Baird Bay is located on the shallow western arm of Anxious Bay, which the explorer Captain Flinders was unable to see even from the topmast of his vessel in 1802. The total area of the bay covers about 9500 acres with a beautiful sweeping beach in the foreground. Flinders saw only the mouth of the bay with its small island. The bay was named after one of the area’s pioneer sheep graziers, James Baird.

Allan and Trish Payne were so enthralled by the beauty of the area that they decided to buy a property whilst visiting on holiday from Western Australia. Today, on their boat The Investigator, they provide guests with the opportunity to experience one of the truly unique marine adventures which can include dives with wild dolphins and access to the only surviving mainland based colony of the rare Australian Sea Lion.

Joining the Bottlenose Dolphins you can listen to their chatter and swim in their circles. Across the bay in a sheltered lagoon out from the nearby reef, you come face to face with the Sea Lions. On shore watch them copy our awkward movements and show us a natural circus, while when they take to the water you can appreciate the agility of these friendly mammals.

After a refreshing swim with the locals, you can motor out through the heads and look in awe at the magnitude of the cliffs and perhaps see the local sea eagles. For the fisherman you can expect some of the best fishing you are likely to find anywhere. Try your luck for local delicacies like snapper and King George Whiting. In the right season you can take a day to cruise out to one of the local islands to see rare wallabies, while back on the ocean you might pursue the much sought after Southern Blue Fin Tuna.

Baird Bay on the wild west coast of South Australia offers the traveller a beach destination like no other. Alan and Trish will show you why they decided to live here for the rest of their lives after coming for a holiday visit.

Enjoy diving with Bottlenose Dolphins and Australian Sea Lions, Fishing, Day trips to local islands, Cruising in a forty foot cabin cruiser (Investigator).


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