Port Lincoln, Australia
Port Lincoln is the second-largest city on the lower Eyre Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia. Nestled on the shore of Boston Bay, Australia's largest natural harbour, Port Lincoln opens eastward into Spencer Gulf. Port Lincoln is the largest city in the west coast region, and located approximately 174 miles (280 kilometres) from the capital city of Adelaide. Port Lincoln has a contrasting coastal landscape, ranging from sheltered waters and beaches to surf beaches and rugged oceanic coastline. The Great South Australian Coastal Upwelling System brings cold, nutrient-rich water into nearby waters of the Great Australian Bight and Spencer Gulf. This phenomenon supports lucrative fisheries, including that of the southern bluefin tuna and sardine, making Port Lincoln locally-renowned as the 'Seafood Capital of Australia'.
The Eyre Peninsula has been home to Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The Nauo (south-western Eyre), Barngarla (eastern Eyre), Wirangu (north-western Eyre) and Mirning (far-western Eyre) being the predominant original cultural groups present at the time of the arrival of Europeans. Port Lincoln was discovered by Matthew Flinders under his commission by the British Admiralty to chart Australia's unexplored coastline. Flinders dropped anchor in Boston Bay in February 1802, and named the spot Port Lincoln after his native Lincolnshire in England. Port Lincoln was initially considered as the alternative site for the State's capital, but was subsequently rejected by Colonel Light in 1836 in favour of Adelaide; a lack of fresh water supplies was a major determining factor. The first settlers arrived in Port Lincoln in March 1839 aboard the Abeona, the Dorset and the Porter. There is an historic plaque at the First Landing site to commemorate the event. In the years since, Port Lincoln has evolved into one of the nation's biggest combined agricultural, fishing and aquaculture industries, with tourism becoming a major contributor towards the local economy.
Port Lincoln offers ample opportunities to explore its unique blend of cultures and storied past. The local culture, traditions and storied past can be experienced during visits to any of Port Lincoln's scenic and informative museums. The Axel Stenross Museum is filled with maritime history, relics and artefacts from windjammer days. The Koppio Smithy National Trust Museum is a vast, Heritage-listed, open-air museum nestled amidst the rolling hills of Koppio, and replete with buildings and artefacts representing the early pioneer heritage of Eyre Peninsula. The Mt. Dutton Bay Woolshed Museum is a Heritage-listed 'working' museum consisting of hundreds of local artefacts depicting the history of Port Lincoln's historic shearing, farming and fishing era. The National Trust 'Mill Cottage' offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the pioneering life of the Bishop family, one of Port Lincoln's first settlement families, during a visit to their 1866 home. The Railway Museum provides an authentic setting for many of the museum displays, with many internal features still intact from the days when it was an active railway station.
Port Lincoln is home to 148,263 acres (60,000 hectares) of national parks, with abundant beaches, local wildlife, flora and fauna, 250 bird species, and breath-taking panoramic vistas of Boston Bay, Spencer Gulf and beyond. Port Lincoln National Park, Coffin Bay National Park and Kellidie Bay Conservation Park are all located nearby, and represent a unique opportunity to explore Port Lincoln's exquisite natural and coastal beauty. Land-based outdoor excursions include bird-watching, scenic walking tours, off-road 4WD excursions and wildlife tours at the Glen-Forest Tourist Park and Wilderness Wanders Adventure Tours, or a relaxing round of golf at the Port Lincoln Golf Club, located 6.2 miles (10 kilometres) from Port Lincoln. The abundant blue waters off Port Lincoln, Boston Bay, Spencer Gulf and the ocean beyond are ideally-suited for aquaculture tours, windsurfing, surfing, snorkelling, scuba-diving, fishing, boating, sailing, swimming with bluefin tuna at Swim with the Tuna, and shark cage-diving and swimming with sea lions, seals, rays, and grouper at Calypso Star Charters and Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions.
Due to its compact size, Port Lincoln can be easily explored in just a single day.
