SITES TO THE NORTH
Exploring to the north of Venus Bay provides more superb coastal scenery and opportunities to observe various marine and land based wildlife. Names like “Sceale Bay”, “The Granites” and “Smooth Pool” give some indication of the type of scenery that is likely to be encountered on a trip to Streaky Bay from Venus Bay.
Point Labatt has the only mainland sea lion colony. Here sea lions can be observed warming themselves after swimming and fishing then frolicking on the beach and under the cliff face. Visitors will often get to see 50 plus sea lions at a time.
Baird Bay is another protected bay and is a very good site for boat fishing. Fishing charters and ocean tours can be booked at Baird Bay, including swimming with the sea lions and dolphins.
Murphy’s Haystacks are a must see. The haystacks are formed from ancient granite inselbergs dating back 1,500 million years. [The name inselberg comes from German insel, meaning island and berg, mountain.]. They are a series of granite pillars and boulders that tower above the surrounding soil. They are situated on the top of an isolated hill which provides superb views of the surrounding countryside and the vastness of Australia. More information on the Haystacks can be found at www.southaustralia.com/info.aspx?id=9000609
Venus Bay Conservation Park
The park entry is just north of Port Kenny and is accessible to 4WD vehicles. There are over 100 bird, 12 native mammal and 25 reptile species in the park. The park includes Weyland Peninsula and the seven islands within Venus Bay. For more information please visit www.parks.sa.gov.au