Long appreciated by Adelaidians as an antidote to city stress, the Eyre Peninsula’s broad triangle is protected by the Gawler Ranges from the arid climate further north. The area was first farmed in the 1880s, fishing communities sprang up at regular intervals and iron ore, discovered around 1900, is still mined around Whyalla. The drive around the coast passes stunning scenery and superlative surfing and beach fishing, especially where the Great Australian Bight’s elemental weather hammers into the western shore.

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