Port Lincoln

Population 14245

Each January, this township on the Eyre Peninsula celebrates the life of the tuna – one of the few festivals in Australia devoted to a fish, and a fair indication of the reign tuna has over this town. Lincoln Cove, the marina, is the base for Australia's largest, and most expensive, tuna fleet and tuna-farming industry. Port Lincoln is set on attractive Boston Bay, which is three times the size of Sydney Harbour. The townsite was reached by Matthew Flinders in his expedition of 1802, and he named it in honour of his home, Lincolnshire, in England. Sheltered waters, a Mediterranean climate and scenic coastal roads make this a popular holiday spot.

Visitor Information

3 Adelaide Pl; (08) 8683 3544 or 1300 788 378


Nearby national parks

  • Lincoln National Park

    Easily accessible at the tip of the Eyre Peninsula, Lincoln National Park protects a sweeping plain of coastal mallee surrounded by bays and...more

  • Coffin Bay National Park

    This scenic coastal park covers a rugged spur of land jutting west from the tip of Eyre Peninsula into the Southern Ocean. On two sides wild...more

  • Innes National Park

    Innes National Park, at the south-western extremity of the Yorke Peninsula, comprises a coastal environment of saline lakes, salt flats,...more

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  • Tumby Bay

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  • Port Victoria SA

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In Town

Mill Cottage: National Trust museum with early pioneering artefacts and paintings; open 2–4pm Wed and Sun or by appt; Flinders Hwy.

Railway Museum: relics of the railway past displayed in a historic 1926 stone building; open 1–4pm Wed, Sat and Sun; Railway Pl.

Axel Stenross Maritime Museum: features original boatbuilding tools and working slipway; open 9am–4.30pm Tues, Thurs and Sun, 1–4.30pm, Sat and public hols; tours by appt; Lincoln Hwy; 1300 788 378.  

Settler's Cottage: stone cottage with early pioneer photos and documents; open 2–4.30pm Sun (closed July and Aug) or by appt; in Flinders Park, Flinders Hwy.

Kotz Stationary Engines: museum collection of oil and petrol engines; Baltimore St.

Nautilus Theatre: features 2 galleries of local and touring art, a gallery shop and a wine bar; Tasman Tce.

Kuju Arts and Crafts: Aboriginal craft sales; closed Sat and Sun; Ravendale Rd.

Mayne Gallery: local arts and crafts; open 12.30–4.30pm daily; King St.

Lincoln Cove: includes marina, leisure centre with water slide, holiday charter boats and the base for the commercial fishing fleet (tastings of local catches available). Guided walking tours of the marina are available from the visitor centre; off Ravendale Rd.

Boston Bay: swimming, waterskiing, yachting and excellent fishing. Try swimming with tuna; 1300 000 8862.

Yacht and boat charters: for gamefishing, diving, day fishing and for viewing sea lions, dolphins and birdlife around Sir Joseph Banks Group Conservation Park and Dangerous Reef; contact visitor centre for details.

Aquaculture Cruise: offers you a chance to view the working tuna farms (when in season) and to taste some mouth-watering local sashimi; a sea lion colony can also be visted; contact visitor centre for details.

Boston Island boat tours: cruises around bay and island; contact visitor centre for details.

Adventure tours and safaris: offshore and land adventure offered, including close-up tuna tours, shark expeditions and 4WD safaris; contact visitor centre for details.

Old Mill Lookout: panoramic views of town and bay; Dorset Pl.

Parnkalla Walking Trail: 14 km trail with coastal views and abundant wildlife. It forms part of the longer Investigator Walking Trail from North Shields to Lincoln National Park; brochure from visitor centre.


Lincoln National Park This spectacular coastal park has a network of walking trails through rugged wilderness areas to fantastic coastal scenery. The park is an important sanctuary for migrating birds. To see the park from a height, take the 1.1 km return hike up Stamford Hill. At the top is the Flinders Monument and panoramic views of the coast. For a true, uninterrupted wilderness experience, grab a key and permit from the visitor centre and head on to Memory Cove, a calm bay with a fantastic beach. There is also a replica of the plaque placed by Matthew Flinders in 1802 in memory of 8 crew members lost in seas nearby. 4WD enthusiasts would enjoy the challenges of the Sleaford Bay coast. (08) 8688 3111; 20 km S.

