Beach trip report
|General Location||5km south of Whyalla on the Eyre Peninsula|
|Aboriginal Tribe/Language Group||Banggarla people|
|Access to beach||Road access to beach|
|Beach Classification||Tide Dominated – Reflective + sand flats|
|Start Date/Time||4 January 2018 17:53|
|Start Location (inc Lat/Log)||S33° 05.942’ E137° 31.395’|
|End Date/Time||4 January 2018 18:29|
|End Location (inc Lat/Log)||S33° 05.568’ E137° 32.213’|
|Mode of Travel||Walk|
|Location of Sand Sample (lat/Long)||S33° 05.723’ E137° 31.959’|
Only one of two South Australian beach it was the first beach completed in 2018. Not much of a challenge, unlike my driving adventures the day before.
Eight Mile Creek Beach is interesting in many ways as it happens to be in a rather unique environment. It is a tide dominated with extensive sand flats fronts, and surrounded by coastal mangroves. Access the beach front you drive through coastal flat clay salt pans, if you stray off the developed tracks/roads you immediately get bogged.
Unfortunately, the previous day I was driving around do some sightseeing and this is exactly what happened. Luckily, I was in mobile phone reception and our next-door neighbour at the caravan park know some local 4×4 enthusiasts who came out and assisted in snatching me out of my predicament.
Eight Mile Creek Beach is only 1.6km in length the name comes from the creek which forms the northern end of the beach. The vehicle track joins the beach at the southern end. I chose to walk this beach even though the beach could be driven easily by 4×4. Reaching the northern end I came across two young local guys, rough camping on the creek bank, we had a quick chat then I turned and walk back tot the D-Max that was parked at the southern end.