Balgowan

 

North of Balgowan, late afternoon. (This photo is actually at the camp site known as Tiparra Rocks).

The following photos show the small caravan park on the hill overlooking the bay at Balgowan.  Info. on how to book a site is shown on the sign in one of the photos.  As you can see, the park was empty when I last visitied, but this was off peak).

This is the camping/caravan area in Balgowan itself looking west.

And this is it looking east.

Only about 175 kilometres from Adelaide, Balgowan is on the western side of the Peninsula between Moonta and Port Victoria.  It's a very small town, but has a general store and small caravan park/camping area on the foreshore.  It is a very quiet spot.

The fees for the caravan park/camping area can be seen on the sign.  It is a neat little spot, with a small store nearby for essentials.  The toilet block is clean and tidy.  There is little shade as you can see from the photos, and a north west wind here can be a bit uncomfortable.  However, if it all comes together with nice weather and light winds, it is a beautiful spot to camp.  There is a small lawn section here also, which may or may not be tent friendly.

There are toilets and showers available, as well as running water.  The shop is not always open, only during peak periods.

The beaches here are generally quite sheltered.  The beach in the bay area is soft sand and can be very seaweedy (?) on occasions, especially after storms.  The water though is lovely and clear and is a good spot for kids to swim.

The other beach is just around the point from the boat ramp.  It's a bit more exposed, but still sheltered, with no big swells or nasty rips.  Again, a great swimming beach.

Wading out and casting to the weed line will produce some nice fish including the odd King George Whiting.  Yellowfin Whiting will sometimes make an appearance in late spring, early summer and autumn is mullet time.  Some nice flathead can also be caught.

If you fish off the rocks near the boat ramp, you can cast into slightly deeper water.  Over the weed there are a few squid available.  Float fishing and berleying will bring the garfish around along with the ever present tommies.

Boat fishing along this part of the coast is excellent.  The waters are relatively lightly fished and there are reefy areas all over the place.  You don't need a big boat either.  Snapper, whiting, squid and snook are caught regularly.

Summer is a good time to visit here.  It can get hot, but there is always a breeze and always the beach.  Autumn and spring are good too, weather wise, with autumn the pick of the months for fishing.   

It is a nice little spot to spend a bit of time and it is not really very far from Adelaide (less than two hours).

The two photos above show the bay at Balgowan (taken from the boat ramp).  The weather wasn't the best here, but it's a lovely part of the world with clear water and nice beaches.