Unquestionably one of Australia’s best kept secrets the Eyre Peninsula features incredible scenery and once in a lifetime aquatic experiences such as Shark Cage Diving with great whites or swimming with dolphins and sea lions in the crystal clear waters of Baird Bay. We have been living here and promoting the Eyre Peninsula, or “our backyard” as we call it, for the past 15 years so we were pretty happy when the Lonely Planet named South Australia as the 5th top region in the world in its Best of Travel 2017 awards last month!
A triangular peninsula off the coast of South Australia, the Eyre Peninsula presents one of the south coast’s most beautiful regions. The Eyre Peninsula is flanked by the Spencer Gulf on the east and the Great Australian Bight or the “Edge of Australia”, on the west. It’s northern region borders the Gawler Ranges and together it creates unrivalled views of one of Australia’s southern most parts.
The area is named after the explorer Edward John Eyre who set about exploring the region from 1839-1841. You may also notice a fair few places bearing the name ‘Flinders’ (Flinders Ranges and the Flinders Chase National Park) whilst visiting South Australia. This is after Matthew Flinders who carried out the first chartered expeditions of the coastline between 1801 – 1802. So there you go, that’s you brought up to speed on the European names for these areas.
For thousands of years the Eyre Peninsula has been inhabited and managed by the native Aboriginal people, who, to this day continue to contribute to the land management of the area as well as bring business, cultural activities and more to the region.