Ceduna to Port Lincoln (17th May, 278 miles)

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Our daily routine was to note down the mileage when first getting into the car and then check all the maps/plans for that day. As we were doing this, a guy came up to ask if we were lost? He worked in the nearby caravan park and Ceduna was his home, so he suggested we drive along the coast to Pinky Point lookout before leaving the area. Ceduna is the major commercial harbour for the western end of the Eyre Peninsula, yet from the esplanade it looked positively dead. It is also a popular tourist spot with many beaches to visit.

The photo below shows Pinky Point and the two large white buildings in the background are grain storage silos. Later on when driving through farmland and huge expanses of recently harvested wheat, we would come across one such storage facility quite in the middle of nowhere and looking completely out of place in the landscape. Still, this is what is required when farming is done on such a large scale.

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Here is the jetty for loading the boats with grain. Nothing much happening today though.

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Our next stop was Streaky Bay for a break in the journey. Strange mixture of fine stone-clad buildings and small commercial businesses, but looked like a quite livable place, especially if you liked wated-based activities.

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All along this coastline are oyster farms, so we stopped at Coffin Bay to get some exercise by walking along the Oyster Walk around the harbour. It was a pleasant late afternoon walk, but when we got to the historical part of the walk in the eastern part of town, the route was blocked off and we had to turn around. There were some fine buildings along the harbour front, but most looked like holiday homes with no cafes in sight!

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As we left Coffin Bay, we finally saw some emus! Lawrence managed to grab a few photos on his phone as they sauntered by the roadside. As you can see, once in the grassland they are almost invisible. We spotted this group of adult and two younger birds simply because they had been on the road. When they stand still with their backs to the road, they simply look like bushes, as we discovered a few yards on. Despite all the hazard warning sign along roads re emus, this was the only time we saw any in the whole trip.


Finally arrived in Port Lincoln just before sunset and dined on seafood platter as we were in the seafood capital of Australia, at least that's what the brochures say! Note the obligatory Norfolk Pines on the seafront and the Viterra grain storage buildings.

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