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Published March 18th 2019
Walking and eating are featured
Driving from Adelaide to Port Neill, on the Eyre Peninsula, will take up most of an entire day. It's about 575kms all up but definitely worth it if you have a few days to spare and enjoy seafood.
To break up the journey, you might like to stop and buy some fresh West Coast oysters. We bought ours at a petrol stop in Cowell and ate them immediately on arrival in Port Neill. With a restorative glass of wine of course.
This tiny coastal town has a small population of around 152 but great pride in their place is evident.
Opposite the Port Neill Hotel and close to the town jetty is one of many art installations. In this case, a beautiful mosaic bench whose design is intended to raise awareness of local beach-nesting birds. The design also incorporates a poem by a talented local resident.
The Lady Kinnaird operated between Britain and Australia in the late 19th Century. She left Port Pirie on 19 January 1880 with a cargo of wheat but was shipwrecked just off Port Neill. All crew swam ashore safely thanks to the mostly calm waters of the bay.
The walk is signposted and leads along the foreshore and through the dunes to a series of small coves.