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Port Lincoln, SA

Port Lincoln is the Eyre Peninsula‘s second largest city, set on the shores of sparkling Boston Bay, Australia’s largest natural harbour.

Port Lincoln

A magnificent marina development, Lincoln Cove, is home to the tuna fishing fleets of the Great Australian Bight.

Port Lincoln offers a myriad of holiday ideas, from fishing and sailing, to diving with great white sharks, touring aquaculture industries and exploring the area’s sheltered beaches and booming surf. Seafood is always on the menu, with seasonal specialities including southern rock lobster, western king prawns and oysters.

Discover a range of galleries and museums including the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum; the Lincoln Maritime Science Centre and Seahorse Farm. The Glen-Forest Tourist Park offers hands-on experience with kangaroos, koalas, wombats and more. Enjoy walking trails offering magnificent views.

Port Lincoln is home to the Tunarama Festival, held every January. This family event showcases the best in local seafood, wine, art and music – and includes the famous tuna tossing championships.

Swim with the locals

You can swim with sea-lions, dolphins and schools of fish off the coast of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. The peninsula stretches 1,000 kilometres east to west and 400 kilometres from the Gawler Ranges in the north to Port Lincoln in the south. Port Lincoln, Australia’s tuna-fishing capital, is set on Boston Bay, dotted with trawlers and one of the world’s largest natural deepwater harbours. Boston Bay Wines on the shore allows visitors to taste its medal-winning reds and whites.

Port Lincoln

Each Australia Day weekend (Australia Day falls on January 26), Port Lincoln holds the Tunarama Festival. Highlights include the World Record John West Tuna Tossing Championship. The current tuna-throwing record was set in 1998 by Sean Carlin, who threw a large fish 37.23 metres (122 feet). Beat that! Before you try, we should mention that Carlin represented Australia in the hammer throw at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Another fact: he won the gold medal.

Coffin Bay, not far away, is famous for its superb, creamy oysters, often downed with South Australia’s own, jet-black Coopers Stout. One of the most beautiful estuaries in Australia, Coffin Bay was named after Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, a native of Boston, Massachusetts who served with Lord Nelson in Britain’s Royal Navy. (He was no traitor; America was British at the time.)

Just over 30 kilometres offshore from Port Lincoln lies aptly-named Dangerous Reef, a breeding area for great white sharks. You can descend among them in a dive cage – if you dare!

Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln Map

Popular Activities

  • Fishing
  • Fishing - Game
  • Fishing - Deep Sea

About Port Lincoln

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Port Lincoln Postcode: 5606
  • State: South Australia
  • Region: Eyre Peninsula
  • Latitude: -34.72018
  • Longitude: 135.85816
  • Elevation: 7m
  • Population: 14120
  • Median Income: $31356
  • Area (Sq/km): 32.907
  • Timezone: Australia/Adelaide

Tours In Port Lincoln

Discover some of the tours options around Port Lincoln

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.

Accommodation

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