28/10 – 29/10/2013
At last we reach Coffin Bay and we get to taste oysters fresh from the farm – cant wait!
It is easy to find the sheds and we met a lovely guy that used to be a sheep farmer. He was really helpful showing us how to open them and telling us about the industry. Shane wants to go for the big oysters but the fella really wants us to take the smaller ones so he chucks in some of those as well. Of course he was right so we order 6 dozen of his best and hope we can fit them in the freezer for Christmas. (The smaller ones are not small at all and the oyster inside takes up all the space, plump and creamy. Larger ones can have less of the creamy part of the oyster which is the bit that is the best.)
While we are so close we head to Port Lincoln so we can stock up on groceries, Shane bought a new esky ’cause you never have enough of those and to enjoy a seafood platter at Del Giornos. Oysters Kilpatrick and natural, mussels, whiting, calamari and a prawn dish to die for – deliciously fabulous.
Thank goodness there are some challenging walks around to counteract the lunch and the ‘Oyster Trail’ takes us around the foreshore and up to the look out so you see Coffin Bay from every viewpoint.
(Just in case you head this way and do want to get some oysters from the same guy we did: Michael Whillas 0427511389.)
26/10 – 27/10/2013
We now have our sight seeing hats on again and head just a little down the road to Streaky Bay. Its a lovely drive with hills covered in wheat that is ready for harvest, golden yellow and looks like a good crop, according to Shane. We drive over a hill and there before us is Streaky Bay. It looks just beautiful, spread out before us as we head down into the valley.
There is much to see so we head out along the road to Sceale Bay and enjoy some amazing cliffs and the pounding, surging sea crashing to shore. The Whistling Rocks and Blow Holes are working well – not whistling but flat out roaring as the waves enter caves deep below.
We enjoy a very vigorous walk along Halleys Beach where we do pick up a couple of cuttle fish skeletons – there are literally hundreds of them lining the high tide line.
The flies are also very ferocious and ten times as prevalent as anywhere we have travelled – truly the worst and they seem to like even the most hard core repellent. (Worth getting a net for your hat.) There are also many stumpy tailed lizards everywhere we go, on the road, in the rocks and along the beach paths.
We also went out to dinner at Mocean’s to try some abalone. It tasted just the same as when we cooked it up years ago in Batemans Bay when you could just walk around at low tide and pick them straight of the rocks.
Its been great staying here – the penthouse suite of the caravan park no less – right on the foreshore looking out over the bay, watching the tide go in and out with a quiet beer or two.
The best thing about Ceduna is definitely the oysters or it could be the whiting – it’s all good! They really are so good.
This place is picturesque and very relaxing. The bay is peaceful with lovely walks along the waterfront and for us it is a time to re-set our time clocks. Being 3 hours behind in WA is hard to adjust to so we are curing it with rest and fine food.
Shane is like a kid in a toy shop, checking out the fish outlets and can’t wait to get into the seafood.
We enjoy half a dozen oysters each night before dinner with some home made Tabasco sauce – Shane was a little heavy handed and ended up with burning lips (said he didn’t realise it was made with chillies) but the oysters are delicious, plump and juicy.
Leaving Eucla we leave the trees behind and head across an unchanging scenery. The trucks are back and the wind is also playing havoc with driving. We check out a couple of the look-outs on the way and then all too soon up pops the turn off to the ‘Head of the Bight’. Our fuel consumption has been a little higher so it is a risky business to drive – adding an extra 24ks to our trip. It is well worth it as the views are spectacularly dramatic. The sea surges unrelentlessly into the coast line as if it is trying to reclaim what once belonged to it piece by piece, bit by bit. It is a lovely spot for a break with nice walking paths and the all important toilets – they are few and far between on the Eyre Highway.
The Nullabor ends and trees are once again part of the scenery. The hills are long and continuous but we do make it to the Nundroo Road House and the fuel is very reasonable – something worth remembering. Also the time has changed so we are no longer 3 hours behind, much easier contacting family and friends.
We stop at Penong so we can eat up all our fruit and vegetables before we get to Ceduna and the fruit fly check.
Our Nullabor adventure is over but it was a great experience..