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Top 10 things to do in the Eyre Peninsula

Embark on the ultimate seafood safari and get up-close to dolphins, sea lions and sharks, all along the Eyre Peninsula’s stunning coastline.

From swimming with sea lions to slurping coffin bay oysters, here are our top 10 things to do on the Eyre Peninsula – South Australia’s aquatic playground. 

1. Swim with sea lions, dolphins and sharks

Some of South Australia’s most amazing ocean life can be found off the shores of beautiful Port Lincoln. Here, you can swim with playful sea lions, cage dive with sharks or splash with dolphins.

How to experience it: Join a Calypso Star Charters combo tour for a full day swimming with sea lions and shark cage diving or head out to sea with Adventure Bay Charters. Dive into the crystal clear waters of Baird Bay for a sea lion swimming session, swim with dolphins with Goin' Off Safaris or set off on a great white shark expedition with Rodney Fox.

How to get there: Port Lincoln is a 50 minute flight or a seven hour drive from Adelaide.

Swimming with sea lions, Eyre Peninsula

Swimming with sea lions, Eyre Peninsula.

2. Experience Ocean to Plate

Experience the very best of the Eyre Peninsula with a prestigious Ocean to Plate experience or a Hunter Gatherer seafood safari. Dive for razor fish and abalone, shuck oysters, catch blue swimmer crabs and fish for salmon off the back of a luxury vessel. Each component of your catch is delicately prepared on-board and presented as an array of delectable canapés.

How to experience it: Set sail with EP Cruises in Streaky Bay or get your hunter-gatherer on with Goin' Off Safaris in Port Lincoln.

How to get there: Streaky Bay is an hour and a half's flight from Adelaide to Ceduna, then an hour's drive.

Out at sea with EP Cruises

Out to sea with EP Cruises.

3. Taste fresh oysters 

Spend the day learning about the harvesting of world-famous Coffin Bay Oysters, or take an Oyster Farm Tour in Coffin Bay. See how oysters are grown, board the oyster boat, then taste the legends themselves plucked straight the sea.

How to experience it: You can slurp Coffin Bay's best oysters with Oyster Farm Tours and Pure Coffin Bay Oysters

How to get there: Coffin Bay is a 50 minute flight from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, then a 30 minute drive.

Oyster Farm Tours, Eyre Peninsula

Straight from the sea, Oyster Farm Tours, Eyre Peninsula.

4. Swim with giant cuttlefish

Snorkel or dive in the protected waters of Whyalla and see how Australian Giant Cuttlefish, the chameleons of the sea, change colour right before your eyes. Stop-off at the Whyalla Visitor Information Centre for more information.

How to experience it: Swim with giant cuttlefish with PureSA or take a dive off Stony Point or Black Point.

How to get there: Whyalla is a four hour drive from Adelaide or a 50 minute flight.

Swimming with cuttlefish, Whyalla

Swimming with cuttlefish, Whyalla.

5. Set sail on a fishing charter 

Venture to Tumby Bay for a day on the water. Pluck King George whiting straight from the sea and learn the ropes from the locals. Spend a night camping on the Sir Joseph Banks group of islands or sail into the sunset on a twilight cruise.

How to experience it: You'll find a range of fishing charters on the Eyre Peninsula including Cowell Fishing Adventures, EP Cruises, Why Not Fishing Charters and Hook and Sinker Fishing Safaris.

How to get there: Tumby Bay is a 50 minute flight from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, then a 40 minute drive. 

Tumby Bay, Eyre Peninsula

Tumby Bay, Eyre Peninsula.

6. Embark on a whale watching Eco Tour

Put two hours aside for the ultimate whale encounter with Fowlers Bay Eco Tours or Chinta Tours. Sit back, relax and watch Southern Right and Humpback whales in some of South Australia’s most beautiful coastal surrounds.

How to experience it: Fowlers Bay Eco Tours can be found at the Fowlers Bay Jetty. Tours last for approximately two and a half hours and operate during winter each year, from July through to October.

