|Wool Bay Jetty (and public loos) from old Limestone Kiln, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia|
Looking down over the steep limestone cliff into the multicoloured waters of the Southern Yorke Peninsula's Wool Bay can be a parallel universe moment as the flat and unremarkable pastoral country – often dry and arid – gives way to the vividly coloured and splendid panorama of the bay.
|Wool Bay from the Jetty, Yorke Peninsula|
High on the cliff the now disused limestone kiln, the only remaining one of several which once gave this tiny town its purpose towers above the jetty that gave the town its current name.
The jetty, while built for limestone transportation, is apparently wide enough to roll a bale of wool down and therefore became known as the Wool Bay Jetty. Of course whether anyone ever indulged in the (tragically) lost art of jetty-wool-bale-rolling is unknown AND irrelevant – because the fact of being able to was enough to change the town's name from Pickering to Wool Bay.
|Wool Bay Limestone Kiln from Loos, Wool Bay, Yorke Peninsula|
Just as well it wasn't re-named 'Limestone Bay'.
Despite the fanfare and great expectations of the opening ceremony on 11 August 1910, the variable wind conditions meant that although Miller's Lime Kiln Co became the main supplier of lime for the Adelaide building industry, the three clifftop kilns were not successful.
|Wool Bay's Limestone Landslide Legacy, the Temporary Toilets! South Australia|
|Clifftop sign, Wool Bay|
|Previous Loo site, Wool Bay|
BUT … every cloud has a silver lining!
The magnificent coastal views from the new amenities for the many visitors who use the jetty for fishing, diving to spot leafy seadragons and other recreational pursuits are far more extensive than from the old site!
|The waters of Wool Bay|
|Limestone Kiln, Landslide and Loos from the Wool Bay Jetty|
What's NOT to love?!?!
SO … who needs a lasting loo when these fine fly-by-night fixtures are already a semi-permanent part of the Wool Bay jetty landscape?
The legacy of Wool Bay's limestone landslide might just turn out to be permanent after all!!
Watch this space ...
- MORE Australian Scenic Public Toilets
|The Conveniences Context: Wool Bay Jetty, Loos and Limestone Kiln with Pt Giles Jetty in the background|