The Eyre Peninsula is located between Port Augusta
and Ceduna and is bordered by the Spencer Gulf on the east and the Southern Ocean on the west. The peninsula is comprised of seaside holiday towns, calm bays and stunning coastline in the Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Parks and along the Great Australian Bight.
Travelling southwest from Port Augusta the first port of call along the Eyre Peninsula is Whyalla, a coastal city known for its heavy hand in the steel and ship building industries. The regional centre is rich in maritime history associated with BHP which can be explored further at the local museum. Whyalla’s waterways are a recreational playground, kite surfing and fishing being popular here. Each Easter long weekend the Australian Snapper Championships are held here and anglers flock from all over to fish for the region’s famous Big Red Snapper. Another unique attraction here is the annual spawning of giant cuttlefish between May and August, when divers and snorkellers can observe thousands of them putting on a colourful show.
Cowell is 106km on and is recognised as one of the Eyre Peninsula's and state’s premier fishing destinations. Located on its own natural harbour the seaside township specialises in commercial fishing and farming oysters. Blue swimmer crabs are a popular catch off the jetty or scooping the shallows and in the unlikely event you have bad luck, there is plenty of fresh seafood for sale at the local oyster shed. Cowell has two harbourside caravan and cabin parks, a 7 day supermarket, bakery and hotel.
Port Gibbon is 20km from Cowell. With just a beachside free camp and a few fishing shacks it makes a nice stopover to relax, enjoy the beach and wet a line. Yellowtail Whiting are a popular catch here. Toilet facilities and a shower recess (to hang portable shower) are provided here and although the camp is free donations are appreciated for upkeep.
Arno Bay is 30km on and is another fishing village attracting keen anglers. It is home to the Cleanseas on-shore fish breeding facility, breeding Yellowtail Kingfish and Mulloway. Recreational anglers are hooking up big fish here on and offshore. Fishing charters can be arranged with locals to get the best chance of pulling in that prize catch. The town has a foreshore tourist park, supermarket, newsagent, post office, hotel and bowling club.
Port Neill is 32km on and boasts a sweeping arc of white sands and crystal clear water. The town foreshore is a beautiful place to set up for the day and enjoy the beach and barbeque and picnic facilities, not to mention the bay view. Port Neill has a caravan park, general store, hotel, post office, bowling club and excellent boat launching facilities.
Tumby Bay is 40km further south and is one of the larger seaside towns on the Eyre Peninsula. Enjoying long stretches of beaches, calm waters and good fishing this is another great escape on the South Australian coastline. The town has plenty of shopping options and a variety of accommodation, including a foreshore caravan park.
Port Lincoln is located at the bottom of the Eyre Peninsula, 46km along, on the shores of Boston Bay. The large regional centre is not only the capital of the peninsula but the seafood capital of Australia. Known for large scale commercial fishing, particularly Tuna, Whiting and Crustaceans, Port Lincoln is also popular with recreational fishermen. The seaside hub of the Eyre Peninsula sports a picturesque foreshore in the town centre, great swimming beaches, bayside winery, maritime museum, plenty of shopping and accommodation options and the opportunity to swim with Tuna and cage dive with Great White Sharks.
Port Lincoln is also the gateway to Lincoln National Park, which is just 10km south of town at the end of the Eyre Peninsula. The park is easily explored in a day and offers calm bay beaches, rugged coastal cliffs and limestone formations, four-wheel driving, bushwalking, camping and pristine wilderness. All this is just a short drive from town and part of the Port Lincoln experience.
On the lower western side of the Eyre Peninsula is Coffin Bay. Overlooking Port Douglas this gorgeous township is big in the aquaculture and commercial fishing industries. There is an abundance of oyster beds throughout the bay growing the well known Coffin Bay Oyster and divers and fishermen catch an array of seafood including abalone, scallops, crayfish and shark. Recreational fishermen and boating enthusiasts will love Coffin Bay with its great fishing, water sports, safe swimming and excellent boat launching facilities. The bay is a beautiful and relaxing holiday location with adequate shopping facilities, restaurants, caravan park and beachside holiday apartments, fishing charters and of course fresh seafood.
Just west of Coffin Bay is the Coffin Bay National Park, offering stunning coastal scenery and a fabulous drive. Accessible via Jubilee Drive, off the Esplanade in town, two-wheel drives can venture 18km into the park as far as Point Avoid. North of Yangie Bay, on the Coffin Bay Peninsula, is slow going four-wheel driving where tyres need to be deflated and tidal activity must be researched as beach driving is required to reach Point Sir Isaac at the tip of the peninsula. The two-wheel drive section sees some magnificent beaches and coastal cliffs, the highlights being Golden Island, Point Avoid and Avoid Bay. Park entry fees of $8.50 per vehicle apply as do camping fees. Camping is restricted to Yangie Bay in the southern section and there are several designated sites in the north of the park, which is a popular surfing and fishing area.
Some 40km north of Coffin Bay is Lake Greenly and a spectacular lookout not to be missed. The Cummings Monument offers lake and ocean views either side. The coastal cliffs and headlands bordering the brilliant blue ocean are postcard perfect.
