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Tumby Bay.

50 Km north of Port Lincoln (eastern side of Eyre Peninsula)

all seasons in one day 20 °C

We ventured into Port Lincoln with the intention to stay a couple of days, but the weather was wicked. The Caravan Park was on the side of a hill facing the ocean and the winds were 40 knots with horizontal rain drops. Yesterday the weather was so hot I was melting and today we have all our winter woolies on. Port Lincoln town is very famous for fishing, especially tuna. Also wool is exported from here as well as grain. The Port is a very busy one with boats everywhere. It is a very large town with a Woolworths, Coles, Country Target and about 60 other shops. Definitely the largest town we have seen so far in SA. If the weather wasn't so windy and wet, we would of loved to stay. We stacked up Big Bertha's fridge and pantry and left for clearer skies.

Port Lincoln harbour mooring

Port Lincoln harbour mooring

Fellow Travellers had told us about Tumby Bay and how it was worth a visit especially for fishing. Tumby is a lovely little country town that thrives on fishing and grain farms also. The town is fairly small but it has everything you require with an IGA food store, and a dozen other essential shops all only 1 km from the van park. The van park has views of the bay and the township is very flat and protected from most winds.

Tumby Bay Hotel in the main street

Tumby Bay Hotel in the main street

The Van Park accommodates about 100 sites, but there are only about 4 fellow travellers here. So we have everything to ourselves. The jetty is just out the front and a short walk from us. Tony actually went fishing there and caught a squid. Chilli sqid for tea tonight. The neighbour came home with six squid. I wouldn't want 6....There is only so many you can eat.

Tumby Bay Jetty

Tumby Bay Jetty

Tony's jetty where he catches squid.

The weather is still not that wonderful, you can feel the chill coming from the Antartic. The Van park has a great kitchen with a TV in it, so I usually watch TV and do my patchwork quilt when the weather isn't good. When the weather is better we explore the area on our bikes. We decided to stay here a week as I have a sore shoulder and can't stand being in the car for too long. I think the cold weather has a lot to do with it. This town has a great craft shop as do most of these small towns. I can spend hours in them and the local people are so friendly and want to hear all about your travel stories. I rode my bike down to the local IGA shop yesterday to buy some supplies, when I went to pay the $50, I realized I left my wallet behind. The checkout girl said "no worries", and asked for my name and phone number and told me to take the groceries home and bring the money back later. Who from the city has every heard of this happening, especially with a total stranger??? I refused to take the groceries anyway and returned 10 minutes later with the cash in hand.

Tumby Bay older fishing homes on the beach

Tumby Bay older fishing homes on the beach

This is the older section of Tumby Bay. On the southern side of the town, is a huge new estate with homes and canals built in amongst it with great private jettys. This place is obviously growing. Everyone seems to be also growing great roses. The climate is obviously perfect here for roses and wonderful gardens. It must be all the rain??? We whinge about the rain but the locals love it!

New estate at Tumby Bay

New estate at Tumby Bay

Posted by anne.muld 14:01 Archived in Australia

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Hi Anne
Thanks for the great endorsement for Tumby Bay.
I am on the tourism committee and would love to use your comments about Tumby Bay on the Tumby Bay website.
May we link to your blog so other (potential) visitors can read what Tumby Bay is like?

If possible - it would be great if you could hyper link the first paragraph to our tourism website - to help with our SEO.

Thanks heaps and glad you enjoyed your stay in Tumby Bay.


Damian Modra
Modra's Apartments
0459 026 523

by Damian

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