Cowell – Arno Bay – Tumby Bay – Truck Parking Bay near Moonambie

Cowell Mosiac

Cowell Mosiac

Cowell Oyster Boat

Cowell Oyster Boat

Cowell Streetscape

Cowell Streetscape

I was about an hour north of Cowell and I had to drive through light rain this morning.  On my way I drove through a lot of low saltbush type country interspersed with sheep grazing on stubble.  There is a large mine on the right side of the highway – seems to have taken the whole hillside.  Cowell is a small town with the claim to fame of fresh oysters – I saw two boats full of oyster pots being towed back into town so that confirms the freshness. Fresh grown oysters are available all year round.  The town is on Franklin Harbour – and almost land locked harbour with only 300 metres for the boats to pass through. The harbour is one of the safest fishing areas in the state of South Australia. The entrance to the foreshore is guarded by an AA Gun in the centre of the street, and there is a great mosaic on the wall near my park.

There is a museum on the main street in the original Old Post Office residence and it is well stocked with memorabilia and three rooms have been arranged in the 1880’s period. “Nephrite” Jade (Cowell Jade) is found in one of the oldest and largest deposits in the world, situated within an area of 9 square kilometres.

Driving to my next stop is through farming land, with ever increasing paddock sizes to Arno Bay.  I love the entrance to the town – a fisherman in his dinghy perched high above a garden welcome with a dolphin at full stretch – very striking!! This coastal town has an Estuarine Boardwalk which I want to investigate. The boardwalk takes me through the mangrove forest, along the creek to the mouth of the creek in Arno Bay.  The tide is out so the creek is quite low but crystal clear, and I can see small bait fish swimming.  Birds are perched on the sandbar at the mouth and there is an oyster farm in the ocean near the beach.

Back at the foreshore near the historic 1880’s Jetty the park has an amazing children’s playground and bbq area – there are also holiday houses on the beachfront.

On the highway again, I spot a great sign for Port Neil – a billboard with a hole in it stating “Picture Perfect”  I had to stop and take the perfect shot!! Off to Tumby Bay which is a really gorgeous spot with a great jetty and shoreline – the heritage information signs in the street add to the character of the town.  The Art centre is the Old Rotunda with murals painted on it.  The colour of the ocean has to be seen to be believed. It was well worth the detour from the highway. Near Tumby Bay I notice a saltbush plantation with sheep grazing – thought about my landcare friends back home. I am headed as close to Port Lincoln as I can this afternoon before the storm so I can have a good look around tomorrow.

Mine near Cowell

Mine near Cowell

Arno Bay Welcome Dolphin

Arno Bay Welcome Dolphin

Arno Bay Fisherman

Arno Bay Fisherman

Arno Bay Observation Platform Sign

Arno Bay Observation Platform Sign

Arno Bay Boardwalk

Arno Bay Boardwalk

Arno Bay River Mouth

Arno Bay River Mouth

Arno Bay Beach

Arno Bay Beach

Arno Bay Sandbar and Birds

Arno Bay Sandbar and Birds

Arno Bay Foreshore Playground

Arno Bay Foreshore Playground

Arno Bay Farm lands

Arno Bay Farm lands

Port Neill Country

Port Neill Country

Picture Perfect Port Neill

Picture Perfect Port Neill

Tumby Bay Saltbush and Sheep

Tumby Bay Saltbush and Sheep

Tumby Bay

Tumby Bay

Tumby Bay Jetty

Tumby Bay Jetty

Tumby Bay Remembers

Tumby Bay Remembers

Tumby Bay Remembers

Tumby Bay Remembers (and so do I!!)

Beautiful Tumby Bay
Beautiful Tumby Bay

Towards Port Lincoln

Towards Port Lincoln

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