Young and old all find a second home under the big red roof of the Tumby Bay Hotel on the Eyre Peninsula.

Story By Nathan Dyer

It’s noon on a Saturday and there’s a gentle sea breeze coming off the Spencer Gulf. A couple of Tumby Bay locals are chatting under the verandah of the pub with the big red roof and out on the bay two jet-skiers leave twin white wakes across the blue water. Down on The Esplanade, Norfolk pines sway in the wind. Inside the Tumby Bay Hotel, a handful of cricketers dressed in whites lean on the front bar. Two are sipping beers and a few are on the pub squash. Publican Joe Cross explains it’s traditional for the Ramblers Cricket Club to meet at the pub before their games, so why not have a quick frothy while waiting for your team mates to rock up? “We’re pretty relaxed around here,” Joe laughs.

This Story is from Issue #95

Outback Magazine: June/July 2014