Tour Description

Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula

Six Days: 14th – 19th November 2019

Twin Share: $2295 per person. Sole Use: $2695 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

Known in South Australia as the ‘seafood capital’, the riches of the Eyre Peninsula extend beyond its produce, to the stunning beauty of the area. From calm swimming beaches and sheltered bays to towering coastal cliffs, the Eyre Peninsula has so much to offer. We visit some of the delightful seaside towns dotted along the peninsula and see many of the wonderful natural features to be found here. The highlights on this tour include a cruise on Boston Bay, quality accommodation at the fabulous Port Lincoln Hotel and the spectacular scenery of Coffin Bay National Park.

 

Day One – THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2019

(includes light lunch and three course dinner)

Departing this morning after completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), we travel north through Dublin, Port Wakefield and Snowtown, stopping for morning tea along the way.

We come to Port Pirie on the east coast of the Spencer Gulf and this town is part of the ‘Iron Triangle’ with Port Augusta and Whyalla. The smelter here has been operational for over 125 years and has recently gone through a significant redevelopment to ensure its sustainable future. We’ll stop in Port Pirie to enjoy a light lunch.

Refreshed we continue to Port Augusta, a seaport and railway junction city at the top end of the Spencer Gulf. We have a comfort stop here and a chance to stretch our legs before beginning our descent down the western side of the gulf in the afternoon.

Whyalla, the third most populous city in South Australia, is known as the ‘Steel City’ due to its integrated steelworks and ship building heritage. Our accommodation tonight is at Whyalla Foreshore Motor Inn (Ph. 08 8645 8877) where we have time to relax before our dinner together.

 

Day Two – FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

After breakfast we continue our journey south along the Lincoln Highway, stopping at the coastal town of Cowell on Franklin Harbour, a lovely spot for our morning tea.

There is no escaping the beauty of this peninsula as we set off down the coast once more, driving through farming land, coastal scrub and into some of the many tranquil bays. We travel through Port Neill, a picturesque holiday town that offers protected beaches with beautiful white sands and aquamarine seas.

Another Eyre Peninsula holiday destination is Tumby Bay. The sheltered bay boasts predominantly white, sandy beaches, on which the town itself is situated, as well as towering cliffs to the south. We take a small detour off the main road to stop in at this charming little town for lunch and while here, we’ll stop to look at their silo art.

Rather than travel the highway, we will detour this afternoon and head further inland to  Koppio, home to the Koppio Smithy Museum. Part of the National Trust, the museum features the original buildings of the blacksmith, one-teacher school house, tailor shop, bank, post office and much more.  There is a unique collection of Aboriginal artefacts for us to see and we learn how hard the early settlers worked, as we wander through the Seedtime and Harvest Exhibit.

We’ll journey past the Tod Reservoir before returning to the highway and travelling along the coast to reach our destination for today, Port Lincoln.

Our accommodation for the next three nights is at the Port Lincoln Hotel (Ph. 08 8621 2000), ideally located on the foreshore of Boston Bay.  We can unpack and settle into our rooms before coming together for a delicious three course dinner.

 

Day Three – SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Boston Bay is one of the world’s largest protected natural harbours, stretching from the tip of the Port Lincoln National Park to Point Boston. This magnificent bay covers an area more than three and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour! The town of Port Lincoln was discovered by Matthew Flinders while under his commission by the British Admiralty to chart Australia’s unexplored coastline. He arrived in Boston Bay in February 1802 and named the area Port Lincoln after his native Lincolnshire in England.

This morning a local guide joins us for a tour of the area, which was initially considered as the site for South Australia’s capital before Adelaide was chosen. We view the massive grain silos and hear all about the multi million dollar fishing industry for which Port Lincoln is renowned.  After farewelling our guide, we enjoy our morning tea on the beautiful foreshore, before heading off to discover some of the beautiful seafood of the area.

