Located at the Ceduna Oyster Bar just outside of town, the Big Oyster was built as a float for Ceduna’s annual Oysterfest. It is made of ferro-concrete, a type of reinforced concrete, and was retired from float duties in 1994.
If you’re heading west across the Nullarbor, Ceduna is an essential stop to stock up on food and petrol before the massive journey. The name of the town comes from the Aboriginal word cheedoona, which means ‘resting place’.
We were expecting Ceduna to be bigger than what it was. It keeps the first two holes of the Nullarbor Links Golf Course and is the last big town before the Nullarbor, but it only has around 3800 inhabitants. There were no major supermarkets, despite having a Coles Express Petrol Station, and most things were expensive, but it was an overall clean town with good mix of both locals and travellers.
The first thing we did was check out Pinky Point Lookout, a great place to observe the grain, fishing and mining industry of the town over the wharf. Cheetham Salt has its operations there and the massive piles of white rock were cool and sparkly. After we checked in at BIG4 Ceduna Tourist Park, we went fishing and crabbing off the jetty and brought home a bounty of seafood consisting of three blue swimmer crabs and two tommy ruffs. There would have also been a 40cm garfish but the cheeky bugger managed to jump out of the bucket and back into the green sea.
While there is a strong aboriginal presence and sense of cultural pride, a drinking problem is evident with groups stumbling about, yelling obscenities at each other as they tend to limbs lost to diabetes. The entire town is a dry area and ID is required to purchase alcohol.
Ceduna Arts and Culture Centre
A place worthwhile to visit is the aboriginal arts and culture centre. The door might be locked but if you knock, it should be answered. Inside is a collection of authentic aboriginal artwork like paintings and carvings by local artists. It is also a great place to learn about the culture and differences between tribes.
Artwork and souvenirs are available for sale. All profits go back to the centre to buy materials and develop new skills. We bought a magnet with two blue swimmer crabs dotted over blue swirls.