Eyre Peninsula VI – Exploring Whalers Way

Eyre Peninsula V – NoWhere Else & No More Easter Bunny

WHALERS WAY

Today is our last full day navigating the Eyre Peninsula. After one last visit to Wilderness Wanders to say farewell to my new best mate, Shirley, we decide to spend today at Whalers Way. Roughly thirty minutes south of Port Lincoln, Whalers Way takes you along some of the most spectacularly accessible stretches of coastline in South Australia and is home to the States oldest rock, Cape Carnot. At over 2643 million years old, Cape Carnot is a national Geological monument! Because Whalers Way is situated along private property, you must pre-purchase a $30 AUD vehicle permit (available from the Port Lincoln Visitors Centre) to enter the 14km (9 mile) trail but let me assure you, the views are definitely worth the small price tag. With a plethora of points of interest to admire along the way, Whalers Way is the sort of place where you leave one spectacular view behind only to be confronted by another!

Whalers Way Map, South Australia

The car permit details all 36 points of interest along the Whalers Way coastline but I am going to showcase only the ones that stood out as highlights for me.

THE SWIMMIN’ HOLE

Feeling risky enough to climb down a rocky cliff edge on an old rope ladder that has been nailed into rock and left hanging there for God knows how long? I wasn’t. The Swimmin’ Hole is an enclosed area of reef that protects a natural rock-hole of crystal clear water from the surf and is ideally suited for sheltered swimming and sunbathing on calm days. Although not for everybody, I’d imagine the insanely steep climb down would be well worth it; for me though, I’m happy admiring its beauty from the cliff edge.

Swimmin' Hole, Whalers Way, South Australia

CAPE WILES

Situated at the southern most tip of the Eyre Peninsula is Cape Wiles, a 106 metre high cliff face above a sea of crashing waves, an island and unique rock formations. The island, which has been worn down over the years by destructive tides has taken the form of two sandstone pyramids, similar to the remaining 12 Apostles along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Cape Wiles is home sweet home to a fur seal colony which base themselves out on the rocky pillars but much to my disappointment, there were none to be seen during our visit.

Cape Wiles, Whalers Way, South Australia

CAPE CARNOT

At the most south-westerly tip of the Eyre Peninsula you will find Cape Carnot. This stretch of coastline is an extremely dangerous one and while driving towards it, you are warned of being subject to freak waves. These warnings are not to be taken lightly and as the signage indicates, four people have drowned here. The rocky formations that make up Cape Carnot are said to be over 2,643 million years old; the oldest known in South Australia. Like the Swimmin’ Hole, there is another gorgeous enclosed reef protected by a rocky pillar wall, only this one is near impossible to get down to without risking your life.

Cape Carnot, Whalers Way, South Australia

BILLY LIGHT’S POINT, PORT LINCOLN

After feeling satisfied and confident that we’ve seen most of what Whalers Way has to offer, we depart and back track our way towards Port Lincoln. This evening we are going to watch the sun set from Billy Light’s Point while enjoying a traditional Aussie BBQ of lamb, snags, kebabs, steak and onions – yum! Billy Light’s Point is a secluded little bay area suitable for a peaceful picnic or a spot of fishing and makes for an ideal place to watch the sun set over the hills. I’d been craving a good old-fashioned BBQ for so long now that I’m sure my stomach wanted to just reach on out and kiss me. Having stuffed myself silly and barely being able to evacuate myself from the park bench seat, it only seems right that dolphins would choose this exact moment to appear. I grab my camera and run as fast as my explosively-full tummy allows me to. With every sprint I take, I can feel my dinner shaking around inside of me and I’m sure it’s about to make a reappearance but I don’t care, I want to capture the dolphins’ silhouette’s against the crisp amber sunset.

Billy Light's Point, Port Lincoln, South Australia

This Easter long weekend has been nothing short of incredible. It was one of those great family holidays (and yes, we call our little travel group a family… kind of an “inside thing” I guess) that just make you feel all warm and happy on the inside; just like wetting your pants (not that I do this anymore!). I will definitely make my way back to experience more of South Australia, sooner, rather than later.

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