MEET THE LOCALS
While you are with us, why not check out the local area. The Eyre Peninsula is a gorgeous region with much to offer and Nyroca is conveniently located for you to be able to head out and explore some of the local attractions.
COFFIN BAY – 23 minutes (26.4km)
Home to some of the most popular and renowned oysters in the world, Coffin Bay is where you can find Australia’s thriving oyster farms, providing fresh oysters to all of Australia, as well as other parts of the world. Jump onto an Oyster Farm Tour to learn more about how oysters are grown and harvested, learn how to shuck your own oyster and get to taste test some of the local delicacies straight from the ocean.
Make the most of your experience by stopping for lunch at Oyster HQ, where you can grab a table overlooking the water and the oyster farm, while trying some of the best and freshest seafood you can find.
PORT LINCOLN – 41 minutes (54.6km)
The biggest town along the Eyre Peninsula, Port Lincoln is a hub of activity with almost everyone who visits the Eyre travelling through the popular town. It has everything you might need if you’re looking to re-stock supplies for your trip, with everything from fuel and groceries, to Kmart and Bunnings for all the extra bits and pieces, before you head into some of the more remote areas of the peninsula.
Port Lincoln is also considered the Great White Shark capital of Australia, famous for their cage diving experiences with great white sharks, as well as amazing opportunities to swim with sea lions in their natural environment.
TUMBY BAY – 57 minutes (82.6km)
The sandy white beaches, clear blue water and great fishing offer plenty of options for the whole family such as sailing, swimming and diving.
This cute little seaside town has made a name for itself due to the colourful murals that can be found all over town. You can find these colourful murals everywhere – on the silos, shop walls in town, even the rotunda on the beach is covered in a painting. The murals are stunning and give the town a unique point of difference along the peninsula.
ELLISTON – 73 minutes (115.9km)
Situated on the shores of spectacular Waterloo Bay, Elliston is known for its rugged, scenic coastline and as a great place for fishing, swimming, surfing and bush walking. Set between rolling hills and some of the most spectacular and dramatic coastline on the Eyre Peninsula, the town is a centre for a cereal-growing, mixed-farming and fishing community.
FARM BEACH – 15 minutes (13.6km)
The main Farm beach extends north for 2 km from a sandy inflection point with the southern beach, up to the northern boundary bluffs, next to the boat ramp area, with the shacks and houses located on the backing bedrock slopes.
The beach is exposed to low refracted ocean swell, which average less than 0.5 m, with calm conditions also common. Apart from the access road and shacks there are no facilities at the beach.
FRENCHMAN BLUFF – 17 minutes (14.4km)
The beach lies below 40 m high cliffs on the southern side of Frenchman Bluff. It is a 200m long sliver of sand fronted by deeper reefs, with only low waves at the shore.
While the road runs along the top of the bluffs the beach can only be accessed down the steep eastern bluffs. Most people visit this section of the coast for the views from the many lookouts, with only a few keen fishers using some of the beaches.
GREENLY BEACH – 19 Minutes (18.3km)
To find some of the best and most iconic rock pools from Greenly Beach head to the west end of the beach and climb over all the rocks until you see it. The rock pools were filled with starfish, crabs and all kinds of marine life during our visit, so make sure you’re careful about where you step if you decide to go in for a dip. You can easily spot them in the crystal clear water.
GALLIPOLI BEACH – 29 minutes (17.4km)
Gallipoli Beach was used to film the 1980’s movie ‘Gallipoli’ and the name has stuck. Like its namesake the 250 m long beach is backed by steep 30 m high bluffs. Waves average about 0.5 m and regular beach cusps are a feature of the beach.
KIANA CLIFFS – 33 minutes (50.7km)
Kiana Beach is an isolated strip of sand bordered by predominately high calcarenite cliffs. The beach is located just 1.5 km west of the highway and there is a vehicle track our to the northern and southern ends, with a steep climb down the 30 m high backing bluffs to reach the beach.
Excellent views of the rugged coast from the overlooking car parks, however the beaches are only suitable for experienced surfers and fishers.
WHALERS WAY – 60 minutes (82.4km)
Along the coastline between Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay, Whalers Way is a private property that allows visitors who obtain a permit showcasing a beautiful rugged coastline, crystal clear rock pools, incredible caves and often wildlife sightings of dolphins, whales and fur seals.
The permit to enter Whalers Way costs $30 from the Visitors Centre for a day pass, with an additional $20 cash required as a deposit for the key. Visit Whalers Way on a windy day to truly understand the epic force the ocean holds, with king waves crashing into the rocky shore and blow holes that spray water high into the air.
KELLIDIE BAY CONSERVATION PARK – 19 minutes (18.6km)
A very picturesque area and a popular tourist attraction with numerous walking trails, Kellidie Bay Conservation Park is home to the rare white-breasted sea-eagle and osprey.
MOUNT GREENLY – 22 minutes (19.8km)
The whole family will enjoy this 3.9-km out-and-back trail near Coulta. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 37 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking and walking, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring.
COFFIN BAY NATIONAL PARK – 28 minutes (28.5km)
With white sand beaches and some of the clearest turquoise water you’ve ever seen, surrounded by dense natural bush land, Coffin Bay National Park is a favourite of anyone who visits. There are huge sand dunes, epic waves and beautiful lookouts offering panoramic views over the ocean.
One of the highlights is Alamonta Beach, a very pretty beach at the end of a short easy walk over the sand dunes. To reach Gunyah Beach you will need to drive over some hectic sand dunes, with some very soft tracks that will leave you bogged if you’re not careful. There’s no reception out here, so make sure you’re prepared for if you get into trouble.
PORT LINCOLN NATIONAL PARK – 46 minutes (62.7km)
One of the smaller national parks in South Australia, Port Lincoln National Park is filled with quiet beaches, crystal clear water and amazing wildlife viewing opportunities. You might spot a pod of dolphins swimming along the shore, or an emu walking across the beach. It’s also a great place to view whales right from the shore in the winter months of the year.
National park fees apply – check out Parks SA website.
GLEN-FOREST TOURIST PARK – 35 minutes (45.1km)
With many attractions to suit all ages including a maze, putt-putt golf and Segway tours, Glen-Forest Tourist Park is a 400 acre farm, with 120 acres dedicated to the animal park.
80 acres of vineyard also exists on the property, varieties grown are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
This family operated tourist park provides a casual atmosphere where visitors are invited to wander at leisure, stopping to feed the variety of animals and birds. There are baby animals for the children to feed and cuddle. Fed by natural springs and creeks all year round, the dams are home to prolific water birds.
HOW TO GET HERE
Nyroca Camp is on the western side of the Flinders Highway, approximately 9kms north of the town of Wangary, or if you are travelling towards Port Lincoln from say Ceduna or Streaky Bay, the camp is approximately 7kms past (south of) the little township of Coulta.
Look for the white painted tractor tyre with ‘Nyroca Camp’ painted on it, which indicates the main entrance to the campsite.