This part of our journey saw us explore some beautiful coastal towns in South Australia embark on a seafood-eating bonanza!
As soon as we left Adelaide we noticed the scenery change and suddenly become a lot more "Australian" - flat, open plains, shrubby trees and, off in the distance, the Flinders Ranges. They were quite incredible and we wished we had the time to go off and explore them but it wasn't to be. We did manage to make a couple of little detours, though. One was to Snowtown - I just couldn't resist the cute name! It's a tiny little place and after a quick look around and a poke into the local secondhand store, we moved on...only then did the name start to ring a bell. A few minutes on the iPhone later, we realised we had just been in the home of the Snowtown murders! It's sad, really, that it is remembered for such a horrible thing as it was a sweet little place. Another stop we made was at Murphy's Haystacks. We had no idea what this was but it was marked as a point of interest on our map and the name had us intrigued. It turned out to be an outcrop of enormous pink granite rocks, known as inselbergs. They rose up from the top of a hill in bizarre shapes and looked a little like a mini, pychadelic Stonehenge. We had a lot of fun jumping off the rocks and generally running around!
That night was spent in Port Lincoln - the seafood capital of Australia - where James had the first of many oysters (sadly, I'm not an oyster fan so the whole oyster-fest was wasted on me, although I did appreciate that they looked extremely fresh!) and I dived into some delicious King George Whiting. We found Port Lincoln to be a really lovely seaside town with a great little secondhand shop and, happily, lots of sunshine! There is lots of history relating to Matthew Flinders as well, as he discovered the harbour. After a bit of an explore, we continued on along the coast and stopped in at Coffin Bay (a little bit off the main road) for yes, more oysters (for James, that is) - it had to be done as Coffin Bay oysters have a particularly good reputation! Then it was on to the lovely Streaky Bay, where we spent the night. We had heard lots of good things about this sweet little town and weren't disappointed. We checked into the beautiful old hotel and then wandered across the street to watch the most magnificent sunset from the jetty. It was incredibly peaceful, with only a couple of fisherman (one a small boy who we saw catch a squid!), a few empty fishing boats, and lots of birds circling overhead.