Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln

Things to do - general

Port Lincoln is the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia, home to the country’s largest commercial fishing fleet and renowned for its southern bluefin tuna, King George whiting, Western King prawns and Southern Rock lobster.

Situated on Boston Bay – one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world and three times the size of Sydney Harbour – Port Lincoln offers visitors a myriad of unique experiences, both on and off the water, including 4wd tours, culinary experiences, fishing and aquatic activities on Boston Bay, swimming with tuna and sealions and exploring the area’s sheltered beaches and booming surf beaches.

Port Lincoln is also the departure point for one of Australia’s most breathtaking experiences, diving with the Great White Sharks.

Boasting some of the most sought after seafood in the world Port Lincoln is a culinary tourist’s dream. With award winning restaurants and the ability to experience the food journey from product to plate.

Since the first settlers arrived in 1839 aboard the ships Abeona, Dorset and Porter, Port Lincoln has developed into a well-serviced, welcoming seaside city. In fact, had there been more fresh water, Port Lincoln might have become the capital of South Australia.

Shopping, accommodation and dining options range from budget to luxury.

The city also offers excellent sporting and recreational facilities, including yachting, go-karting, horseracing, windsurfing, golfing, skin diving, kayaking, kite surfing, paddle boarding and surfing.

DIRECTIONS - How to get here

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Services

PORT LINCOLN SERVICES

Visitor Information Centre

Opposite the Port Lincoln Post Office
Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday
Open Sunday & Public holidays 10am to 4pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas day.


Post Office

The Port Lincoln Post Office (opposite the Visitor Centre)
Open Monday to Friday 9am -5pm daily.

Bank Branches & ATM

Port Lincoln is serviced by all the major banks:
ANZ, Westpac, NAB, Commonwealth, Bendigo Bank, Bank SA and Alliance 1 Credit Union

Internet Access & Wireless Broadband Hotspots


Del Giornos Cafe Restaurant on Tasman Tce & McDonalds on Liverpool Street
Port Lincoln Library - Public Internet Access, Book borrowing services.
Visitors most welcome: Port Lincoln Library Located on the Corner of Tasman Tce & Porter Street


Laundromats


Port Lincoln has 3 public laundromats.
Double Corner Store - Laundromat Normady Place.
ECO Clean - Mortlock Tce
Lincoln Linen Hire Bligh Street


Medical / Dental / Hospital

As a large Regional centre, Port Lincoln has extensive medical services including Doctors, Dentists, Physiotherapists, Orthodontists Optometrists, Chiropractors and a regional Hospital.


Public Toilet facilities


All public toilets are open from 7am until nightfall, located at the town jetty, Port Lincoln Yacht Club on the foreshore and Coles Carpark.


Taxi & Car Hire


Town Bus and Dial a ride 1300 308 998 | Port Lincoln Taxi 131 008 | Car Hire services available


Caravan Parking & RV Motor Home


Parking available on Tasman Tce in front of Makybve Diva Statue and Washington Street, near Visitor Centre & Post Office.

Motor Home Camping ($10 per night, permits available at the Port Lincoln Visitor Centre) - Billy Lights Point, Axel Stenross, Lincoln Hwy.

Sullage Point

Sullage Point; recycle bins & water tap available at Windsor Ave.

Port Lincoln Business Directory


You may be looking for a hair cut, massage, chemist, car or caravan repairs or any other local services during your visit to Port Lincoln on Eyre Peninsula... find it on www.portlincoln.net

History, Local Info.

HISTORY

Port Lincoln was discovered by Matthew Flinders under his commission by the British Admiralty to chart Australia's unexplored coastline. The converted collier Investigator dropped anchor in Boston Bay in February 1802 and Flinders named the spot Port Lincoln after his native Lincolnshire in England. Only several days earlier Flinders lost eight seamen near Memory Cove, including his sailing master, Captain John Thistle, whilst searching for water. Port Lincoln was initially considered as the alternative site for the State's Capital, but was subsequently rejected by Colonel Light in 1836 in favour of Adelaide. Lack of fresh water supplies was a major determining factor. The First Settlers arrived in March 1839 aboard the Abeona, the Dorset and the Porter. There is an historic plaque at the First Landing site to commemorate the event.


INDUSTRY

Port Lincoln is perhaps the nation's biggest combined agricultural and fishing centre. Port Lincoln's primary industries include the production of lambs, wool and beef, Cereal crops including wheat, oats, barley, canola, lupins etc. Tuna, prawns, lobster, abalone and scale fish are the major fishing and aquaculture industries.


FLORA & FAUNA

Lower Eyre Peninsula is truly a crossroads of habitats in Australia. The oceans surrounding it are renown for fishing, however the mixture of gulf waters and open ocean of the Great Australian Bight means there is a diversity of aquatic species. Port Lincoln has proximity to 60,000 hectares of National Parks; home to a myriad of flora and fauna to see. Also 250 species of birds have been recorded in the area.


Local Fishing info

RECREATIONAL FISHING

Port Lincoln is one of the State’s most popular locations for visitors to drop a line. There are many species and facilities available to cater for the keen fisherperson.


JETTIES

The main wharf, fuel berth and slipway are either closed or restricted, and it is important to seek local advice or permission before attempting to fish from them. The town jetty and Kirton Point Caravan Park jetties are open for general use. There are also jetties at North Shields, Louth Bay, Tumby Bay, Coffin Bay and Mt. Dutton Bay.


WHEN TO FISH

When to come for your favourite species? Whiting, snapper, salmon, sweep, snook, tommy ruffs, garfish, squid, and many other species available all year round. Tuna can be caught late summer and autumn and kingfish can be found in late spring and summer.
Fishing Regulations Size limits and bag limits vary for different species, so carry the latest fishing guide. It’s free and you can pick one up at any fishing or boating outlet. Good Fishing!


