Seafood, whales, swimming with sea lions and great white sharks
Discover the ultimate seafood safari on the Eyre Peninsula, from the multi-million dollar tuna industry in Port Lincoln to plucking oysters straight from the sea in Ceduna. Swim with sea lions and encounter great white sharks off the coast of Eyre Peninsula with a truly unique South Australian cage diving experience.
Adelaide - Port Lincoln
Drive to Whyalla via Port Augusta and snorkel or dive to see how the chameleons of the sea, Australian giant cuttlefish, change colour (May to August) or go on a glass bottom boat tour with Cuttys Tours. Head to Whyalla’s foreshore marina to meet the friendly pod of local dolphins, in what is fast becoming one of Australia’s best places for dolphin interactions. Continue on to Cowell well known for its oysters and jade minerals. Drop a net from the town jetty to catch big blue crabs or hire a kayak. Drive on to Tumby Bay a small coastal town with lovely beaches, take a fishing charter and try catching King George whiting before arriving in Port Lincoln.
Overnight: Port Lincoln
Adelaide to Port Lincoln: 650 km/400 miles, 7 hour drive
Alternatively fly to Port Lincoln with Regional Express or Qantas and pick up a hire car.
Port Lincoln is home to some of the most unique marine wildlife experiences available. Swim with sea lions or for an adrenalin rush, try cage diving with great white sharks – the only place in Australia that you can see these predators up close from the safety of a cage. A little less fearsome, Lincoln National Park and Coffin Bay National Park feature cliffs, sand dunes, sheltered bays and sandy beaches, both are a short drive from Port Lincoln. Tempt yourself with the one kilogram oyster challenge at one of the local hotels, other fresh seafood available on the plate includes, abalone, blue fin tuna, whiting, mussels, prawns and lobster.
Port Lincoln - Streaky Bay
Make your way up the west coast to Streaky Bay, There's a 283-step stairway down to Locks Well Beach, which is rated as one of the best salmon fishing beaches in Australia. It's worth the effort. Continue passing some spectacular coastal areas such as Venus Bay and Baird Bay where you can swim with sea lions and dolphins. A unique outcrop of granite boulders, known as Murphy’s Haystacks, offer a great photo opportunity. At Streaky Bay you can purchase fresh, local seafood at various locations throughout this very relaxed and idyllic coastal town.
Overnight: Streaky Bay
Port Lincoln to Streaky Bay: 293 km/182 miles, 3 hour drive
Streaky Bay - Border Village
Drive to Smoky Bay – another oyster growing spot on the Eyre Peninsula. Ceduna is a great base to explore the rest of the far west coast, across to Head of Bight and the Nullarbor. Take a 2-hour cruise at Fowlers Bay to watch Southern Right and Humpback whales frolicking in the ocean (seasonal). From June to October watch large numbers of Southern right whales from special viewing platforms at Head of Bight. Continue on to Western Australia.
Streaky Bay to Ceduna: 110 km/68 miles 1 hour 15 minute drive
Ceduna to Border Village: 480 km/298 miles, 5 hour drive