Tour Description

Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula

(South Coast Departure)
Six Days: 21st – 26th March 2021

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 quaint seaside towns dotted along the peninsula, take in the spectacular scenery of Coffin Bay National Park and cruise beautiful Boston Bay, plus much more. Join us as we enjoy the impressive landscapes and wonderful hospitality of the Eyre Peninsula communities.

 

Day One – SUNDAY 21 MARCH 2021

(includes light lunch and two course dinner)

We depart this morning at approximately 8am after home pick ups*. While settling in and becoming acquainted with those around us we quickly leave the coast behind. After a comfort stop, we take the Southern Expressway and make our way through Adelaide to our morning tea stop at Two Wells. From here, we travel through Port Wakefield, following Highway One as we venture north.

The morning’s travel brings us to our light lunch at Port Pirie, on the east coast of the Spencer Gulf. 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 – MONDAY 22 MARCH 2021

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

From Whyalla we continue our journey south along the Lincoln Highway, stopping at the seaside town of Cowell on Franklin Harbour, a lovely spot for our morning tea. Well known for its fishing, Cowell is also home to one of the oldest and largest jade deposits in the world. While here, we’ll take a moment to appreciate the town’s silo art. Completed in 2019, it features local celebrity Lionel Deer and his camel, who have featured in the Cowell Christmas Pageant for over 30 years!

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, before travelling on to Tumby Bay. As it’s name suggests, the town is situated on a sheltered bay and boasts stunning beaches, as well as towering cliffs to the south. We’ll enjoy a drive along the foreshore and stop to experience the wonderful hospitality of this charming town over lunch. Before departing, we’ll also stop at the silo mural. The work of Argentinean artist Martin Ron, this mural was completed in 2018 after 400 hours work and 430 litres of paint!

Rather than travel the highway to Port Lincoln, we will detour this afternoon, heading further inland to Koppio, home of the Koppio Smithy Museum. Part of the National Trust, the museum features the original buildings of the blacksmith and one-teacher school house, as well as a Port Lincoln tailor shop and bank, plus the post office from nearby Whites Flat. 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 depart late afternoon, travelling the back roads to see the Tod River Reservoir before returning to the highway and following 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, 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!

Day Three – TUESDAY 23 MARCH 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two 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 – WEDNESDAY 24 MARCH 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two 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 – THURSDAY 25 MARCH 2021

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

We farewell our hosts in Port Lincoln this morning to begin our journey towards home. 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 – FRIDAY 26 MARCH 2021

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

We farewell our hosts this morning and begin our journey home. After leaving the Spencer Gulf behind we take Horrocks Pass across the range, to travel the more scenic route south. Passing through Melrose, the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges, we continue to Jamestown for morning tea and the chance to stretch our legs.

Travelling south we pass through Spalding and the Clare Valley on our way to Kapunda where our lunch will be waiting for us.

Our afternoon journey leads us through the hills east of Adelaide and on towards the south coast. Travelling towards home we reflect on a wonderful time exploring Port Lincoln and parts of the Eyre Peninsula.