Sitting in Ceduna SA
The word “Ceduna” is thought to be from the Aboriginal word “Cheedoona” meaning “a place to sit down and rest”. Very appropriate. It is indeed a beautiful place to sit and rest after a long drive across the Nullarbor! However there’s plenty to do when you’re done resting!
Sit on a beach or on the jetty and enjoy the view, or watch a beautiful sunset over Murat Bay. If you’d like a swim, then Alexander Beach (north of Ceduna’s jetty) is the place to go–at high tide. Ceduna has a range of beachfront accommodation.
Head to the Ceduna Oyster Bar for fresh oysters from local growers. Ceduna also has a variety of cafes and restaurants to choose from. The Sailing Club is a popular spot with both visitors and locals.
Follow the Endeavour walking trail (easy, 3.6km one way) from the Ceduna Sailing Club along the coast to the Pinky Point Lookout in Thevenard. There’s good views of Thevenard’s deep sea port and Murat Bay. You can also cycle along the trail.
The Ceduna area is a top spot for fishing. There’s jetty fishing, surf fishing, rock fishing or boat fishing in Murat Bay. During summer, buy a crab net at a local shop and catch some delish blue swimmer crabs.
The collections on display at the Old School House Museum will bring back many memories of days past. Equipment used during the nuclear testing (1956-1963) on display in the Maralinga Room is both interesting and scary. You can tour the Maralinga atomic bomb test site (about 400km northwest).
Definitely worth a visit is the Arts and Culture Centre with beautiful Aboriginal paintings, didgeridoos, boomerangs and gifts for sale. It’s also a good way to support the Ceduna economy and learn more about local Aboriginal culture.
After sitting and resting in Ceduna, it’s time to explore the area. Whale watching at Head of Bight at Yalata is a must. Pildappa Rock near Minnipa and Murphy’s Haystacks near Streaky Bay are spectacular and there’s much more on the Eyre Hwy and the Eyre Peninsula.
Words and photos by TruBlu Travelling.