Welcome to the Eyre Peninsula, home to jaw-dropping beaches, world-class seafood and awe-inspiring aquatic adventures.
The Eyre Peninsula is a land rich with succulent seafood, boasting abundant wildlife and blessed with natural beauty. From Adelaide, take to the sky with REX or Qantas and you’ll touch down in the seaside town of Port Lincoln within 50 minutes. Swim with sea lions and sharks, devour world-famous seafood and take-in jaw-dropping views with the help of our three-day Eyre Peninsula itinerary.
Where to stay
Camel Beach House, Eyre Peninsula
Beach views? How about right on the beach! With the Southern Ocean as your front yard, Camel Beach House is the ultimate coastal escape. Tucked on the golden sands of Mount Camel Beach, here you’ll wake to the sounds waves gently lapping on the shore just beyond your window. This eco off-grid property is solar powered and rain-water reliant, while the design has embraced passive heating and cooling principals and incorporates energy efficient appliances. The design is inspired by a classic fisherman’s cottage, although we’re not sure a humble angler’s dwelling has ever been so luxurious! With two queen size beds and plenty of space to lounge around, it’s the perfect destination to get away with friends.
Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges, Eyre Peninsula
Tucked on the pristine waters of the Eyre Peninsula just 20 minutes from Port Lincoln, Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges are perfectly positioned for an eco-friendly escape. The architecturally and ecologically impressive villas are offer the perfect escape for city-slickers looking to shake up their 9-5 routine and embrace a slower-paced lifestyle. When you’re not making the most of the incredible surroundings, head in doors and soak in the Japanese style bath while soaking in the views, curl up by the woodfire or lay a little longer in bed and watch the sunrise from the huge north-facing windows. The only thing left to do is decide which of the two eco-friendly villas to settle down at; The Ridge perched hilltop with 360 degree views out to the see or The Valley surrounded by the bush.
Deco Beach Luxury Apartments, Eyre Peninsula
Boasting majestic ocean views of Boston Bay and the township of Port Lincoln, Deco Beach Luxury Apartments are a perfect base for Eyre exploration. Both the sea view and garden view apartments have spacious rooms packed with Art Deco character and are complete with everything you need for a seaside escape including fully equipped kitchens and outdoor beach showers. Take a short stroll to the sandy shores of one of Port Lincoln's most popular family beaches, walk into town for a coffee then kick back with a glass of wine and watch as the sun sets over the ocean.
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What to see
The Eyre Peninsula's seemingly-endless coast boasts crystal clear waters, snow-white sands and dense bush. From epic surfing swells to secluded coves, there are literally hundreds of spots to set-up beach tent and towel. Known for its #instafamous rock pools, Greenly Beach is a stunning swimming and surfing spot, just an hour's drive away from Port Lincoln. Chill out rockpool-side with a freshly shucked oyster in one hand and glass of famed local wine in the other. Other top spots include Almonta Beach, Fishery Bay, Memory Cove, Farm Beach and Coffin Bay National Park. Check out our guide to the best Eyre Peninsula beaches.
TALIA CAVES, Eyre Peninsula
Just an hour and a half's drive from Baird Bay lie the monumental Talia Caves. Peer out at the wild ocean from the Woolshed Cave: a huge cavern set deep in a granite cliff, formed by pounding waves over thousands of years. Just steps away lies The Tub: a large crater, connected to the sea by an underground tunnel. Venture further and you'll encounter dramatic cliffs that offer some seriously amazing views to the south along Talia Beach.
Lake MacDonnell, Eyre Peninsula
Mother Nature’s full palette is on show at the Eyre Peninsula’s Lake MacDonnell with a super-high salt concentration resulting in some seriously intense pink colours. Of course, there’s a logical explanation behind nature’s strawberry milkshake pink lake. It’s the lakes’ high salinity levels, combined with the presence of salt-loving algae and pink bacteria known as halobacteria that turn them bright pink. The less water in the lake, the more concentrated the salt and the brighter the colour. Afterwards, head down the road to Cactus Beach: an oceanic wonderland, drawing surfers from across the world to its powerful breaks and Southern Ocean swells. Check out our South Australian pink lake bucket list for more inspiration.
What to do
SWIM WITH SEA LIONS AND DOLPHINS AND GO SHARK CAGE DIVING
Some of South Australia’s most amazing marine life can be found off the shores of beautiful Port Lincoln and right along the Eyre Peninsula coastline. Head to Baird Bay for an epic Dolphin and Sea Lion Swimming Tour. Squeeze into a wet suit, slap on a snorkel spend the morning meeting and greeting playful sea lions and lightning-fast dolphins in crystal-clear waters. Sea lion swimming tours also depart from Port Lincoln with Adventure Bay Charters or Calypso Star Charters. The more daring can come face-to-tooth with great white sharks on a Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions, Adventure Bay Charters or Calypso Star Charters shark cage diving tour, also departing from Port Lincoln.
COFFIN BAY OYSTERS, Eyre Peninsula
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 with Experience Coffin Bay. Known as the Seafood Frontier, the Eyre Peninsula boasts some of the freshest and tastiest seafood in Australia and your seafood buffet continues on land. Buy seafood straight from the supplier at the Fresh Fish Place or continue your oyster feast at Fumo 28 Oyster Bar and Seafood or 1802 Oyster Bar.
Swim with Giant Cuttlefish, Eyre Peninsula
Another underwater adventure awaits down the coast at Whyalla Snorkel or dive in the protected waters of the Spencer Gulf 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, jump right in with PureSA or take a dive off Stony Point or Black Point
Where to eat and drink
PETER TEAKLE WINES AND LINE & LABEL, EYRE PENINSULA
Set among sprawling vineyards and overlooking the pristine waters of Boston Bay, the brand new Peter Teakle Wines cellar door is one of the most idyllic spots in South Australia to sip a glass or two of wine. Designed by local architect Kym Clarke, more than 3km of woodwork was used to create the breathtaking curves of the cellar door, reminiscent of a wine barrel. The building is worth a visit in itself, but paired with wine grown and made right on site and a menu showcasing local Eyre Peninsula produce at the on site restaurant, Line & Label (reopening January 8 2021), it is one of Port Lincoln's premier dining destinations.
FRESH FISH PLACE, EYRE PENINSULA
For seriously good fish and chips (and every other seafood you could dream of) pop into Port Lincoln's Fresh Fish Place. Pick-up some famously fresh seafood and cook-up a feast at home or settle in by the water at the cafe and feast on local oysters, scallops, crayfish, crab and fish.
Beer Garden Brewing, Eyre Peninsula
Beer Garden Brewing is a family-owned and operated regional craft brewery, brewing on premises using local grains. The Beer Garden and Tasting Bar has ten revolving taps of local and Australian beers and ciders on-offer as well as a selection of fantastic SA wines. The kitchen is open all day and serves bar snacks and local produce including Boston Bay small goods antipasto platters and pulled pork sliders.
Three days is just enough time to sink your teeth into in the Eyre Peninsula, but there's so much more to explore. Check out our guide to the top 10 things to do in the Eyre Peninsula and extend your stay.