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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  • Unusual rock formation which is worth a walk around. Be prepared to pay a small fee to have a look and there are toilets available  more »
  • Same geological family as the Devil's Marbles, Pebbles and even Ayers Rock ! I think ? Either way these rock formations (Inselbergs) are well worth a detour off the main Hwy but we mistakenly took the...  more »
  • It's a given that if you're touring the Eyre Peninsula, you'll call in here. Depending on the weather and time of year, your experience may differ. I was hoping for some sunrise/sunset shots but they ...  more »
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