Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide : 2018-2019 Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide
eyrepeninsula.com | Ceduna, Smoky Bay and Thevenard 58 CEDUNA 111 kilometres from Streaky Bay map reference L2 Ceduna is the last major town on the drive west to Perth across the unique Nullarbor Plain – or your first taste of Eyre Peninsula if travelling eastwards. Today Ceduna offers a full range of facilities for travellers, including a hotel, four motels, five caravan parks and an attractive foreshore. POINTS OF INTEREST The pristine waters around Ceduna produce excellent oysters and other quality seafood, celebrated annually at the Oysterfest event. Held on the Labour Day long weekend in October, this event brings together art, wine, entertainment and a good supply of oysters. Another annual event, the Ceduna Crab Competition, is held every year from New Year’s Day to Easter and offers more than $10,000 in prizes. Registration forms can be found at various businesses and your prize catch will be measured at the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre between 11am–3pm. History buffs will enjoy visiting the National Trust Ceduna School House Museum which includes displays about the British atomic testing program at Maralinga. Ceduna has a strong Aboriginal heritage. Visit the Ceduna Aboriginal Arts & Culture Centre which has an extensive collection of authentic Aboriginal and contemporary art works, didgeridoos, boomerangs and other gifts. It also houses the Far West Language Centre which is working to revive and record local languages of the Mirning, Wirangu and Gugada people. For a taste of the region’s European history, visit Denial Bay, near Ceduna, first mapped by Matthew Flinders in 1802. A great spot for fishing and crabbing. Don’t miss McKenzie’s Landing and the old town ruins. Take a boat trip to Nuyts Archipelago to see dolphins and sea lions. Further offshore is the Isles of St Francis Sanctuary Zone, an area of great biodiversity. For 4WD enthusiasts, the Davenport Creek area is a lovely sheltered spot offering a platform for swimming, surfing, sand boarding, The 200 kilometre Goog’s Track crosses more than 300 sand dunes before joining the Transcontinental Railway and is suitable for 4WD only. The track is best travelled from south to north. From Ceduna the track begins at the Dog Fence and continues north through the granite outcrops and dry salt lakes of the Yumbarra Conservation Park and the Yellabinna Regional Reserve. The park has no facilities and travellers need to be experienced and well-equipped with sufficient food, water and fuel with no fuel supplies between Ceduna and Glendambo. Bush camping is available at Goog’s Lake – a large, dry salt lake in a sea of sand dunes – and Mt Finke where, from the summit, you can see an endless 360 degree view of untouched wilderness. Camping permits are required and can be purchased from the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre (08) 8625 3343 or the Ceduna National Resource Office (08) 8625 3144. GOOG’S TRACK – 4WD ONLY fishing and climbing. Adventurous types will want to travel along the 200 kilometre Goog's Track, traversing over more than 300 sand dunes to the Transcontinental Railway Line at Malbooma. The track is 4WD-only, there are no facilities and travellers need to be experienced and well-equipped. Camping permits and local maps are available from the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre or visit www.parks.sa.gov.au SMOKY BAY 70 kilometres from Streaky Bay map reference M3 Smoky Bay is a relaxed seaside town 40 kilometres south of Ceduna. The town has a golf course, community club, boat ramp, licensed general store and a caravan park. The jetty is the centrepiece of the town and the perfect place to catch local King George whiting, flathead, snook and garfish. You can also purchase fresh oysters direct from the producers. POINTS OF INTEREST Popular with 4WD enthusiasts, Laura Bay Conservation Park is just 23 kilometres south- east of Ceduna. The park has a walking trail, excellent swimming options and a rugged limestone coastline. Camping is available, but a permit is required. For more information, contact the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre. THEVENARD Four kilometres from Ceduna map reference L2 The waters around Thevenard are busy with ocean-going freighters and local fishing boats returning with their catch of whiting, snapper and other seafood. This small, friendly town has a supermarket, hotel and football club. POINTS OF INTEREST According to Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift’s fictional character Gulliver met with the people of Lilliput on islands visible from the Thevenard Lookout at Pinky Point. They are in fact the islands of St Peter and St Francis, first recorded by Pieter Nuyts and François Thijssen aboard the Gulden Zeepaard in 1627. See the islands and explore local history by taking the Encounter Walking Trail from the sailing club to Pinky Point.