Experience the wide open spaces of Eyre Peninsula.
HERITAGE AND CULTURE
Large-scale murals on grain silos in Cowell, Tumby Bay and Kimba stand out like beacons against the bright blue skies of the wheatbelt. Smaller scale works are visible in excellent aboriginal owned and operated art galleries in Port Lincoln and Ceduna. To learn more about the traditional owners of this land, follow the Indigenous Tourism Trail from Poonindie near Port Lincoln to Head of Bight.
After shucking a few oysters, head to Coffin Bay National Park. A sealed road through sand dunes and scrub rich in wildlife takes you to stunning beaches of turquoise water ringed by white sand. The more remote northern beaches are only accessible by 4×4 but offer stunning birdwatching and camping areas. Overlooking the largest natural harbour in the country, Lincoln National Park’s rocky coastline is great for whalewatching in winter and has stunning secluded campsites.
GET UP CLOSE WITH WILDLIFE
During peak migration season, hundreds of whales converge on Fowlers Bay and Head Of Bight to give birth and raise their calves. You can watch from the shore, take a cruise or even paddle up close to these gentle giants in a kayak. Further south, Bairds Bay and Port Lincoln both offer the chance to swim with excitable sea lion colonies. Shark cage diving tours provide a unique insight into the lives of great white sharks and the spectacular aggregation of colourchanging giant cuttlefish near Whyalla is the only known one in the world.
TASTE SPECIALTY PRODUCE
Port Lincoln tuna can go for thousands of dollars in Japan’s fish markets and abalone are equally sought after, but on Eyre Peninsula you’ll have unrivalled access to the ocean’s bounty. Taste oysters before they make it back to dry land, tuck into a lobster roll or head to the local fish and chip shop to sample the day’s catch. If you want the satisfaction of catching your own lunch, you can jump on a tour and fish for salmon, collect cockles and snorkel for abalone before sitting down to a feast.
Eyre Peninsula has plenty of marine adventures, but head inland and you’ll also discover remote wilderness areas. A high clearance 4WD is advisable for exploring the Gawler Ranges and Lake Gairdner National Park, where a glittering white saltpan is surrounded by red hills. For experienced and self-sufficient drivers, Goog’s Track is an unforgettable remote off road experience through sandhills and scrub.