Murphys Haystacks, Streaky Bay

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Murphy's Haystacks are inselberg rock formations located at Mortana, between Streaky Bay and Port Kenny on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.
They are of a 'tumulus' form of weathered granite outcrop. They are made of a pink, massive, coarsely equigranular rock consisting mostly of quartz and orthoclase. Their appearance may be due to a combination of erosion by underground rainwater and then by subsequent weathering after they were exposed. Most of the pillars emerge without a break from the underlying granite. Their structural base may be of orthogonal or vertically-aligned sheet jointing.
They obtained their name because a traveller in a coach saw the formation in the distance. He asked how a farmer could produce so much hay. As the farm was on a property owned by a man called Murphy, the rocks became known as Murphy's Haystacks.
The site is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.
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  • well worth the trip off the road, not too far, to see these spectacular rock formations. There's a small entry fee at the gate, as you're on a farmers property and a short walk in to see the rocks fro...  more »
  • Probably the most spectacular things we saw on our recent trip We camped o/night and it was wet and windy but in the morning we got up close to the rocks and got some terrific photos of rainbows comin...  more »
  • This would be a lovely place for wedding photos, nice views & atmosphere in low light. Gold coin to get in and a toilet & table near the car park.
  • Nice place. Free camp out the front. $2 donation per person to enter. Even has a nice dunny.

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