Further west than Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, you’ll find Eyre Peninsula, and it is worth every bit of the drive. It takes a good 4 hours to drive to the top of the Peninsula from Adelaide and from there you can branch off to discover many great locations in 11 different council areas on the west and east coast of the peninsula.
If you have to narrow down your time to just a few locations, these are my top picks and reasons why.
Streaky Bay on the western side of the peninsula has some incredibly rugged coastline and scenic drives to take where you will be amazed at the sheer power of nature. There are two caravan parks to choose from, my favourite being the foreshore park which is walking distance to the town facilities and has its own on site café and takeaway shop. Very handy when you’re holidaying.
The locals are so welcoming to visitors and it’s a must to check out the surf shop for great buys at good prices, and the pub has great views and food too. For fishing fans, the jetty is always a good bet for consistent catches.
Venus Bay is 76 kilometres south of Streaky and has a perfectly positioned caravan park with serene views over the bay and jetty and they even hire out tinnies at very reasonable prices, so you can venture out and catch your own fish. The caravan park also has its own really well stocked shop and takeaway food. The town has a good supermarket for essentials and souvenirs.
The local pelicans obviously know how awesome the fishing is around here with hordes of them staying near to the caravan park and even cheekily venturing in when catches are being cleaned.
The scenic drives and walks around Venus Bay lead you to the wild coastline and the most Instagram worthy spots.
Sheringa Beach is one forthe free campers amongst us, though when I say free this council run campground actually costs $20 per night per vehicle but for that you have well laid out campsites and an ablution facility.
The beach which is almost 4 kilometres long is absolutely divine. The whitest of sands edges this beach which is dominated by reefs and therefore popular with surfers and fishers but also has some safe swimming in the protection of the reefs.
This is one not to be missed for some down time, peace and serenity and an excellent spot for campfires and star gazing. Sheringa Beach is 110 kilometres south of Venus Bay.
Coffin Bay is on the western side of the peninsula in the southern tip and the place you need to go for the best oysters, Coffin Bay Gin, and the best wildlife experiences you can have without even having to go search for them.
The caravan park is across the road from the bay and a very easy stroll to Oyster HQ where, trust me, you can spend a day on the outdoor deck enjoying the food, wines and views. Even if you’re not completely a fan of oysters, their tasting plates more than cater for all palates.
Don’t miss wandering along the oyster walk, a trail that follows the foreshore and for those of us that love at sticky beak at coastal houses and shacks this is a real treat too.
Being on the doorstep of Coffin Bay National Park the town is teeming with wildlife which wander, and hop, through town at their leisure, and make themselves quite at home in the caravan park too. Kangaroos and emus definitely have right of way around here and aren’t bothered by humans.
Tumby Bay on the eastern side of the peninsula is a brilliant spot for the whole family with street art to discover in lots of locations around town. Each year these get added to when the Colour Tumby Festival is held. Another town with a perfectly placed caravan park which sits at the end of the foreshore, where there is a walking path and information boards to read along the way as you stroll into town.
The town has you covered with supermarkets, hardware store, gift shops, bakery, and a couple of hotels serving up great food in locations overlooking the pristine bay and white sand beach.
These suggestions are just a few top picks to narrow down a visit to the Eyre Peninsula when you hit the road in SA.