Port Lincoln is located 600km west of Adelaide
on the Eyre Peninsula
. Situated on the shores of Boston Bay the large regional centre is not only the capital of the peninsula but the seafood capital of Australia
It is known for large scale commercial fishing, particularly Tuna, Whiting and Crustaceans. The multi-million dollar industry sees enormous catches of Southern Bluefin Tuna, King George Whiting, Southern Rock Lobsters and Western King Prawns. Local aquaculture farms grow Abalone, Mussels and Oysters in the waters surrounding the Eyre Peninsula. Seafood is always readily available here, fresh from the seafood outlets or cooked to perfection in the local restaurants.
Port Lincoln is also popular with recreational fishermen. There are many jetties here, town jetty on the foreshore being a popular spot. The town has excellent boat launching facilities at the marina for offshore anglers and there are many good rock fishing areas on the outskirts of town and in the national parks. Popular catches include Whiting, Squid, Salmon, Snapper and Tommy Ruffs.
Port Lincoln is famous for catching fish and for swimming with them. Unique experiences on offer are “Swimming with the Tuna” and “Cage Diving with the Great Whites”. The tamer Tuna experience departs daily at 10am and 1pm from the Lincoln Cove Marina and a 15 minute boat ride transports you to the viewing platform and enclosure where you suit up and jump in with the fish. You can swim, observe and touch a variety of fish on this 2.5 hour experience.
The braver experience is with the Great White Sharks. Departing from the marina at 7am daily, the all day event cruises to the Neptune Islands and this is where the real excitement begins. Each adventurist gets a 45 minute stint underwater in a steel cage up close and personal with these predators of the sea. Lunch and refreshments are provided and in the unlikely event of not viewing the sharks a 50% refund is applicable.
Fish aside, this town sports a picturesque foreshore with safe and calm swimming beaches, grass and shade, barbeque and picnic facilities, close vicinity to eateries and a prominent statue of the three time Melbourne Cup winner, Makybe Diva.
Shelley Beach is another nice beach with pleasant surroundings. Located off Power Terrace the quieter beach with crystal clear waters and granite boulders is a great place to relax and enjoy the view, swim and fish, especially on a warm day.
Another place blessed with views is Boston Bay Wines on Lincoln Hwy 6km north of town. The seaside vineyard offers delightful views as you sample local reds and whites from the cellar door or dine on local seafood in the restaurant. The cellar door is open daily between 12pm and 4pm.
Maritime history can be explored at the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum on Lincoln Hwy at the town’s northern entrance. The old boat building workshop features the history of boating and whaling on the Eyre Peninsula and old maritime relics and photographs. The museum is open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday between 9.30am and 4.30pm and on public holidays from 1pm.
Port Lincoln is also the gateway to Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Parks, which are both worth exploring. The parks are small in size and big on scenery and can easily be explored in a day, making great day trips from Port Lincoln or alternatively you can camp in either national park.
Port Lincoln is a popular South Australian holiday destination especially appealing to anglers, but offering a bit of something for everyone. The fish are here, the beaches are here, the fresh seafood is here and the adrenalin rush can be here if you want it! You just have to face Jaws head on!
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