Embark on the ultimate seafood safari and get up-close to dolphins, sea lions and sharks, all along the Eyre Peninsula’s stunning coastline.
Home to kilometres of pristine coastline, incredible food and wine and jaw-dropping aquatic experiences, the Eyre Peninsula is an adventure seeker's paradise. Start exploring this watery wonderland with our guide to the top things to do in the Eyre Peninsula.
1. 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 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.
2. SWIM WITH SEA LIONS, DOLPHINS AND cage dive with great white SHARKS
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. Swim with playful sea lions in the waters surrounding the majestic Blyth Island with Calypso Star Charters or head west to Baird Bay where the waters are a little more protected. Sea lions 'season' begins in September and goes through to June and July depending on the weather. Or you can opt to get up close and personal with a great white shark, after all, the Eyre Peninsula was the first ever place to introduce cage diving. Shark attack survivor Rodney Fox ran his first tour in 1976 when the producers of JAWS asked him to use his custom built cage to capture live footage.
3. Marvel at Cummings Monument
Forget the 12 Apostles and drive the Eyre Peninsula's very own great ocean road. An hour's drive from Port Lincoln, the dramatic coastline and impressive limestone stack of Cummings Monument are just as photo-worthy. Beyond the insta-worthy snaps, experienced surfers also revere this spot for its powerful waves and relative isolation, while fishermen here are also rewarded with some of the biggest catches bagged just about anywhere. But a word of warning; these waters are only suitable for weathered water-goers. Just a short drive away, you’ll also find giant sand dunes and sandy shores at Sheringa.
4. SHACK UP IN STYLE
Choose from a range of Eyre Peninsula accommodation including cabins, tourist parks, bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels and waterfront luxury getaways. You can stay in a luxury self-contained eco lodge or set-up camp in one of the many charming coastal towns. Our top pick? Go off-grid at your own private beachfront abode at Camel Beach House. Tucked on the golden sands of Mount Camel Beach with the Southern Ocean as your front yard, here you’ll wake to the sounds waves gently lapping on the shore just beyond your window. Check out the best Eyre Peninsula accommodation and get ready to check into paradise.
5. 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, jump right in with PureSA or take a dive off Stony Point or Black Point.
6. MARVEL AT NATURAL WONDERS
Many come to the Eyre Peninsula for its national parks with huge sand dunes, deserted beaches and rugged coastline. Experience the red earth and spectacular granite peaks of the Gawler Ranges National Park, relax on pure-white shores in Coffin Bay National Park or camp in the picturesque Lincoln National Park. Here's our guide to more incredible beaches you won't believe are in South Australia.
7. 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. 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. here's our complete guide to whale watching in South Australia.
8. EXPERIENCE OCEAN TO PLATE
Experience the very best of the Eyre Peninsula with an immersive ocean to plate experience with Australian Coastal Safaris. Snorkel for abalone, four wheel drive through sand dunes to reach deserted beaches take a seafood factory tour and shuck oysters plucked straight from the ocean. Take a self drive tour to Coffin Bay and taste why Coffin Bay oysters are some of the best in the world or head to the Fresh Fish Place to choose from an array of freshly caught seafood and cooked to perfection for a fish and chip experience unlike anywhere else.
9. 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. 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.
10. 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 at Mikkira Station, spend the day surrounded by kangaroos, dingos and echidnas in wildlife parks or spot native species in the Gawler Ranges, Lincoln National Park or Coffin Bay National Park.
Explore this Coastal paradise
Want to experience everything the Eyre Peninsula has to offer? Jump on an all-inclusive tour with Xplore Eyre from Adelaide and explore this coastal paradise with an experienced guide to ensure you don't miss a thing.