The Eyre Peninsula will be a road trip full of beautiful beaches, outdoor adventure, and the freshest seafood around. It is framed by the Southern Ocean and boasts incredible scenery in every direction. If your after a big 12 hour adventure, Port Lincoln is the only place in Australia where you can go cage diving with the great white sharks.
Below you’ll find our must-see stops for an epic adventure. With endless postcard-worthy views, a road trip along the Eyre can’t be missed.
The Lower Eyre Peninsula
To reach Whyalla, it’s a 3.5 hour (300 km) drive from Adelaide to Port Augusta. But, the trip south to the Lower Eyre Peninsula is a bit of a longer journey. Prepare for a 7-8 hour drive from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. It’s a long way to go in one go, so we definitely recommend breaking up the journey with a few great stops. You can also fly direct from Adelaide Airport to Port Lincoln and hire a camper van or a car.
Whyalla- Day 1-2
Spend one night in Whyalla. Explore the wetlands, Ada Ryan Gardens and Hummock Lookout. If you come the right time of the year between May and August you can also swim with giant cuttlefish in Whyalla at Point Lowly. During this breeding season, hundreds of giant cuttlefish come to the bay around Whyalla and can be easily spotted right off shore. In the afternoon head to the Jetty around 2pm when the fisherman come in the Dolphins come right up to the jetty. It is the closest you will be able to get to Dolphins all for free. To find out more things to see Click Here.
Where to Stay
-For self contained vehicles camp at the Weeroona Football Club from $10 per night. There are toilet facilities at the campground and drinking water can be collected at Jubilee park.
– Discovery Park Whyalla Foreshore. Cabins start from $123 and Powered sites on the water front start from $38.
Port Lincoln- Day 2-4
As you make your way down the peninsula stop past Cowell and Tumby Bay. Spend 2 nights in Port Lincoln.
Where to stay
Port Lincoln Tourist park Cabins from $171. Powered sites from $50 and unpowered site from $35. We stayed on a driveway only 2km from the town which we found on Driveway share on Facebook.
Port Lincoln places to visit:
– Winter Hill lookout and the Old Mill lookout
Swim with the Great white sharks click here for more information and booking.
-Parnkalla Trail 35km one way trail.
For more information on the places to explore in Port Lincoln Click Here.
Port Lincoln National Park- Day 4-6
Spend 2 night at Lincoln National Park stay at Surfleet cove Campground it is accessible by all vehicles and is tarmac the whole way in. It is close to a lot of walking trials and is a great base, The campground is from $20 per night. If you had more time and have a 4WD head to Memory Cove for an extra night in the park.
Click Here for more Things to see in the Park.
Hikeing trails in the park
Donnington Loop Hike- The hike loops around the tip of the national park, past Yachties Beach, September beach, Donington lighthouse and beach and Fisherman Point Beach.
Spalding Cove to Maclaren Point circuit- follow Maclaren Point track to the point and loop back around along the Investigator trail. The loop is 9km 3 hour trail.
Memory Cove- The track into the cove is 4WD access only and has a campground.
Surfleet Cove Campground- Is 2WD accessible and is a great campground right by the beach. There also is a few walking trails from the campground including the Surfleet Cove Campground.
Don’t forget to make a detour to Fishery Bay and Whalers Way on your way out of the national park.
Coffin Bay National Park- Day 6-7
Spend 1 night at Coffin Bay and 1 night at Coffin Bay National Park. If your like us and only have a 2WD you will only need one night at Coffin Bay National Park. Camping at Yangie Bay is from $20 per night and is accessible to 2WD.
Visit Golden Island lookout, Avoid bay and Almonta Beach and on the way into the park visit Templetonia Lookout. We recommend walking the Yangie Bay lookout circuit which is 2km return and gives you spectacular views over Yangie Bay.
Coffin Bay- Day 7-8
Spend the night in Coffin Bay.
Take a oyster tour from $75 per adult or take a stroll along the Foreshore along the Oyster walk. You can also head up to coffin Bay lookout which gives you beautiful views over Coffin Bay.
Where to stay
Coffin bay Caravan Park powered sites from $50 for 2 adults unpowered sites from $24 for 2 adults Cabins from $105
Day 8- Elliston
Today spend the day out at Greenly and hike to the summit and then head down to the Greenly Rock Pools and take a cool dip in the ocean. In the afternoon head out to Elliston and spend the night here.
-Head out along the coastal trail from Little bay Lookout either to Wellington point or to the Wirangu Reconciliation memorial.
-Take a drive along the Great ocean drive up to Elliston Mara Sculptures on the cliff to Anxious Bay.
-Explore the sea caves near the jetty.
Where to stay
Elliston Golf course from $10 per night for fully self contained vehicles
Elliston Caravan Park
-Unpowered sites from $33 and Powered sites from $37
-Cabins from $135
Streaky Bay- Day 9-12
On the way to Streaky Bay stop Past Talia Caves, Venus Bay and Murphys Haystacks.
Things to do in Streaky Bay:
-Head out to Whistling rocks, Cape Bauer Lookout and Hally’s beach boardwalk and Lookout.
-Ride or walk along the foreshore trail to Shag Point Boat Ramp.
-Westall Loop. Smooth Pools and Granite Rock walking trail.
Where to stay
Streaky Bay Caravan Park
Powered sites start from $34
Unpowered sites start from $23
Cabins from $113
Eyre’s Waterhole- Cooyeanna– is a free campground 3km from Streaky Bay. Their is no facilities but there is portable water in town.
Spend 2 nights at Streaky Bay and 1 night at Perlubie Beach.
Perlubie beach campground is $15 per night to stay. You can book a site Here and display a permit whilst camping. There are no powered sites but there are toilet facilities.
Ceduna- Day 12-14
Spend 2 nights in Ceduna before heading across the Nullarbor or back to Adelaide. Ceduna is the last town for you to stock up on food, water and Fuel before crossing the Nullarbor.
Things to do:
– Discover the foreshore trail to Pinky point Lookout.
– Begin the World’s Longest Golf Course – Nullarbor Links at Ceduna Golf Course.
-Swim, relax, have a picnic on Alexander’s Beach.
– Head out to Decres Bay-Wittelbee Conservation Park, 10 kms from Ceduna. Snorkel, rock fish, swim and enjoy views of St Peters Island