Ceduna to Adelaide, South Australia

12 Oct 2014 Map

Today’s planed route from Ceduna to Adelaide, South Australia

Sunday was about getting home. 770 km’s (480 miles) in a day, not a lot of time to muck about. So an early start with packing up in Ceduna and loading up the car. Not a lot of towns between Ceduna and Pt Augusta, the main ones being Poochera, Wudinna and Kimba.

Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel

The Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel, the only accomodating hotel in Ceduna located right on the foreshore with quite spectacular views of the ocean.

Ceduna

Ceduna is at the eastern side of the Nullarbor Plain and is the last major settlement on national highway one when travelling west towards Perth. Its population in 2011 was 2,289 people.

Ceduna Foreshore Jetty

Ceduna Jetty. A few people out fishing at 8am on a Sunday morning.

Great location for deep sea fishing and tuna fishing and there is quite a lot of pacific oysters grown in the area. Mining and agriculture are the other main industries in the area.

Ceduna Foreshore

What the Ceduna Foreshore look like on a Sunday morning at 8am in October. No one around. Must have been a hard Saturday night 🙂

Ceduna’s climate is quite arid with highest temperature: 47.9°C (118.2°F) on 2nd Jan 1990 and the lowest temperature: -4.7°C (°F) on 13th Jun 1972. January is the hottest month with an average of 28.6°C (23.5°F) with 10.5 days exceeding 30°C (86°F) and 3.2 days exceeding 40°C (104°F). July is the coldest month with an average of 5.8°C (42.4°F) with 4.1 days less than 2°C (35.6°F) and 1.3 days less than 0°C (32°F).

Ceduna main street

Very quite main street of Ceduna at 8am on a Sunday morning in October. On the right out of view is the ocean.

The average annual rainfall is 295mm over an average of 77 days in the year.

More weather statistics for Ceduna are available from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

First a quick look around Ceduna though, so off to the foreshore to see what that’s like.

By the way, fuel in Ceduna is quite reasonable and it’s on par with what you find in the big cities.

Poochera

First stop on the road home was a small town called Poochera for morning coffee about 140km (87 miles) drive from Ceduna (about one and a half hours). A really friendly roadhouse called Poochera Roadhouse Coach Stop on the right hand side of the highway (when heading east). The coffee was great 🙂

Poochera is small with a population of just 185 (2006 census). Its best known feature is the colonies of Dinosaur Ant (Nothomyrmecia macrops) a very rare species of ant.

Kimba

Dirt track into Kimba

I couldn’t do a day without wandering from the main road 🙂

I kept driving for about 160km (100 mile) or 1hr 40 mins where I took a small detour to have a better look at what was around. I found this great little track that had beautiful wild flowers along it. It was about 13km (8 miles) west of Kimba.

Pretty yellow - Eyre Hwy wild flowers

Found along the side of the Eyre Highway in South Australia

I don’t really know what some of these flowers are, but they caught my eye and enjoying the challenge of photography couldn’t resist. Probably spent a couple hours slowly making my way along this track into Kimba. The track runs close to the highway.

Kimba is another small town on the Ayre Highway 156km ( miles) west of Pt Augusta and 313km ( miles) east of Ceduna. It has a population of 636 (2006 census) and it’s main purpose is a service town for the region.

Gazania - Compositae (Asteraceae)

Gazania is a ground covering perennial herb which grows to an average of 30 cm,
forming clumps and dense mats of
vegetation. It’s regarded a weed in South Australia by the department of Natural Resources. FAMILY: Compositae (Asteraceae)

Eremophila duttonii (Budda or Harlequin Fuchsia Bush)

Eremophila duttonii (Budda or Harlequin Fuchsia Bush). These are native bushes that stand about 2 meters tall but can grow to 3.5 meters

Gum tree

I just liked it’s look of this gum tree against the blue sky

A flag?

When I zoomed in with the camera to 400mm it sort of looked like a flag of some description. It’s various crop fields of different colours 🙂

Kimba to Iron Knob

The road between Kimba and Iron Knob (89km or 55 miles) also had quite a few interesting spots of colour. The landscape changed quite a bit as you go further north.

Biggest backyard in the world

Title of the Kasey Chambers song came to mind when I had a look around this little patch of the outback near Iron Knob in South Australia.

Biggest backyard in the world

Title of the Kasey Chambers song came to mind when I had a look around this little patch of the outback near Iron Knob in South Australia.

Golden balls all over these bushes

Little golden balls on these bushes give an interesting colour when there are a few of them together

White wild flowers

From a distance it looks like snow on these bushes.

Wild flowers on the Eyre Hwy

Some pale purple flowers found on the Eyre Hwy in October

Nothing but salt bush and a couple sandstone rocks

Outback landscape near Iron Knob in South Australia

Iron Knob is the location of a large open cut iron ore mine most notably Iron Monarch which stands prominently over the surrounding flat landscape as you can see in the picture below. Do click on the picture to see it full size.

Iron Knob open cut iron ore mine

The outside of the open cut mine which is still operating

That’s the end of the photos for this 3 day trip. Another 70 km (43 miles) along the road is Pt Augusta then about 300km (186 miles) south to Adelaide. Hope you enjoyed and look forward to bringing you more photo’s of the next trip 🙂