With a land area similar to Switzerland, the triangular Eyre Peninsula juts out into the Southern Ocean, with Port Lincoln, its adventure capital, near the tip. The east coast is known for oysters; whales, dolphins, sea lions, and great white sharks draw travelers to the west. On land, enjoy pristine national parks and Indigenous culture.
Multi-day tours of the Eyre Peninsula usually start from Adelaide and follow the coast road from Port Augusta to Port Lincoln. The Seafood Frontier Touring Route runs south from Whyalla on the east coast and offers a feast of oysters, abalone, cockles, fresh fish, and so much more. Around Baird Bay on the west coast, shark cage diving or shark “submarine” diving, whale watching, seal spotting, and scuba diving with dolphins and/or sea lions are all possible. Port Lincoln offers wildlife experiences including koalas, and it makes a great base for the peninsula in general.
Things to know before you go
- The Eyre Peninsula is a great choice for groups who have different interests; foodies, adventurers, and kids will all find something to appeal.
- Most kids love the Eyre Peninsula’s nature and wildlife, although the long drives may be a bit much for some. It’s worth bringing the stroller but be prepared to leave it in the car.
- The Eyre Peninsula is a challenging destination for travelers in wheelchairs; boats and beaches are generally not wheelchair-friendly and bathroom breaks require precision planning.
How to get there
The Eyre Peninsula begins by Port Augusta, about a 192-mile (309-kilometer) drive northwest of Adelaide, with Port Lincoln a further 215 miles (346 kilometers) drive southwest. Stateliner buses connect Port Lincoln with Adelaide, and, if your carbon footprint is not a concern, there are domestic flights to Port Lincoln airport. Adelaide to Port Lincoln and beyond makes a great road trip.
When to get there
If whale watching is on your Eyre Peninsula itinerary, plan to visit between June and September, in South Australia’s winter and early spring. April to September is the best season to enjoy Coffin Bay oysters, although they are available all year round.
Experiencing Coffin Bay Oysters
In the turquoise waters of a protected Pacific Bay, Coffin Bay offers a rich variety of oysters that are sold across Australia and Asia. Savor a seafood feast at a waterfront restaurant, or visit an oyster farm for a hands-on experience, where you cruise the oyster farm, pick your own oysters, and learn how to shuck them like a pro.