Dive in to the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia.
Port Lincoln is home to the largest commercial fishing fleet in the southern hemisphere, and as such is a culinary tourist’s dream. It’s also a fisherman’s dream, an animal-lover’s dream, and an Instagram lover’s dream.
With award-winning restaurants, the ability to experience the food journey from product to plate (or sea to plate, as it may be) and good local wine, it’s definitely a great place to eat. It’s also a good place to take a tour – swim with sea lions? Tuna? Cage dive with sharks? Whatever takes your fancy, Port Lincoln has it.
Take a fishing charter, go yachting, windsurfing, kayaking, kite surfing or stand up paddle boarding – and check out the many sandy beaches (both sheltered and surf).
And that’s just the water-related activities – get away from the ocean and visit cuddly koalas, cute kangaroos or take a 4WD tour. Enjoy some golf or go-karting and hit the racetrack for the local horse racing.
You can do all of this while staying in luxury or budget accommodation, too (we have both).
Things To Do
Where do we begin? How about with the Lincoln National Park?
Visit Memory Cove (key required), with its pure white sandy beach, or explore the many trails and beaches while keeping an eye out for wildlife and whales. There are several campgrounds, and plenty to keep you busy!
Explore Whaler’s Way
Experience this dramatic coastline for yourself, and take photos that will last a lifetime. You’ll need a key from the Port Lincoln Visitor Centre to see follow this unsealed track through private property (does it sound like an adventure yet?). Please note, a 4WD is advised.
Discover the history
The Axel Stenross Maritime Museum is a great way to step back in time and learn about the maritime industries that are such an important part of Port Lincoln’s history (and future). See restored historic vessels, maritime artefacts and relics, and learn with the help of the unique interpretive displays. And just a short walk away is the site of the First Landing – the freshwater spring that initially attracted Port Lincoln’s early European settlers can still be seen bubbling up through the sand.
Open Wednesdays and Sundays, Mill Cottage Museum is an old pioneer home built in 1866 in Flinders Park. Discover artefacts from the early days of European settlement in the region and view an extensive collection of watercolours by Amy Bishop, depicting the early days of the Eyre Peninsula. Settler’s Cottage Museum, also in Flinders Park, houses a collection of local history memorabilia and is also open on Sundays from September to June.
See koalas and have a picnic at Mikkira Station
Mikkira Station was settled in 1842 and is a great example of early European settlement in the area. The original homestead has been restored, and it’s a lovely place for a picnic, BBQ or a bushwalk. Oh, and they have koalas. Like, right in front of you, easy to spot wild koalas.
Feed kangaroos at Glen Forest Tourist Park
This is one for the kids – there are baby animals to feed and cuddle, a walk-in aviary, mini golf and Segway rides. And how many animal types are there? We’ll list (some) of them: kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, wombat, sheep, cows, goats, emus, camels… you get the idea.
Check out some galleries and local artwork
The Kuju Aboriginal Art Gallery and Workshop on Ravendale Road has authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts for sale, and the artists actually work onsite so you’re likely to meet them and ask questions. You can also stop by the Civic Hall Gallery for travelling exhibitions from all over Australia – the display changes ever 4-6 weeks.
Get a panoramic view of the bay
Winter’s Hill Lookout boasts uninterrupted views of the city, Lincoln Cove, Boston Bay, Lincoln National Park, Boston Island, Whaler’s Way and Thistle Island – that’s a pretty good view of the area! It’s just 5km west of the city on the Flinders Highway.
Visit a winery or brewery
Get an exclusive taste of the Peter Teakle Riesling at The Line & Label, an award-winning restaurant located at the vineyards, or experience a tasting at Boston Bay Wines and enjoy a sea view from amongst the vines. If beer is more your thing, check out Beer Garden Brewing where they use local grain in their brewing and feature fresh local produce on their food menu. Yum!
Tours & Hires
Go shark cage diving with the Great Whites, get in the ‘aqua sub’ for glass underwater viewing of the sharks, swim with sea lions, take a marina cruise… Adventure Bay has a lot to choose from!
The all-encompassing tour of the region, for those who want to see the native wildlife, taste the local seafood and see the beautiful coastal scenery – all with knowledgeable guides to show you the way.
Calypso are the only one-day cage diving operator allowed to use natural fish berley to attract Great White Sharks to the boat – so you have a good chance of seeing something! And you can swim with the sea lions here too.
Take a trip with Port Lincoln local Peter, and try your hand at fishing for your dinner in half or full day tours – which you pick will influence what you catch!
Soar above the district in the Joy Flight Waco, a gorgeous, nostalgia-inducing plane that was made in 2001, but looks like it’s from the 30s. It’s an amazing way to take it all in!
There's an amazing story behind this company (Rodney survived a shark attack), and they have a real passion for shark conservation. Tours vary from 2 to 4 days - it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Festivals & Events
The famous Tunarama Festival is held every year on the Australia Day long weekend, and features great food and wine, local market stalls, fresh seafood (of course) and the very unique ‘Tuna Toss’ event. Watch people try and throw a huge Blue Fin Tuna! It’s entertainment. And there are a whole bunch of other competitions too: it’s one for the whole family.
This arts festival provides a way for local artists and innovators to showcase their work and bring together the community while doing so. Oh, and they have lots of awesome events around the lower Eyre Peninsula, from gallery events to workshops, community colour events to music and food and beverage nights.