Streaky Bay

Unloading blue tuna, Ken Stepnell / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 1059

A holiday town, fishing port and agricultural centre for the cereal-growing hinterland. The bay was first sighted in 1627 by Dutch explorer Peter Nuyts, but it wasn't fully explored until 1802 by Matthew Flinders. Flinders named the bay after the 'streaky' colour of the water, caused by seaweed oils. While this town is pretty, it is the surrounding bays and coves, sandy beaches and towering cliffs that bring the visitors.

Visitor Information

Rural Transaction and Visitor Information Centre, 21 Bay Rd; (08) 8626 7033

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

  • Coffin Bay National Park

    This scenic coastal park covers a rugged spur of land jutting west from the tip of Eyre Peninsula into the Southern Ocean. On two sides wild...more

Nearby towns

  • Ceduna

    The name Ceduna is derived from the Aboriginal word 'chedoona', meaning resting place, which is apt for those who have just traversed the...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

  • 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

In Town

National Trust Museum: early pioneer history displays in the old school, as well as a restored pioneer cottage and a doctor's surgery; open 2–4pm Tues and Fri, or by appt; Montgomerie Tce; (08) 8626 1443.

Powerhouse Restored Engine Centre: display of old working engines; open 2–5pm Tues and Fri; Alfred Tce.

Shell Roadhouse: Great White Shark replica (original caught with rod and reel); Alfred Tce.

Fishing: for King George whiting, southern rock lobster, salmon, mullaway, garfish, abalone and shark (check with PIRSA & Fisheries centre).


Scenic drives: include Westall Way Scenic Drive, which starts 9 km S, taking in rock formations, high cliffs, quiet pools and the Yanerbie Sand Dunes. Also the drive west of town to Cape Bauer and the Blowhole (20 km NW), for views across the Bight.

Calpatanna Waterhole Conservation Park: bushwalking in coastal park to an important Aboriginal waterhole; excellent birdwatching; 28 km SE.

Murphy's Haystacks: a much-photographed cluster of pink granite boulders, with interpretive signage and paths; 40 km SE. Read more.

Baird Bay: a small coastal town with an attractive beach for swimming, boating and fishing. Baird Bay Charters and Ocean Ecotours offer swims with sea lions and dolphins; (08) 8626 5017; 45 km SE.

Point Labatt Conservation Park: from the cliff-top viewing platform, see the rare and endangered Australian sea lions sleeping on the beach (this colony is the only permanent one on the Australian mainland). Parts of access road unsealed; 50 km SE.

Venus Bay Conservation Park: important reserve for breeding and reintroduction of native species. The park includes the peninsula and 7 islands with beach-fishing and swimming. Peninsula access is 4WD only; turn-off 50 km SE.

Acraman Creek Conservation Park: this mangrove and mallee park is an important refuge for coastal birds. Popular activities include canoeing and fishing. 2WD access to beach, 4WD to Point Lindsay; turn-off 53 km N.

Port Kenny: this small township on Venus Bay offers excellent fishing, boating and swimming, with sea lion and dolphin tours available; 62 km SE.

Venus Bay: fishing village renowned for catches of King George whiting, trevally, garfish and many more. Its waters are safe for swimming and watersports, and nearby beaches are good for surfing. Needle Eye Lookout close by provides fantastic views, with southern right whale sightings June–Oct; 76 km S.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Mocean Cafe

Overlooking the town jetty, this waterfront cafe is a beacon of creative cuisine on the west coast. The interiors and outdoor deck have more than a dash of rustic outback charm. The all-day menu includes tapas plates and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Sceale Bay camping area (bush camping) 16 km

Located 15 km south of Streaky Bay, reached from Streaky Bay–Sceale Bay Rd, this area for bush camping has no facilities.... Find out more

Tractor Beach camping area (bush camping) 16 km

Just 17 km south-west of Streaky Bay, off Westall Way Scenic Dr, this coastal area for bush camping overlooks the coast and a safe swimming beach.... Find out more

Speeds Point camping area (bush camping) 17 km

A popular camping haunt with sheltered nooks among the dunes near the protected waters off Yanerbie Beach, Speeds Point is 16 km south of Streaky Bay, off Westall Way Scenic Dr. This is bush camping, with no facilities.... Find out more

Wedina Well camping area 25 km

Wedina Well camping area is reached from Calca Rd off Flinders Hwy, 40 km south-east of Streaky Bay. Enter the gate with the ‘Reserve’ sign on Calca Rd, and come equipped with a gas/fuel stove, water and... Find out more

Haslam camping area 32 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

Acraman Creek camping area 40 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

Baird Bay Campground 41 km

There’s camping for self-sufficient campers on the northern side of Baird Bay, 50 km south-east of Streaky Bay. To get here, take Baird Bay Rd off Flinders Hwy. Boat tours of Baird Bay leave from the township near... Find out more

Laura Bay camping area (bush camping) 71 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

Wittelbee camping area (bush camping) 80 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

Caravan parks around town

Streaky Bay Foreshore Tourist Park 1 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

Venus Bay Caravan Park 65 km

Situated in the centre of town and right on the beachfront, the park is a popular fishing spot. On a good day it is possible to land a bag limit within a couple of hundred metres of the park. Bookings are required from... Find out more

Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park 87 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

Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park 90 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

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Baird Bay Ocean Eco Apartments 41 km

Located on the Eyre Peninsula’s north-west coast, the two rammed-earth units here were architecturally designed and are suitable for families and large groups. They are right by the sea. All water is recycled.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Streaky Bay park area 1 km

At Streaky Bay

On the north side of town via Alfred Tce.

Eyres Water Hole rest area 4 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Perlubie Beach Camp Area 17 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.

Haslam camping area 32 km

At Haslam

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

Murphys Haystacks park area 36 km

T/O 24km NW of Port Kenny (L) or 38km SE of Streaky Bay (R)

At a group of unusual rock formations 2km west of the highway. On private property.

Petina rest area 46 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Cungena West rest area 51 km

23km E of Wirrulla (R) or 24km W of Poochera (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Poochera rest area 59 km

At Poochera

Well off the highway among trees on the west side of town.

Port Kenny park area 60 km

At Port Kenny

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Puntabie rest area 66 km

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

Secluded in scrub just off the highway.

Minnipa rest area 88 km

At Minnipa

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Tcharkulda Rock camping area 93 km

T/O at Minnipa

At the base of the rock 4km (partly unsealed) east of Minnipa via Bockelberg Rd.

What's on around town

Perlubie Sports Day: Jan.

Streaky Bay Cup: horseracing; Apr.

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