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Port Lincoln Things to Do Comprehensive Guide

Where is Port Lincoln


Port Lincoln, the harbour of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. A beautiful untouched coastal town where over 14,000 people call it home. It is about 650 km from Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia.



How to get to Port Lincoln


  1. By car: Driving 650 km from Adelaide to Port Lincoln will take about 7 hours non-stop. The route goes via Port Augusta, Whyalla, and Cowell. The cost of fuel will be between $80 - $150 each way.

  2. By boat and car: Drive 1.5 hours from Adelaide to Wallaroo, then take the ferry (Spencer Gulf Seaboard) to Lucky Bay, Eyre Peninsula, and drive another 1.5 hours to Port Lincoln. The cost of the ferry will be around $200 per standard vehicle each way and around $50 per person for passengers. Fuel for this journey will cost around $40 - $75 each way.

  3. By flight: Regional Express and Qantas offer multiple flights daily between Adelaide and Port Lincoln. The actual flight time is around 30-40 minutes. The cost of a one-way ticket is approximately $140 - $300.


Things to do in Port Lincoln


1. Shark cage diving with great white sharks



Port Lincoln is one of the few places in the world where you have a safe but close encounter with the biggest predator sharks - Great White Sharks. Two companies here offer boat tours to cage dive with them.


(1) Calypso Star Charters: which offers great white shark cage diving day tours with great white sharks, costs around $560 per person. It is a 10-12 hours day tour, and passengers can stay in the surface cage to see sharks; no scuba diving experience is required. To book the Shark Full-day tour, please check our Book Now page.


(2) Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions: offers multiple great white shark cage diving tours focused on Scuba Diving and Surface Diving. It will be perfect for customers who want to spend more time with great white sharks over a longer period, which may offer a better opportunity to film them. We can arrange multi-day package tours, including Rodney Fox Shark Tours; please get in touch with us for more details.



2. Swim with Australian Sea Lions



Australian sea lions are an endangered species and one of the most endangered sea lions globally. In Port Lincoln, we are fortunate to swim with them in their habitats. Both Calypso Star Charters and Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions offer swim with sea lions as a half-day tour experience, and Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions offers a multi-day shark experience. To book a swim with sea lions tour, click here!


3. Seafood


Port Lincoln is a major seafood town with one of the biggest fishing fleets in the southern hemisphere. With over 230,000 km2 of pristine water in the Eyre Peninsula, this region produces about 69% of South Australian Seafood. Well-known seafood includes Spencer Gulf King Prawns, Hiramasa kingfish, Mussels, Coffin Bay Oysters, Southern Rock Lobsters, Southern Bluefin Tuna, Wild Abalone, Sardines, and King George Whiting. So, seafood is definitely a must-do in Port Lincoln.


If you are looking for a great seafood meal, check out these places: Port Lincoln Hotel, Hotel Boston, Del Giorno's Café etc.


If you want to buy some fresh seafood and cook it yourself, you could try: West Coast Oysters (Oysters), Dinko Tuna (Tuna and Prawn), Eyre Peninsula Seafood (Mussel), The Fresh Fish Place (retail) etc.


Looking for an ultimate seafood experience, click here to try our Taste of EP Seafood Show.




4. Lincoln National Park


We are lucky to have the massive Lincoln National Park next door to our town centre. A quick 10-minute drive from Port Lincoln, you could visit a place full of local wildlife (emus, kangaroos, goannas, eagles, etc.), amazing coastline, massive dunes, and a perfect sunset. Even though part of Lincoln National Park has a paved road, unlocking the beauty and hidden gems of this park off the beaten track and exploring the dirt road and 4WD tracks will be the best way.



Please be aware that phone reception is not always available, even with Telstra. Please click here to check the phone reception coverage map for details.


There are many great 4WD tracks in Lincoln National Park; these tracks cover a wide variety of terrain, including sand dunes, beaches, limestones, eucalyptus bushes and salt bushes. For more 4WD track details, please check our post 4WD Off-road Tracks Around Port Lincoln. A few things to mention: Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area will need to pay a separate fee to visit, and it also requires a key to access. For more details, don't hesitate to get in touch with the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre. The 4WD track-to-go Memory Cove is 19 km long from the Wanna access gate (key required); it is a rocky track in the dens bush, so a high clearance vehicle with all-terrain tyres is recommended. Due to the rocky conditions, driving from the track entrance to Memory Cove will generally take 2-3 hours, so please allocate appropriate time in your itinerary.



Sleaford to Wanna is another track located on the west coast of Lincoln National Park. It is a great combination of Sand Dunes and Limestone Cliffs. We offer half-day 4WD tours and tag-along tours to this track. So, if you want to join us, please check our pages, and we will show you the highlights of the track and our favourite hidden gems!




