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Baird Bay

Baird Bay
South Australia
The isolated waters of Baird Bay
Baird Bay
Coordinates
Postcode(s) 5671
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Location 50 km (31 mi) South West of Streaky Bay
LGA(s) District Council of Streaky Bay
State electorate(s) Flinders
Federal Division(s) Grey

Baird Bay (formerly Beard's Bay) is a small fishing village located 50 km South of Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia. It is situated on the shallow western arm of Anxious Bay, a sheltered inlet lined by cliffs and beaches.

The bay and township are named after James Baird, who settled on the shores of Anxious Bay in 1850 before being speared by local Aboriginals on 2 November 1850.[1]

Although the township is small, Baird Bay has garnered considerable tourist attention due to its sea lion colony, with local tour guides giving interactive swimming sessions with the sea lions. This has become one of the main tourist attractions on the Eyre Peninsula. The isolated town has very limited facilities, with only a few houses, a camping ground and boat ramp. The nearest town for supplies is Streaky Bay, around 50 km away.

The remote waters of Baird Bay are also excellent for recreational fishing, as well as a number of other water based activities such scuba diving and snorkelling.

References

  1. ^ Manning Index of SA History, Place Names of SA-B, retrieved 2007-04-07 

External links

  • Baird Bay Tourism Site
  • District Council of Streaky Bay Site
  • Baird Bay township and eco-tourism site
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