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Point Labatt and Streaky Bay

by on Apr.11, 2011, under The Eyre Peninsula

April 11, 2011

We left Sceale Bay early to get to the Point Labatt Conservation Park.

Here you can find the only permanent colony of Australian Sealions on Australian mainland. The other permanent colony is on Kangaroo Island at Seal Bay – we were there, read up on it in that article. 😉

We continued towards Sceale Bay where we wanted to drive two scenic drives. We started with the Westall Way Loop which starts at Tractor Beach and High Cliffs:

Next stop – The Granites:

Further along the way we strolled down to the Smooth Pools which looked similar to The Granites. They offered a variety of rock pools near the sea for easy and safe swimming or snorkeling. We didn’t do any of that, however .. too cold! Still they provided for a nice view. And we saved a crab struggling in the muscles! 😉

A quick stop at Speed Point ..

Contrasting rocks at Speed Point

Contrasting rocks at Speed Point

We missed out on Yanerbie Sandhills .. no more experiments with deep, soft sand after our previous experiences. 😉

The second scenic drive on that day was the Cape Bauer Loop. We probably started on the wrong end at Hally’s Beach – but hey, it’s a loop, does it really matter?

*grrr* Hally's Beach

*grrr* Hally's Beach

Much more interesting were The Whistling Rocks and The Blowholes. The whistling rocks are tube-like holes leading to a cave through the rocks to the surf. When the surf presses water and air into the caves or the pipes, the air is driven at high speed through the tubes resulting in a sound similar to a giant whistling. The blowholes were a bit lazy when we visited – no spray, fume etc. But we found some impressive holes in the ground. If anyone accidentally falls into one of those … it might be your very last step.

Finally we stopped at Cape Bauer which we found a bit disappointing.

This was our last day on the Eyre Peninsula. In the upcoming dark we rushed to Ceduna to prepare for crossing „a lot of nothing“ – the Nullarbor Plains on our way to Western Australia.


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