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Things to See and Do in Ceduna, South Australia

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Published July 27th 2015
A place to sit down and rest


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Ceduna is a perfect stop when traveling across the Nullarbor Plain to and from the West Coast of Australia. This beautiful hub town is in the northwest corner of the Eyre Peninsula facing the islands of the Nuyts Archipelago. There are many things to do in Ceduna, from relaxing on the pristine white beaches, spending the day fishing and swimming, to an exciting outback adventure or whale watching. For complete explanation of Ceduna tourist attractions, drop into the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre when you arrive. A major whaling station in the 1850s until the whaling ban in1978, Ceduna is a town of about 4000 people on the scenic shores of Murat Bay. It is the last big town when traveling across the Nullarbor. The word Ceduna comes from the original Aboriginal word "Chedoona", meaning a place to sit down and rest. Before you leave Ceduna, fill up with fuel – the next stop for fuel is about 200km!

Whale watching at Head of Bight



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Pull into the whale watching informational centre and be amazed by the views of the coastline and Bunda cliffs. June through October is peak season for viewing the Southern Right Whales, and in July and August, you might see up to 100 whales in the viewing area at one time. Watch the whales mate and calve in the nursery. Or climb the viewing platform and walk on the boardwalk for great views of these majestic gentle giants leaping and playing, the high cliffs, and azure waters. Head of Bight is one of the not-to-be-missed Ceduna attractions.

Learn about Ceduna's heritage

The National Trust Ceduna School House Museum is a major Ceduna tourist attraction. This Museum includes the old Ceduna School, built in 1912, a blacksmith's shop, Ceduna's first post office, and the first gaol. The museum also includes indigenous artifacts and an entire room dedicated to the tragic British nuclear testing at Maralinga between 1956 and 1963.

A Fisherman's Paradise

white-faced storm petrels
Nuyts Archipelago


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Ceduna has things to do for everyone, but what better chance to catch Salmon, King George Whiting, Tommy Ruff or Garfish at the Ceduna Jetty. If you take a boat out and you are likely to also find Snapper and Snook. Some of the popular rock fishing and beach fishing sites are Decres Bay, Laura Bay, and Ocean Beach. Ceduna has a number of boat ramps if you've brought your own boat, or charter a boat with Ceduna Fishing Charters. During the summer months, you can buy crab nets at a local shop and catch delectable Blue Swimmer Crabs.

Grab a book and enjoy the sun



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Alexander Beach is Ceduna's most popular swimming spot. Located just 300m north of Ceduna's jetty, Alexander Beach also has a shade shelter and plenty of sparkling white sand. The beach was named after George Alexander, one of the first business owners in Ceduna. When you are hungry, satisfy your appetite just a few blocks walking distance at Ceduna's main shopping street, where you can find cafes and restaurants. Another nice spot for relaxing in the sun is the Ceduna Sailing Club, where the kids can also enjoy the playground.

Take a walk



Photo Credit: Mike Seyfang

The starting point for the Endeavour Walking Trail is by the Ceduna Sailing Club. Follow this beautiful trail along the coastline until the end at Pinky Point Lookout in the deep-sea port in Thevenard, where you will have beautiful views of Murat Bay, Thevenard's Port and Saint Peter's Island. At Pinky Point, stop at the Lighthouse Memorial dedicated to those who have lost their lives at sea. The 3.8km trail takes a couple of hours, and once in Thevenard, you can continue walking along the Jetty and see the ships loading wheat, gypsum, and salt.

Oysterfest

A highlight of Ceduna tourism, the popular three-day long October Labor Day Oysterfest is a sumptuous event. Many thousands of oysters are consumed during this event, alongside a backdrop of acrobatics, fireworks and cultural dance displays. If you plan to visit Ceduna during this weekend, be sure to book your accommodation far in advance. Pacific oysters grown in pristine waters are sold in all the local fish shops restaurants and hotels – so if you miss the Oysterfest, be sure to fill your plate at one of these establishments. Or, arrange a tour of Denial Bay's Oyster Growing farms.

Go on a 4WD adventure

Just outside Ceduna, take a 4WD adventure on Goog's Track in magnificent outback surroundings. Only 200km long, the track offers stunning views as it transverses the Yumbarra Conservation Reserve and Yellabinna Regional Reserve. A nature-enthusiast's dream, the area has rich wildlife and birdlife. Kangaroos, wombats, and dingoes abound. The arid environment makes for rewarding bird watching, including the rare Mallee fowl and Sandhill Dunnarts. Goog's Track is named after John (Goog) Denton who envisioned a road that went from Ceduna to Tarcoola. He constructed the track with the help of his family in just three years starting in 1976. The track starts at Ceduna , heads north until meeting the Transcontinental Railway Line at Malbooma, and then continues along the line towards Tarcoola. If you have not come to Ceduna with your own four wheel drive, then you can arrange the rental of one through one of the many car rental agencies in town and at the airport (most of which are listed at carhireceduna.net.au).

Accommodation with Stunning Ocean Views

Whether you choose to stay at one of the caravan parks in Ceduna, a B & B, a hotel or motel, many of Ceduna's accommodation choices have stunning ocean views. Caravaners have choice of beach-front sites, and tent-camping sites are also available.
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