5. Coffin Bay and Coffin Bay Oysters


Nestled on the southern edge of South Australia's Eyre Peninsula, Coffin Bay is a charming coastal town just 30 30-minute drive from Port Lincoln. It is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and world-class seafood. Framed by the tranquil waters of Coffin Bay, the town offers a picturesque setting for visitors to relax and unwind.





Coffin Bay is perhaps best known for its exceptional oysters, which are harvested from the pristine waters of the bay. Visitors can sample these delectable molluscs at local eateries or take a tour of one of the many oyster farms in the area to learn about the fascinating process of oyster farming.




In addition to its culinary delights, Coffin Bay boasts an array of outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts. Explore the rugged coastline of Coffin Bay National Park, where towering cliffs give way to sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Hike along scenic trails, go fishing or birdwatching, or simply soak up the sun on the beach.


With its stunning scenery, delectable seafood, and abundance of outdoor activities, Coffin Bay offers a truly unforgettable experience for visitors seeking a taste of coastal paradise in South Australia.





6. Coffin Bay National Park


Coffin Bay National Park, nestled on the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, is a coastal haven renowned for its stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. Its rugged coastline is a tapestry of pristine beaches, towering limestone cliffs, and crystal-clear waters, making it a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.



The park is a mosaic of diverse habitats, including coastal dunes, wetlands, and saltmarshes, which provide homes to a variety of wildlife. Visitors can spot kangaroos, emus, and a myriad of bird species thriving in this coastal sanctuary.



There are plenty of 4wd off-road activities you could do in Coffin Bay National Park, for easy - medium level 4wd track we have Yangie Bay - sensation beach track, which is around one way from the Coffin Bay National Park Entrance. It is a track combination of limestone rocks and beach driving. Also there are another track which is Gunyah Beach track, it is a 4km long tracks, give visitors great access to the beautiful sand dunes and beach, but please be aware we strongly recommend only people with soft sand driving experience and proper recovery gear to travel this track. Alternatively, you could join our half-day Coffin Bay National Park sightseeing and off-road tour to explore this track with us.



7. Sandboarding



The Eyre Peninsula is one of the best sandboarding destinations in South Australia. Miles of sand dunes and fine soft sand make it great for the whole family to have fun. Both Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Parks offer designated sandboarding areas, and they are all located on the 4WD tracks. For everyone to enjoy the fun of sandboarding safely, we strongly recommend our visitors do sit-down sandboarding instead of stand-up. And make sure you try some small dunes before you head to the big one! By the way, we also offer sandboarding sessions for our half-day and full-day Port Lincoln & Coffin Bay Tours as extra, so feel free to let us know if you want to try sandboarding with us!



8. Fishing

Port Lincoln is the seafood capital of South Australia, maybe even Australia. This is not just because we have such massive seafood industries but also because of our abundant source, the pristine Southern Ocean with millions of thousands of fish. You could either enjoy land-based fishing from our jetty or beaches or charter a boat to try fishing offshore. For more fishing information and gear, please check with Tackle World Port Lincoln and Spot on Fishing Tackle.


If you're looking for fishing charters, Port Lincoln Fishing Charter and GT Fishing Charters in Coffin Bay are sound choices. If you want to tick the boxes of the ultimate and historical Southern Blue Fin Tuna fishing experience, make sure you learn and book your spots on Tacoma Preservation Society's original Tuna Poling Trip!


9. Glamping



Want to enjoy the nature with style? Glamping in the Lincoln National Park with Kata & Belle is something you don't want to missing out. Visit the quiet and untouched September Beach, and watch sunrise and sunset with hummingbirds. Please note the road to the glamping area is unsealed and sometimes can be challenging for 2wd, so drive with cautious. Let us know if you want to enjoy glamping in the Lincoln National Park, with our Tailored Tour it is definately an great option!


10. Wine, Gin and Beer



Wineries, vineyards, breweries and gin distilleries. Port Lincoln will be your favourite place if you enjoy the fun of drink. There are so many places produces nice local drinks, you can stay here for a week if you try one each day. For wine lovers, Boston Bay Wine, Peter Teakle Wins, Lincoln Estate Wines. For beer lovers, Beer Garden Brewing, Jump Ship Brewing. For gin lovers, Eyre Peninsula Spirits, Coffin Bay Spirits.


11. And More

Scuba Diving Course with Port Lincoln Dive Shop

Animal park with Glen Forest Tourist Park

Marina History Cruise with Fred Marina Cruise



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