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Coffin Bay

Eyre Peninsula SA

sunny 32 °C

Yesterday we arrived at Coffin Bay home of the best oysters in Oz. It was 40 degrees and it was so hot, we nearly melted. No pool at the only caravan park and seeing those large sharks prancing around the shoreline, we weren't even dipping our toes in the water. So what do you do when it is hot when you don't have airconditioning in Bertha, you go for a drive in the Bulldozerand I think we both had 3 cold showers also.

Coffin Bay Oyster farmers

Coffin Bay Oyster farmers

There is a great walk around the town called "The Oyster Walk" . It takes you around the bay and out to the heads. Great fishing spots and you see all of the Abalone fisherman taking off in their large boats. We saw a fishing trawler getting pumped out with fish into the back of a truck. The fish actually spurt into the air from the boat and then into the truck.

The pump mschine used to get the fish out of the bost onto the truck for market.

The pump mschine used to get the fish out of the bost onto the truck for market.

The name Coffin Bay comes from Matthew Flinders in 1802, named in honour of his British Navy friend Sir Isaac Coffin.

This is why I don't swin in the ocean

This is why I don't swin in the ocean

This is a photo of me inside the head of a five meter white pointer shark. This was caught in 1990 and is on deisplay at a service station to remind tourist what the locals are like......

They do have a sence of humor though. This is a new housing estate in the area. I don't think I could live here. The address is too much for me. (maybe Bob and Cheryl should buy a block?)

Love shack route

Love shack route

Lovely view of Coffin Bay. Nothing much in town just lots of oysters.

Coffin Bay = nice two day stop  (definately no more)

Coffin Bay = nice two day stop (definately no more)

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Streaky Bay SA

On the Eyre Peninsula

sunny 25 °C

This is a great , to spend a week. We are right on the coastline and our friends, Vicky and John from Cessnock are here also. Most of the people in the park are from NSW. There are 3 couples from Macksville and it is a very, very social park. Everyone having happy hour or 3 together and sharing travelling yarns. Very homely. There is plenty of wild life around. Yesterday afternoon, we had a 2 metre shark just out the front about 50 metres entertain us all. Noone would go out and see if it was a White Pointer or a Tiger Shark. The more we drunk, the bigger it got. Entertained the Caravan Park folk for hours. The locals swim in a shark cage built off the jetty.

A map of where Streaky Bay is on the Eyre Peninsular SA

A map of where Streaky Bay is on the Eyre Peninsular SA

The pelicans live out the front of our van as the neighbours feed them after there daily catch. The pelicans never move from that spot.

Lazt Pelicans never leave

Lazt Pelicans never leave

The coastline is very rugged and the wheat farms are right to the coast. The oysters are the best we've ever had and very resonably priced. There are sealions everywhere and very happy to have there photo taken. They seem to sunbake most of the day. There are dolphin schools also. The native widelife is very abundant.

Lazy sealions

Lazy sealions

Tony having lunch with a view.

Tony having lunch with a view.

Tony having lunch with a view.

The drives around this area are very isolated. There is plenty of lizzards on the roads but no kangaroos, or farms. It seems to be a fishing area and the local seafood is very cheap and great quality. You can have fish and chips anywhere in town for $7.50. Tony says why bother fishing........

great coastline view with easy access for tourists

great coastline view with easy access for tourists

The bikes are getting a workout here.

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Wave Rock and Esperance

The South East Coast of WA

semi-overcast 22 °C

The last couple of days there has been plenty to explore. We went inland 200km of highway one just to see Wave Rock. Yes it was worth it! It is near the town of Hyden, and this quaint little town caters for 130,000 tourist per year just to visit "The Wave". The rock is a spectacular granite formation reaching 15 m high, and thought to be in excess of 2,700 million years old.

Me catching the only wave I can!

Me catching the only wave I can!

We stayed the night back on Highway One at Ravensthorpe, where we left Big Bertha. The people in this area most be so board. They decorate everything and never through anything away. The town of Hyden and Ravensthorpe had everything reused. They make old toilets into flowerpots as well as TV's and engine parts are made into people. Art everywhere and it is quite quirky.

Just some of the local artwork!

Just some of the local artwork!

Next stop was Esperance. What a beautiful place, the beaches are fantastic, there are islands everywhere and the beaches have the whitest of sand. Rocks are plotted amongst the ocean and "Cape LeGrande National Park" is sensational.

Bay of Islands at Esperance.

Bay of Islands at Esperance.

Esperance has approx 10,500 residents. The max temp here is 22 degrees C and min is 12 degrees C. So we have to start wearing a few more clothes and cover up that fantastic sun tan of mine! I'm frightened no one I know is every going to see me with this great suntan...... The beaches are great to look at down here, but far too cold for this body to swim in. Anyway I'm sure there are heaps of sharks! Apparently the fishing is fantastic. We just buy fish, as Tony has no interest in fishing, maybe because he left the boat at home??? He said the fish we are buying is cheaper than buying bait anyway.

Esperance beautiful beaches

Esperance beautiful beaches

There is no shortage of photos here as I've taken so many.

More beautiful beaches

More beautiful beaches

We've stocked the pantry and fridge for a four day drive accross the Nullarbor. We probably wont be able to blog as we will be doing roadside stops and using bertha's shower and toilet. See you next in SA accross another boarder!

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