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14 Sep 2017

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

Start exploring the Eyre Peninsula with our top 10 guide and experience how fun has changed out west...but it's closer than you think.

1. SWIM WITH SEA LIONS, DOLPHINS AND cage dive with great white SHARKS

Baird Bay, Eyre Peninsula 

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 just off Port Lincoln with Calypso Star Charters or Adventure Bay Charters or head west to Baird Bay where the waters are a little more protected. Cage dive with great white sharks - the first-ever place in the world where cage diving was a thing. Rodney Fox ran his first tour in 1976 when the producers of JAWS asked Rodney Fox to use his custom built cage to capture live footage. 

2. EXPERIENCE OCEAN TO PLATE

Australian Coastal Safaris, Eyre Peninsula

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.

 3. TASTE FRESH OYSTERS 

Oyster Farm Tours, Coffin Bay 

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 Pure Coffin Bay Oysters

4. SWIM WITH GIANT CUTTLEFISH

Swim with cuttlefish, Whyalla

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.

5. SET SAIL ON A FISHING CHARTER 

Cowell Fishing Adventures, Eyre Peninsula 

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.

6. EMBARK ON A WHALE WATCHING ECO TOUR

Head of Bight whale watching, Eyre Peninsula

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.

7. GET UP-CLOSE TO NATIVE WILDLIFE

Mikkira Station, Port Lincoln

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.

8. TREAT YOURSELF TO A SEAFOOD BANQUET

Fresh Fish Place, Port Lincoln

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. Line & Label is a must-experience Port Lincoln restaurant that celebrates the local produce with a new menu every four to six weeks. Set among the sprawling vines of Peter Teakle Wines and views over Boston Bay, enjoy tasting testing wines before making the all important choice for lunch. 

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. 

9. MARVEL AT NATURAL WONDERS

Almonta Beach, Eyre Peninsula by @sarahbyden

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 orcamp in the picturesque Lincoln National Park.

10. SHACK UP IN STYLE

Camel Beach House, Eyre Peninsula

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. Two of the region's newest, most impressive places to stay are Perlubie Sea and Camel Beach House. For a full list of Eyre Peninsula accommodation click here.

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.