Sea lion underwater at Baird Bay on Eyre Peninsula

Port Lincoln South Australia:
Seafood and “swim with” capital of Australia

 

Port Lincoln South Australia

The town of Port Lincoln just down the coast from Adelaide is possibly the only place in South Australia where you can eat delicious seafood, and also feel like you could be the food. Intriguing right?

This gorgeous little place sits on the banks of Boston Bay, one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world. It’s three times the size of Sydney Harbour, and is known as the “Seafood Capital of Australia”. The waters around the bay are rich with sea life. Australia’s largest fishing fleet heads out from here daily bringing back delights such as bluefin tuna, Southern Rock lobster and king prawns the size of your hand. The restaurant scene is buzzing and many travellers flock here for some of the best, and freshest, meals in the state.

But it’s not just the seafood you can eat that is a big draw here. Port Lincoln has long been famous as the only place in Australia to come face-to-face with one of the most feared (albeit, unjustifiably) creatures of the deep, the Great White Shark. These majestic beauties patrol the waters around the city constantly and are easy to find on any one of the numerous cage diving trips that head out daily. The Great White Shark, or white death as they’re otherwise known, is renowned mostly for its ability to grow to epic size. Some females reach up to 20 ft in length and nearly 200 kg in weight. They are found in all the world’s oceans, can live for up to 75 years, and they swim at speeds topping 35 mph, making them the top predator under the waves. Cage diving is the chance to test your nerve against mother nature and with the sharks gliding just meters away from the cage, coming face-to-tooth with this majestic predator is a memory that will stay with you forever. Here is the only place to do it.

“Cage diving is the chance to test your nerve against mother nature and with the sharks gliding just meters away from the cage, coming face-to-tooth with this majestic predator is a memory that will stay with you forever. Here is the only place to do it.”

Shark Cage Diving Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln and its surrounds aren’t all adrenalin-filled adventures in the deep. Back on land, popular day trips include Mikkira Station, an old sheep farm that is now home to a large population of wild koalas which are easy to spot on any wander through the grounds. Whalers Way is another place to take in the beauty of the coast along this stunning part of South Australia. 14 km of tracks offer the chance to spot emus and kangaroos and witness the full force of the Southern Ocean crashing along the coast.

So whether you’re after an adrenaline-pumping experience under the waves or a more sedate afternoon with cuddly koalas followed by a seafood feast, Port Lincoln is the place to do it all.

To experience cage diving with Great White Sharks and other amazing wildlife encounters around Port Lincoln South Australia, book our Perth to Adelaide tour today.