Tour Description

Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula

(Adelaide Departure)
Six Days: 27th March – 1st April 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 – SATURDAY 27 MARCH 2021

(includes light lunch and two course dinner)

We depart this morning after completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), travelling 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. 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 is the third most populous city in South Australia and known as the ‘Steel City’ due to its integrated steelworks and shipbuilding heritage. We take the opportunity to drive up to the Flinders and Freycinet Lookout. The lookout offers amazing views of Whyalla, the upper Spencer Gulf and across to the Southern Flinders and Middleback Ranges in the West. Our accommodation tonight is at the  Alexander Motel (Ph. 08 8645 9488) where we have time to relax before our dinner together.

Day Two – SUNDAY 28 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 – MONDAY 29 MARCH 2021

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

The town of Port Lincoln was discovered by Matthew Flinders while under commission from 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 alternative 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. While here, we enjoy a delicious fish and chip lunch!

This afternoon we visit the Axel Stenross, a 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 intriguing 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 on many vessels that came to Port Lincoln.

We have some free time during the afternoon to explore the main street, wander the foreshore or simply relax back at our hotel.

Day Four – TUESDAY 30 MARCH 2021

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

This morning 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 journey into the spectacular Coffin Bay National Park with its diversity of landscapes. A number of lookouts around the park provide views over the extremes of this coastline—sheltered inlets and bays in some locations while the Southern Ocean pounds the rockfaces in others.

Late morning we return to Port Lincoln where we enjoy a picnic lunch before one of the highlights of our tour. This afternoon we board Adventure Bay Charters for a relaxing cruise on Boston Bay. We cruise 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. When we disembark at the Marina, there will be time to explore before heading back to our accommodation to freshen up before dinner.

Day Five – WEDNESDAY 31 MARCH 2021

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

We farewell our hosts in Port Lincoln this morning and begin our journey on the eastern side of the Eyre Peninsula.

We pass the now-familiar Tumby Bay and Port Neill on our way to the peaceful fishing town of Arno Bay.  Morning tea is enjoyed in this sheltered bay before leaving the shores of the Spencer Gulf and making our way inland, taking a different route to Port Augusta.

Kimba is situated at the northern edge of Eyre Peninsula’s vast grain growing belt. Being the centre for a major wheat growing area it is also the site of one of South Australia’s largest inland grain terminals, the perfect canvas for an awesome mural. One of the first silo art projects in the state, the mural stretches over five and a half silos measuring 60m wide and 25m high. It is a stunning artwork, celebrating the wheat industry which is so important to this local area.

Continuing east along the Eyre Highway we can see evidence of iron ore mining as we approach Iron Knob. So named because of the proximity to large deposits of iron ore, which outcrop 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 the last part of 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 – THURSDAY 1 APRIL 2021

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

Heading 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 of 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 in the summer holidays.  We spend some time looking around before we continue.

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 the journey home.

We travel the Copper Coast Highway through Port Wakefield to 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 in natural resources, wildlife and beauty.