Murphys Haystacks, Streaky Bay

4.5
#51 of 236 in Outdoors in South Australia
#Outdoor Activity, #Must See
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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  • Went here to do the obligatory tourist thing, and just like the rocks on Kangaroo Island these are amazing natural formations that our magnificent country is known for, always worth the visit!  more »
  • Murphys Stacks makes for a interesting little stop. It is a pleasant and easy walk around the rocks and the rocks stand out as an interesting point in the landscape. There is a donation box for entry ...  more »
  • Worth a stopover on a trip around the Eyre Peninsula. Easy walk around the rocks. Great photo opportunity.  more »
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  • Cool. Betta pack the Aerogard, this place is fly heaven. Bring some extra cash to buy some local honey too.
  • Probably not worth the drive, unless it is on your route. Interesting, but very basic.
  • Great place to have a stop and check out this natural attraction
  • 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
  • Great location, 'murphy' is a real character, stop for a picnic! And great honey...

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