PORT LINCOLN – THE AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER GUIDE
Spending the weekend in Australia’s Tuna capital may not sound like the most thrilling getaway, but thankfully, Port Lincoln has a sparkling landscape with a cheery township to ensure your stay is memorable for the right reasons. Locals make you feel as if you’re right at home, always with a spare minute to discuss the weather. Port Lincoln also provides a solid base from which to explore the coast and hinterland of the Lower Eyre Peninsula.
WHERE TO STAY
Self-contained apartments with views of the bay are the best kind of accommodation you can find in Port Lincoln. However if you don’t feel like cooking and cleaning while holidaying, The Grand Tasman Hotel is right in the centre of town.
WHAT TO DO
Port Lincoln has great beaches, great views and great weather…there’s no wonder Port Lincoln is such a popular holiday destination.
The Tunarama Festival is a bizarre celebration in respect of the towns Tuna industry. During the Australia Day long weekend, tuna-lovers participate in activities such as a tuna toss, keg rolls, camel rides, talent quests, magic acts and sideshow alleys.
For those feeling a little more adventurous, go swimming within centimeters of the ferocious Great White Shark. Of course Calypso Star Charter will make sure you’re safe in a sturdy cage, but the sheer monstrosity of the crazy beast will still hit hard. Just make sure to keep one eye open.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit Port Lincoln is during March, May and November.
A local bus service runs through the town regularly and rental cars are available.
Rex Airlines and QantasLink frequent daily between Port Lincoln and Adelaide. The flight is about 45 minutes. Travelling by car takes approximately 7 hours from Adelaide.
Shark diving Port Lincoln appears in as many nightmares as it does bucket lists. Alissa Jenkins finds out that diving with great whites is confronting… but not for the reasons you’d expect. "I tried to gouge his eyes out, which made him loosen his jaws, but as I attempted to push myself away my hand disappeared back into his mouth. Before he could bite my hand off I pulled it back, ripping it across the teeth – I received 97 stitches in that hand, with only one tendon left.” This is the story of Rodney Fox – the South Australian...
Score: 7.82 This is that bucket list item that you haven’t had the nerve to tick off yet, but is an absolute once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “If you want to be amazed and terrified at the same time, then this is not to be missed”, agrees Suzanne Medway AM. Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions in Port Lincoln were the first Australian operators to offer cage diving with sharks in 1976, so you know you’re in good hands when you’re staring into those beady eyes from the bottom of the ocean floor. (Our palms are sweating as we write this.) From $995 per person,...
So this one’s not for everyone. But for the adventurous or the merely curious (and very brave), being immersed into their world may just bring a new understanding of great white sharks and their place in the grand scheme of nature. While we’ve been taught to view these magnificent beasts as blood-hungry predators – which, well, they kind of are – they remain sorely misunderstood and feared in a way that goes far beyond the threat they actually pose. Kids and non-adrenalin junkies can watch from the safety of the boat. Port Lincoln is the place to go for cage...
AT's guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays Port Lincoln Why do we rate it? The self-proclaimed seafood capital has plenty more to offer holidaymakers, from pristine beaches to bush walks on the Eyre Peninsula. Where is it? 630km from Adelaide, Port Lincoln is a 7hr 30min drive west (with a ferry ride) across Lucky Bay. Where to stay Right on the beach, Port Lincoln Tourist Park offers 50 cabins and camping sites spread across 30 acres. The McKechnie Springs Farmstay is 15 minutes from town and sits on 2700 acres of farmland. The quiet cottage,...
Experience No.047 in Australian Traveller's 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences Coffin Bay oysters are the Faberge eggs of molluscs. No finer example of a plump, juicy, Pacific bivalve exists anywhere else on the planet. From their protected bay on the west coast of SA’s Eyre Peninsula, they are sought in every decent restaurant across the land and command much higher prices than their inferior competitors. “Everything at Coffin Bay is pristine and excellent. The passionate producers deliver an exquisite product.” – Alla Wolf-Tasker To slide a top-grade Coffin Bay oyster into your mouth is oral ecstasy and, once had, never...
Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Located near Port Lincoln on the Southern end of the Eyre Peninsula, Tanonga’s Ridge Site Luxury Eco Lodge is the perfect hideaway for nature lovers seeking peace, quiet and a chance to uninterruptedly appreciate the great outdoors. Perched on top of a hill with panoramic views stretching over 500 acres of privately owned property and out to the gleaming ocean beyond, visitors can enjoy the scenery, the thriving bird and wildlife in the area and long walks through the native forest in total solitude. The lodge is solar-powered, built using natural materials,...
On the tip of SA’s Eyre Peninsula, Port Lincoln’s livelihood is the tuna industry. But make no mistake, the 14,000-strong town deals in more than just that particular fishy gold: sharks are on the menu too. Popular with visitors for its once-in-a-lifetime status, tourists here actually pay to go underwater and see this apex predator up close. Luckily they feed their sharks well, since snorkelling with playful sea lions might otherwise mean you’re on today’s menu. “Galloped onto the tourist map on the back of Melbourne cup winner Makybe Diva, and thank God for the victory. Wild, bountiful, geographically diverse,...
DIVE WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS There can be few practices as health-endangeringly dubious as dropping into the ocean and offering yourself up as bait for a Great White Shark. Whilst Jaws may have been a somewhat vilifying representation, let’s not beat around the bush here; Great Whites find humanity’s claim to the top spot on the food chain entirely risible. Those teeth are clearly not designed for ruminating on large amounts of grass, and if we’re offered up on a plate they’re not going to turn the feed down because we don’t come with a nice rocket salad....
You can swim in the pens of Tuna being farmed off Port Linoln in South Australia. On the way back from long-haul fishing trips, Matt Waller used to jump into his boat’s tow-cage and float about with the tuna. He remembers thinking what an amazingly different experience that was. Now he’s a partner in an extraordinary venture that brings that experience to the public. Since Boxing Day 2006, perhaps 1000 people have hopped aboard Calypso Star Charters in Port Lincoln SA for a unique Sea Farm Tour and the chance to swim with schools of Southern Bluefin Tuna – some...
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