Trip Start Jul 26, 2006
90Trip End May 25, 2009
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(11-15 January 2009)
Located 40kms southeast of Streaky Bay we stopped at Murphy's Haystacks. These are actually huge rocks purported to be over 1,500 million years old. They are actually pink granite boulders located on private property and are visited by many tourists with a small fee charged to view them.
We also checked out Venus Bay which reminded us of Nambucca Heads, in NSW back home. Crystal clear waterways and sand flats where you could fish for whiting in a boat. It was just as popular as Streaky Bay for boat goers and the waterways were much better to look at than Streaky Bay, it would be my personal choice of stay if we were coming back here again.
We headed into Talia Caves, from a roadside sign on the highway, approx 84kms south east of Streaky Bay. Talia Cave was accessed via a new stairway down to the coastline and then a short left on a rocky platform into the cave system.
The first 'cave' is known as the Woolshed. The Woolshed is a large cave, or cavity, in the cliff face which has been formed by the erosion of the cliff face by wind and water.
The second 'cave' in the series is known as The Tub. The Tub is a collapsed limestone crater. It is possible to climb into The Tub. The ocean access to the area is through a tunnel in the rocks.
These so called 'caves' are the result of the weathering of two very different kinds of rock. The cliffs were formed as recently as 100 000 years ago and are a form of compacted sand dune. Not surprisingly they are very vulnerable to erosion. Below the cliffs are pink conglomerate and sandstone which was formed some 1 500 million years ago. The action of the sea on these two different surfaces has resulted in the erosion which, in the case of 'The Tub' has led to the collapse of the roof of a cave and in the case of 'The Woolshed' has resulted in the waves eating in between the surface and the hard conglomerate.
We found Walkers Rocks in our Camps 3 book, only a few kms before Elliston, as being a camping spot with shade, toilet and shower facilities and mobile phone service near the beach. We found it to be just this. We enjoyed relaxing here after our journey over the Nullarbor and our whirlwind trip to Streaky Bay.
We met other travelers who were also heading in the opposite direction, WA. They were able to advise some good camp spots along the way which was good to know.
This camping spot was a popular spot for locals as beach access could be gained by 4WD and it is school holidays, so everyone wants to go onto the beach.
We enjoyed swimming here and playing in the sand. We did not do any fishing after observing that no one else was catching anything. We observed the trawlers netting whatever fish there was in close to the shoreline and a couple of sea lions ahead of them feasting on the panicked fish. The sea lions were good to observe thrashing and playing about.