Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide : 2018-2019 Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide
eyrepeninsula.com | Cowell, Lucky Bay and Port Gibbon 28 COWELL 106 kilometres from Whyalla map reference S6 157 kilometres from Adelaide, Cowell’s Franklin Harbour, a 48 square kilometre natural harbour with calm, fish-filled waters, has developed a reputation for being one of the best fishing destinations in South Australia, with whiting, snapper, snook, Australian herring (Tommy Ruff), flathead, garfish and squid just some of the catch available. Crabs can be caught night and day in the shallows and oysters are farmed in the harbour. The waters within the harbour and some further offshore are part of Franklin Harbour Marine Park and one of the most important nursery habitats for King George whiting. The boat launching ramp, deepened boating channel and mangrove boardwalk are popular with anglers, while families and tourists can enjoy sheltered barbecue facilities and the adventure playground. Cowell has magnificent buildings dating back to the late 1800s and is a photographer’s paradise. The thriving town has many dining and accommodation options. The oyster leases in the Franklin Harbour area are a burgeoning commercial industry. Visitors can learn more about the aquaculture industry by taking a tour of Cowell Area School’s aquaculture facility (during school hours). Discovered in the nearby Minbrie Range in 1965, Cowell’s nephrite jade is recognised as the oldest and one of the largest deposits in the world. Souvenirs, cut jade, jewellery and colourful marble are available from the Cowell Jade Motel. The jade is mined north-west of Cowell at Mount Geharty. POINTS OF INTEREST A comprehensive display of memorabilia, geological specimens and farming machinery from times gone by can be found at the Franklin Harbour Historical Museum on Main Street which houses exhibits relevant to the area. The dining room, kitchen and bedroom are furnished in the style of about 1900. The remaining rooms contain collections of handmade farm tools and household utensils. The agricultural Museum located on Lincoln Highway, has as its focal point the Ruston Proctor steam tractor, which is now restored to full working condition. Enjoy a free guided tour, a cup of tea with hot scones and delicious homemade quandong jam at Schultz’s Quandong Farm. Visitors can also see a memorial commemorating the home of renowned children’s author May Gibbs. Nature activities abound with four-wheel driving, birdwatching and hiking all popular. Off the Cowell to Cleve Road, be sure to stop at Eyre Peninsula’s largest wind farm, Mount Millar Wind Farm. The free public viewing area is at the top of Range Road. LUCKY BAY 113 kilometres from Whyalla Map reference T6 Lucky Bay is a coastal town situated within the Franklin Harbor Marine Park and is a terminus for SeaSA’s vehicle and passenger ferry service from Wallaroo on Yorke Peninsula. Check the latest schedule at www.seasa.com.au for more information. Beach launching and boat access is available for residents and holiday makers. Corner Smith and Schumann roads, Cowell Ph: (08) 8629 2194 Schultz’s Quandong Farm Visitors of Cowell welcome to call in for a free tour. Enjoy our Devonshire tea with homemade jams from our farm. Quandong products available to purchase.