Ben Goode
South Australia
Eyre PeninsulaAustralia's seafood mecca, the Eyre Peninsula is remote, rugged and famed for its abundant marine life, adventurous spirit and world-class oyster industry.
The Eyre Peninsula is a true gem of South Australia, with its rugged coastline, pristine beaches, and abundant marine life making it a must-visit destination for travellers looking for an adventure. From swimming with sharks and sea lions to tasting the freshest seafood and exploring the region's natural beauty, the Eyre Peninsula has something for everyone. The Eyre Peninsula is renowned for its incredible marine life, with visitors having the opportunity to swim with sharks and sea lions, and witness the majestic Southern Right Whale migration during the winter months. One of the most popular attractions is the Great White Shark cage diving, where thrill-seekers can get up close and personal with these apex predators. The region's pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters also offer plenty of opportunities for swimming, surfing, and other water-based activities. Aside from its marine life, the Eyre Peninsula is also famous for its fresh seafood, with Port Lincoln being the seafood capital of Australia. Visitors can sample some of the freshest and most delicious seafood in the world, with oysters, tuna, kingfish, and lobster just some of the specialties on offer. Local fishmongers and seafood markets also provide visitors with the opportunity to take home some of the region's finest catches. The Eyre Peninsula's natural beauty is also a major drawcard for visitors, with its stunning beaches and national parks offering plenty of opportunities for exploration. Coffin Bay National Park is a popular spot for hiking and birdwatching, with its beautiful sand dunes and pristine beaches. The Port Lincoln National Park is another must-visit destination, with its rugged coastline, ancient rock formations, and abundant wildlife providing a true wilderness experience. For those looking for a cultural experience, the Eyre Peninsula has plenty to offer. The region has a rich indigenous history, with several cultural tours and experiences available for visitors. The Wirangu people, traditional owners of the land, offer guided tours that provide insights into their culture and history. Visitors can also learn about the region's European settlement history at the Port Lincoln History Museum and the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum. Accommodation options on the Eyre Peninsula are varied, with everything from luxurious beachfront resorts to budget-friendly caravan parks and camping grounds. The region also offers unique accommodation experiences, such as staying in a lighthouse or a cozy cottage on a working farm. Visitors can also choose to stay in the heart of the action, with several accommodation options located close to the region's major attractions. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or a foodie, a beach lover or a history buff, the region offers something for everyone. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to experience the beauty and excitement of one of South Australia's most awe-inspiring destinations.
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Try an Oyster straight from the sea
When the world is your oyster, Coffin Bay is the pearl. Now you can experience first hand what makes Coffin Bay so unique– its Oysters. The stunning coastline of the Eyre Peninsula has a reputation for being Australia’s Seafood hot-spot. Fresh seafood is in abundance along this coastline, and in the picturesque town of Coffin Bay, it’s the Oysters that are the hero. Coffin Bay is renowned for Oysters in restaurants around Australia, and the interest from visitors wanting to learn how the Oysters are harvested has been the catalyst in creating these tours. This is a once in a lifetime seafood dining experience, and the only tour of it’s kind in the world where you can sit in the water and taste fresh oysters straight out of the sea! New OYSTER HQ recently opened December 2018!
Explore Coffin Bay National Park
Known for its remote coastal scenery, the bays and coastline around the Coffin Bay National Park are ideal for boating, fishing, sailing, scuba diving, and windsurfing. You can explore the park's coastal landscapes of high windswept cliffs and massive dunes, pounding surf beaches, and sheltered sandy bays. At the southern end of the park is Yangie Bay, accessible by 2WD. It’s an ideal place to paddle your canoe, enjoy a bush picnic or explore a coastal bushwalking trail. Point Avoid and Golden Island lookout can also be reached by sealed road and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular island views along the way. The pristine northern beaches of Coffin Bay National Park are only accessible by high-clearance 4WD. A favourite destination for anglers, birdwatchers, and surfers, this remote and beautiful area offers several secluded camping areas with easy beach access. GPS enabled maps are available for this park, check the website for details. Self-registration and payment for vehicle entry and camping are available at the park.
