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Travel Back In Time – Holiday at Mount Dutton Bay, South Australia

Mount Dutton Bay sits on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, and is well known among history buffs and backpackers as a fantastic place to see how South Australians lived and worked in the late 19th century. Mount Dutton Bay was established in 1875 and was based on a pastoral land grant used for sheep farming. This industry would provide a long-lasting livelihood by supplying wool for textiles.

The waters around Mount Dutton Bay create the other industry standard in the region, providing the best of Australia’s seafood. The Eyre Peninsula is the home of the largest commercial fishing fleet in the southern hemisphere, and holidaymakers will surely enjoy sampling the daily catch. Centrally located holiday rental homes make it easy for your holiday to encompass all that the Peninsula, and Mount Dutton Bay, has to offer.

What Shall You Do?

The main draw of Mount Dutton Bay proper would be the Mount Dutton Bay Woolshed. The Woolshed was built in 1875 and was the center of the wool industry. A long jetty was built to move fleeces from the shearing shed to waiting boats, and onsite accommodations housed the shearers, roustabouts, and cooks. The Woolshed cleared up to 20,000 sheep per year at its peak. Though the buildings fell into disrepair, a renovation in the 1990’s updated all of it into a working museum that is now Heritage-listed.

After you’ve seen the Woolshed, stop by your holiday rental home for a quick change of kit, and drive over to Boston Bay Wines, located near Port Lincoln. The 16-acre vineyard provides an excellent vantage point for watching dolphins and whales in transit while enjoying the best of the local vintages. This is the right way to end your day!

While you’re in Port Lincoln, educate yourself on the maritime history of the Peninsula. The ocean has always been a vital component of life on the Peninsula, and this fact hasn’t changed with time. A visit to the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum lets you walk through time and see the relationship between man and nature as it evolves over the years. The museum owes its name to a local Boatwright, Axel Stenross, and in keeping with the theme of the Woolshed, this is still a working business. Small craft can be found here in a working slip yard for cleaning and maintenance. Other craft are permanently moored here as museum pieces, so there’s definitely enough to keep your attention.

For a bit more of an adrenaline rush, consider a short drive to Coffin Bay National Park. The park is about 45 minutes away by car, and offers four-wheel-drive (ATV) trails through the brush.

As Mount Dutton Bay is still a seaside holiday destination, you can still enjoy the sun and sand, go bathing, or try your hand at fishing from the shore or from a hired boat.

Depending on your choice of holiday accommodation, all of this can be only a short walk from your front door.

Climatology

Mount Dutton Bay is a destination that can be enjoyed year-round, thanks to a welcoming and mild climate. This means that both summertime and wintertime holidaymakers will find weather well suited to all activities. December through February will find daytime highs of 26 to 28 degrees, with nighttime lows at a comfortable 14 – 16 degrees Celsius. The June through August winter season rewards visitors with highs of 15 to 16 degrees from June through August, and lows of 8 to 9 degrees. As with any beachfront holiday destination, you’ll want to book your holiday rental in Mount Dutton as early as possible to get the best locations at any time of year.

Finding Your Way to Mount Dutton Bay

Holidaymakers can easily make their way to Mount Dutton Bay. If you are flying from any of the London area airports, all the major carriers have multiple daily departures to Adelaide. Once you’ve reached Adelaide, take a 45-minute connecting flight to Port Lincoln. From the airport, a short 45-minute drive in your hired car will bring you to your holiday home away from home. Stretch your legs, and begin exploring Mount Dutton Bay.

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