Delacolline Estate Wines: well known for blended variety of sauvignon blanc/semillon; tastings and sales; alfresco cafe open 11am–4pm Wed–Sun and public hols; Whillas Rd; 08 8682 4000; 1 km W.

Winters Hill Lookout: views to Boston Bay, Boston Island and Port Lincoln; Flinders Hwy; 5 km NW.

Boston Bay Winery: tastings and sales; open daily; Lincoln Hwy; (08) 8684 3600  6 km N.

Roseview Emu Park and Rose Gardens: picturesque gardens in bush setting, with sales of emu produce; Little Swamp La; 10 km NW.

Glen-Forest Tourist Park: native animals, bird-feeding and miniature golf course; Greenpatch; 15 km NW.

Poonindie Church: quaint old church built in 1850 with the unique feature of 2 chimneys; 20 km N.

Mikkira Station and Koala Park: historic 1842 homestead, with bushwalks to see native wildlife. Permit required, available from visitor centre; off Fishery Bay Rd; 26 km SW.

Constantia Designer Craftsmen: guided tours of world-class furniture factory and showroom; open Mon–Fri; on road to Whalers Way.

Whalers Way: cliff-top drive through privately owned sanctuary inhabited by seals, ospreys, kangaroos and emus. Permit from visitor centre; 32 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Coffin Bay 58 km

When it comes to big bruisers, yellowtail kingfish are up near the top of the list. Fishing with live bait set under a balloon, you watch as the balloon starts to move across the surface of the water, a sign of nervous... Find out more

Neptune Islands 60 km

Ever wondered where the filming was done for one of those documentaries where divers film great white sharks from the safety of underwater cages? One of the most popular areas for that sort of adventure is around South... Find out more

Wedge Island 70 km

Wedge Island is one of a number of small islands making up the Gambier Group, about 19 nautical miles west of the southern toe of the Yorke Peninsula. Viewed from the sea it is easy to see how the island got its name... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Mangrove walk at Berryman Crescent 44 km

The most southerly mangroves in Australia can be explored at Berryman Crescent in Tumby Bay on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula, with an excellent boardwalk with interpretive signs.... Find out more

Diving with sharks in the Neptune Islands 60 km

Although controversial in some parts of the world, cage-diving with great white sharks in the Neptune Islands – home of Australia’s largest seal colony – has a long-standing, very good reputation.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Del Giorno’s Cafe Restaurant

This welcoming cafe takes full advantage of its esplanade location and the port’s bountiful ocean harvest. There’s great food here any time of day, and among the pizza and pasta dishes there’s a strong... Find out more

The Marina Bistro

You can’t get any more seaside than this – with its long dining deck overhanging the marina, the sound of lapping water is never far away. The bistro’s menu spans a huge range of flavours and styles,... Find out more


Sarins' à la carte restaurant, which offers the only table service in Port Lincoln, Sharky's Bar and Sarin's Bistro area, with outdoor seating overlooking Boston Bay, are all great dining options at the Port... Find out more

Campsites around town

Woodcutters Beach camping area 8 km

There are only 2 sites at this camping area, signposted off Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 15 km east of the park entrance. The campsites are tucked back in the trees and are very sheltered, situated above Proper... Find out more

Surfleet Cove camping area 8 km

Surfleet Cove is reached from the national park access road, 22 km north-east of the park entrance. Good for tents, camper trailers and vans.... Find out more

Engine Point camping area 11 km

Entry is via the park access road, 25 km north-east of the park entrance. There are 4 sites overlooking Boston Bay.... Find out more

Fishermans Point camping area 11 km

There is access for small boats from the beach here by 4WD, 24 km north-east of the park entrance off the park access road. Many sites on the headland have great views over the bay. There is walking access from here to... Find out more

Spalding Cove camping area 11 km

Tent sites only are available on this sheltered bay. Look for the sign off Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 20 km north-east of the park entrance.... Find out more

September Beach camping area 12 km

Access to this camping area is from Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 28 km north-east of the park entrance. There are toilets and there is wheelchair access to the beach.... Find out more

Carcase Rock camping area 13 km

There are 2 bush campsites in this small campground, south of the September Beach camping area. It is secluded and well sheltered in the coastal tea tree, near a beautiful beach. There is a walking track from here... Find out more

MacLaren Point camping area 14 km

It's tent sites only at this secluded site next to a sandy beach. Access is off the Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 27 km north-east of the park entrance.... Find out more

