The aim for our stay in Ceduna was to relax after the drive across the Nullarbor so we had a quiet morning. Once other vans had departed I took this photo to show you the great view we have here right on the foreshore. The park facilities are very new and the camp kitchen has a large screen tv. Ours will probably look huge at home after watching the one in the van all of the time.
We headed out for a drive to explore the town and two surrounding areas, firstly heading for the port area of Thevenard. This is a deep-sea port exporting grain, salt, mineral sands and gypsum with a rail line to deliver the product. The silos can be seen in the distance on your approach to Ceduna as you drive in along the Eyre Highway. Fleets of fishing boats also share the bay and we stopped at the Fish Factories to buy some freshly caught produce. $50 later and our supplies packed in the car fridge we stopped at Pinky Point for these photos. You can see from the closer shot how clear the water is.
This lighthouse like statue is a memorial to lives lost at sea.
From here we headed through town stopping at the car wash bay to clean a very dirty vehicle before driving out 14km to Denial Bay on the western side. The area was first discovered by the Dutch in 1627 but named by Matthew Flinders in 1802. The pontoon in the water which can still be seen from the beach is the ruins of McKenzie’s Landing. In 1889, McKenzie purchased a large plot of land and was instrumental in the development of Denial Bay. Until the jetty was built in 1909 this landing was used to load and unload goods from the visiting ships. At low tide it could be reached by horse and cart. As the tide returned, small boats called lighters, would carry the goods and passengers back out to the ships.
The coming of the water pipeline and railway to nearby Ceduna saw the collapse of a once prosperous town by 1946. There are now oyster farms in the area and a number of coastal homes. A lovely park is by the beach with a playground and these murals adorn the walls of the basketball court and the public amenities.
We drove into town where the main streets have tree lined centres and a radio station is played through loud speakers around the town. Not to be left out, Ceduna even has their own version of BCF – Boating Camping Fishing.
After lunch at the bakery we wandered the shops and then picked up some groceries before heading home. Later that evening, we walked to the Foreshore Hotel for a drink and to watch the sunset over the jetty across the road before enjoying our slow cooked roast pork.