Corny Point on Yorke Peninsula can be a lovely spot on a fine day. On a stormy day it is entirely a different matter. On our recent holiday there we could barely get out of the car, the wind pushing against the door was so strong. I then had trouble standing still in the gusting wind for some photos. Never mind. It was all part of the adventure. We still enjoyed the spectacular scenery and wild waves.
Just as we were leaving the camping grounds at Pondalowie Bay we came across a small mob of Western Grey Kangaroos right next to the road. Being in the Innes National Park this would be quite a normal sighting. In fact, this group was not at all perturbed by our car just a few metres away as they are quite used to vehicles moving through the park every day. During the summer months vehicles probably pass this way every few minutes.
Various forms of kangaroos and wallabies abound in rural Australian regions (pun intended). They are a hazard to fast moving vehicles on country roads, especially at night when they tend to come out to graze. I have experienced first hand the damage a ‘roo can do to a car with no protective bars. The damage is not only to the car; many hundreds, perhaps thousands of kangaroos and wallabies become road kill statistics every year. Sad but true.
As we drove back to our motel in the dusk that evening I slowed done. I didn’t want to add to those statistics.
Pondalowie Bay on the extreme south-western coast of Yorke Peninsula is favourite destination for campers, tourists and anglers. It is quite remote but the sealed road to Marion Bay and other towns further up the peninsula mean that facilities are not all that distant. Warooka is only about a hour away.
The bay has always been a popular place for people wishing to feast on the abundant fish life in the sea. In fact, although this is all part of Innes National Park, there remains a small fishing village at the bay, the small collection of beach shacks being private dwellings. A short distance back along the access road there are two camping grounds set up by national park authorities. These sites have public toilets but no other facilities, including no electric power or water.
On the day we visited recently we encountered wild gale force winds along the coast and headlands. On the other hand, the camp grounds, although windy, were quite sheltered from the worst of the gusty conditions.
Cape Spencer is near the very southern tip of Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.This part of the coastline is windswept and wild. Many ships have come to grief over the years in these waters, especially in Investigator Strait, the stretch of water between the cape and Kangaroo Island. In the photo below you can just see the hazy outline of Kangaroo Island (click on the image to enlarge).
The Cape Spencer Lighthouse is automatic and was built in 1975.
The south coast of Yorke Peninsula features many rugged vistas, ideal for the photography enthusiast like me. Unfortunately the weekend we visited this area recently was wild and windy with many showers. On the afternoon we visited Innes National Park the sky cleared enough for a time to enable a few good shots, including these of Cable Bay and Cape Spencer.