The combination of aquatic adventure, great beaches and delicious regional fare has made Eyre Peninsula one of Australia’s hottest travel destinations
Stretching from the tip of Spencer Gulf to the edge of the Great Australian Bight, Eyre Peninsula, named after the English explorer Sir Edward John Eyre, is in truth not one destination, but five separate regional experiences bundled together into something quite remarkable.
As the visitor will soon discover, each of the sub-regions (Eastern Eyre, Lower Eyre, West Coast, Far West Coast and Gawler Ranges & Central Eyre) are quite distinct, offering a wide choice of landscapes, food experiences, outdoor adventures and Indigenous connections.
Framed by the Great Australian Bight, Spencer Gulf and the Gawler Ranges, this triangular shaped piece of land includes 2500 kilometres of pristine coastline, rolling farmland, vineyards, historic townships, national parks and ancient geological formations.
Celebrated for its delicious and abundant seafood, Eyre Peninsula is now making a name for itself as the adventure sports capital of South Australia. Cage diving with sharks and swimming with Australian sea lions are the region’s two signature experiences.
You will also find surf fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, world-class surfing, paddle boarding and off-road touring on the activities menu.
Within the generous borders of the Eyre Peninsula you’ll find the historic city of Whyalla, the ancient topography of the Gawler Ranges, the busy fishing port of Port Lincoln, untouched waterways and coastal fishing villages plus national parks, marine parks and the treeless expanse of the Nullarbor Plain.
Known for its wide open spaces, untouched coastal scenery and ancient granite outcrops, Eyre Peninsula is also one of the best places on the continent to see many Australian species in their natural environment. Giant cuttlefish, Australian sea lions, Bottlenose dolphins, whales, kangaroos, koalas and emus are all found in profusion.
Indeed, Eyre Peninsula is a feast for all the senses. Where else can you dine on freshly harvested Southern Bluefin tuna, oysters, abalone and Southern Rock lobster while tasting local boutique premium wines, olive oil, free-range pork, dried fruit, organic nuts and other delicacies? And there’s more.
With so many restaurants, cafés and traditional Aussie pubs now serving fresh local seafood, regional wines and many artisan products, life on ‘Australia’s seafood frontier’ has never been 4 sweeter. Welcome to paradise.