How to get there:
Fowlers Bay is a one and a half hour flight from Adelaide to Ceduna, then a one hour and 45 minute drive.

Great Australian Bight. Pic: Great Australian Bight Right Whale Study, Curtin University

Fowlers Bay Eco Tours whale spotting. Pic: Great Australian Bight Right Whale Study, Curtin University

7. Get up-close to native wildlife

Whether you're getting up-close in national parks or venturing further afield, you're guaranteed to encounter iconic Australian wildlife on the Eyre Peninsula. Cuddle koalas in their natural habitat, spend the day surrounded by kangaroos, dingos and echidnas in wildlife parks or spot native species in Coffin Bay, Port Lincoln and the jaw-dropping Gawler Ranges.

How to experience it: Get-up close to koalas at Mikkira Station: home to a wild koala colony just outside Port Lincoln. See a full line-up of Australian wildlife at Glen-Forest Tourist Park or go wild in the Gawler Ranges, Lincoln National Park and Coffin Bay National Park.

How to get there: Mikkira Station is a 30 minute drive from Port Lincoln. Glen-Forest Tourist Park is a 20 minute drive from Port Lincoln. The Gawler Ranges National Park is an eight hour drive from Adelaide. Lincoln National Park is a 12 minute drive from Port Lincoln. Coffin Bay National Park is a 30 minute drive from Port Lincoln.

Mikkira Station koala

One of Mikkira Station's many resident 

8. Treat yourself to a seafood banquet

Known as the Seafood Frontier, the Eyre Peninsula boasts some of the freshest and tastiest seafood in Australia. Pair it with local wine and you'll never want to leave. Buy seafood straight from the supplier or treat your taste buds to a dining experience like no other. 

How to experience it: Purchase freshly caught wonders of the sea at Port Lincoln's Fresh Fish Place, treat yourself at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel, sink your teeth into oysters at Oyster Farm Tours and Pure Coffin Bay Oysters, sit back and relax at 1802 Oyster Bar and Bistro or eat like a king/queen at Sarin's Restaurant and Del Giorno’s

How to get there: Port Lincoln is a 50 minute flight or a seven hour drive from Adelaide.

Fresh Fish Place, Port Lincoln

The Fresh Fish Place, Eyre Peninsula.

9. Marvel at Natural Wonders

Many come to the Eyre Peninsula for its national parks with huge sand dunes, deserted beaches and rugged bushland aplenty. Experience the red earth and spectacular granite peaks of the Gawler Ranges, escape to the peace, isolation and wide open spaces of the Nullarbor or relax on pure-white shores in Coffin Bay National Park and Lincoln National Park

How to experience it: Set your GPS for Gawler Ranges National Park, Nullarbor National Park, Coffin Bay National Park or Lincoln National Park. Want some local guidance? Nullarbor Traveller and Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris will get you sleeping under the stars in swags, swimming with dolphins and sea lions, hiking in beautiful national parks and surfing down mountainous sand dunes,

How to get there: Gawler Ranges National Park is a four hour drive from Port Lincoln. Nullarbor National Park is a six hour drive from Ceduna. Coffin Bay National Park is a 30 minute drive from Port Lincoln. Lincoln National Park is a 12 minute drive from Port Lincoln.

Coffin Bay National Park on the Eyre Peninsula

Tackling the dunes in Coffin Bay National 

10. Shack up in style

Choose from a range of Eyre Peninsula accommodation including cabins, tourist parks, bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels and waterfront apartments. You can stay in a luxury self-contained eco lodge or set-up camp in one of the many charming coastal towns. Two of the region's newest, most impressive places to stay are Perlubie Sea and Camel Beach House.

How to experience it: See our full list of places to stay on the Eyre Peninsula.

How to get there: Most major accommodation options can be found in and around Port Lincoln.

Camel Beach House, Eyre Peninsula

Camel Beach House, Eyre Peninsula.

More about the Eyre Peninsula

Tempted to keep exploring? Find out more about the Eyre Peninsula, from accommodation and things to do, to tours and charters.

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