Ceduna, a small coastal town nestled on the picturesque Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. From visiting natural attractions to indulging in the delicious seafood this region is known for, Ceduna has something for everyone.
Marking the end (or start) of the Nullarbor, Ceduna is a hotspot for passing travellers who are just finishing or are just starting their trek across the Nullarbor. To help you make the most of your time in this small coastal town we’ve curated this list of the best 12 things to do in Ceduna.
1. Take a Stroll on the Ceduna Jetty
A perfect spot for both sunrise and sunset, taking a leisurely stroll along the iconic Ceduna Jetty is the perfect thing to do in Ceduna. The short stroll along the 380 metre long jetty allows you immerse yourself in the coastal atmosphere as you take in stunning panoramic views of the surrounding waters and feel the refreshing sea breeze.
If you’re visiting on a hot day cool off with a swim in the safe swimming enclosure where you can enjoy the crystal-clear waters. The swimming enclosure is perfect for visitors of all ages. If you’re an aspiring angler the Ceduna Jetty is the perfect spot to cast a line. Enjoy some fishing off the jetty which is a known spot for catching the famous King George Whiting.
2. Immerse Yourself in History at the Ceduna School House Museum
Step back in time and immerse yourself in history at the Ceduna School House Museum. Set in the original first Ceduna school building (from 1912), besides the building itself being iconic, the museum has an extensive display of fascinating memorabilia. You’ll be captivated by the rich heritage showcased within it’s walls.
On display are artefacts from multiple different aspects of Ceduna and South Australia’s history, with a Maralinga nuclear testing display, agricultural tools and equipment, household items, restored machinery and so much more on display. Each visitor to the museum leaves with a deeper appreciation for Ceduna’s rich history.
At the time of writing this (June 2023) the Ceduna School House Museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10am-12pm and Wednesday and Thursday between 2pm-4pm. There is a small entry fee which from what we can see online is only $4 per adult and $2.50 per child.
3. Enjoy a Picnic at the Pinky Point Lookout
For breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline, head to Pinky Point Lookout. Enjoy spectacular views of the wharf area, the huge silos, the islands, the channel and Denial Bay. Besides just the stunning views, the Pinky Point Lookout features a beautiful mosaic lighthouse and numerous informational signs with details on the area, the Thevenard Port and more.
The lookout also has a picnic table so make sure to pack a picnic and enjoy the view. The picnic table is undercover, providing shade and shelter, making it the ideal spot to relax and enjoy your meal regardless of the weather conditions.
4. Visit the Nearby Town of Penong
Just 1 hour West of Ceduna is the town of Penong, which is home to iconic attractions such as Lake Macdonnell, Cactus Beach and the Penong Windmill Museum. If you’d like to explore the surrounding areas of Ceduna or are driving across the Nullarbor we’d recommend dropping by the unique town of Penong. We’ll share some more information on the iconic attractions within Penong below.
Lake Macdonnell is one of the most well-known salt lakes in South Australia. Lake Macdonnell has quickly made a name for itself due to the road that runs between the pink lake and a blue lake, creating a striking contrast between the two. Take a drive between the two lakes and check out what colour they are that day.
If the weather conditions are good during your visit make sure to drop by Cactus Beach, one of the most renowned surf spots in Australia. Making the ‘must visit list’ for surfers from around the world, the beach features big and consistent surf and is typically an uncrowded spot, due to the remote location. Even if you aren’t a surfer, enjoy sitting on the beach, taking in the beautiful scenery and watching the talented surfers catching waves.
A visit to Penong isn’t complete without visiting the Penong Windmill Museum. The museum features a unique collection of donated and restored windmills. The collection features old, new, small and big windmills, including ‘Bruce’ which is the biggest windmill in Australia.
5. Appreciate Incredible Aboriginal Art at Arts Ceduna
Immerse yourself in the local arts scene at Arts Ceduna within the Ceduna Aboriginal Culture Centre. Arts Ceduna sells artwork from over 130 Aboriginal artists with a huge showcase of stunning Aboriginal artwork, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, and more. Even the building exterior is covered in beautiful artwork.
Engage with the artists, learn about their unique stories and culture and perhaps even take home a special piece as a memento of your visit to Ceduna. If you’re lucky you may even get to see some of the artists at work. A trip to Arts Ceduna is one you won’t forget so definitely add it on your list of things to do in Ceduna.
