Port Lincoln is the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia, home to the country’s largest commercial fishing fleet and renowned for its southern bluefin tuna, King George whiting, Western King prawns and Southern Rock lobster.
Situated on Boston Bay – one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world and three times the size of Sydney Harbour – Port Lincoln offers visitors a myriad of unique experiences, both on and off the water, including 4wd tours, culinary experiences, fishing and aquatic activities on Boston Bay, swimming with tuna and sealions and exploring the area’s sheltered beaches and booming surf beaches.
Port Lincoln is also the departure point for one of Australia’s most breathtaking experiences, diving with the Great White Sharks.
Boasting some of the most sought after seafood in the world Port Lincoln is a culinary tourist’s dream. With award winning restaurants and the ability to experience the food journey from product to plate.
Since the first settlers arrived in 1839 aboard the ships Abeona, Dorset and Porter, Port Lincoln has developed into a well-serviced, welcoming seaside city. In fact, had there been more fresh water, Port Lincoln might have become the capital of South Australia.
Shopping, accommodation and dining options range from budget to luxury.
The city also offers excellent sporting and recreational facilities, including yachting, go-karting, horseracing, windsurfing, golfing, skin diving, kayaking, kite surfing, paddle boarding and surfing.
Things To Do
Axel Stenross Maritime Museum
Centred on the original boat building workshop and home of the late Axel Stenross - a Finnish boat builder who set up a boat building business in Port Lincoln in the late 1920s - this maritime museum features relics and artefacts of the windjammer era, including an extensive collection of early maritime photographs. The museum still retains a working slipway and blacksmith shop, and souvenirs are available. Located on the Lincoln Highway entrance to Port Lincoln, the museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9.30am to 4.30pm; and Saturday and public holidays from 1pm to 4.30pm. Other times by appointment, phone (08) 8682 1291.
The Memorial is a stark reminder of the dangers of working at sea. From the days of the Vikings to today’s high-tech fishing fleets, life at sea has always been dangerous. Symbolic of this is Port Lincoln’s Fishermen’s Memorial sculptured by Marijan Bekic to depict the anguish of families and friends who’ve lost loved ones. The front of the sculpture represents families left behind and the other side represents mourning embraced in waves and fish. Adjacent to the Marina Hotel.
Dreamtime Rainbow Rock
Discover the world of rainbow opal matrix, genuine opal in a host stone, mined at the Andamooka opal fields in South Australia - the only known source of rainbow opal matrix in the world. Now an authorised ‘Australian Made’ store, visitors can choose from a huge selection of beautiful colours and an extensive range of handcrafted pendants, key rings and souvenirs. They make the perfect gift for family and friends, and the ideal memento of your visit to Eyre Peninsula. Refer to advert on page 52
Kuju Aboriginal Art Gallery and Workshop
This art workshop has authentic Aboriginal art and crafts for sale, including small craft items, jewellery and silk canvas paintings. The artists work on the site so visitors often get to meet them, view their artwork and ask questions. Located at 30 Ravendale Road. Refer to advert on page 52
Boasting 600 rose bushes and many varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and annuals, the garden is a great spot to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Devonshire tea, homemade cakes and coffee are available, or browse the range of emu oils, cosmetics and products, crafts and souvenirs. Lunch is available by appointment and barbecue or picnic areas are available. Located at Little Swamp Lane via Winters Hill. Coaches and large groups by appointment. Refer to advert on page 52
Constantia Designer Craftsmen
One of only six firms in the world to be a fully accredited member of the International Guild of Master Craftsmen, Constantia was commissioned to design and build the table for the House of Representatives and the Hansard Table, the main table for Parliament House in Canberra. The workshop is Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with guided tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Weekend and larger group bookings by appointment only. Located at Proper Bay Road, phone (08) 8682 3977, www.constantia.com.au.
Featuring quality arts and crafts, including pottery, knits, jewellery, embroidery, cards, watercolours, oil, pastel, mixed medium and more. Works by Marilyn Mayne are also exhibited. Located at 14 King Street (opposite Hilton Motel), a five minute walk from the Post Office. Open 12.30pm to 4.30pm, seven days. Phone (08) 8682 2271.
