Corny Point

 

About 260 kilometres from Adelaide, Corny Point is right at the "toe" of the Peninsula.  There are shacks and a small caravan park at Corny Point itself, but the best spot to camp is the site just east of the lighthouse.  

It's not very well marked, but the campground is on the headland east of the lighthouse.  A pristine sandy beach separates the two headlands.  Camping spots are obvious and are really just bare patches of earth.  There is no shelter here, just low scrub.  The weather has to be kind before camping here as you are fully exposed to the elements.  Some shelter can be had by utilising sites on the eastern side of the headland, but it would not offer much protection.  The ground here is terrible, consisting of a light covering of sand over rocks.  It's a pain to try and pitch a tent.

The road into the camping area and around the headland is really a track and it's quite rough, although with care it can be done in a 2WD.  There's only a couple of k's of this track (if that) so it's tolerable. 

It's all about location with this spot.  One the north eastern side, there is a long shallow beach.  The water is very clear and it offers very safe swimming.  There is no wave action here at all.  Wading and casting around the edges of the weed beds is a good way to catch the odd whiting and flathead.

Directly in front of this headland (almost north), it is a bit more exposed, but there is no beach to speak of, just rocks.  Between the camp ground and the lighthouse, there is another beach.  Again, this beach is a little more exposed, but the entrance to the bay is narrow with rocks on either side, blocking the swell.

Directly below the lighthouse are more rocks.  In calm weather, large garfish are caught, along with squid.

Looking back from the camp site towards the lighthouse, Corny Point.

If you continue past the lighthouse along the road, you will eventually come to Berry Bay, which is a well-known surfing beach.  Not suitable for kiddies here, and it pays to know what you are doing.  There are rips and large waves.  It is a beautiful beach though.

The birdlife here is quite interesting.  There are numerous waders, like Stints and Sandpipers, on the tidal beach.  On the beach between the headlands (see photo), Hooded Plovers are regularly seen.  In and around the camp ground, there are Rock Parrots.  It's weird to see parrots here, especially ducking and diving amongst the coastal rocks.

The beach between the lighthouse and the camping area.  Camping is on top of that headland in the photo.

It is a pity about it's exposed location, as Summer is a great time to visit here.  It is cooler on the coast and the sea breeze is refreshing.  Unfortunately, that sea breeze can be strong at times, strong enough to make camping in a tent uncomfortable.  Warm weather is required if you wish to take full advantage of this spot.  (Except if you have a wetsuit of course).  Autumn and Spring are good times of the year too and the weather may be warm enough to swim.

Forget Winter.  It doesn't matter which way the wind blows, it will affect you on that headland.

There are no facilities at all, although the township is only a kilometre or so away.  A brilliant spot and well worth the effort.