Taylors Landing camping area 16 km

Set back in bushland, this site is reached from Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 23 km east of the park entrance. There is boat-ramp access for 4WDs.... Find out more

Louth Bay camping area 21 km

No-frills camping for self-sufficient campers is possible on the fringe of the coastal township of Louth Bay, with views across the golf course. The rocky shoreline is not far away and there are plenty of opportunities... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Port Lincoln Tourist Park 1 km

This park with nicely terraced sites is just 3 km from the centre of town in a quiet waterfront location. You can watch the fishing boats steam across Boston Bay from your van window. There are huge sites for the largest... Find out more

Coffin Bay Caravan Park 39 km

Coffin Bay township is located on a beautiful shoreline and the park, at the centre of town, is just across the road from the water. Bookings are required during Christmas and Easter holidays and a minimum-stay period... Find out more

Tumby Bay Caravan Park 43 km

This is a well-presented caravan park on a protected stretch of coast. Bookings are essential during the peak periods of December, January and Easter. Pets are allowed outside school and public holidays.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bay 10 Holiday House

Occupying a prime foreshore position, this renovated villa combines easy town access with relaxing beachfront pleasures. The mood indoors is informal but with smart, townhouse style, neat living areas and a designer... Find out more

The Anchorage Holiday Apartment

This luxury two-storey accommodation puts you right in the thick of the boating action of Lincoln Cove Marina. The apartments are remarkably spacious, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an ample living area that... Find out more

Donington Cottage

Dating from 1899, this former lighthouse keeper’s cottage is a magical castaway in the wilds of Lincoln National Park. With room to accommodate up to six guests, the cottage includes two bedrooms, a bathroom and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Shboo Shelly Beach Lodge 48 km

Completely wind- and solar-powered, with rainwater and greywater recycling, this beautiful and relatively new three-bedroom apartment at Mount Dutton Bay near Coffin Bay National Park (on the south-east coast of the Eyre... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Boston Bay rest area 5 km

41km SW of Tumby Bay (L) or 4km NE of Port Lincoln (R)

Small picnic area adjacent to the highway and overlooking the bay.

Surfleet Cove Camp Area 9 km

T/O at Port Lincoln to Lincoln National Park

On the foreshore in Lincoln National Park 25 kilometres from the Park Entry.

September Beach Camp Area 11 km

T/O at Port Lincoln to Lincoln National Park

On the foreshore in Lincoln National Park 29 kilometres (part unsealed) from the Park Entry.

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Louth Bay camping area 21 km

At Louth Bay

On the foreshore 2km east of the highway.

Wangary rest area 44 km

45km NW of Port Lincoln (R) or 121km SE of Elliston (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Dutton Bay rest area 46 km

T/O 40km NW of Port Lincoln (L) or 126km SE of Elliston (R)

On the foreshore 6km west of the highway.

Yangie Bay camping area 46 km

T/O at Coffin Bay

Surrounded by scrub on the foreshore 17km west of town in Coffin Bay National Park.

Farm Beach camping area 49 km

T/O 40km NW of Port Lincoln (L) or 126km SE of Elliston (R)

Near the foreshore 10km (unsealed) west of the highway.

Lipson Cove camping area 62 km

T/O 23km SW of Port Neill (L) or 17km N of Tumby Bay (R)

On the foreshore with picturesque views over a bay. Located 8km (unsealed) east of the highway.

Lake Malata rest area 66 km

74km NW of Port Lincoln (L) or 92km SE of Elliston (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Cape Hardy rest area 67 km

15km SW of Port Neill (R) or 25km NE of Tumby Bay (L)

Secluded area just off the highway among a few trees.

Port Neill park area 80 km

At Port Neill

On the foreshore near the jetty.

Mount Hope rest area 83 km

92km NW of Port Lincoln (R) or 74km SE of Elliston (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Arno South rest area 94 km

18km SW of Arno Bay (L) or 17km NE of Port Neill (R)

Just off the highway behind a few bushes.

Cummings Lookout rest area 97 km

106km NW of Port Lincoln (L) or 60km SE of Elliston (R)

At the lookout carpark 500m off the highway. Large caravans and motorhomes must not proceed past the carpark.

What's on around town

Tunarama Festival: Jan.

Adelaide to Lincoln Yacht Race and Lincoln Week Regatta: Feb/Mar.

Port Lincoln Show: Aug.

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