About 57km on is Sheringa Beach. The access road is just north of the general store, where camping permits of $7 per vehicle per night are available. The 10km unsealed road leads to a small camp ground, about 7km on, near a lake and magnificent sand dunes. Climbing the dunes finds superb scenery and plenty of fun can be had on the way back down. About 1km further is the coast and another camping area. The beach is beautiful and anglers catch Whiting, Salmon, Snapper and Groper off the beach and rocks here. The end of the track sees some stunning Eyre Peninsula coastline as far as the eye can see. This is a fabulous place to camp, fish, relax and explore.
Some 20km on along Flinders Hwy is Locks Well. The scenery here is stunning and the beach is known for its fabulous fishing. The prize catch here is the Western Salmon. This is a day use area only, camping is prohibited.
Elliston is 20km further and the ideal town to base your camp if chasing Salmon at Locks Well. Situated on Waterloo Bay, Elliston has two caravan parks, numerous shops, a community hall covered in murals, beautiful beaches and a magnificent coastal tourist drive.
The Great Ocean Tourist Drive around the coastal cliffs of Anxious Bay is very scenic. Beautiful rugged cliffs, brilliant blue water, interesting sculptures and beautiful beaches make a very enjoyable circuit.
20km north of Elliston is Colton. The appeal here is the Colton Roadside Bakery which woodfires breads and rolls fresh daily. The self serve system seems to work and you can choose from a selection of different breads, providing there’s still plenty left, and pay in the honesty box provided. The products are fresh and delicious and reasonably priced too.
Talia Caves are 18km on. The Woolshed Cave shows evident limestone erosion along the cave roof, forming an elongated cave. The colourful combination of granite and limestone gives it a unique and attractive appeal.
Further on is The Tub
, created by a former cave’s limestone roof being eroded and eventually collapsing altogether. The cave entrance is blocked off and forms a deep bowl 60-70 feet deep, hence named The Tub.
About 10km further is Camel Beach, just south of Venus Bay. This beautiful stretch of coastline is known for good fishing throughout the year. Salmon, Mullet and Tommie Ruffs are the predominant catches here.
Venus Bay is just 5km on and is another of the Eyre Peninsula’s beautiful bays and popular holiday destinations. The fish are always biting here, there is a fish cleaning station and caravan park on the foreshore and the town has a licensed general store.
Venturing off the beaten track some 22km north of Port Kenny is an unsealed road which further explores the coastline and the unique inland granite boulders known as Murphys Haystacks. The unusual shaped rocks are located on private property on Benarber Rd towards Baird Bay and a small entry donation applies.
Baird Bay is a small seaside community offering holiday homes, villas and a bush camp ground. There are no shops here. Sea Lion and Dolphin swimming and sightseeing tours depart from here and fishing is a popular pastime. Four-wheel driving and quad biking are permitted on the beach.
Point Labatt is home to a permanent Sea Lion colony on the mainland. The intriguing creatures can be viewed from a lookout platform just 50m from the carpark. There are Sea Lions of all ages in the colony, the females weighing up to 120kg and the males a whopping 400kg.
North towards Streaky Bay is the beautiful Sceale Bay
. Stark white sand borders the crystal clear aqua waters of the bay which is a scenic delight. There is a boat ramp here and a bush camp with toilet facilities not far from the beach. Sceale Bay is a peaceful location where you can swim and fish and just enjoy time at the beach.
The Westall Way Loop north of Sceale Bay offers some magnificent Eyre Peninsula scenery. Beautiful beaches, rugged coastal cliffs, prominent headlands and granite boulders are waiting to be explored on this fabulous drive. Camping is permitted at Tractor Beach and The Granites.
Streaky Bay is a gorgeous beachside town and a great place to relax by the beach and is the perfect stop over before or after travelling across the Nullarbor. The area is renowned for its fabulous fishing, in particular Schnapper and King George Whiting. Blue Swimmer Crabs are also caught during the summer months and Razor Fish (similar to Scallops) can be found upon low tide all year round. Oyster farms are also plentiful around Streaky Bay and can be enjoyed by the dozen for only a portion of the regular cost. Streaky Bay really is a seafood haven and all sorts of fresh local catch are available to enjoy.
The Cape Bauer Loop north of Streaky Bay is a spectacular drive exploring the Great Australian Bight, Hallys Beach, Whistling Rock and The Blowholes. The rugged coastline along the bight is simply stunning.
is 70km on from Streaky and is another gorgeous calm bay with crystal clear water. Fishing in the bay and from the jetty is a popular activity as is catching blue swimmer crabs. The jetty has a protected swimming area with a pontoon for families to enjoy. Smoky Bay has a foreshore caravan park, licensed general store and plenty of oysters for sale.
Laura Bay Conservation Park is 20km on and offers beach and rock fishing, four-wheel driving, swimming and camping. Sandy cove is particularly pretty with its crisp white sand and blue-green water. Camping permits are required here and pets are prohibited.
Ceduna lies on the far northwest of the Eyre Peninsula and is the last main stop before crossing the Nullarbor. The large seaside town on Murat Bay has several caravan parks, great shopping and is the ideal place to restock and refuel before continuing west or coming from there. Note all fruit and vegetables are prohibited across the WA/SA border. Manned fruit fly inspection stations are located at Ceduna for traffic heading east and at Eucla for those heading west.
The Eyre Peninsula is one of South Australia’s scenic delights. The magnificent varying coastline of calm picturesque bays, stark white beaches and rugged limestone cliffs is an absolute pleasure to explore. Top marks for Eyre Peninsula and the South Australian coastline.
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