At the time of writing this (June 2023) Arts Ceduna’s open hours are Monday-Friday between 9:30am-4:30pm and they are closed on the weekend.
6. Take on the Challenging Googs Track
For the adventurous souls, embarking on a thrilling 4WD journey along Googs Track is an absolute must when visiting Ceduna. This challenging off-road track is one of South Australia’s most famous, promising an exhilarating adventure through remote and rugged outback terrain. It starts 30km north of Ceduna and stretches through approximately 170km of remote outback terrain.
The track crosses around 370 sand ridges, taking you through stunning landscapes, sand dunes, and rocky stretches. It’s an exhilarating experience for off-road enthusiasts who are seeking an adrenaline rush and a challenge.
If you have the time make a full multi-day trip of the track and stay at Googs Lake Campground. There’s nothing more special than watching the sunrise and sunset over the lake and camping under the stars. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and embrace the feeling of isolation and adventure.
7. Drop by the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre
No matter what town you’re visiting, dropping by their visitor centre is a must to get all of the ‘insider’ information from the locals. The friendly and dedicated team at the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre will provide everything you need to know about the town and surrounding areas. Whether you’re about to cross the Nullarbor and are after some advice or you just want to meet the locals and learn more about Ceduna. No matter what you’re after, the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre is the place to go.
Besides being the best spot for information on Ceduna the centre is a national parks agent, has a huge collection of maps and brochures on offer, sells local artwork and souvenirs and has free wifi. The visitor centre is a great starting point to plan your exploration of Ceduna and it’s surroundings.
At the time of writing this (June 2023) the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre open hours are Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm and Saturday-Sunday between 10am-4pm.
8. Step Back in Time at the McKenzie Ruins
Delve into the intriguing history of the region by visiting the McKenzie Ruins. The ruins were once the homestead of William McKenzie who purchased 16,280 ha of land and built the homestead in 1889. William McKenzie was instrumental in the development of that Denial Bay area and his homestead soon became a village as he employed a large number of men on his property and established businesses such as the post office, saddlery and blacksmith.
These ruins stand as a testament to the early European settlement in Ceduna, offering a glimpse into the lives of the past. Explore the remnants of the old homestead and imagine what life was like for the early pioneers. Located 15km West of Ceduna, the ruins are just a short 15 minute drive away on sealed road, which is totally worth doing if you have the time and are looking for the perfect thing to do in Ceduna.
If you happen to visit Ceduna in October, don’t miss the highly anticipated annual Oysterfest. Known as the oyster capital of Australia, Ceduna hosts Oysterfest to celebrate the town’s thriving oyster industry. The event is free entry and includes a huge variety of activities with live entertainment, carnival rides, cooking demonstrations, performances, competitions and a range of food and drink vendors.
The perfect way to spend the day for all travellers (and locals). Whether you’re on a solo trip, visiting with friends, accompanied by a partner or with your family, this festival has something for everyone. The festival runs every October over the South Australian labour day long weekend and has been running since 1991. At the time of writing this (June 2023) you do have to register online and obtain a ticket for the festival so if you’re planning on attending the festival make sure to do this in advance as you can’t get tickets at the gate.
10. Buy Seafood the Region is Famous For
The Eyre Peninsula is known as the seafood frontier due to the abundance of world-class seafood in the area. From freshly shucked oysters, locally caught prawns, superb rock lobsters, delectable tuna and more, the Eyre Peninsula is a seafood-lovers heaven. So, while in Ceduna, make it a priority to sample the seafood that the Eyre Peninsula is famous for.
Whether you’re dining at a local seafood restaurant, purchasing seafood from the local markets or even embarking on a fishing charter to catch your own, the Eyre Peninsula offers an unparalleled seafood experience. Immerse yourself in the flavours of the region and let each bite transport you to a world of culinary delight. It’s safe to say that trying some of the exceptional seafood that this region is famous for is an absolute must do in Ceduna.
11. Go Swimming in Coastal Paradise
When visiting Ceduna, taking a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the region is an absolute must. With several fantastic swimming spots to choose from, you’ll find ample opportunities to cool off and enjoy the coastal beauty of Ceduna. We’ve listed some of the fantastic swimming spots in Ceduna below.
