Traveling south along the coast of the Eyre Peninsula the first town we come to is the coastal fishing town of Streaky Bay. The town is nestled on the northern shore of the Bay. Streaky Bay, so named by Mathew Flinders noting the ‘streaks’ in the bay. It is now known thought these streaks are caused by the release of oils by certain species of seaweed in the bay.
In 1839, Edward John Eyre, the renowned explorer, established a small base about 3 kilometres from the Streaky Bay Township which he used as a store for his overland expeditions to Point Bell. This site, known as Eyre's Waterhole, can still be seen today just off the road to Port Kenny.
Pastoralists moved into the area from 1854. The town was officially proclaimed in 1872, originally called Flinders, but was changed in 1940 to Streaky Bay to reflect local usage of the name
An overnighter or a few days ‘off’ is recommended for Streaky Bay.