Wattle Bay

This is the camping area at Wattle Bay.  It is just west of Edithburgh on the Lower Yorke Peninsula.  If you follow the dirt road from Edithburgh, and then turn left onto another dirt road (the scenic route which takes in Troubridge Point and leads to Port Moorowie, Sturt Bay and, eventually, Marion Bay), the camping is immediately on your left as you make this turn.  The entrance appears as in the photo above.  The dirt road is suitable for all types of vehicles.  After extremely heavy rain, it becomes a bit slippery and may be boggy in places.

There are only a few sites.  All are fairly open, but there is a little bit of shade provided by the trees.  There are low sand hills between the camping area and the ocean (very low) that offer some protection from the southerly winds.  Actually, it is a sheltered spot no matter what way the wind blows.  The ground is sandy, but rocky.  Pitching a tent here is not easy, but caravans would be OK.  There are a few sites along the side of the road before you get to the camp site proper, and these would be ideal if your looking for a smaller site.

 One of the smaller sites on the side of the road before you reach the camping area.

Now, a few things you should know about this spot.  All sites are close to the dirt road.  When other vehicles go past, they throw up large amounts of dust which can be particularly annoying. 

Although all sites very close to the beach, the area is tidal.  So on low tides the "beach" is just swampy, soggy ground.  At high tide, the water covers it and it looks a lot nicer.

Looking towards Troubridge Point.

 This is looking back towards Edithburgh

See the windmills in the picture above.  Wattle Bay is home to a wind farm.  These windmills are enormous.  When I visited last, I camped overnight in a spot on the side of the road.  There were two of these windmills very close to the site, probably 50 metres away.  It was windy and the noise they made was atrocious.  It sounded like a large truck was barrelling down the dirt road towards me. 

There are two reasons I would contemplate camping here.  The first is fishing for mullet during the autumn run.  The shallow beaches are ideal for these fish at high tide, but only when they are schooling (usually autumn). 

The second reason is an overnight stop if it was getting late and I was travelling to some other part of the Peninsula (Troubridge Point or the beaches around Port Moorowie for example). 

I would avoid it here altogether during the summer, due to the flies, heat and the dust.  Winter would be nice and peaceful and you could also have a campfire.

As the sign says there is a fee payable.  Contact the Lower Yorke Peninsula Council for rates.  (They are reasonable - $7.00 a night at the time of writing).