A small town that is a must do destination for foodie visitors. Port Lincoln has a population of less than 15,000 yet it is home to the country’s largest commercial fishing fleet. Tuna is shipped directly from Port Lincoln to Asian markets where it is highly sought after. Boston Bay is three times the size of Sydney Harbour providing deep water access for the commercial fleets. There is also a diverse aquaculture industry. Tourism has been a rapidly growing sector due to the abundance of seafood, a small vibrant wine industry and burgeoning foodie outlets.
Now the delicious part of deciding where to eat and drink.
Image your vineyard opposite picturesque Boston Bay. Boston Bay wines is a family owned and operated vineyard specializing in riesling.
An award winning coffee roaster even ships to Adelaide. Have you space in your suitcase for roasted sustainable beans.
The foreshore walk, between the modern Port Lincoln Hotel and 47m Silo, embellished with art has cafes that would not look out of place in Adelaide.
Food and feast exploration at The Line & Label, an award winning restaurant located in a local vineyard where local wines are also on offer. A superb location for a romantic dinner overlooking Port Lincoln.
Beer Garden Brewing
Craft beer fans have Beer Garden Brewing to revive the soul. Local grain is used in the brewing and there is an attached cafe specialising in seasonal fresh produce. The brewery has a core value of sustainability with solar power and rainwater as part of the brewing process. The walls of the attached craft brewery hall are adorned with local art and community messages making it a place where the local collaborative spirit is alive and well.
Perhaps you have booked yourself into a seafood masterclass with chef Kris and Brenda Bunder, operators of seafood delicacy Del Giorno’s Cafe. The cooking influence is southern Italian with locally sourced seafood as a must.
And for those who want a bit of history Port Lincoln can deliver
The Kuju Aboriginal Art Gallery and Workshop on Ravendale Road exhibits local original Aboriginal arts and crafts with the artists working onsite. For art collectors there is a new destination to acquire the piece that has caught your eye.
It is a special track as it is easily accessible from Port Lincoln marina yet it is part of a coastal environment that is unaffected by development. The track is dog friendly and wheelchair accessible. The trail joins Port Lincoln, past the Marina to North Shields. You are passing a protected coastline with seal and bird colonies. The entire trail is 35km in length. The grade is easy and there are numerous entry and exit points along the track. Beaches to find shells and discover driftwood . The Parnkalla Walking Trail starts near the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum and follows the shore contours and plaques describing sites of ecological and historical interest. The trail was named after the Aboriginal tribe for whom Dreaming was about the beauty of Port Lincoln.
Where to stay for a special moment, with wild koalas as company
Mikkira Station is a private property located about 30kms South West of Port Lincoln. It is home to a colony of wild koalas that live in the manna gum trees. The leaves on these interesting old trees are the koala’s favourite food. Visitors to Mikkira enjoy the space and tranquility of the natural bush environment. It is a great place for bird watching, picnics and koala spotting. In the winter there are tiny native orchids to find and also some giant yakkas hiding behind some pretty native vegetation. Kangaroos, emus, native birds and reptiles are also easily observed.
Mikkira Station can be visited by booking a private tour with one of several tour guides or getting a permit from Visit Port Lincoln. Public camping on the property is again available over the winter months. Please contact Visit Port Lincoln for a permit and key to enter Mikkira.
Spending the weekend chilling out in Port Lincoln and wanting a short day trip check out our itinerary for an extended weekend Eyre Peninsula Food and Feast. Perhaps a 15 minute drive to Coffin Bay is in order for an oyster taste explosion.
The journey is worth it.