Murphy's Haystacks are inselberg rock formations located at Mortana, between Streaky Bay and Port Kenny on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.Using our international travel planner, Streaky Bay attractions like Murphys Haystacks can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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.
Murphys Haystacks reviews
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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