- Ceduna Jetty safe swimming enclosure
- Ceduna Swimming Beach
- Ceduna Waters Beach
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to swim outside of town, there are loads of fantastic beaches just a stone’s throw away. For example, the idyllic Shelly Beach, known for it’s rockpools and tranquil crystal clear waters, is just 5 minutes from town. If you’re heading further south towards Smoky Bay make sure to also check out the Point Brown rockpools.
Whichever swimming spot you choose in Ceduna, be sure to pack your swimsuit, sunscreen and sense of adventure. Embrace the joy of swimming in the beautiful coastal paradise of Ceduna and soaking up the warmth of the sun.
12. Create Unforgettable Memories Whale Watching on the Bunda Cliffs
Just a few hours away from Ceduna are the Bunda Cliffs, which are one of the most incredible spots in Australia (and the world) to go whale watching. If you’re visiting Ceduna during whale season (May-October) whale watching from the Bunda Cliffs is not an experience to miss as the Southern Right Whales visit the region for their annual breeding migration. Witnessing these gentle giants in their natural habitat from such a jaw-dropping spot is an unforgettable sight.
Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, a nature lover or simply seeking an extraordinary experience, whale watching in Ceduna is a once in a lifetime, unique thing to do while in Ceduna. Prepare to be mesmerised by the sight of these majestic whales as they journey through the ocean, reminding us of the profound beauty that exists in the natural world. The sheer beauty, grace and power of these gentle giants will create lasting memories of your time in Ceduna. If you want to learn more about the Bunda Cliffs, check out our post; Bunda Cliffs (Nullarbor Cliffs): Everything You Need to Know.
Enjoy Your Time in Ceduna!
Whether you’re just passing by or are sticking around for awhile make sure to make the most of your time in Ceduna. Embrace it’s coastal charm and unique history. If you’re about to make your way across the Nullarbor make sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Driving Across the Nullarbor for everything you need to know.
If you’re interested we’ve also put together some answers for frequently asked questions about Ceduna, SA below.
Where is Ceduna?
Ceduna is a coastal town situated on the West of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.
What Region is Ceduna in?
Ceduna is in the Eyre Peninsula region of South Australia.
What Local Government Area is Ceduna in?
Ceduna is in the District Council of Ceduna.
What is Ceduna Famous For?
Ceduna is well-known for a few things. Firstly Ceduna marks the start/end of the Nullarbor (depending on which direction you’re crossing the Nullarbor from). Secondly, Ceduna is known as the oyster capital of Australia. Besides these, Ceduna is known as a beautiful coastal town, frequented by many travellers who are travelling between Western Australia and South Australia.
Is Ceduna Worth Visiting?
If you’re taking on the Nullarbor a visit to Ceduna is a must so you can refresh after or prepare yourself for the long drive ahead (depending on which direction you’re travelling). Besides just passing through, Ceduna is great place to spend some time exploring and learning about the town. Driving to Ceduna itself as a lone destination during your holiday would probably not be ideal as it’s a remote town that takes quite a bit of time to get to.
How Far is Ceduna from Norseman?
Ceduna is approximately 1200km from Norseman, which is about a 12.5 hour drive away.
How Far is Ceduna from Adelaide?
Ceduna is approximately 777km from Adelaide, which is about a 8.5-9 hour drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
How Far is Ceduna from Eucla?
Ceduna is approximately 493km from Eucla, which is about a 5-5.5 hour drive away.
How Far is Ceduna from Border Village?
Ceduna is approximately 480km from Border Village, which is about a 5 hour drive away.
How Far is Ceduna from Streaky Bay?
Ceduna is approximately 113km from Streaky Bay, which is about a 1-1.5 hour drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
How Far is Ceduna from Port Augusta?
Ceduna is approximately 469km from Port Augusta, which is about a 5-5.5 hour drive away (depending on traffic and which route you take).
What is the Population of Ceduna?
Ceduna has a population of 3505 (according to the 2021 Census).
What is there to do in Ceduna?
There are lots of great things to do in Ceduna, including:
- Fishing, swimming or taking a stroll on the Ceduna Jetty
- Visiting the Ceduna School House Museum
- Admiring the view at the Pinky Point Lookout
- Visiting the nearby town of Penong
- Admiring the artwork at Arts Ceduna
- Visiting the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre
- Taking on the Googs 4WD Track
- Visiting the McKenzie Ruins
- Attending Oysterfest
- Buying seafood the region is famous for
- Going swimming at one of the many swimming spots
- Whale watching on the Bunda Cliffs