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Port Lincoln travel guide, what to see & do, best tips

Port Lincoln what to see & do : a great place to visit for seafood lovers, nature walks and a chance to connect with nature.

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.

Port Lincoln food and feast options

Now the delicious part of deciding where to eat and drink. 

Boston Bay Wines

Image your vineyard opposite  picturesque Boston Bay.  Boston Bay wines is a family owned and operated vineyard specializing in riesling.

Boston Bean Coffee Co

An award winning coffee roaster even ships to Adelaide.  Have you space in your suitcase for roasted sustainable beans.

Foreshore Walk

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.

Heritage, history Port Lincoln

And for those who want a bit of history Port Lincoln can deliver 

  • Whalers way is an unsealed track exploring the coastline.  You will need a key to unlock gates through private property.  The keys are available from the Port Lincoln Visitor Centre.  A 4WD vehicle is recommended.   This is a soft adventure, you are travelling on roads less travelled, likely with a fresh coffee in your flash from a Port Lincoln coffee stop, and the scenery is drop dead glorious.  A contrast between rugged cliff top views plunging down to remote gold sandy beaches.  The cave systems, with their blowholes, creavasses are to be approached with care due to incoming tides and unstable terrain.  Camping is permitted if booked beforehand,  permits must be purchased beforehand.  Simply follow the link on the Whalers way website for details. 
  • Axel Stenross Maritime Museum is a maritime museum focused on Port Lincoln’s history.  There are restored historic vessels, maritime artefacts and relics, together with interactive exhibits.  A perfect place for fossicking enthusiastics to potter on a rainy day.  
  • Check the freshwater spring that attracted Port Lincoln’s early European settlers, still to be seen bubbling up through the sand.  Get the visitor centre to provide up to date information about where the spring is located. 
  • Open Wednesdays and Sundays, Mill Cottage Museum is an old pioneer home built in 1866 in Flinders Park.  Ethnographic museums are like opening the drawers of your Great Grandmother’s cupboard and finding the original tea set she was given as a wedding present or Great Uncle’s pyjamas on the bed.

Art Trail

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.

Walks and Wilderness

  • Parnkalla Trail

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.

Accommodation

Where to stay for a special moment, with wild koalas as company

  • Old historic Mikkira Homestead

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.

Australian koala bear native animal with baby

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.  

Travel pack information

  • Support Australian Automobile Association. The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) is the peak organisation representing Australia’s motoring clubs and their eight million members.  The AAA advances the interests of all road users to ensure transport systems are safe, affordable and transparent.
  • Visit Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula South Australia – Home excellent source of information about the area, supporting local activities and encouraging visitors to the region.

The journey is worth it.

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