our camp for the night at Sheringa beach. This is a great beach camp with about 15 defined sites, some in the shelter of the sand dunes, we picked one with great water views as the weather was good. There are toilets which are supposedly "dual action" but in the absence of water in the flusher they were just full and smelly long drops. There are some cute birds here who pick for worms as the tide receded. If a wave comes they sprinted in a perfect line roadrunner style and kept us amused for quite some time.

After a great sleep to the sounds of the ocean we were tempted to stay another night, but the strong southerly wind, four campertrailers with kids and dogs and finally a brown snake slithering past the dogs convinced us to move on after lunch.

 

 

Location

About 6km off the highway, turnoff signposted just North of the township of Sheringa

Facilities

Fairly average long drops, water tank empty.

Dog Walks

Lots, supposed to be on a lead. Watch for snakes!

Local Services

There is a small general store with fuel in the township of Sheringa.

Cost

$10 per vehicle, box at entry to sites or purchase at the shop in town

Comment

Lovely views from the top sites but very exposed to the wind. The more secluded site in the sand dunes would be a better bet if windy. There are quite a lot of sites near the donation box, next to a lagoon rather than the beach.

 

Kiana Park farmstay

 After a great sleep to the sounds of the ocean we were tempted to stay another night, but the strong southerly wind, four campertrailers with kids and dogs and finally a brown snake slithering past the dogs convinced us to move on after lunch.

Wikicamps showed a well regarded farm stay at Kiana Park 25km up the road. It lived up to its promises with green grass sites and hot showers. The owners even supplied a free stash of redgum firewood! Only downside was the new gaping hole on the van where the other fridge vent had blown off during the day's drive. I patched it up with the gaffa tape which, together with wd40 is our caravanners' repair kit. Looks awful but does the trick.

 

Location

On a large sheep and cereal farm about an hour out of Port Lincoln

Facilities

Flush toilets, hot showers and camp kitchen. Bore water

Dog Walks

Only around the caravan area and along the driveway

Local Services

In the middle of nowhere

Cost

$15 Powered, three powered sites at $25

Comment

Numerous level unpowered sites with lovely green grass

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