Murphys Haystacks

The Murphys Haystacks formations, south-east of Streaky Bay, are South Australia’s version of Stonehenge – a cluster of smooth granite tors that stand on a hill above the highway, their contrasting size, shape and placement seemingly the key to a hidden meaning. A finish of orange lichen adds a splash of colour to the formations. But Murphys Haystacks are not the only interesting granite shapes in the northern reaches of the Eyre Peninsula. Inland are dozens more, such as Ucontitchie Hill south of Wudinna. The wave-like formation of Pildappa Rock, north of Minnipa, was shaped by wind and rain over an estimated 1200 million years; you can climb to the summit for 360-degree views over the surrounding farmland.

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