If you’re looking for an adventure in the great outdoors, the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia is the perfect destination this summer.
Boasting pristine waters, a stunning coastline and warm and welcoming hospitality from the locals, Australia’s ‘seafood frontier’ has something for every fisherman – and for those members of the family not so interested in casting a line.
Situated around 600kms west of Adelaide, the Eyre Peninsula is world-renown for its high-quality seafood. Oysters, mussels, abalone, prawns, squid, tuna and the famous King
George Whiting – you name it, the Eyre Peninsula has got it.
Relax on the beach, go kayaking or stand up paddle boarding, take a fishing charter or just jump in the boat and see what you can catch. And after you’ve bagged out? Taste some local produce, enjoy the amazing starry sky, and indulge with a glass of local wine.
The big question is: where do you start?
Why not Whyalla, the Eyre Peninsula’s largest city, where you can make the most of the best red snapper fishing in Australia?
Further down the coast, Port Neill makes a great family getaway. Pristine beaches, white sand, and clear calm waters make it perfect for all ages, and the sheltered bay means you can fish when the weather isn’t so kind.
Cowell and Arno Bay are also popular with anglers, with the great facilities you’ll find across the region’s coastal towns.
At the bottom of the peninsula you’ll find something a little different – Australia’s seafood capital, Port Lincoln, is home to outstanding seafood as well as adventure tours.
If you’re not brave enough to cage dive with the Great White Sharks, swim with the sea lions instead.
And if you haven’t had much luck with a rod, you can pick up some fresh seafood or stop by one of the fantastic local restaurants.
Coffin Bay is home to some of the best oysters around, and you can even have your own tasting in the water. Nearby Coffin Bay National Park can’t be overlooked for stunning natural beauty; it’s one of a kind must-see.
Further west and indulge in some great salmon fishing at Locks Well near the coastal town of Elliston – and you catch some great surf around there too.
Or camp a few nights at Walkers Rocks, with kilometres of sandy beaches great for fishing or just relaxing and breathing in that clean sea air.
Keep going up the coast, and stop by Streaky Bay for great small town hospitality. You’ll be spoilt for choice with King George Whiting, salmon, snapper, garfish, snook, Australian herring, flounder, trevally, squid, blue swimmer crabs and more all found in the waters around the bay.
On your way to Streaky Bay, you can also call in to Baird Bay to swim with sea lions and wild dolphins.
And the last major town before the WA border, Ceduna, is a vibrant community with a number of businesses servicing the area. With a thriving seafood industry, which includes oysters, the town is a great place to base yourself for fishing and seeing the dramatic contrast of the Nullarbor and the Great Australian Bight, further west.
No matter what your preference is – if you have a boat, prefer beach fishing or want to try a chartered fishing tour – the Eyre Peninsula has something for everyone.
In fact, maybe you should just take a week off and come and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed in what the region has to offer.