Ceduna Tourism & Travel
Situated on the Far West Coast of South Australia, Ceduna has a population of some 4000 residents and is located on the on the scenic shores of Murat Bay on the Great Australian Bight, some 800kms from Adelaide and 1900 kms by road to Perth.
Ceduna - Aboriginal History
The traditional owners of the country around Ceduna were the Aboriginal people of the Wirangu, Kokatha and Mirning languages. Before white settlement, aborigines called this place ' chedoona', meaning resting place, which is apt for those who have just traversed the Nullarbor Desert. By 1920 the Kokatha people had become the most prominent group of Aboriginal people in the Ceduna area.
Ceduna - History
Early Dutch maritime Captain Francois Thyssen and Pieter Nuyts charted the area around Ceduna in 1627 aboard the vessel Gulden Seppart 'Golden Seahorse. Exploring the uncharted Indian Ocean while en route for the Dutch East Indies, Thyssen named the coastline Nuyts Land and he also recorded St. Peter and St. Francis Islands. In 1718, a young employee of the Dutch East Indies Company published a proposal to colonize Nuyts Land where huge persons lived; 'not only in stature, but in intelligence and knowledge, living in fortified towns with machines of war more terrifying than our bombs and cannons....'. The British and the Dutch were extreme rivals in colonising the world. When British satirist Jonathon Swift, wrote the famously satirical book Gullivers Travels, Swift turned to tale of shipwreck north west of Van Diemens Land into a tale of very tiny people, the Lilliputians who captured Gulliver. During the 1850's Murat Bay was home to a whaling station where the captured whales were brought ashore and processed. Murat Bay was declared as a town called Ceduna in 1901, although locals never called it by its proper name until the railway reached Ceduna in 1915.
Ceduna - Today
Today the main industries of Ceduna are farming, fishing, mining and oyster farming. Ceduna received international attention in 2002 when a total solar eclipse was viewable from there.
Ceduna - Attractions
The Old Schoolhouse is a National Trust Museum with pioneering artefacts including those from the infamous testing of the atomic bomb at Maralinga by the British Government. Oysters can be bought at Denial Bay, where the McKenzie ruins are an early pioneering home. The Encounter Coastal Trail is a 4km interpretive trail from the foreshore to Thevenard.
Ceduna - Nearby
Nearby, the Great Australian Bight Marine Park preserves the fragile ecosystem of the Great Australian Bight and the Nullarbor National Park, where Aboriginal culture is closely linked to the park's network of caves as part of the largest karst landscape in the world. Thevenard is a deep-sea port, handling shipments of bulk grain; Davenport Creek has pure-white sand hills and at Penong more than 40 windmills power the extraction of the town's water from underground. Cactus beach is renowned for its ' perfect' surfing breaks and Googs Track is a serious 4WD trek from Ceduna to the Trans-Australia railway track, some 154km away.