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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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We're at the most southern part of WA

Walpole and Fonty's Pool.

overcast 25 °C

Last night we stayed at a beautiful, peaceful van park called "Fonty's Pools". This park is 8 km off Highway One, about 100 km north of Walpole and this is where I wanted to get to. There are vinyards, apple orchards and black truffles(very sort after by cheff's) growing in this region. It is a lovely quaint park that locals come to for weekends. Weddings are also very popular here. The original owner was Archie Fontana, was granted this area in the early 1900's. He chose this area because it had a huge natural spring so fresh water was plentiful.

Fonty's Pool

Fonty's Pool

He cemented the base and sides of the spring and this became the swimming pool for the town people. Archie migrated from Italy a young man and died about 20 years ago aged 103. The water is known as "fountain of youth". The grounds are gorgeous and you can have a camp fire every night if you wish.

beautiful grounds at Fonty's Pool.

beautiful grounds at Fonty's Pool.

After spending one night at Fonty's we moved back to Highway One as I was keen to get to Walpole as I've heard about the great suspended tree top walk on bridges 40 metres off the ground. There is a placque situated on the highest point as one the the builders died by falling asleep on the job.

Our new house in the Land of the Giant Trees

Our new house in the Land of the Giant Trees

We arrived at lunch time and headed to the "Land of the Giant Trees". The walk was excellent. Very different from the other two suspended tree top walks I've been on. The one in the Daintree had a very dense and tropical follidge and the one on the Great Ocean Drive in Victoria was also very dense and slippery. On this walk the sun can actually shine onto the ground so it wasn't at all dense on the ground.

The top of the walk 40 metres high

The top of the walk 40 metres high

The "Tringle" (This is the name of the Forrest) trees often have houses within them. I'm sure a fairy or two has lived here in the past?????You can see where the trees have survived fires and they are still standing tall and strong. I have a thing for trees and the roots of trees. I'm sure I must of been "Tinkerbell' in another life. (Actually Tinkerbell was the nickname my father use to call me). I just think this forrest is fantastic... A little on my weird side I suppose but each to their own. Tony loves birds (feathered ones) He is always saying look at the little wren or ......listen to the bird call....... I love the birds house!...

Cubby houses everywhere

Cubby houses everywhere

Highway One has became very windy, hilly and narrow. This section of it reminds Tony of going through the Buladelah mountains. We only travel about 100 km per day now as Tony says he has to concentrate too much on the road. The kangaroos are also very huge and they jump on the highway anytime. You don't see any trucks along this section, obviously too windy for them. It is still very beautiful and we are glad we chose to travel this way as there is plenty to see but of course it is a little cooler.

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