Windmills in Penong, Explore Australia Publishing

Population 2304

The name Ceduna is derived from the Aboriginal word 'chedoona', meaning resting place, which is apt for those who have just traversed the Nullarbor. Ceduna is also the last major town for those about to embark on the journey west – the place to check your car and stock up on food and water. The difficulty of obtaining supplies and provisions has a long history around Ceduna. Denial Bay, where the original settlement of McKenzie was situated, was where large cargo ships brought provisions for the early pioneers. Ceduna was established later, in 1896, and is situated on the shores of Murat Bay with sandy coves, sheltered bays and offshore islands. In the 1850s there was also a whaling station on St Peter Island (visible from Thevenard).

Visitor Information

58 Poynton St; (08) 8625 3343 or 1800 639 413


Nearby national parks

  • Lake Gairdner National Park

    The vast whiteness of Lake Gairdner rests in the foothills on the northern side of the Gawler Ranges. This is one of the largest salt lakes...more

Nearby towns

  • Streaky Bay

    A holiday town, fishing port and agricultural centre for the cereal-growing hinterland. The bay was first sighted in 1627 by Dutch explorer...more

  • Wudinna

    The enormous silos in Wudinna are indicative of the town's major grain industry, predominantly wheat and barley, grown here since the first...more

  • Elliston

    Nestled in a range of hills on the shores of picturesque Waterloo Bay is the small community of Elliston. The waters of the bay used to have...more

In Town

Old Schoolhouse National Trust Museum: pioneering artefacts, including those from British atomic testing at Maralinga; closed Sun; Park Tce.

Ceduna Arts Cultural Centre: original paintings, local pottery and ceramics; open weekdays; Cnr Eyre Hwy and Kuhlmann St.

Oyster tours: offered to Denial Bay, Thevenard and Smoky Bay; book at visitor centre.

Ceduna Oyster Bar: fresh oysters year-round; western outskirts, on Eyre Hwy.

Local beaches: swimming, boating, waterskiing and fishing. The foreshore is an ideal spot for walks and picnics (sharks have been known to frequent these waters – seek local advice).

Encounter Coastal Trail: 3.8 km interpretive trail from the foreshore to Thevenard.


Great Australian Bight Marine Park The park preserves the fragile ecosystem of the Great Australian Bight. It has spectacular wildlife sights, including the breeding and calving of southern right whales from June to Oct. Spend a day observing these giant creatures from the viewing platform at Head of Bight. There are also spectacular views of the Bunda Cliffs, which begin at the head and trail all the way to the WA border. Whale-watching permits are purchased from the visitor centre on-site. Interpretive centre also on-site. 300 km W.

Nullarbor National Park Aboriginal culture is closely linked with this park's network of caves, part of the largest karst landscape in the world (Murrawijinie Caves north of Nullarbor Roadhouse are the only caves accessible to the public). Vast and mainly flat, the park's most beautiful scenery is along the coast where the cliffs stretch for 200 km overlooking the Southern Ocean. Visitors should take care along the unstable cliff edges. Rare and endangered species such as the Major Mitchell cockatoo and the peregrine falcon are often sighted. Watch out for the southern hairy-nosed wombat. 300 km W.

Thevenard: a deep-sea port that handles bulk grain, gypsum and salt, as well as a large fishing fleet noted for whiting hauls. Bill's Seafood Tours gives an insight into the commercial fishing industry; contact visitor centre for details. A 3.6 km interpretive trail, 'Tracks Along the Coast', runs from the Sailing Club to Pinky Point; 4 km SW.

Denial Bay: visit the McKenzie ruins to see an early pioneering home and the heritage-listed landing where cargo was brought to shore. Denial Bay jetty is good for fishing and crabbing; 14 km W.

Davenport Creek: see pure-white sandhills and swim in the sheltered creek. Beyond the sandhills is excellent surfing and waterskiing; 40 km W.

South-east towns and beaches: Decres Bay for swimming, snorkelling and rock-fishing (10 km SE); Laura Bay with cove-swimming near the conservation park (18 km SE); Smoky Bay for safe swimming, fishing and boating (40 km SE); Point Brown for surf beaches, salmon fishing and coastal walks (56 km SE).

Penong: more than 40 windmills draw the town's water from underground. See historical memorabilia and local crafts at the Penong Woolshed Museum. Camel day rides and safaris on offer; 73 km W. Cactus Beach: renowned for its 'perfect' surfing breaks; 94 km W.

