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Eyre Peninsula in December

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Created by Phoney > 9 months ago, 31 May 2015
Phoney
NSW, 413 posts
31 May 2015 12:27PM
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Hey Guys,

I'm considering joining some family in going on a camping trip to the Eyre Peninsula in December. But am after a bit more info to get me convinced.

As 1800km from Sydney is a fair distance, but looking around on Google Maps, I see lots of deserted beaches and shallow sheltered bays that has me interested. I have a 4WD, comfortable with driving on sand and am pretty self-suffiient camping wise.

What it is like around there at that time of year?
Is the wind consistent / variable?
Ridiculously hot?
Lincoln National Park vs Coffin Bay National park - which is better?
Missus doesnt kite, what else is there to see & do? She likes nature, wildlife etc.

Cheers

EB
SA, 480 posts
31 May 2015 8:49PM
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Hi Phoney,
The Eyre Peninsula is well worth the drive from Sydney will not disapoint. Would be close to be being equally windy as WA very consistent winds. December can be very hot but this usually turbo charges the seabreeze. The peninsula has it all from flat, waves beauty and the beast. From Whyalla your first stop on the peninsula along to Pt Lincoln plenty of spots to enjoy along the way. No need to travel far each day to find something new. After Lincoln through to Ceduna is Gods country plenty of wildlife and Natural beauty. Wifey will not be dispaointed. Just be aware you will not be kiting in a crowd till your home again. Just try and get as much local info before heading off, consequences off heading into the unknown can be nasty.
One thing for sure you won't find a more chilled out zone locals are very welcoming and there is an ever growing community of kiters.
Book your holidays and get over here.

mick14
SA, 343 posts
1 Jun 2015 1:07PM
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I'd recommend getting in touch with Scott or Jacqui from Extreme Kite and Paddle for some local knowledge.

Phoney
NSW, 413 posts
1 Jun 2015 7:52PM
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Thanks for the tips guys! I'm now convinced.

I see Ceduna is another 400km past Port Lincoln, I'm not sure I'm keen to head that far into that direction, as we'll prob only have 2 weeks at the most. Unless there's a place that makes it worth it... I'll find out where my sister and family are heading and most likely stay in the vicinity around there.


Gwendy
SA, 472 posts
6 Jun 2015 12:19AM
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Be careful mate. I came to Eyre peninsula for a two week holiday from Sydney 32 years ago and I'm still here. It's kind of addictive

dazza5172
SA, 311 posts
15 Jun 2015 10:20PM
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Hey Phoney,

I lived on Lower Eyre Pen for 10 Years and have traveled there for 25 years. As Gwendy says watch out as it is one of the best places on earth. There is a reality check for you however:
Lower Eyre Pen not really a consistent wind spot, sorry but its just not. It is more a weather pattern based wind and there is not a true clockwork sea-breeze, the clock work sea breeze is Elliston and above, Streaky and Ceduna have sea breezes that is like WA but there is a long way between beaches. You can get really good wind but you can also have long periods without.

I can remember many long days of nothing at the supposed sea-breeze time of year. Coffin Bay peninsula is very weather pattern dependent, there is really only one place to kite there called sensation beach (where you cant camp) but I would not do a specific kite trip for that, there are plenty of other small onshore waves that are closer than this to you. Dec may be hot or might be cold. impossible to say, generally the temperature is milder than Adelaide as its surrounded by water. If its hot there will be no wind. then it will howl when the change comes and maybe even rain.

You might have a late fly season, usually Sept to Oct the flies come out, they normally die off in the first cold snap, but you never know, some of the more remote locations they can drive you insane. then again there might be no flies.

There are quite a few places to flat water kite. Definitely, small wave - Fisheries bay is the local

If you don't like sharks, don't bother going.

Port Lincoln is the main town and is good for a freshen up and proper accommodation.

The place is more about Nature and how you entertain yourself in the raw and rough terrain and small towns, if you want to be entertained by whatever metro people do then its not the place.

oh yeah and the sun will fry you like a chip. I worked in Sydney for many years and can attest to the difference. you can get burnt in 10 minutes, wear a hat

you cant explain what it is about Eyre Pen, its just awesome.

definitely check with Jacqui and Easto at

www.xtremekitepaddle.com.au/




dazza5172
SA, 311 posts
15 Jun 2015 10:24PM
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Phoney said..
Thanks for the tips guys! I'm now convinced.

I see Ceduna is another 400km past Port Lincoln, I'm not sure I'm keen to head that far into that direction, as we'll prob only have 2 weeks at the most. Unless there's a place that makes it worth it... I'll find out where my sister and family are heading and most likely stay in the vicinity around there.




You are better of in Lincoln for family run

but if you want absolute wind then head to Elliston

2 weeks is not much time

you will still have a great time



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