Murphys Haystacks, Streaky Bay

#52 of 233 in Outdoors in South Australia
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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  • July 20, 2017
    This is just off the side of the main road and definitely worth a visit. Good signage and fun for the kids to run around in, climb, scramble and hide  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    We were told about The Haystacks as a must see on our drive around The Eyre Peninsular. They are amazing, the formations, the size, and just off the main road, you could easily drive by, but walking a...  more »
  • July 8, 2017
    There's rocks all over the place in Australia and they never disappoint! First time I've seen these shapes and great for a short walk and some nice pictures. Also bought some lovely local honey which ...  more »
  • June 19, 2017
    Great location, 'murphy' is a real character, stop for a picnic! And great honey...
  • April 11, 2017
    A must see location, one of Australia's lesser known sites. Do yourself a favour and buy the honey on sale there (honesty system), but word of warning if you only buy one you will be kicking yourself
  • September 2, 2017
    Really worth a look. Very unusual.
  • April 4, 2017
    Very beautiful and you pay $2 and you can buy wild bee huney for $5
  • May 18, 2017
    These rocks are amazing out in the middle of nowhere..

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