Going Ashore in Port Lincoln
The ship is scheduled to dock at the Port Lincoln Wharf. Port Lincoln's town centre can be reached via a 1.2-mile (two-kilometre) drive, or 10-15-minute walk on-foot. Metered taxis are available just outside of the port entrance; please make sure to establish a price before starting any journey.
Port Lincoln's town centre, located just 1.2 miles (two kilometres) from the port, offers a wealth of shopping opportunities, from supermarkets and department stores to a myriad of speciality stores, galleries, and quality arts-and-crafts outlets with locally-produced products, artwork, glassware and souvenirs. Stores are generally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The local currency is the Australian Dollar.
As the locally-renowned 'Seafood Capital of Australia', Port Lincoln leverages its abundant coastal waters and a thriving aquaculture industry to offer a bounty of delectable fresh fish and seafood. Seasonal specialities include bluefin tuna, rock lobster, western king prawns, King George whiting, oysters, and black mussels. Locally-farmed seafood includes tuna, yellowtail kingfish, sardines, abalone, mussels, and oysters, along with experimental farming in seahorses and spiny lobsters. Locally-produced wines are an excellent accompaniment to any fresh fish or seafood entrée. Port Lincoln also offers Australian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian, and International cuisine. Popular restaurants in-and-around Port Lincoln include Del Giornos Café, Sarins in the Port Lincoln Hotel, Peacock Gardens, Del Giorno, Pizzeria Trieste, Ming Inn, King Neptune's Pizza & Pasta, Anchors Bistro, Lincoln Navigator's Inn, Fresh Fish Place, Spicy Planet, and the Grand Tasman, Marina and Pier hotels.
Port Lincoln's picturesque town centre overlooks the Boston Bay, and features superb panoramic inland, coastal and ocean views. Port Lincoln is an ideal base from which to explore and experience the Eyre Peninsula. The shopping is extensive here, from supermarkets and department stores to a myriad of specialty stores, galleries, and quality arts-and-crafts outlets with locally-produced products and souvenirs.
Art & Culture
Celebrate the local and Aboriginal art and culture of Port Lincoln at a bevy of performance and visual art venues featuring works. Browse works displayed and for sale by local artists. Included are the Civic Hall, Nautilus Art Centre, Kuju Aboriginal Arts, Mayne Art Gallery, and Amber Gallery. The comprehensive Port Lincoln Library also offers a unique insight into the local history, art, culture and more.
Axel Stenross Museum
Take a stroll through Port Lincoln as existed 100 years ago at this waterfront maritime museum. The Axel Stenross Museum is filled with maritime history, relics and artefacts from windjammer days. Additional features include indoor and outdoor displays, an operating slipway, historic vessels, blacksmith shop and a photographic collection, complete with touch screens.
Koppio Smithy National Trust Museum
This vast, Heritage-listed, open-air museum is nestled amidst the rolling hills of Koppio, and replete with buildings and artefacts representing the early pioneer heritage of Eyre Peninsula. Highlights include a 1910 Port Lincoln Shop, 1934 Koppio School, tractors, agricultural tractors, engines, horse-drawn vehicles, and the Burning Issues photo exhibit, which displays photos and stories from the Eyre Peninsula Fires.
Mt. Dutton Bay Woolshed Museum
The Mt. Dutton Bay Woolshed Museum is a Heritage-listed 'working' museum consisting of hundreds of local artefacts depicting the history of Port Lincoln's historic shearing, farming and fishing era. A wide array of rare and historic items adorn the restored stone walls of this historic woolshed. One of many highlights is a circa-1875, fully-restored 'Robinson Double-box Wool Press' in excellent working order, and the only one of its design in Australia. The museum's famous Duttonshire Teas, a true Australian tradition, are also available.
National Trust 'Mill Cottage'
The National Trust Folk Museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the pioneering life of the Bishop family, one of Port Lincoln's first settlement families, during a visit to their 1866 home. Also known as the 'Mill Cottage', this historic home is located in Flinders Park. The Settlers Cottage Museum, located nearby, displays local memorabilia.
