Murphys Haystacks, Streaky Bay

#51 of 234 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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  • Advised to make the detour off Main Highway to visit. Honesty box to pay entry. Make the effort to venture past the first group of rocks as the others are more interesting. We also purchased some of t...  more »
  • We visited this site as part of a loop drive via Point Labatt. The site is worth taking the side road onto private land and paying the $2 per person entry. The featured columns have been beautifully c...  more »
  • 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 »
  • Great location, 'murphy' is a real character, stop for a picnic! And great honey...
  • 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
  • Really worth a look. Very unusual.
  • Very beautiful and you pay $2 and you can buy wild bee huney for $5
  • These rocks are amazing out in the middle of nowhere..

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