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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  • Absolutely amazing, really enjoyed our time here, they are on private property, the area is well maintained, toilets and a picnic area. $2 a person or $5 a family, well worth it. They are large well.....  more »
  • The haystacks are granite boulders rising from the red dirt high into the air. Each would be 3+ metres high. Some are narrow but others are quite wide. A small selection are by themselves in an open.....  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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