The Fresh Fish Place is Port Lincoln’s leading fish processing factory. We embark on a seafood-lover’s guided tour where visitors can learn how local fish are filleted and may even get the chance to see experienced staff opening oysters or scallops. We also have the opportunity to sample a variety of tantalising products. There may be smoked fish on offer, marinated calamari, octopus or soused scallops. We will also enjoy a delicious fish and chip lunch following our tour!

After lunch we visit another of Port Lincoln’s popular attractions. Axel Stenross is the waterfront maritime museum celebrating the life of Finnish boat builders Axel Stenross and Frank Laakso, who came to Port Lincoln in 1927. The museum has a wealth of interesting and amazing marine items and information on the history of Port Lincoln, with indoor and outdoor displays, including an operating slipway, historic vessels and a blacksmith shop. There is a large photographic collection, complete with touch screens that provide access to information about many vessels that came to Port Lincoln.

We have some free time during the afternoon to explore the main street of the town before we return to our hotel to relax before dinner.

 

Day Four – SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, picnic lunch and three course dinner)

We have a delightful day ahead of us today.

After a hearty breakfast, we cross the base of the Eyre Peninsula to Coffin Bay, located on one of the most beautiful estuaries in Australia. This area offers unparalleled scenic views of vast expanses of meandering waterways with bays, channels and inlets.

The town of Coffin Bay is near the entrance to the National Park, which surrounds the township and is well-known for its bird life and remote coastal scenery.

We visit the spectacular Coffin Bay National Park with its diversity of landscapes. A number of lookouts around the park provide great views over sheltered inlets and bays or in other cases, the pounding surf of the Southern Ocean. We will make the most of our visit, finding the perfect location to stop for morning tea and admire our beautiful surrounds.

On our return to Port Lincoln, we enjoy a picnic lunch before experiencing another of the highlights of our tour.

We board Adventure Bay Charters for a relaxing cruise on Boston Bay, taking in the canals of the Lincoln Cove Marina, Porter Bay, Port Lincoln National Park and Boston Island. Weather permitting, we may also see the local Sea Lion colony.

Following our cruise, we return to our comfortable accommodation to relax before coming together for our last dinner here in Port Lincoln.

 

Day Five – MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

We farewell our hosts in Port Lincoln this morning to begin our journey back along the eastern side of the Eyre Peninsula.

Passing Tumby Bay and Port Neill, we make our way to the peaceful fishing town of Arno Bay. Our morning tea is enjoyed in this sheltered spot before we leave the shores of the Spencer Gulf and travel inland along a different route  on our way back to Port Augusta.

We reach Kimba, situated at the northern edge of Eyre Peninsula’s vast grain growing belt. Kimba is the centre of a major wheat growing area and the site of one of South Australia’s largest inland grain terminals.

Continuing east along the Eyre Highway we can see evidence of iron ore mining as we approach Iron Knob. It was named because of the proximity to large deposits of iron ore, which outcropped prominently from the surrounding landscape. Over 20% of the steel required for the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was quarried at Iron Knob. We pause to stretch our legs before continuing our journey today.

Our accommodation for the last night of our tour is at the Standpipe Gulf Motor Inn, Port Augusta (Ph. 08 8642 4033).

 

Day Six – TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2019

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

As we head for home today we travel south down the Spencer Gulf to Port Pirie, South Australia’s first proclaimed provincial city.  We stop to enjoy our morning tea in one of the parks in this friendly city.

By late morning we arrive in Port Broughton, a small town located at the northern extent of the Yorke Peninsula and the east coast of Spencer Gulf.  Its proximity to Adelaide has made it a popular holiday destination, with the number of people in the town swelling over four times the usual population during the summer holidays.  After spending some time looking around, we continue to Kadina.

Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta are the three ‘Copper Triangle’ towns, famous for their shared copper mining history.  We enjoy our lunch here in the largest town of the Yorke Peninsula before beginning the last leg of our journey home.

Travelling the Copper Coast Highway through Port Wakefield, we reach Two Wells where we pause for a comfort stop.  Back on board the sights become more familiar as we head towards Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

We begin returning people home after a wonderful holiday on the Eyre Peninsula, a place rich with natural resources, wildlife and stunning beauty.