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Australian Adventure Part 4

15 kms further on we left the Flinders Highway again for our first look at the Sheringa Beach area. More stunning scenery, lovely beaches and a fisherman’s paradise, all fringed by huge sand dunes will require further investigation on a calm day on another trip, although sandflies could be a huge problem for the Navigator. Locks Well Beach is famous for its fishing, consistently (apparently) producing big salmon – the kind of fish that surf fishermen base their “tall” stories on. The beach is accessible by a 120 metre wooden staircase (283 steps). We watched for quite some time as the keen anglers tried their luck in rough surf but didn’t see anyone getting excited. The few steps down to the lookout sufficed. Elliston was worth a return visit – the bakery pies are pretty good (or so the Navigator is reliably informed). Our morning tea stop on the cliff with a great view of Waterloo Bay was followed by the stunning Clifftop Drive where every 2 years ‘Sculpture on the Cliffs’ is held and some sculptures remain on permanent display. The drive between Anxious Bay and Waterloo Bay passes stretches of rugged cliffs, islands and spectacular views of the Great Australian Bight. Back on the highway, we pulled over at the roadside Colton Bakery – a self-serve outlet where we purchased wood-fired bread via an honesty pay system. The bread is baked in a Scottish wood-fired oven circa 1860. On our last visit in 2009 we were greeted by a very friendly dog named ‘Doby Gillis’, guardian of the roadside stall. The highway drive affords views of Lake Newland, a natural saline lake, 20 kms in length, the most extensive wetland on Eyre Peninsula. 40 kms NE of Elliston there are two interesting sites to visit before reaching Talia Beach, which stretches 20 kms back to Walkers Rock near Elliston. The Tub is a large crater in the cliff with a tunnel connection to the sea. It is 10-30 metres deep and 50 metres wide with a granite base. The Woolshed is a large cavern carved into the granite cliff by wave action. A walkway and wooden steps provide access onto the rocks to view the cave with its honeycombed ceiling, dark crevices and nearby blowholes.