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Streaky Bay

Things to do, caravan parks and camping on the Eyre Peninsula.

Drive time: 4 h 30 m | 333 km 

If you have time there are a lot of things to do in Streaky Bay while you are here. The drive to Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, where you can swim with the sea lions and dolphins, is 1 hr south of Streaky Bay. From Baird Bay it is another 265 km or 3.5 h to Coffin Bay National Park. We’ve listed campsites along the way, but only those that get rave reviews (4 stars or more).

All attractions and places to camp are mapped at the end of the article.

Streaky Bay - watching the waves roll in
Watching the waves roll in. Photo: goldykilner via IG

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It's a van life! Photo: vanlifeintransit via IG

Things to do in Streaky Bay

The coastal town of Streaky Bay sits on a bay of calm waters sometimes streaked with the  oils of local seaweed, a characteristic which gives Streaky Bay its name. The surrounding landscapes include rocky cliffs, pastoral farmland and surf beaches. 

The Calpatanna Waterhole Conservation Park to the southeast of Streaky Bay is a protected example of the original coastal and salt lake habitats and they are still rich in wildlife. 

There are three main scenic drives that take in most of the natural attractions: Westall Way, Cape Bauer Loop and Point Labatt. But the town itself has a few sights worth seeing. 

  • Supper Room Studio Gallery - enjoy their changing exhibition of art.
  • Streaky Bay Museum is housed in a 1901 school house and includes three rooms of exhibits and interesting memorabilia such as old typewriters and model boats.
  • A walking track follows the coast from the Streaky Bay Foreshore Holiday Park. Take a stroll and spot dolphins, sea lions or whales (in Winter).
  • But to take in the best of the region, take one of the scenic drives below. If you only haVe time for one drive, make it the Westall Way and Yanerbie Sand Dunes.

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Supper Room Studio Gallery, Streaky Bay

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The jetty in Streaky Bay

Westall Way Loop

Allow 2 hours to do this loop south-west of Streaky Bay, or you can set up camp at Tractor Beach or Speeds Point camping grounds if you have a campervan with a bathroom. There are no facilities here.

  • From Tractor Beach, follow the walking trail to magnificent Highcliffs, where waves loom out of the Southern Ocean.
  • Granites is a good surf beach with a lagoon-style rock pool for those who like their water calm.
  • At Smooth Pool you can explore rock pools or snorkel the reefs.
  • Speeds Point has a surf bombie just off the coast where Australia hosted its first big wave surf competition.
  • Speeds point also has a camping ground.
  • Yanerbie beach has a massive sand dune system, which is fun for sand boarding.
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Yanerbie Dunes. Photo: mathieukassovikzm via IG
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Yanerbie Dunes. Photo: rhysatwork via IG

Cape Bauer Loop

Allow 1 to 2 hours for this scenic drive north-west of Streaky Bay.

  • Hallys Beach is a popular surf fishing spot.
  • Whistling Rocks and the Blowholes has a 360m boardwalk and viewing platforms with wheelchair access. There are also toilets here.
  • This coastline is an important breeding habitat for raptors such as the southern osprey, white-bellied sea eagle and peregrine falcon.
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The minimalist landscape. Photo: kimsorganics via IG
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Rural landscapes of Streaky Bay. Photo: lukas_fieber via IG
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Streaky Bay at twilight. Photo: our_colourfulworld via IG
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Perlubie Beach. Photo:  eyrepeninsula via IG
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Shells. Photo: purebodyandwellness via IG

Point Labatt

The Point Labatt Sea Lion viewing platform is an hour south of Streaky Bay, but to continue on to Baird Bay you need to come half way back to get around the bay adding another 40 minutes to your journey. If you’re taking the Baird Bay Eco Ocean Experience, you’ll be swimming with sea lions, so you can give the sea lion viewing platform a miss to save yourself some time.

The viewing platform sits 50m above the sea lion colony so you can observe them at close range. More than 50 sea lions and seals can be seen under the cliff face all year-round as they frolic, laze, swim and fish on the shoreline. Various sea birds hang out on the rocks amongst the sea lions.

Murphys Haystacks

If you’re coming to Baird Bay via the Flinders Highway, drop in to Murphys Haystacks a 1500-million-year-old pink granite rock formation worn by the wind into monolithic inselbergs standing in the arid countryside.

Facilities include toilets, Interpretive signage, walking trail, picnic area, undercover tables and chairs, car park.

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Murphy's Haystacks. Photo: mrfujix via IG

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Murphy's haystacks. Photo: anstagram_sa via IG

Murphys Haystacks
Murphys Haystacks. Photo: tripinzonetribe via IG

Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience

Swim with the sea lions and dolphins! Swim tours run from September to June. During the winter months, whale tours are on offer. The afternoon tour only runs if the morning tour is full. Arrive 30 minutes early to check in.

TOUR TIMES: 9.30 am and 1.00 pm

COST: $180 if you swim. $150 if you don’t swim.

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Swimming with sea lions. Photo: Baird Bay Eco Experience

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Swimming with sea lions. Photo: edgar_pacific_photography via IG

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Swimming with dolphins. Photo: dalemontphoto via IG

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Swimming with sea lions. Photo: warren_tribe via IG

Streaky Bay Caravan Parks & Camping

As usual, we have only listed the camping grounds and caravan parks that get the beset reviews. 

  • Tractor Beach Camping ground is on the Westall Way loop road. There are no facilities but it is FREE.
  • Speeds Point Camping ground is also on the Westall Way loop road. There are no facilities but it is FREE
  • Smoky Bay Caravan Park - Beachfront location, camp kitchen, gas BBQs, laundry, showers and toilets. 
    RATES: From $32
  • Streaky Bay Foreshore Holiday Park - gorgeous beachfront location with shady grassed sites, laundry, showers, camp kitchen, BBQs, playground and games room.
    RATES: $23 for two. $12 additional guests.

Venus Bay Caravan Park

  • Venus Bay Caravan Park is an hour south of Baird Bay on the calm waters of Venus Bay. Facilities include camp kitchen, gas BBQs, showers and toilets, laundry, 
    RATES: $26 for two. Additional adults $8.

Elliston Caravan Parks

  • Elliston Caravan Park is 1.5 hrs south of Baird Bay a short distance from the beach. Facilities include free WiFi, grassed sites, fish cleaning sites, BBQs, camp kitchen, pool, jumping pillow, showers and toilets. 
    RATES: $32 for two. Additional adults $16.
  • Elliston Waterloo Bay Tourist Park is on pretty Waterloo Bay in the main part of Elliston near the tourist Information Centre. Facilities include free WiFi, shaded grassed sites, showers and toilets, gas BBQs, jumping pillow, fish cleaning 
  • sites, camp kitchens, kiosk, laundry, tourist information, ice, gas, tackle.
    RATES: $27 for two. Additional adult $10. Child $8.

Coffin Bay Camping for Campervans

See our Coffin Bay article.

Map of the Perth to Adelaide Drive

Look for the purple tags to locate the highlights mentioned in this article.

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