Fowlers Bay: this town, surrounded by a conservation park, offers long, sandy beaches and excellent fishing; 139 km SW.

North-east conservation parks and reserves: comprising Yellabinna, Yumbarra, Pureba, Nunnyah and Koolgera, an extensive wilderness area of dunes and mallee country. Rare species of wildlife live here, including dunnarts and mallee fowl. 4WD is essential, and visitors must be experienced in outback travel; north of Ceduna.

Googs Track: 4WD trek from Ceduna to the Trans-Australia railway track (154 km N) through Yumbarra Conservation Park and Yellabinna Regional Reserve; contact visitor centre for details.

Campsites around town

Wittelbee camping area (bush camping) 11 km

A small camping area with designated sites for self-sufficient campers, follow the signposted route from Decres Bay Rd. Snorkelling in the sheltered bays around the headland can be good in calm conditions, and the... Find out more

Laura Bay camping area (bush camping) 19 km

Situated 21 km south-east of Ceduna, there is alternative access to these sites for bush campers via Decres Bay Rd. Only use the designated sites.... Find out more

Davenport Creek camping area 24 km

Home to some of the west coast’s finest surfing and fishing, this remote spot 41 km west of Ceduna has it all: pristine beaches, beautiful dunes, wildlife-rich mangroves and glorious coastal landscapes.... Find out more

Point Bell camping area 51 km

Located 87 km west of Ceduna, reached from Shady La off Denial Bay Rd, this small camping area is suitable for off-road camper trailers. Bring firewood and water, and use designated camping sites.... Find out more

Acraman Creek camping area 52 km

You’ll find the camping area 16 km south of the Flinders Hwy and 53 km north of Streaky Bay. Camping here requires a permit, and you need to come equipped with water and preferably a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Pureba camping area (bush camping) 59 km

This camping area is 15 km north of the Eyre Hwy, reached from Mudamuckla. With no facilities, you need to be fully prepared for bush camping.... Find out more

Haslam camping area 66 km

This small camping area is just 100 m from the jetty in the historic port settlement of Haslam. You’ll find it 40 km north of Streaky Bay and 33 km south-west of Wirulla, off Flinders Hwy. Bring your own firewood.... Find out more

Googs Lake camping area (bush camping) 67 km

One of 2 camping areas on the 4WD Googs Track. It might be salt but this remote lake feels like an oasis in a sea of dunes. There’s a surprising mix of vegetation and terrain to explore, plus some welcome shade.... Find out more

Tuckamore camping area (bush camping) 84 km

Bush camping for self-sufficient campers – 4WD access only – is available from Edwards Rd off the Eyre Hwy. Contact Parks SA at Ceduna for updates on track conditions.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park 1 km

This is a tidy park, centrally located and just across the road from the beach. It has good basic amenities and is within walking distance of the shops and most services. The park is a popular spot for anglers and there... Find out more

Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park 3 km

Situated on the beach just 3 km from the town centre, this place has good snorkelling, swimming and fishing. The park has developed over recent years and we now recommend it as our choice in this area.... Find out more

Streaky Bay Foreshore Tourist Park 89 km

Located on the north-facing shallow waters of Streaky Bay, this park has numerous waterfront sites where tinnies can be launched from the beach. There are several fish-cleaning stations along the foreshore and a... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Watraba rest area 43 km

25km E of Penong (L) or 47km W of Ceduna (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Puntabie rest area 44 km

45km E of Ceduna (R) or 48km W of Wirrulla (L)

Secluded in scrub just off the highway.

Haslam camping area 66 km

At Haslam

Near the foreshore and jetty 2km west of the highway.

Petina rest area 75 km

80km E of Ceduna (R) or 13km W of Wirrulla (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Cohen rest area 82 km

65km E of Nundroo (L) or 15km W of Penong (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Perlubie Beach Camp Area 83 km

T/O 19 km N of Streaky Bay (L) or 90 km SE of Ceduna (R)

Small foreshore parking area located 600 metres south-west of the village.

Streaky Bay park area 90 km

At Streaky Bay

On the north side of town via Alfred Tce.

Eyres Water Hole rest area 94 km

58km NW of Port Kenny (L) or 4km S of Streaky Bay (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Oysterfest: community festival including street parade and fireworks; Oct long weekend.

Ceduna Races: horseracing; Dec and Jan.

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