Follow the Eyre Peninsula's stunning coastline on a seafood safari
Road trip through the Eyre Peninsula's oceanic utopia and stop to swim with sea lions, encounter great white sharks on a truly unique South Australian cage diving experience or wander along pristine beaches where the waters are literally teeming with seafood. Download the Seafood Frontier road trip map and enjoy a safari of some of the freshest and most sumptuous seafood on offer, from the multi-million dollar tuna industry in Port Lincoln to plucking oysters straight from the sea in Ceduna. Here's our guide to the best things to see and do along the Seafood Frontier road trip.
1. Swim with Giant Cuttlefish, Whyalla
Set your coordinates for Whyalla where an incredible natural phenomenon puts this historic seaside town on the map. The annual migration of Giant Australian Cuttlefish is one of the most spectacular events under the water - and is unique to South Australia. Each year between May and August, they gather in their thousands to mate and spawn off the coast. Known as the chameleons of the sea, cuttlefish change their colours and patterns wildly as they swim around, making for an underwater circus that snorkelers and divers won't want to miss, and Pure SA or Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries have your front row tickets to this epic colour show.
2. Silo art, Tumby Bay
Sitting on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula, the seaside town of Tumby Bay is a living gallery awash with a kaleidoscope of street art. From grain silos to the local motel, the town is a giant canvas adorned with art around every turn. The most impressive masterpiece towers above the town; an epic silo art created by Argentinian street artist Martin Ron and South Australian painter Matt Gorrick. As well as being home to this incredible 30-metre-high silo artwork, street artists from across Australia and the world descend on Tumby Bay each April to paint the town red (and every other colour) for the Colour Tumby Bay Street Art Festival, brightening the town long after the paint brushes have been packed up.
3. Shark Cage Diving, port lincoln
Push yourself to the limit on an adventurous shark cage diving expedition off the coast of Port Lincoln - the only place in Australia where you can come face-to-face with great whites in their natural environment. Growing up to seven metres long and weighing more than 3000 kilograms, come tooth-to-tooth with these impressive animals on a full day boat charter to locations otherwise inaccessible with Adventure Bay Charters, Calypso Star Charters or Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions. For those not wanting to get wet, Adventure Bay Charters offers prime viewing of the underwater action from the safety of a glass aqua-sub.
4. Lincoln National Park
From epic surfing swells to secluded coves, there are literally hundreds of spots to set-up beach tent and towel on the Eyre Peninsula, and some of the best spots away in Lincoln National Park. A short 15-minute drive from Port Lincoln, this coastal paradise lies centre-stage to some of the peninsula’s best beaches – including the unforgettable Memory Cove. This scenic coastal playground is the perfect spot to stop, stretch your legs and soak up the sun for a day (or more), with towering snow-white sand dunes, crystal clear waters and untouched bushland abound with wildlife.
5. Coffin Bay oysters
Just half an hour from Port Lincoln, pull-up in Coffin Bay, jump on-board an oyster boat, then chug out to the beautiful waters of Coffin Bay National Park on a Experience Coffin Bay. Take in the Eyre Peninsula's truly unique coastal scenery as you cruise 16 kilometres to the oyster lease, local wine and freshly shucked oysters at the ready. See how oysters are grown, pick up some tricks of the trade, then devour what are arguably the best oysters in the world, plucked straight from the sea. If you'd rather stay on land, you can dig into world-famous Eyre Peninsula oysters and local wine at Oyster Farm Tours, right on the foreshore. Afterwards, throw on your bathers and head out to explore the national park, where pillowy sand dunes meet glassy waters brimming with fish and lush bushland teeming with animals.
6. wine and dine, Port Lincoln
Hungry? Take a seat perched by the seaside and wine and dine in the heart of Australia’s seafood frontier. Here, you won't have to travel far for decadent dinner or long lunch featuring a stellar line-up of fresh seafood and local produce. Continue your oyster feast at Fumo 28 Oyster Bar and Seafood or 1802 Oyster Bar. Snag a table overlooking the sea and dine on South Australia’s finest produce, including oysters sourced from from the waters beyond your table. If you'd rather grab and go, pop into Port Lincoln's famous Fresh Fish Place, where you can pick-up some famously fresh seafood and cook-up a feast at home, or settle in at the cafe and feast on local oysters, scallops, crayfish, crab and fish. Stop-by Beer Garden Brewing and pick-up a pack of locally-made craft beer or cider to wash it down.
7. Baird Bay
Baird Bay’s beautiful clear waters make it the perfect pit-stop for a refreshing ocean dip with a few of the water-loving locals. 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 Eyre Peninsula waters. The more active you are, the more they’ll want to play; duck, dive, roll and race – just don’t expect to be the star of the show. Book in your swimming lessons from sea lions or frolic with a pod of 25 resident dolphins with Baird Bay Ocean Eco-Experience.
8. Streaky Bay
Need to refuel on the road? Loosen your belt buckle and head straight for Streaky Bay, where the spectacular rugged coastline is literally teeming with fresh seafood, from Abalone, Spencer Gulf King Prawns, Moreton Bay Bugs, Blue Swimmer Crabs to freshly shucked oysters. One of the best ways to taste the local seafood offering is from Streaky Bay Fish Fix van, which serves up good old fashion fish and chips and a host of freshly-cooked, locally-caught seafood right outside the Streaky Bay Marine Products factory. Once you’ve hit your seafood quota, take a dip in Streaky Bay’s famous turquoise waters or venture further and explore nearby attractions including Murphy’s Haystacks (Australia’s answer to Stonehenge), Talia Caves, and Yanerbie where you can surf down impressive sand dunes.
9. Lake MacDonnell
Continue up the coast and discover the jaw-dropping magenta waters of one of South Australia’s most photographed pink lakes. 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.
10. Head of Bight
Road tripping through winter and spring? You’re in for a nature show of epic proportions! Few sights are as awe-inspiring as the migration of Southern Right Whales and one of the best spots to see these gentle 90-tonne giants of the sea is at Head of Bight on the Eyre Peninsula. Journey to the iconic Nullarbor on the last stretch of the Seafood Frontier and discover the most significant nursery ground for Southern Right Whales in the world. At the height of whale season, up to 100 whales can be spotted in the waters of Head of Bight at any one time, with 170 whales including 68 calves passing through these waters in 2018 alone. Park at the Head of Bight Interpretive Centre and follow the cliff-top boardwalk to a viewing platform from where migrating whales can be seen in the deep blue waters below or join a tour with EP Cruises, Xplore Eyre, Chinta Air or Australian Coastal Safaris. Check out our guide for the best spots for whale watching in South Australia.