Overlooking tranquil Venus Bay and its picturesque islands, this welcoming seaside town has long been a favourite family holiday destination among locals and visitors alike.
Renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities and it’s beautiful, calm bay, Venus Bay provides something for everyone. The fish are friendly out in the bay or off the uniquely curved jetty (and night lighting makes for good evening fishing), while boat launching facilities, a fish scaling bay and boat hire add to the appeal. Water skiing, swimming, canoeing and sailing are other offshore pursuits, as is surfing the waves at beaches just along the coast.
The Venus Bay lookout provides amazing views of towering cliffs and the booming surf rolling in from the Great Australian Bight - and there are lots of great trails for visitors who want to get out and about. Named after the two-masted schooner Venus that traded around Eyre Peninsula in the 1850s, Venus Bay has a range of accommodation and a general store.
Things To Do
Mt Camel Beach
This pristine beach offers excellent year-round surf fishing for salmon, mullet and large Australian herring. Mt Camel Beach is approximately ten minutes south of Venus Bay. Dolphins are regularly spotted along this pleasant coast.
Talia Cave Tourist Drive
This drive leads to two great caves - The Tub and The Woolshed. Both are beautifully coloured by the distinctive limestone and granite formation common to these areas. The drive begins approximately 20minutes drive south of Venus Bay.
South Head Walking Trail & Needle Eye Lookout
Walk the South Head Walking Trail at Venus Bay and see pods of dolphins surfing and frolicking through the waves at the bay’s entrance. Visitors might also spot Australian Sea Lions, sea eagles and from May to October this is a great viewing spot for the Southern Right Whales as they migrate to the Great Australian Bight.
The Needle Eye Lookout offers spectacular vistas of natural rock formations, rugged cliffs and breathtaking views of the coastline. Feel the fresh Southern Ocean breeze while standing at lookouts and soak up the best views the Great Australian Bight and Eyre Peninsula has to offer.
The area is also home to 100,000year old fossil cocoons locally know as ‘clogs’. The weevils that lived in these cocoons (Leptoptus duponti) once inhabited this area.
Be aware of cliff overhangs and keep a safe distance from the edge.