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The Eyre Peninsula boasts fantastic food and wine, luxury accommodation and abundant wildlife, but it's best known for its world-famous aquatic activities.

 

At Port Lincoln, you can hop aboard a shark cage dive or swim and play with sea lions off the coast of Port Lincoln.

 

Watch whales and their calves frolic under towering, wave-ravaged cliffs.

 

Sink your teeth into the Eyre Peninsula’s legendary oysters and freshly-caught seafood at the local fish mongers then wash it down at the region's signature wineries along the Seafood Frontier road trip.

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SWIM WITH SEA LIONS, DOLPHINS AND CAGE DIVE WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS

Port Lincoln

Some of South Australia’s most amazing marine life can be found off the shores of beautiful Port Lincoln and right along the Eyre Peninsula coastline.

 

Swim with playful sea lions just off Port Lincoln with Calypso Star Charters or Adventure Bay Charters or head west to Baird Bay where the waters are a little more protected.

 

Cage dive with great white sharks - the first-ever place in the world where cage diving was a thing. Rodney Fox ran his first tour in 1976 when the producers of JAWS asked Rodney Fox to use his custom built cage to capture live footage. 

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SWIM WITH GIANT CUTTLEFISH

Whyalla

Snorkel or dive in the protected waters of Whyalla and see how Australian Giant Cuttlefish, the chameleons of the sea, change colour right before your eyes.

 

Stop-off at the Whyalla Visitor Information Centre for more information, jump right in with PureSA or take a dive off Stony Point or Black Point.

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FISHING CHARTERS

Tumby Bay

Venture to Tumby Bay for a day on the water.

 

Pluck King George whiting straight from the sea and learn the ropes from the locals. Spend a night camping on the Sir Joseph Banks group of islands or sail into the sunset on a twilight cruise.

 

You'll find a range of fishing charters on the Eyre Peninsula including Cowell Fishing Adventures, EP Cruises, Why Not Fishing Charters and Hook and Sinker Fishing Safaris.

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ORGAN PIPES, GAWLER RANGES

Gawler Ranges National Park

Ancient ranges, deep gullies, seasonal waterfalls and rocky gorges, the Gawler Ranges National Park is a majestic, natural wilderness waiting for you to explore.

The Gawler Ranges National Park is a special place where history, conservation and Aboriginal culture come together. Proclaimed as a national park in 2002, the landscape teems with wildlife and protects rare and threatened plants and animals, including crimson mallee and the yellow-footed rock-wallaby.

The park is famous for the magnificent Organ Pipes, formed over 1500 million years ago as a result of volcanic eruptions. You can find equally stunning rocky outcrops at Yandinga Falls and Kolay Mirica Falls.

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TASTE FRESH OYSTERS

Coffin Bay

Spend the day learning about the harvesting of world-famous Coffin Bay Oysters, or take an Oyster Farm Tour in Coffin Bay.

 

See how oysters are grown, board the oyster boat, then taste the legends themselves plucked straight the sea with Experience Coffin Bay.

 

Known as the Seafood Frontier, the Eyre Peninsula boasts some of the freshest and tastiest seafood in Australia and your seafood buffet continues on land.

 

Buy seafood straight from the supplier at the Fresh Fish Place or continue your oyster feast at Fumo 28 Oyster Bar and Seafood or 1802 Oyster Bar.

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NATIVE WILDLIFE PARKS

Eyre Peninsula

Whether you're getting up-close in national parks or venturing further afield, you're guaranteed to encounter iconic Australian wildlife on the Eyre Peninsula.

 

Cuddle koalas in their natural habitat at Mikkira Station, spend the day surrounded by kangaroos, dingos and echidnas in wildlife parks or spot native species in the Gawler RangesLincoln National Park or Coffin Bay National Park.

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MARVEL AT NATURAL WONDERS

Eyre Peninsula

Many come to the Eyre Peninsula for its national parks with huge sand dunes, deserted beaches and rugged coastline.

 

Experience the red earth and spectacular granite peaks of the Gawler Ranges National Park, relax on pure-white shores in Coffin Bay National Park or camp in the picturesque Lincoln National Park.

 

Here's our guide to more incredible beaches you won't believe are in South Australia. Pictured is Memory Cove National Park.

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TALIA CAVES

Elliston

Set on the shores of the spectacular Waterloo Bay, Elliston is famed for beautiful sunsets, breathtaking scenery, surfing, fishing and frequent sightings of sea lions, dolphins and southern right whales during winter.

Stretching 20kms to Walkers Rock, near Elliston, Talia Beach offers great beach and rock fishing. Forty kilometres north-west of Elliston there are two interesting sites to visit before you reach Talia Beach : The Woolshed is a large cavern carved into the granite cliff by wave action. A walkway and wooden steps provide access onto the rocks to view the cave with its honeycombed ceiling, dark crevices and nearby blowholes. The Tub is a large crater in the cliff with a tunnel connection to the sea. It is 10 to 30 metres deep and 50 metres across with a granite base. For the adventure-seeker, it is worth the climb down into the crater. Beyond The Tub is a dramatic cliff face that offers long views to the south along Talia Beach.

Talia Caves also offers 20 sites for bush camping - though without toilets or water.