Port Lincoln National Park is accessible to 2WD and 4Wd and is located on the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula. The national park overlooks Boston Bay which is the largest natrual Harbour in Australia. It’s 15 minutes away from the town of Port Lincoln and a 7.5 hour drive from the state capital of Adelaide. There is a few places a 2WD won’t be able to visit but you can see most of the park. The main attraction in the National Park is Memory Cove which is 4WD accessible only. But with a 2WD head to Whalers Way. Which is located 20 minutes out of the National Park. In this Blog, you will find everything you need to know about visiting Lincoln National Park with highlights of our stay and the best things to do.
Park Entry and Camping
You will need a park’s Pass to enter the National park. Entrance to the park costs $12 per car or $10 with a valid concession. Note that camping fees are in addition to your park entrance fee. There is 16 Campgrounds in the park some are only accessible to 4wd but there is a few accessible to 2WD. The most popular campground to stay at is September Beach campground. We stay at Surfleet Campground
This sheltered campground has 19 campsites suitable for tents, 2WD caravans, and campers. The grounds are surrounded by eucalypt and tea-tree woodland overlooking Boston Bay and Spalding Cove. There are toilets and non-potable water but campfires are not permitted on-site. Camping is $20 per night and can be booked online.
Surfleet Cove Loop– 4.8km loop 1 hour and 30-minute return hike.
The beginning of the hike is from Surfleet campground, You then follow the investigator trail. There are signs for the Surfleet loop so you won’t get lost along the way. The trail follows the shores of proper Bay and around Surfleet cove, returning through eucalypt and tea tree woodlands.
Surfleet Cove to Spalding Cove-1 hour 2.4km One Way
A shady walk with views of beautiful Spalding Cove. Access: This walk begins from Surfleet Cove campground or Spalding Cove, 4WD access.
Donnington Loop hike- 6.2km 2 hour return
Take in the views of the surrounding islands, granite outcrops and sandy beaches, as you explore Donnington Peninsula. There is a Population of Australia sea-lions and long nosed fur-seals inhabit Donnington Island near the lighthouse. The hike begins from Cape Donington lighthouse or September Beach campground. A shorter loop would be Cape Donington to September Beach which is 1km 30 minute return. A short, easy hike through coastal heath. Enjoy the refreshing sea views and rocky coastline. Access: this hike begins from Cape Donington lighthouse or September Beach campground.
Cape Donnington via Fisherman Point Loop- 12km 3 hour return
This is an extended loop of the Donnington Loop. Begin the trail at Fisherman Point Campground. The trail is well marked as you follow the investigator trail. The trail offers panoramic views of Port Lincoln, Boston Bay, and surrounding islands. This hike begins from Fisherman Point campground or Cape Donnington lighthouse. Along the way, you will pass September beach, Cape Donnington lighthouse, and Engine point campground.
McLaren Point to Spalding Cove- 9 km 3 hours return
Spectacular coastal views and along secluded beaches. The trail offers spectacular coastal views from Maclaren Point. You can also follow a trail along the point out to the rocks. This trail isn’t signed but is well used trail. This hike begins from Spalding cove, We followed MacLaren track which is a 4WD track and leads to MacLaren Point Lookout. We then completed the track by following the investigator trail back to Spalding cove. There is signs along the way to follow the investigator loop. You will then come to a T- intersection and continue straight along the path. If you turn right you will follow the fisherman point loop. From the T intersection you will see signs leading back to Spalding cove.
Stamford Hill Hikes
Stamford Hill loop– 5.1km 2 hour return circuit
The trail follows the Stamford hill hike to the monument. From the top you will see a small sign leading you through a small trail, The trail is quite over grown and rocky in sections. When you get to the T-Intersection at the bottom of the hill. You can either take a left to Woodcutters beach or Right to complete the circuit via Woodcutters Ruins. It is a beautiful circuit and amazing views along the way.
Stamford Hill Hike- 1.6km 45 minute return
This hike offers spectacular panoramic views of Lincoln National Park, Boston Bay and numerous off shore islands from the historic Flinders Monument at the top of Stamford Hill. This hike begins from the car park at the bas of Stamford Hill. The hike is just up the hill and back down you can return via the same way or follow the Loop Hike, which takes you down the other side of the hill.
Wanna Dunes is easily accessible by 2WD out to Wanna Lookout. There is a carpark at the start of the dunes if you don’t have a 4WD to drive onto the dunes. The Dunes are great for sand boarding and have some beautiful views out to the ocean.
For more information on the park walk’s Click Here. There are also a few treks in the National park including the Investigator trail which is an 89km 4-5 day circuit around the National Park.
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