The entrance to Streaky Bay really begins at Cape Bauer, if one approaches
from the south. Having passed between Cape Bauer and Olive Island, with
its surrounding reefs, it is necessary to continue north sufficiently to
clear the reef north of Cape Bauer. The chart of Streaky Bay on AUS 121
should be used. The average yacht need not go north of the beacon north
of the Gibson Peninsula, but may sail across the extensive sand flats about
one mile offshore in 4 or 5 metres of water. A beacon marks the end of
the long sandbar which projects east of Point Gibson and this is left to
starboard when turning towards the Streaky Bay jetty. Fairway Rock is marked
by a starboard hand beacon. The end of Oyster Spit is marked by an unlit
port hand beacon.
At night the port may be entered safely by using the sectored lights
on the jetty and Point Gibson. The anchorage is to the east of the jetty
and care must be taken to avoid the moorings and crab nets found there.
The holding is good, provided a sandy spot is used. The anchorage is open
to the northward, but really severe weather from that quarter is unlikely
jetty. The jetty is unusual in that large snapper are caught from it at
the right time of year. Note the fenced off swimming area. We are in the
home waters of the White Pointer or Great White Shark.
The town is able to supply most stores from a number of shops.
Tools and hardware are available and a mechanic capable of some mechanical
work is available. He also services diving equipment. Diesel fuel is easiest
obtained from a small service station in the main street, south of the
jetty. There are State Bank and Commonwealth Bank branches.
The West Coast is the home of the White Pointer or Great White
Shark Carcharodon carcharias and a cast of one of the largest taken
in these waters is displayed in the Roadhouse and Information Centre in