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Port Lincoln
  • Sunset over gorgeous Port Lincoln
  • Swimming with tuna fish
  • Succulent seafood lunch

Matthew Flinders knew he was onto something when he discovered Port Lincoln. In February 1802, he sailed into Boston Bay where he found beautiful beaches, bountiful seafood, and fascinating flora and fauna all around. It must have been tough to continue his job of charting unexplored coastline, when he knew he had already found paradise. Secretly he fantasised about leaving Port Lincoln off the charts altogether so that he could sneak back, pitch his hammock, and lead a life of pure contentment while feasting on the gifts of the land and sea around him. But alas, he charted this oceanfront jewel of the Eyre Peninsula ensuring we could all discover her beauty for ourselves.

Sunshine in the south: Considered to be the driest state in the driest continent in the world (well…other than Antarctica) South Australia is a place you can visit with confidence that if it rains, it won’t last very long. This means the conditions are perfect for bush walking, picnics, exploring the national parks, and lazing on the beaches. Here are a few things to consider trying while you’re staying in Port Lincoln:
1. Swim with the tuna: Here’s a unique experience few people in the world have tried! Adventure Bay Charters provides an unforgettable experience that will make you look at your tuna sandwiches with a new respect… jump in and interact with these giant fish, while learning about the industry and marine life.
2. Dive with the sharks: If the tuna are too small for your adventurous spirit, then perhaps an encounter with Great White Sharks are more your idea of excitement! Calypso Star Charters offers the strong-willed a chance to feel the adrenaline of Great Whites smashing into their cage. Are those bars really strong enough for their powerful jaws? Be sure to write a comment at the end of this article if you live to tell the tale…
3. Swim with sea lions: If fish and sharks aren’t your thing, then have fun frolicking with sea lions. Adventure Bay Charters offer half-day tours where you can cruise through Boston Bay and the Thorny Passage to meet up with these playful creatures. 
4. Take a side trip to Coffin Bay. Bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
5. Visit a winery: Hey – this is South Australia after all, so you can expect some fabulous wineries to welcome you in with tempting flavours to sample.
6. Check out a gallery or museum: Explore on foot or by car, and check out the town and region’s many cultural delights.
Mouthwatering seafood: Many Australians would happily boast that our country has the best seafood in the world. This would be a difficult argument for us to lose, given our massive perimeter of fishing ports, reefs, and jetties all leading to countless ocean wonders. That said – Eyre Peninsula considers itself to be the “Seafood Capital of Australia” and boasts crustaceans galore as well as plenty of varieties of molluscs, and such fish as the Southern Bluefin Tuna, King George Whiting, and Yellowtail Kingfish. If you aren’t equipped to catch them for yourself, fear not – there are plenty of places to buy or rent equipment, as well as fishermen and chefs who have already done the work for you.
When to go
Port Lincoln is a year-round paradise, boasting mild winters and warm summers. If you plan to spend a lot of time swimming at the beaches, consider summer, autumn, and spring as ideal seasons to visit (but don’t forget to use the sunscreen!)
How to get there
A quick 45-minute flight from Adelaide will take you to Port Lincoln, or if you prefer to drive, you’ll enjoy 652km of outback beauty along the way.
Port Lincoln has many delightful places to rest your head in the evenings. For example, The Anchorage Holiday Apartment  boasts luxury and beauty with spectacular views, a relaxing spa and a sandy beach only metres away. This self-contained apartment has everything you need to cook, entertain and sleep peacefully each night. With absolute waterfront views including panoramic vistas from the spacious master bedroom, the Anchorage Holiday Apartment is the perfect place to take a break. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom holiday apartment can fit up to nine guests. 
There are also welcoming and cosy B&Bs, cottages, holiday homes, and even a beachside shack to consider when looking at TakeABreak’s many Port Lincoln Accommodation options.
Ideal length of visit
It’s going to be tough to leave paradise, so plan to stay a while!
Further information
When you arrive, drop in to learn about tours at the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre, located at 3 Adelaide Place.


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