Base yourself in Port Lincoln
Welcome to Port Lincoln, the "Seafood Capital of Australia". With its population of 14,000, Port Lincoln is a major commercial center for the Eyre Peninsula and a popular destination for visitors. Not only a beautiful township overlooking Boston Bay, Port Lincoln makes an ideal base from where to explore the coast and experience Eyre Peninsula first hand. The shopping is extensive, offering everything from supermarkets and department stores to a myriad of specialty stores. Galleries and quality art and craft outlets with local products and souvenirs will add to your holiday experience. Port Lincoln and surrounding areas offer a wide variety of accommodation to suit every taste and budget. Ranging from apartments, bed and breakfasts, cabins, caravan parks, hotels and motels, townhouses and group accommodation for family gatherings or conferences. The Visitor Centre offers a plethora of environs from waterfront, sea views to rural or farm stay. Make your holiday memorable by participating in one of our exciting tours and attractions on offer in and around Port Lincoln and Eyre Peninsula. For the adventurous, go Shark Cage Diving, Swim with the Australian Sea Lions, or Swim with the Southern Bluefin Tuna. Or just stay on land and visit our local wildlife, Fauna Park. Explore the Eyre Peninsula with the family by visiting local National Parks, tasting local wines, browsing local museums, enjoying a free picnic and barbecue areas in and around Port Lincoln. Dining out in Port Lincoln is always an adventure whether your taste ranges from traditional hotel fare, a night out at a specialist restaurant or a good old fashioned take-away. Make sure to sample some of our fantastic seafood, being the seafood capital of Australia. You can buy direct and cook up a seafood feast or dine out on the local produce by our very own specialty chefs.
Shelly Beach Dune Walk Trail
Experience the best panoramic views Ceduna has to offer with the Shelly Beach Dune Walk Trail. A unique trail weaving across 55 acres of coastal sand dunes. Spot places of interest on the dune ridge, surrounded by native flora and fauna, capture incredible photos of scenic views, stunning sunrises, and sunsets. The Scenic Dune Walk is a self-guided walk trail that has landmarked bollards to guide you on the different trails. You may encounter the odd kangaroo, sleepy lizards, blackbirds, various colourful native birds, great for the enthusiastic bird watcher. The dunes are covered with various native flora vegetation. Once you hit the ridge top of the natural living dune you will experience a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view, which includes the racecourse track, the bunker grain storage, Ceduna Waters Estate, Thevenard Silos, Cargo ships entering the Channel into the Port, seabirds diving into the ocean, dolphins swimming, enthusiastic windsurfers. Take photos of stunning sunsets over the bay and if time permits have a fish on the beach. For more information please visit the office before you start the walk. Our Office hours are 7am to 9pm daily. 244 Decres Bay Road Ceduna. Free entry and car park
Visit Whyalla
Whyalla truly is the city where the outback meets the sea. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, fascinating history and plenty to see and do Whyalla is the ideal holiday destination. The city itself has an excellent foreshore, with a delightful shady park and marina. There are excellent cafes and restaurants close to the beach to sit back and take in the atmosphere. See the Whyalla Maritime Museum or Mount Laura Homestead, take a tour of the steelworks or attend one of Whyalla's friendly community events. Just over 30 kilometres from the city is Point Lowly Lighthouse, a local icon. The safe nearby beaches are great for taking the kids and there is magnificent fishing from shore or boat. Diving in the area is fantastic, particularly during the renowned Giant Australian Cuttlefish season. There are some excellent coastal scenic drives overlooking the Southern Flinders Ranges and usually rewarded with sightings of dolphins frolicking in the shallow waters. Whyalla is fast building a name as a fisherman's paradise. With a wide array of different species for anglers to try their skills at, including the elusive 'big red snapper'. Over Easter long weekend there are over 750 anglers that converge on the city to compete in the annual snapper fishing competition. Whether you come to Whyalla for a weekend or a week, there is certainly something for everyone 'where the outback meets the sea'.
Witness the annual migration of the Australian Giant Cuttlefish
The annual migration of the Australian Giant Cuttlefish ‘Sepia apama’ to the waters of the upper Spencer Gulf to breed is one of the most spectacular natural events in the Australian marine environment and unique in the world to Whyalla. Accessed directly from the shoreline; from May to August they can be viewed in the shallows and down to 6-8 meters approximately 200 meters offshore. In clear conditions, they can be viewed when snorkelling and are best-filmed diving. At Stony Point at the Santos western boundary fence off Port Bonython Road, there is a platform with seating and interpretive signage with a 60-metre pathway which leads down over the rocks to the high watermark. Launch yourself from this platform on a self-guided snorkelling adventure to witness these fascinating creatures. At Black Point further along the coast, there is a wooden staircase leading down to the rocky shoreline with additional concrete aprons and rails for diver’s use. The water temperature is between 12°& 15°Celsius and we recommend you wear a thick wet-suit as the cuttlefish spawn during the winter months.