Mikkira Station & Koala Park
Settled in 1842, Mikkira Station is a significant part of early European settlement on the lower Eyre Peninsula. The restored original homestead, stonewalls and old bulb garden make pleasant walks, as do the extensive native vegetation areas. Mikkira is well-known for its abundant and varied birdlife, including Port Lincoln Ringneck Parrots and free-ranging koalas can be found in the rough-barked Manna Gums. The large picnic and camping area is great for tents and caravans, and a shelter shed, toilets and showers are provided. Located on Fishery Bay Road, entry is by permit. The owner lives on the property, and guided tours can be arranged - phone (08) 8685 6020.
Koppio Smithy Museum
See Tumby Bay.
Port Lincoln Golf Club
A magnificent 18-hole course set over 5,807metres featuring beautiful grass greens and fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Hand buggies, clubs and golf carts are available for hire. Visitors welcome. Phone (08) 8682 1352 for more information. The Golf Club also hosts an annual Golf and Seafood Week .
Port Lincoln is the hometown of Tony Santic - the owner of three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva. A life-sized bronze statue of the champion - the only horse to win the Melbourne Cup for three consecutive years - can be found on the city’s foreshore. The work of local artist Ken Martin, the statue took nine months, working seven days a week to complete.
First Landing Site
A short walk from the Axel Stenross Museum is a monument that commemorates the landing site of the first settlers. The freshwater spring that initially attracted Port Lincoln’s early settlers can still be seen bubbling up through the sand. A monument has been erected to commemorate this link with the past.
Lincoln National Park
Civic Hall Gallery
A diverse and innovative program of travelling exhibitions from all over Australia can be found at the Walter Nicholls Memorial Gallery and Rotary Gallery. The display spaces change every four to six weeks and are often accompanied by educational and social activities. Works created by local artists are sold at the Gallery Shop on Tasman Terrace - it is open daily from 10am to 4pm, except Sundays and public holidays when it’s open 1pm to 4pm.
Featuring some of the most accessible and ruggedly beautiful coastal scenery in South Australia, Whaler’s Way is a wonderland of cliffs, blowholes, crevasses, caves and golden beaches. A photographer’s paradise, this is the southern-most tip of Eyre Peninsula. A campground is located at Redbanks - the 400metre walk to the beach is worth the effort. Unsealed roads that are subject to weather conditions suitable for 4WD vehicles, visitors should note this area is private property - permits and keys are available from Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.
RSL Military Memorabilia Display
Developed to allow those who suffered the horrors of war to remember, and to help their families and friends understand a little of the hardships experienced during wartime activities, this ever-changing display includes artefacts, medals, original documents, uniforms, photographs and paintings, models and replicas. Located at 14 Hallet Place, phone (08) 8682 6229.
Mill Cottage Museum
Mill Cottage Museum features artefacts from the early days of Port Lincoln and houses an extensive collection of Amy Bishop’s watercolours. The granddaughter of one of Port Lincoln’s earliest settlers Captain John Bishop - who ran the first store in town and had extensive land holdings - Amy lived in the cottage from 1937 to 1963. Located in beautiful Flinders Park, which has barbecues, picnic tables, a playground and toilets. The National Trust museum is open Wednesday from 10am to 2pm, Sunday from 2pm to 4pm or by prior arrangement - phone (08) 8682 1098. Closed to the public June, July and August.
Settler’s Cottage Museum
Constructed of local, hand-cut ‘Duck Pond’ stone, this museum houses a collection of local history memorabilia and complements nearby Mill Cottage Museum. It’s also located in Flinders Park and is open every Sunday from September to June 2pm to 4.30pm or by appointment - phone (08) 8682 3975.
Tod Reservoir Museum & Picnic Area
An initiative of the former Engineering and Water Supply Department, this free heritage display tells the fascinating story of Eyre Peninsula’s water supply from the commencement of the Tod Reservoir water scheme in 1918 to the current day. Next to the Museum is a lawned picnic area with gazebo shelters, coin-operated barbecues, children’s playground and a free tennis court open seven days. Located off White Flat Road, northwest of Poonindie. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm (closed on public holidays).
