Streaky Bay

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.
[ image: Streaky Bay jetty.]
Streaky Bay 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.
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 in summer.

 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 Alfred Terrace.