Jump aboard Adventure Bay Charters
Adventure Bay Charters is a multi-award-winning tourism business that offers some of South Australia's best water-based wildlife encounters. Featuring the Australian Sea Lion, Great White Sharks and the world's first shark "Aqua Sub", a glass underwater viewing area where you can view the sharks while staying completely dry. All encounters are "Must Do" experiences when visiting South Australia and the Eyre Peninsula. A family-owned and operated business, Matt Waller has infected his staff with his passion to bring people experiences that once seemed impossible. Adventure Bay Charters are dedicated to providing the best possible tourism experiences for all visitors and are proud to have received the highest accolade at 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 South Australian Tourism Awards. With small numbers and expert crew, you'll be sure to get the best experience possible. Let the Adventure Bay Charters Crew take you on the ride of a lifetime!
Jump aboard Australian Coastal Safaris
Australian Coastal Safaris knows Port Lincoln and the surrounding area like no one else. Their knowledge and expertise are reflected in their packaged and custom itineraries highlighting the regions many secrets, adventures and world-class experiences. There are very few places in the world where you can interact with marine life and koalas in their natural environment and Australian Coastal Safaris can share these amazing experiences with you. Come face to face with the great white shark and swim and play with the sea lions. Hand feed kangaroos and native birds, interact with the cuddly koalas, snorkel and dive for your lunch, beach fishing and charters, four-wheel driving through sand-dunes and rugged terrain to relaxing watching the sunset in your water's edge accommodation whilst feasting on fresh seafood and local wines. If you're after a holiday with a difference, join their small group tours in the comfort of luxury four-wheel drives, where everything is locally driven with their tours, which include all local foods, wines and their friendly, outgoing staff and guides, who are born and bred here to add the unparalleled service, essential flavours and personalities required for their tours, which only adds to your experience.
Fowlers Bay Conservation Park
When you visit this park, keep an eye out for seabirds such as the osprey, white-bellied sea-eagle, hooded plover, pied oystercatcher and fairy tern. Other wildlife includes southern hairy-nosed wombats and Australian sea-lions. Don't forget your fishing rod! You have a good chance of catching salmon, mulloway, whiting and garfish. There are 3 designated bush camping areas within Fowlers Bay Conservation Park, enjoy the tranquil scrubland and views of the coastal islands as the surf rolls in.
Stay and explore Mikkira Station
Mikkira Station is a tranquil secluded privately owned property with a locked gate and staff on site. Koalas, kangaroos, birds and emus freely roam amongst the big old manna gum trees. Reptiles, including many venomous snakes, live amongst the old stone walling and tiny rare orchids and other pretty native plants can be seen. (But not touched or interfered with please!) A restored ruined stone homestead, chimney, stonewalling and ruins of shepherds huts remain as a reminder of the area's history as part of a large sheep station. Tours are available through the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre year-round. In the winter when the grass is green after good rains picnics and camping are allowed - from May 1st until October 1st - Permit and Gate Key available from the accommodation booking desk inside the Visitor Information Centre. Trail motorbike riding, firearms, and dogs are strictly not permitted on the property. There is a shelter shed, toilets and a hot shower.
See how oysters are grown
Have you ever wanted to see how the world-famous Coffin Bay oysters are grown? Well, now you can in all their glory. The oysters graze off the nutrient-packed waters close to the mouth of the Coffin Bay waterway 16kms by sea from the township of Coffin Bay. Clean fresh air, pure clear waters and pristine landscape everywhere you turn. How about a close up look at the farm - see how we grow the oysters, our boat, all the equipment and talk first hand with the farmers. Pluck fresh oysters straight from the sea as part of our Oyster Farm and Bay Tour. Visit a Coffin Bay oyster farm on an oyster punt.
Stay Camel Beach House
Camel Beach House is a boutique coastal getaway on the 'Wild West' Eyre Peninsula, SA. Set on the stunning Mt Camel Beach 250 acre oceanfront heritage property, famous for its long golden sands, guests can experience absolute privacy while immersed in the pristine coastal wilderness. The architecturally designed bespoke box is inspired by the simplicity of the classic west coast fisherman's caravan or shack. Spectacular wilderness is your panoramic movie screen as the Southern Ocean is constantly brimming with migrating whales and pods of dolphins, while Sea Eagles, Ospreys and migratory birds soar by. Enjoy a wine with divine local seafood, watch the breathtaking sunsets, gaze the Southern Stars and wake to the glorious pre-dawn desert light. It’s the perfect outback getaway to relax, adventure or romance. Camel Beach House opens its gates for guests late Sept-April, or by special request. Discover a gem, you’ll fall in love.
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