Tumby Bay is a popular holiday and fishing destination and is centrally located to all lower Eyre Peninsula attractions.
The peaceful lifestyle, temperate climate, along with crystal blue waters, 10km white sandy beaches, pine tree-lined foreshore, historic buildings, boat ramp, marina and fishing offers an idyllic relaxing all year-round holiday destination.
As a renowned fishing destination, you can look forward to reeling in a great catch by jetty, boat, charter, beach or rock fishing, or you can venture out to the the famous Sir Joseph Banks Group of Islands for one of the most memorable fishing trips you’ll ever have.
Set against a backdrop of gentle rolling farmland and the Koppio Hills, the coast around Tumby Bay is perfect for swimming, sailing, diving and aquatics. This attractive town has good shopping, sports, dining and accommodation facilities, as well as excellent bushwalking, bird watching, trails, lookouts, museums and galleries. Scenic drives into the heart of the district, where the colours range from beautiful shades of green in winter to brilliant gold in summer and pastel wildflowers in spring, reveal a variety of farming and grazing activities.
Tumby Bay is well equipped with wide ranging services and varied accommodation and visitor facilities.
Things To Do
The Sir Joseph Banks Group of Islands
One of the marine wonders of the world and a marine conservation park, the islands are famous for their fishing grounds and birdlife. The Group is the major South Australian breeding grounds for the beautiful Cape Barren geese.
Koppio Smithy Museum
This National Trust museum gives visitors an insight into the hardships and lives of the area’s early pioneers. See a fully restored Blacksmith’s Shop built in 1903; an historic cottage displaying antiques from the early 1900s; ‘Glenleigh’ (1893) - a fully restored pine log hut with thatched roof; the Heritage Hall containing treasures of the local Jericho family; the Koppio School; Old Post Office and Bank building. There are also displays of farm machinery, tractors, stationary engines, heritage cars, the ‘West Coast Recorder’ printing equipment, Women’s Pioneer Room and the well-known Bob Dobbins Barbed Wire and Fencing Collection. A more recent addition is the ‘Burning Issues’ exhibition from the 2005 bushfires of Lower Eyre Peninsula. The museum is located 30kms from Tumby Bay and Cummins, and 40km from Port Lincoln, in the picturesque Koppio Hills.
Tumby Bay Skills Centre
Learn about Eyre Peninsula’s olive industry at this facility which trains young people in all aspects of olive production. Incorporating an olive press, commercial kitchen, conference facilities and retail outlet, the facility also provides hospitality training to students on Eyre Peninsula. Espresso coffee, homemade biscuits and locally made produce are available for purchase. A touch screen also provides information on local attractions and endangered species.
Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm, or when the flags are out.
Bus, Caravan & Travellers Parking Bay
Easy access to this parking area makes it the ideal location for motor homes, buses and caravans. Visitors can view a series of original interpretive paintings together with information on what to see and do in Tumby Bay - there is also a picnic shelter and toilets. Located on Tumby Terrace, opposite the jetty.
Glendara Rose Garden
Take time to smell the 800 plus roses that are planted in the Glendara Homestead Valley at Koppio, including old favourites and new releases. An easy 30 minute drive from Port Lincoln or Tumby Bay, the garden is open daily from mid October to May. Toilet and picnic facilities are available. For more information phone (08) 8684 4236.
Rotunda Art Gallery
Home to the Tumby Bay Art Group, the gallery features a comprehensive display of local art in all media with local members on-hand to provide details about the work. Located on the foreshore at Tumby Bay, the gallery features a mural by well-known Elliston artist Siv Grava - it’s now regarded as a local landmark. Open Monday and Wednesday, 10am to 12pm.
C.L Alexander National Trust Museum
Originally a three-roomed wooden schoolhouse, this museum features artefacts and memorabilia from the early days of Tumby Bay. View the early records of pioneering families, and see rooms depicting a kitchen, bedroom and parlour of the 1880s. The museum also houses a copy of the first title under the Torrens Land Act 1854, a milestone in Australian land transactions. Open Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm, and Friday and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm, or by arrangement. Phone (08) 8688 2760 or (08) 8688 2050.
Excell Blacksmith & Engineering Workshop Museum
The museum houses copies of the original Brattenising plough built and patented in the Tumby Bay area in the 1905-35 era, as well as displays of machinery and tools giving an insight into the farming history of bygone days. Open on the fourth Sunday of the month, 2pm to 4pm, or by arrangement - phone the Tumby Bay District Council on (08) 8688 2101.
The Island Lookout
Offering spectacular panoramic views of the township, foreshore, jetties, beaches and the nearby island. Coin operated barbecues are available.
Story’s Clydesdale Horse & Trolley Tours
The only one of its kind on Eyre Peninsula, this horse-drawn trolley tour takes in local points of interest and is a great way to see the town. Tours depart from the Tumby Bay Caravan Park - check the notice board at the Park kiosk for details.
Tumby Bay Cottage Crafts
Featuring an extensive range of local art, craft and homemade produce. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.
Tumby Bay Tourist Drives
Discover secluded sandy beaches, sheltered bays, interesting rock formations and top fishing spots on a variety of coast and country day excursions from Tumby Bay.
The animal and birdlife is prolific, along with the wildflowers in spring. For more information enquire at the Tumby Bay Visitor Information Outlet.
Interpretive Mangrove Boardwalk
The most southerly stand of mangroves in Australia can be seen on this walk, along with a tidal estuarine creek, mudflats, salt marshes and sand dunes. The 70metre boardwalk features interpretive signs that explain the importance of mangroves, the ecology and birdlife of the area. Start the trail at Berryman Crescent.
For more information contact the Tumby Bay Visitor Information Outlet.