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The largest town in the far west of the State, 795 km west of Adelaide, Ceduna, with nearby Thevenard'a deep-sea port just 4 km away -services a vast hinterland of cereal land and a fishing fleet that chases fish, abalone, and crayfish. Grain, salt and gypsum are stored for export in the huge silos and stockpiles that dominate the skyline of Thevenard.

For many travellers Ceduna is the last town of any note before the Nullarbor, or the first of any size after driving from Western Australia. The town's name is said to come from a word in an Aboriginal language -'chedoona', which means 'a resting place'; an apt name indeed for a place at one end of the Nullarbor.

Matthew Flinders came this way in 1802, naming the larger, outer bay Denial Bay; the French explorer, Nicholas
Baudin, named the smaller bay, on which Ceduna is located, Murat Bay. The original township was established in the 1840s at Denial Bay, 13 km (8 miles) west of present-day Ceduna and on the western side of the bay. Ceduna was proclaimed in 1901 and soon grew into the major port it is today. Its population now is 4050. The original McKenzie Landing, at the bay, and the McKenzie Ruins, on the road to Davenport Creek, are heritage listed.

The present-day jetty at Denial Bay, which is only a third of its former length, is excellent for fishing and crabbing. The surrounding waters are also gaining acclaim as an oyster-growing area. Apart from the swimming, fishing, diving, surfing, or boating that this area offers, there are other attractions: the Old Schoolhouse National Trust Museum in Ceduna has a wide range of pioneer artefacts on display as well as items from the Maralinga atomic bomb test sites. Watching whales from the cliffs as they come to these waters to calve is a fascinating experience. On the October long weekend, Ceduna holds Oysterfest, with beach sport events, the opening of the sailing season, a Red Faces competition, and a variety of other entertainment.

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