The Port Lincoln Railway Museum is housed in the beautiful stone station building and nearby old railway freight shed. Placed on the State Heritage Register in 1993, the Station Building provides an authentic setting for many of the museum displays, with many internal features still intact from the days when it was an active railway station. The museum archives contain an extensive, growing collection of photographs of railways on the Eyre Peninsula and the people associated with them, along with period engineering drawings, rail workers' uniforms, rail vehicles, documentary material, and more.
Lincoln Marine Science Centre
The Lincoln Marine Science Centre (LMSC) was built in 1995 by Flinders University to support research and tertiary education in marine science. Established at Kirton Point on the shores of Boston Bay in Port Lincoln, the centre is a global hub for southern temperate marine research and education, and attracts scientists from around the world. The LMSC facility also offers excellent facilities for visiting students and researchers including a large lecture theatre, teaching laboratory and extensive aquarium areas.
Glen-Forest Tourist Park
Just a short drive from Port Lincoln, this verdant, 400-acre (162-hectare) park abounds with indigenous flora and fauna, and features an animal park with kangaroos, koalas, wombats, sheep, goats, emus, camels, horses, cows, water buffalos, ostriches, ducks, peacocks. Additional highlights include a walk-in bird aviary, baby animal holding and feeding areas, lush vineyards, picturesque walking trails, picnic and barbecue areas, and miniature golf.
Swim with the Tuna
A scenic catamaran ride brings you to a world-class tuna pontoon. Don a wetsuit and snorkel, jump in, and swim with and hand-feed a bluefin tuna, one of the fastest fish on earth. View snapper, salmon, morwong, mulloway, sweep, and other species in the Underwater Observatory, or touch-and-view different marine species in the Touch Pond. Additional highlights include an onsite restaurant, gift shop and marine Post Office for mailing a postcard while you're here. During the catamaran-ride back, cruise along Boston Bay and Port Lincoln Township.
Port Lincoln is home to the Tunarama Festival, a popular, family-friendly event held every January. The festival showcases the finest in local seafood, wine, art and music, and includes the famous 'tuna-tossing' championships.
Adventure Bay Charters
The multiple award-winning Adventure Bay Charters offers some of South Australia's finest water-based wildlife encounters. Excursions include Australian sea lions, southern bluefin tuna and great white sharks, among others.
Calypso Star Charters and Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions provides the ultimate undersea experience, cage-diving with great white sharks. These advanced, eco-certified excursions takes place aboard a state-of-the-art vessel, and are a unique and exhilarating way to view and dive with great white sharks, sea lions, seals, huge rays, blue groupers, and more.
Wilderness Wanders Adventure Tours
Wilderness Wanders Adventure Tours offers guided eco-adventures specialising in the splendid beauty, wildlife, flora and fauna of Port Lincoln from above-and-below sea level. Memorable walking tours, off-road excursions and wildlife cruises are available.
Triple Bay Charters
Triple Bay Charters offer 'aquaculture' sightseeing cruises. Learn about the tuna and fishing industries, taste Bluefin sashimi tuna, visit a seal colony, and take in Port Lincoln's spectacular coastal and inland beauty.
Port Lincoln National Park
Port Lincoln National Park is located 24.2 miles (39 kilometres) from Port Lincoln's city centre. The park features scenic walking trails, spectacular panoramic vistas along the Eyre Peninsula, an abundance of lush, diverse flora and fauna, picnic and camping areas, and the Memory Cove Wilderness Protected Area. During your visit, experience the charm of the century-old Donington Cottage, perched on a rise overlooking a beautiful sandy beach and the waters of Spalding Cove.
Whalers Way offers visitors some of the most accessible, beautiful and spectacular coastal scenery in South Australia. Whaler's Way has 8.7 miles (14 kilometres) of roads that pass along Red Bank or Groper Bay, and through a sanctuary area inhabited by kangaroos and emus, with signs posted for points-of-interest.
Boston Bay Wines
Situated on the beautiful harbour of Boston Bay in Port Lincoln, Boston Bay Wines produces a premium range of superb red-and-white wines, and offers a highly sought-after function venue and catering service specialising in the passionate presentation of Eyre Peninsula produce. Sample fine Eyre Peninsula wines surrounded by vineyards with breath-taking vistas of blue seas, cruising yachts and perhaps even a whale.
