Ceduna-Adelaide via Eyre and Princes Highway
Total Distance 788km
All distances measured from Ceduna
This section of the trip is mostly though farming country and is usually very green in contrast with some of the northern areas of the continent.
Leaving Ceduna you are faced with a choice - do you want to go directly to Port Augusta or would you like to detour via the Eyre Peninsula? The alternate route takes in interesting places like Coffin Bay, Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay and Whyalla via the Flinders (Hwy 1) and Lincoln (Hwy 1) Highways.
Assuming we are taking the direct route and continuing along the Eyre Highway (Hwy 1) the first place we come to is Wirrulla (93km) with its huge grain silos and then Poochera (139km) where a road to the right leads down to Streaky Bay.
Wudinna (211km) withn its strange granite formations is our next town and a few kilometres further brings us to Kyancutta (224) where a road on the right would take us to Lock and Port Lincoln.
Every township seems to start with ëKí along this stretch as we leave Kyancutta and pass by Koongawa(255km) and Kimba (312km) on our way to Iron Knob (399km) and the junction with the Lincoln Highway (441km). Iron Knob and Iron Monarch contain massive deposits of iron ore and the steel city of Whyalla processes their output.
From here itís just a short drive to reach the large city of Port Augusta (483km) at the head of Spencer Gulf. This is a major rail junction where lines from Alice Springs, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth meet and two famous trains - the Ghan and the Indian Pacific pass through here.
This is also the gateway to the Flinders Ranges and the South Australian outback while the Stuart Highway (Hwy 87) north to the Centre, Alice Springs and Darwin joins Highway 1 here.
Turning south as we leave the city and skirt the shores of Spencer Gulf, we come to the junction with the road (Hwy 47) leading to Quorn and the Flinders Ranges and later (505km) we meet the turn off for the Main North Road (Hwy 56) to Wilmington. This is a good alternative route to Adelaide and covers a similar distance.
As we continue southwards we come to the turn-off (550km) for the beach resort of Port Germaine which is also a base for tours into the nearby Flinders Ranges. The town used to be a major port and boasts the southern hemisphereís longest jetty - reaching 1.7km out into Spencer Gulf.
Another port comes next - this time it is Port Pirie (572km) which has the worldís largest silver, lead and zinc smelter operated by BHP and is also the base for a large fishing fleet working in the Gulf.
Passing the turnoff (590km) for Crystal Brook we pass by Snowtown on the way to another port - Port Wakefield (692km) - this time on the Gulf of St Vincent and which is nowadays a coastal resort with very little port activity.
As we get closer to South Australiaís capital the road becomes a divided highway and our progress should be smooth.