Port Lincoln is the hidden gem of South Australia. A natural playground of protected beaches, scenic coastline, and some of the most fascinating - and terrifying - sea life in the world.
Known as Australia’s seafood frontier, the pointy tip of the stunning Eyre Peninsula is home to the largest commercial fishing fleet in the southern hemisphere and some of the freshest, and most mouth-watering ocean to plate dining imaginable.
Take a trip to this unique region and you’ll discover a place so raw, so beautiful, and so different to anywhere you’ve seen before.
Whether you’re in town for a weekend or planning to stay a while, here are some of the must-do activities and events to help get your holiday off to a great start.
- Cage dive with one of the local operators and come face to face with a great white shark.
- Visit in January and take part in the whacky Tunarama Festival, home of the famous Tuna Toss held every year around Australia Day.
- Join a tour and swim among playful sea lions - the puppies of the sea.
- Explore the wider Eyre Peninsula with its scenic national parks, rugged coastline and stunning geological formations.
- Don’t leave town without sampling the world-class local seafood including Port Lincoln tuna, Coffin Bay oysters, mussels, kingfish and squid.
Stay in town for a seafood feast, catch your own out at sea or explore the magnificent national parks and coastline. Whichever path you choose, the Eyre Peninsula is like nothing you’ve seen before.
In and around Port Lincoln
In this corner of Australia, seafood is always on the menu - and you don’t need to venture far to get your fill of fresh, mouth-watering seafood direct from the ocean.
Head west to Coffin Bay, home of the world-famous Coffin Bay oyster. Spend an afternoon relaxing on the pure white beaches in Coffin Bay National Park before tasting the local bounty - as fresh as it comes - from 1802 Oyster Bar.
Get close to the local wildlife at Mikkira Station, where a huge colony of koalas are protected in their natural habitat.
Out to sea
The Eyre Peninsula lives and breathes the sea. While there’s plenty to taste and explore on land, it’s also one of the best places in the world to get up close to incredible sea creatures great and small.
Stay on the surface and throw in a line with fishing charters and tours offering the chance to reel in your own lunch in Tumby Bay and throughout the peninsula.
Swim with the playful sea lions around Port Lincoln or Baird Bay - which also offers the opportunity to swim with dolphins. Take your trip to Whyalla where you can swim with the wild cuttlefish.
For the ultimate underwater adventure, cage dive with a great white shark with Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions (pictured) and come face-to-face with one of the most feared predators in the ocean. Read more on Travel Insider.
The Eyre Peninsula
With a rugged coastline, national parks and untouched beaches, the Eyre Peninsula is the ultimate outdoor holiday destination.
Spend a day in Lincoln National Park only a 15 minute drive from Port Lincoln. Enjoy the serenity and clear water of Memory Cove, explore the sand dunes by four-wheel drive or hike up Stamford Hill for spectacular views. Park passes are available at Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.
Drive north and explore some of the oldest rock formations on the planet including the Organ Pipes in the Gawler Ranges. Experienced thrill-seekers can try their hand surfing the famous big-wave breaks at Cactus or Fowlers Bay.
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Port Lincoln enjoys a mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures range from 14ºC to 26ºC with most rainfall occurring in the winter months when temperatures average between 7ºC and 16ºC. Balmy weather is common during spring and autumn, making it a great destination to visit year-round.
From the airport
Port Lincoln Airport is located 13km from the centre. Taxi and shuttle services are available inside the terminal. Qantas customers are given priority on the Port Lincoln Passenger Service shuttle.
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