Australia’s beaches don’t all look like the pre-tropical-cyclone-Yasi* paradisical wet dream of white sand, palms and crystal clear water! While this may fill some reader’s hearts with dismay, there’s no way the southern beaches, especially those of South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, could be mistaken for their northern counterparts!
But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – Stansbury’s stretch of beach along Oyster Bay (there’s no mystery why it’s called that!) is a superb example of that other kind of paradise where warnings against crocodiles, marine stingers or falling coconuts are not required! Nor are you likely to encounter an errant Bufo marinus (aka cane toad!) – for the moment, anyway!
But, on Stansbury Seaside market days, held during the warmer months, the view changes! Whether for better or worse depends on whether you love or loathe markets as the empty foreshore fills with stalls – and visitors from all over the peninsula.
In the cooler months – I won’t amuse northerners by referring to it as ‘winter’ – the view is unsullied by commercial enterprise! Despite the absence of anything but the Great Southern Ocean between the southern Yorke Peninsula and Antarctica, extreme cold – let alone snow – is virtually unknown there.
And what better spot to do your business than here, where a winter’s day can look something like this…
*Tropical cyclone Yasi ravaged Australia’s north-east coast in early February. Bigger than Katrina, the cyclone left a trail of destruction extending into Queensland’s outback, and bringing unseasonal heavy rain to central and southern Australia.