Streaky Bay is a picturesque coastal resort town which acts as a service centre for the surrounding rural community.
Streaky Bay offers the ideal base to explore some of the most spectacular coastline along the Great Australian Bight or relax along the tranquil sheltered waters of the bay with a leisurely walk, cycle, swim or snorkel.
Streaky Bay has a growing reputation as a seafood and aquaculture centre and with its delicious seafood (think oysters, abalone and scallops) found in many of the nation’s top restaurants, it’s easy to understand why.
Visitors can buy fresh, local seafood at various locations in town, including the seafood factory. It’s also the finishing (or starting point) of Eyre Peninsula’s famed Seafood Trail. Anglers are also spoilt for choice, with King George whiting, salmon, snapper, garfish, snook, Australian herring, flounder, trevally, squid and blue swimmer crabs all found in abundance. A boat ramp is located just north of the township and an all-weather ramp is located on Cape Bauer Road.
Boasting several cafes and restaurants you can sample all the flavours of the land and sea including the succulent Streaky Bay oysters.
This charming seaside town - which featured in the 1970s Australian film, Blue Fin - is home to a variety of accommodation options, modern shopping, numerous sports facilities and, for visitors with children, a comprehensive vacation recreation program run at the school every school holidays.
Things To Do
Replica ‘Great White Shark’
A replica of a ‘Great White Shark’ caught by rod and reel can be seen at the Streaky Bay Shell Roadhouse. Caught in 1990 and weighing 1,500kilograms, this massive shark was a world-record catch. More than five metres long, it was caught on a 24kilogram line.
A unique outcrop of pink granite boulders, Murphys Haystacks provides a great photo opportunity. It’s located 40km south-east of Streaky Bay, on the road to Calca and Point Labatt. Visitors can take the walkway between the two groups of rock outcrops and read the interpretive signage. These ancient wind worn granite inselbergs, huge rocks purported to be over 1500million years old, occur in numerous places on the Peninsula. Entry is by donation at the gate.
Powerhouse Restored Engine Museum
See a large number of vintage exhibits and agricultural machinery, including engines dating back to 1904, at this fascinating collection started almost 20 years ago by a local motor mechanic. The museum can be found on Alfred Terrace. It is open 2pm to 5pm, Tuesday and Friday, or by appointment - phone (08) 8626 1459.
National Trust Museum
Located in the 1901 school building, this extensive museum showcases photos and memorabilia of the area’s pioneering families, early sailing and shipping history and a display on Daisy Bates - an Irish-born, former orphan who reinvented herself from governess to heiress to anthropologist. Regarded as one of the most controversial anthropologists in history, Ms Bates was one of the first people to study Aboriginal culture, language and kinship ties. Located in Montgomerie Terrace, the museum is open 1.30pm to 4pm Tuesday and Friday, Saturday mornings during summer daylight savings 9am - 12pm, or by appointment - phone Rae on (08) 8626 1443.
Point Labatt Conservation Park
Point Labatt’s rugged coastline dominated by 60-metre high cliffs is home to the most accessible mainland breeding colony of Australian sealions. It is the only mainland location where visitors can view New Zealand fur seals, Australian sealions and Australian fur seals in one location.
A short walk to a cliff-top viewing platform allows you to safely watch the sea-lion colony below – binoculars recommended. The park is also home to majestic seabirds such as the Osprey, White-bellied Sea-Eagle and Peregrine Falcon.
Scenic Drives & Walking Trails
The coastal scenery of the Streaky Bay area is spectacular and the surrounding environs are well worth exploring.
Point Labatt Sealion Loop
Home to the only permanent colony of Australian sealions on the Australian mainland, Point Labatt is approximately 51km south of Streaky Bay. Visitors can see 50-plus sealions frolicking on the beach and under the cliff face. The loop takes day trippers past the picturesque Surfers beach, through the sleep hamlet of Sceale Bay, across the farming country of the Calca area and past the awe inspiring Murphy's Haystacks.
Cape Bauer Loop
This 1-2 hour drive takes visitors along a rugged and breathtaking section of the Great Australian Bight. Stop along the way for some amazing photo opportunities and discover interesting features including Hallys Beach and the Whistling Rocks (blow holes). A newly developed 360metre boardwalk with viewing platforms includes limited wheelchair access. Keep a look out for the white bellied sea eagle and osprey nests and Olive Island on the distant horizon. This is a significant breeding habitat for the southern osprey, white bellied sea eagle and peregrine falcon. On the drive back into Streaky Bay see oyster farms, mangroves and enjoy a lovely view of the township across the bay.
Maps are available from the Streaky Bay Visitor Information Outlet.
Westall Way Loop
Commence the Westall Way Loop just 10km south of Streaky Bay. Take in the spectacular views of the Southern Ocean stopping along the way at High Cliff, the Dreadnoughts, Smooth Pool, Speeds Point, the Yanerbie sand dunes and The Granites - a popular surfing beach. Fishing, snorkelling, beach walks or just relaxing are all on offer, and visitors can camp at Tractor Beach or at Speed Point.
Other worthwhile trips and picnic spots include Perlubie Beach, Little Islands, Doctors Beach, Cape Bauer and Back Beach. Also worth visiting is Sceale Bay - a small, pretty seaside settlement 29km south of Streaky Bay.
EP Farmers & Fishermens Market
Celebrate the produce of the region, fine wine and entertainment on the Streaky Bay foreshore. Enjoy fresh local abalone, oysters, prawns and fish along with meats such as lamb, pork and goat served as light meals accompanied by the region’s award-winning wines. Alternately, stock up on local olives and olive oil, honey, bread, condiments and smallgoods, and enjoy a picnic.