Murphys Haystacks, Streaky Bay

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Murphy's Haystacks are inselberg rock formations located at Mortana, between Streaky Bay and Port Kenny on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.They are of a 'tumulus' form of weathered granite outcrop. They are made of a pink, massive, coarsely equigranular rock consisting mostly of quartz and orthoclase. Their appearance may be due to a combination of erosion by underground rainwater and then by subsequent weathering after they were exposed. Most of the pillars emerge without a break from the underlying granite. Their structural base may be of orthogonal or vertically-aligned sheet jointing.They obtained their name because a traveller in a coach saw the formation in the distance. He asked how a farmer could produce so much hay. As the farm was on a property owned by a man called Murphy, the rocks became known as Murphy's Haystacks.The site is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.
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  • This is an amazing natural wonder It was beautiful wandering through this maze of rock and nature what a magnificent place  more »
  • We visited the haystacks on a very hot day heading toward Elliston after leaving Streaky Bay with the caravan in tow. The haystacks are a short drive off the main road and provide a toilet. The rock f...  more »
  • We visited Murphy's Haystacks in early January after swimming with the Sea Lions at Baird Bay as it was on the way back to the main road. I am glad we stopped as it was quite spectacular and in contra...  more »
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  • Nature's art is beautiful. Not far from the main highway it's worth trip to see the rocks up close. But if you want the best experience, stay the night $10 and see them at sunrise and sunset - magic
  • A lovely peaceful setting. The large rocks look like haystacks. Beautiful in the evening light. So named after the original landowner back in the late 1800s. Camp overnight for $10. Clean flushing toilets.
  • Just off the Flinders Highway, between Streaky Bay and Venus Bay, are Murphy'a Haystacks. These are a series of large granite boulders weathered and shaped over time. They are situated on private property but are well displayed and there is a toilet and a undercover seating there to relax enjoy the formations. There is a small cover charge to assist in keeping this attraction going and they even sell locally produced honey.
  • Great spot quiet and real country interesyin hay stackd
  • Cool. Betta pack the Aerogard, this place is fly heaven. Bring some extra cash to buy some local honey too.

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