Discover the Eyre Peninsula on a self-driving holiday. Explore the wilderness off-road or follow the Seafood Frontier driving trail.
Relax on a gentle coastal drive
Exploring the Eyre Peninsula by car is the perfect way to get around. The roads are mostly sealed and are suitable for standard cars. If you are taking a four-wheel drive (4WD), the off-road tracks offer spectacular views.
Allow a day to travel the 800 kilometres if you're headed to the far west coastal town of Ceduna from Adelaide. Pass through Port Augusta and straight across the top of the Eyre Peninsula. Alternatively, the drive to Port Lincoln from Adelaide is about 650 kilometres.
The Eyre Peninsula is a prime self-drive destination. Allow yourself the time to enjoy it.
The Seafood Frontier
Follow the Seafood Frontier road trip to discover the true seafood capital of Australia - from Whyalla, down to Port Lincoln and over to Ceduna. Taste irresistible blue swimmer crabs, oysters and the freshest of fish. Tantalise your taste buds with the Seafood Frontier.
Whyalla, Cowell and Tumby Bay
Follow the road from Adelaide to Whyalla – the gateway to the Eyre Peninsula. Cowell is about an hour further along from Whyalla and is home to a booming oyster industry. Obviously you'll have to try an oyster while you're there!
Tumby Bay is about 90 minutes drive south of Cowell, and just off the Lincoln Highway. Stretch your legs on its sandy beaches or swim in the crystal blue waters. Take the time to visit the Sir Joseph Banks Group of Islands which is surrounded by beautiful reefs and is home to sea lions, dolphins and abundant birdlife.
On the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula, Port Lincoln is only half an hour from Tumby Bay. It is situated near Boston Bay – one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world. It is three times the size of Sydney Harbour.
Port Lincoln is a thriving regional community and the perfect base from which to explore the southern Eyre Peninsula. The city and its surrounds offer visitors myriad experiences, including fishing, sailing, kite surfing, shark cage diving, sand dune driving or just exploring the area’s sheltered beaches and booming surf breaks.
Home to the country’s largest commercial fishing fleet, Port Lincoln is the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia. It is renowned for its King George whiting, western king prawns and southern rock lobster.
Coffin Bay and Baird Bay
Head to Coffin Bay and take the scenic Oyster Walk. The trail passes seaside shacks and boats with a lookout in Kellidie Bay Conservation Park.
From there, you can continue on to Elliston. Stop by Locks Well Beach and walk down to one of South Australia's best fishing beaches. Be prepared though – the staircase down to the water has about 280 steps.
Further along the coast is Venus Bay and then Baird Bay, where you can swim with the sea lions and dolphins on a guided tour you will never forget.
Streaky Bay and Ceduna
Drop into Streaky Bay to see its beautiful beaches and try freshly caught seafood including oysters, abalone and scallops. See a five metre replica great white shark at the Streaky Bay Shell Roadhouse, which was caught using just a rod and reel.
A great photo opportunity awaits at Murphy's Haystacks, about 40 kilometres south east of Streaky Bay. These ancient wind worn granite rocks are believed to be more than 1500 million years old.
Ceduna is the last stop before the Nullarbor and is home to the annual oyster festival – Oysterfest. Held in October, the town bursts into a carnival of art, wine, entertainment, and of course, oysters and seafood.
The oyster theme continues year-round at the Big Oyster and the Ceduna Oyster Bar where you can taste the freshest oysters straight from the growers.
Further west, Davenport Creek is four-wheel drive (4WD) country. This largely untouched area is popular with the locals for fishing and water sports.
Take a snatch strap (a nylon strap that is used to pull a stuck vehicle free) and portable air compressor when you go four-wheel driving as you may need to adjust tyre pressure to get out of mud.
You'll need to set aside at least three to four days to enjoy the sights of the Eyre Peninsula. But if you plan on driving the whole distance, allow more time.