M.B. Kotz Collection of Stationary Engines
A fascinating collection of stationary engines and early farm equipment, many of which have been restored to full operating condition. Located at 24 Baltimore Street, it is open 9am to 9pm. Phone 0428 837 884 or (08) 8683 0349 for more information.
Housed in the original Port Lincoln Railway Station, the museum displays a collection of history, tools and artefacts associated with rail history on Eyre Peninsula. Open Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 1pm – 4pm. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day. Closed Saturdays in June, July and August. Phone (08) 8684-3647 or (08) 8682-2914 for more information.
Views, Lookouts & Picnic Spots
Winter Hill Lookout
Boasting an uninterrupted view of the city, Lincoln Cove, Boston Bay, Lincoln National Park, Boston Island, Whaler’s Way, Thistle Island and the wind turbines at Cathedral Rocks, this is one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal panoramas. Located 5km west of Port Lincoln on the Flinders Highway.
Puckridge Park Lookout
Overlooking a natural bush setting in the foreground; the city, silo complex, jetties and fishing fleet in the middle distance; and Boston Island and Lincoln National Park in the distance. Located in Angas Street.
The Old Mill
Located in Dorset Place, this historic site was built as a flour mill in 1846 but never commenced operation. It has a beautiful view of Port Lincoln and Boston Bay and is within walking distance of the city centre.
Stock up on local food and wine and head for one of Port Lincoln’s delightful picnic spots. The following are established picnic areas with some facilities:
- Brinkworth Reserve at Winter Hill - featuring electric and wood barbecues, toilet facilities, a playground and walking trails through natural bushland. A small fee applies plus key deposit - key available from Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre
- Lions Picnic Reserve - wood burning barbecues, toilet facilities
- Surfleet Cove - wood burning barbecues, toilet facilities (check fire ban regulations)
- Foreshore - free electric barbecues, toilet facilities near yacht club and town jetty
- Flinders Park - barbecues and toilet facilities
- Billy Light’s Point - barbecues and toilet facilities
Scenic Drives and Walking Trails
Koppio Smithy Museum & Tod Reservoir
Presenting a different perspective of the lower Eyre Peninsula, this drive takes in the scenic Koppio Hills. From Port Lincoln, drive past historic Boston House and the old Poonindie Mission Church, then leave the Highway and travel through White Flat to Tod Reservoir, stopping at the museum. Return to Port Lincoln via Louth Bay and North Shields. Refer to advert on page 44
Investigator and Parnkalla Trails
The Investigator Trail begins at North Shields, continues through Port Lincoln to Lincoln National Park and incorporates the Parnkalla Trail. Winding its way around the edges of Port Lincoln’s breathtakingly beautiful natural harbour, the Parnkalla Trail carries the name of the Aboriginal people whose dreaming was intertwined with Port Lincoln. Travelling through natural bushland, the trail offers good birdwatching opportunities and flora to discover. For more information contact the Port Lincoln Visitor Centre.
A five-day celebration for the whole family, Tunarama showcases the region’s art, music, people and surroundings. A highlight is the world-famous Tuna Toss Competition, as well as the various competitions and events that attract big prize money. During the festival, Port Lincoln’s picturesque foreshore is transformed into a bustling alley of stalls, sideshows, rides and entertainment. Popular events include the fireworks spectacular, Gala Awards ceremony, street parade, sand sculpturing competition, slippery pole, boat building and much more.
EP Farmer & Fishermens Market
Sample fresh Eyre Peninsula seafood prepared by local chefs; meet and sample the wares of the region’s oyster, tuna, kingfish, shellfish, abalone, lamb, goat and pork producers; or simply relax with a coffee or glass of wine while watching the yachts sail into Boston Bay at the completion of the Adelaide to Lincoln Yacht Race. Held outside the Port Lincoln Hotel, this popular market is a must.