Our 10 Favourite tours and activities to enjoy in Port Lincoln.
1. Shark Cage Diving
Without a doubt, shark cage diving is one of the top 10 things to do in Port Lincoln before you die (or leave Australia). To see the great white shark is a must do wildlife activity. The Neptune Islands off the coast of Port Lincoln, South Australia is the only place you can do this in Australia. There are three operators that offer this tour.
Adventure Bay Charters
The most awarded tour operator in Port Lincoln.
As the creators of Australia’s first bait and berley-free, advanced eco-certified shark cage diving experience, Adventure Bay Charters offer visitors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dive with the legendary Great White Shark in its natural habitat.
Full day tour takes you to ‘Shark Bay’ at Neptune Island, approximately 70kms south of Port Lincoln. On the way, see spectacular scenery as you cruise through the Thorny Passage and along the coast of Memory Cove Wilderness Sanctuary. Expect sightings of inquisitive local dolphins and sea birds.
Includes lunch, breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, dive equipment and free photos.
Affordable prices start from as little as $285 for children and $395 for adults.
2. Swim With the Sea Lions
Witnessing the rare and endangered Australian Sea Lions in their natural habitat is one of the most life-enhancing experiences. The inquisitive, gentle nature of these stunning sea creatures is unparalleled in the underwater world.
Adventure Bay Charters have been operating tours for 6 years and run regular trips to Islands off the coast of Port Lincoln. Half days tours include all dive equipment a light breakfast Lunch and hot drinks.
Prices start from $145 for children and there is a $50 discount if you book a package tour with their shark cage dive.
3. Port Lincoln National Park
Lincoln National Park boasts some of the most scenic coastline in South Australia, and features the vast Sleaford-Wanna sand dune system, islands, and the beautiful Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area.
Goin Off Safaris offer tours of Port Lincoln National park as a day tour that includes;
- Flinders Ports Wharf Tour – see local fishing boats unload their catch and some the largest and mightiest ships in the Southern Hemisphere.
- ‘Fresh Fish Place’ Tour, Discover how a fish travels from the ocean to your plate. You also get to sample house-smoked fish and pickled seafood.
- Mikkira Station, Visit a restored, historical homestead where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the company of friendly koalas, kangaroos and emus.
- Port Lincoln National Park, Take a refreshing hike through the National Park and enjoy spectacular views of Boston Bay and Port Lincoln, and discover the hidden beaches of Spalding Cove, and the Cape Donnington Lighthouse.
4. Coffin Bay
The Township of Coffin Bay is located on lower Eyre Peninsula on the shores of Port Douglas and has a permanent population of approximately 650 people. This protected water way produces the best Oysters in Australia and the best sheltered water activities you will find anywhere.
Goin Off Safaris take day trips that incorporate:
- A tour of Coffin Bay Township – experience outstanding beauty and world famous oysters in this township tour of a rare maritime wilderness area.
- The Coffin Bay National Park – see the most spectacular coastal scenery in South Australia, ranging from ancient cliffs to long beaches bordered by white sand dunes.
- Tour & Taste with Pure Oysters Coffin Bay – learn all about Pacific and Native Angasi Oysters and sample them fresh out of the rack.
- Oyster Walk – stroll along the picturesque foreshore, with holiday homes amongst natural bushland.
- Mount Dutton Bay Woolshed – visit a fascinating historical museum depicting the history of the local shearing, farming and fishing eras.
5. Fishing industry
Australia’s largest fishing fleet, Port Lincoln is a picturesque and modern seaside town. With the rich harvest of the sea so fresh and plentiful, a dining extravaganza of seasonal prawns, crayfish, tuna, abalone and oysters is a taste sensation that connects our visitors to the region forever.
Fred’s Marina Cruises are the best way to get a feel and history of this multimillion dollar industry. Let Fred or one of his knowledgeable guides take you on a comprehensive tour through the waterways of the Lincoln Cove Marina.
Relax on board the Tesla, a unique electric canal cruiser and soak up the surroundings and rich history. A perfect way to discover our millionaires paradise and Australia’s largest commercial fishing fleet. You’ll hear firsthand knowledge from someone who has watched the evolution of the seafood trade and discover Port Lincoln’s famous Southern Bluefin Tuna industry. Like all good tales there was hardship, misfortune and success.
6. Beach, sun and surf
You don’t have look further than the town’s foreshore for one of the best sun backing and swimming beaches adjacent to a grass strip that runs the full length of the beach between the water and the front street shops this is a must stop. further out of town the locals have a saying if you go to the beach and there is some one there then go to the next beach to be by yourself, there are twenty or so footprint free swimming surfing and fishing beaches with in 20 min of Port Lincoln get amongst it there is no excuse.
Don’t have a car? Ask a local they will give you a lift if they’re going.
7. Port Lincoln town centre
Not only a beautiful township overlooking Boston Bay, Port Lincoln makes an ideal base from where to explore the coast and experience Eyre Peninsula first hand. The shopping is extensive, offering everything from supermarkets and department stores to a myriad of specialty stores. Galleries and quality art and craft outlets with local products and souvenirs will add to your holiday experience.
All of this is just minutes walking distance from Adventure Backpackers and a day around town on foot is not complete without a trek to the top of Winters Hill lookout the view is a heart stopper.
8. Eating Seafood
Now, we think the Squid Schnitzel in our restaurant is a cracker but we insist that you get out to eat everywhere as there is so much good local produce here with the local sea food that Dining for lunch or dinner is an attraction in itself. Our favourite lunches are. Paragon Cafe on the front street and Cruisers Cafe in the marina. But the best fish and chips in town hands down is at the end of the Fresh fish tour out at the Fresh Fish Place near the racecourse.
You get the feeling that food is our life well without good food you don’t have the energy for fun in the sun. At the end of a day of adventure there is nothing better than to sit outdoors or indoors with a view of the bay and a perfectly prepared local delicacy.
You can get a good steak and schnitzel everywhere but these are some favorites for the local seafood. Take away King Neptune’s or the Spicy Planet next door. For a full sit down meal, your choice has to be Port Lincoln Hotel or Del Giorno’s Cafe. For a counter meal best value is the Great Northern and the best for food and a beer is the Pier Hotel.
9. Drinking in a town with a fishing problem
Beer: Port Lincoln is a drinking town with a fishing problem we have 6 pubs and far too much seafood. Something is happening every night of the week!
The Marina Hotel has a boardwalk over the water and is next to where the tour boats leave.
Boston Bay Hotel has beer garden that goes right to the beach and specials every night of the week, the Grand Tasman Hotel has a great Sunday session with live music and the best Karaoke night in Lincoln.
The Pier Hotel is a fave with the locals has great live music over week ends and has a spectacular view of the bay, only to be surpassed by the view from the Port Lincoln Hotel with the all day and only late night licence Sharky’s Bar. Live Djs and Live locals when it’s on out side footy season.
The Great Northern Hotel is on the main street back off the water and is a great place to pick up on the local gossip good cold beer and a great pool table.
Lastly but not least is our bar at the Navigators within stumbling distance from your door. The locals are friendly the food is homely and the beer is wet and cold.
Wine: Yes you got it. We like a good drop of wine as well. Three cellar doors, all top drops and all great hosts.
Lincoln Estate is a bit out of town but is attached to Glen Forest Tourist Park where you can hand feed the koalas eat lunch with the kangaroos.
Boston Bay Wines is the closest vineyard in the world to the sea and they have a cracking Sem Sav called – get this – the “Boston Bay Great White” wine.
Delacolline has a great location, great food and great wine. Ask for the ’03 or ’09 Shiraz – if they have any left.
10. Just Have Fun!!