After spending the night in Tantanoola, we headed towards Beachport for breakfast. This small town started off as a whaling station in the 1830s, an industry that played an important role in the successful colonisation of South Australia. While it isn’t used for whaling anymore, the southern right whales still pass through here at particular times of the year. It was officially named Beachport in 1878, after the British Secretary of State at the time, Michael Hicks Beach.
PLACES OF INTEREST
This is the second longest jetty in South Australia. Its original length was over 1.2km but these days it’s a measly 772m. The view of town from the end is great and the waters are a deep blue turquoise – truly beautiful.
Bowman Scenic Drive & Post Office Rock
After we had breakfast on the Beachport Jetty, we followed the Bowman Scenic Drive to Post Office Rock and did some exploring. Because there weren’t any defined paths, it felt like we were the first people there and the views from the rugged rock were magnificent – turquoise water and clear beaches.
Once we got back to town, we did Lanky’s Walk to visit the well that was built for Lanky by the Beachport police. Lanky was a local aboriginal man and member of the Buandik people that was employed by the police as a tracker. Part of his job was to take care of the police horses – the well was built so that he could fetch drinking water.
Pool of Siloam
The sun was getting high and hot so we sought out an activity to keep cool. Along the Bowman Scenic Drive is a turn off for the Pool of Siloam. This small body of water is seven times saltier than the ocean and is said to relieve symptoms of arthritis. We put our togs on and inched into the refreshing water. As soon as we got to our waists, we could feel the strange buoyancy that the salty pond provided.
The Pool of Siloam has surrounding facilities that include a picnic area, change rooms, toilets and a cold outdoor shower.