Delacolline Estate Winery
The cool coastal climate and limestone country of Delacolline Estate produces excellent wines with distinctive full-bodied character. Situated near Winter Hill in Port Lincoln on the beautiful Eyre Peninsula, the Delacolline Estate Winery features grape vineyards, a lavender farm and products, and an outdoor Cellar Door and Function Centre. Sip a glass of wine or cappuccino whilst relaxing on the heated al fresco deck, and marvel at the stunning vistas of the sea and hill, grape vineyards and lavender fields.
Gardner's Vineyard is situated on 65 acres (26.3 hectares) of land in the scenic, undulating hills 6.2 miles (10 kilometres) north of Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula, and overlooks the blue waters of Spencer Gulf. With conditions similar to Margaret River, Gardners Vineyard has proven to be ideal for growing wine grapes featured in their red and dry white varieties.
This delightful town of Coffin Bay, and nearby Coffin Bay National Park, is situated on the western side of the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula, approximately 28.6 miles (about 46 kilometres) from Port Lincoln. The bay and park are popular locations for boating, sailing, swimming, water-skiing, snorkelling, scuba diving, skin-diving, wind-surfing, fishing, and oyster-farming.
Makybe Diva Statue
The majestic statue of three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva stands at the foreshore of Port Lincoln, and offers a commanding view overlooking the port, bay and beyond.
Winter's Hill Lookout
Winter's Hill Lookout is a splendid viewpoint offers breath-taking panoramic vistas overlooking Spencer Gulf, Port Lincoln and the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula with Lincoln National Park.
Parnkalla Walking Trail
The 8.7-mile (14-kilometre) Pamkalla Walking Trail meanders around Port Lincoln's coastline, and offers sites of ecological and historical interest. The trail has many strategically placed benches where you can sit, relax and marvel at the magnificent scenery, coast, and protected flora and fauna. Popular fishing spots, picnic and barbecue areas, Billy Lights Point, sandy beaches, and a variety of other activities and interests are also part of the Parnkalla Walking Trail.
Tod River Reservoir
The Tod River is the only stream on Eyre Peninsula providing reliable flows. The Tod Reservoir is situated 16.7 miles (27 kilometres) north of Port Lincoln, and supplied by concrete channels fed from weirs constructed across the Tod River and its major tributary, Pillaworta Creek. The Tod River flows into Louth Bay on Spencer Gulf.
Parks, Reserves and Squares
Port Lincoln is home to many lovely parks, reserves and squares offering green open spaces, barbecue facilities, playgrounds, scenic lookouts, gazebos, walking trails, lush flora and fauna, and splendid views of the city, bay and coast. Included are the Lions Picnic Reserve, located on the Boston Bay foreshore, Brinkworth Reserve, Flinders Park, located on Flinders Highway 0.6 miles (one kilometre) west of the Port Lincoln Post Office, Wellington Square, Highview Reserved, Nelson Square, and Puckridge Park, located on Angas Street in Port Lincoln. Flinders Park features a lovely green lawn area, playground, electric barbecue and picnic facilities, and gazebo.
Experience Port Lincoln's scenic inland splendour during outdoor activities such as bird-watching, walking tours, off-road 4WD excursions, nature and wildlife tours at Port Lincoln National Park, Coffin Bay National Park, Kellidie Bay Conservation Park, Glen-Forest Tourist Park and Wilderness Wanders Adventure Tours, or a relaxing round of golf at the Port Lincoln Golf Club, located 6.2 miles (10 kilometres) from Port Lincoln. The abundant blue waters off Port Lincoln, Boston Bay, Spencer Gulf and the ocean beyond are ideally-suited for aquaculture tours, windsurfing, surfing, snorkelling, scuba-diving, fishing, boating, sailing, swimming with bluefin tuna at Swim with the Tuna, swimming with sea lions, seals, rays, and grouper with Adventure Bay Charters, and shark cage-diving with Calypso Star Charters and Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions.
Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship.