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Laura Bay Conservation Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
With an area of 251 ha, Laura Bay Conservation Park was proclaimed a conservation park in 1973. Located just south of Ceduna and Thevenard it is an opportunity to see and experience a section of natural coastline offering an insight into what the area was like before the arrival of Europeans.

Laura Bay protects a flooded forest. Mangroves grow in tidal mud and twice a day the tide floods their roots. To survive mangroves have upright root extensions that act like snorkels. Decaying leaves provide food for a host of small marine creatures that in turn become meals for fish and sea birds. The bay is surrounded by a number of flora coastal communities and there are stands of coastal mallee that once covered large areas of the northern Eyre Peninsula.

A timber platform was constructed on the Laura Bay headland in 1911, to load bagged grain onto ketches. The grain had been hauled in from nearby farms on horse drawn drays. Although the platform has been removed, you can still find the sight from the cuttings in the limestone.

On the road out to the headland is a large stone water storage tank and gutters which was built in 1914 to collect runoff for local farmers in times of drought. This water storage tank is capable of holding nearly one million litres of water. The nearby house predates the Conservation Park. The residents persuaded the Government to allow them to stay on and since 1973 they have worked to maintain the area.

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