BOATS & FACILITIES

There are marinas at both Port Lincoln and Tumby Bay. Boat ramps are located at Tumby Bay, North Shields, Port Lincoln, Taylor’s Landing, Port Neill, Coffin Bay and Mt. Dutton Bay. It is also possible to beach launch at Louth Bay, Avoid Bay and Farm Beach.
At certain times adverse sea and beach conditions will make some of these locations unusable so it’s worth seeking information from boating equipment and tackle dealers. While you’re there, get a few tips from their knowledgeable staff.
There are extensive aquaculture and commercial fishing activities in and around Eyre Peninsula waters. It is advisable to keep your distance so they can go about their business. If you intend to sail these waters after dark, please ensure you have the latest information regarding the location of all aquaculture sites in the area.
There are coastguard stations at Louth Bay and Tumby Bay, with all marine radio frequencies monitored. In our vast waters, you may find yourself many hours from emergency help. We therefore recommend you advise the relevant stations of your activities as a safety precaution.


BEACH & ROCK FISHING LOCATIONS

There are far too many rock locations to list and of course they all have particular times when fishing is best. The Lower Eyre Peninsula includes over 1000kms of coast within 2 hours drive of Port Lincoln, so local knowledge is essential. Many of the best spots are in National Parks. You will need an entry permit – available at the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.
There are also many locations on private land, but please get permission before entering them. Detailed information on top fishing spots is readily available at local tackle outlets, so it’s best to visit them before planning a trip.


Axel Stenross Maritime Museum

Port Lincoln
Price per person from $ 7
Take a step back in time to enjoy this absolute waterfront maritime museum. The Axel Stenross Museum More info
Boston Bay Wines

Boston Bay Wines

Port Lincoln
Boston Bay Wines offer premium range of great white wines & reds which compliment local seafood. More info

Del Giorno's

Port Lincoln
Del Giorno’s is an award winning cafe restaurant specialising in seafood with a modern Austral More info

Fred's Marina Canal Cruise

Port Lincoln
Price per person from $ 50
Let Fred take you on a comprehensive tour through the waterways of the Lincoln Cove Marina. Relax on More info

Fresh Fish Place

Port Lincoln
You are invited on a “Seafood Lovers” guided tour. The Tour is based on learning about o More info
Glen Forest Animal Park

Glen Forest Animal Park

Port Lincoln
Price per person from $ 13
Animal Park, Segways, Putt Putt plus more for great family fun, just 15mins drive from Port Lincoln. More info

Grand Tasman Hotel

Port Lincoln
Contemporary hub of Port Lincoln, a relaxing lunch by the foreshore or a fun night out with friends. More info

Great Northern Hotel

Port Lincoln
Close to shops, friendly staff and atmosphere, great meals and prices. Spacious gaming room. We prom More info

Hotel Boston

Port Lincoln
Enjoy affordable family dining by the sea with a glorious sea vista & great play area for kids. More info

Joy Flights Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln
Price per group from $ 395
Joy flights Port Lincoln on Eyre Peninsula  Experience nostalgic splendor & excitement of flight More info

Mill Cottage

Port Lincoln
MILL COTTAGE Built in 1866 for Joseph Bishop, son of one the district’s first settlement famil More info

Nautilus Art Centre

Port Lincoln
This is a multi-purpose Cultural Centre with a sense of the aesthetic within new and modern spaces. More info

Old Mill

Port Lincoln
The Old Mill was built in 1846, is the oldest standing structure in Port Lincoln. It was built as pa More info

Oyster & Seafood Tasting Tour

Port Lincoln
You are invited on a “Seafood Lovers” guided tour of our multi fish species processing f More info

Port Lincoln Library

Port Lincoln
The Port Lincoln Library is a welcoming place for everyone!  Visitors welcome.  Free Internet & More info

Port Lincoln Pool

Port Lincoln
Price per person from $ 10
The largest aquatic centre on the Eyre Peninsula with various swim programs & family fun activit More info

Railway Museum

Port Lincoln
Railway Museum Hours Open 1pm -4 pm. Wed, Sun + Public holidays Closed Good Friday & Christmas D More info

Reel Action Boat Hire

Port Lincoln
4.2 Metre Alloy Tinny Hire 16ft Fiberglass Boat Hire Fishing Rod Hire Owned and operated by Port Lin More info

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions

Port Lincoln
Price per person from $ 1,195
Diving with Great White Sharks is what our Expeditions are all about the wonder & the excitement More info

Settlers Cottage Museum

Port Lincoln
Settlers Cottage Museum Open every Sunday 2pm - 4.00pm From October to May Phone 8682 3975 Loc More info

Shark Cage Diving Adventure Bay Charters

Port Lincoln
Price per person from $ 285
Cage Diving with Great White Sharks, one thing you must add to your bucket list, it has to be this! More info

Shark Cage Diving Calypso Star

Port Lincoln
Price per person from $ 395
Shark Cage Diving Tour experience a once-in-a-lifetime, close encounter with the Great White Sharks! More info

Swagabout Tours

Port Lincoln
Swagabout Tours offers day tours and truly memorable extended outback and coastal adventures sleepin More info

Swim with Sea Lions Adventure Bay Charters

Port Lincoln
Price per person from $ 165
Swim with Sea Lions, Witnessing the rare and endangered Australian Sea Lions in their natural habita More info

Triple Bay Charters

Port Lincoln
Price per person from $ 75
Aquaculture & Sightseeing Cruise. Cruise the waters of beautiful Boston Bay with local operator, More info

Why Not Fishing

Port Lincoln
Operating out of Pt Lincoln, WHY NOT Fishing Charters provides access to the best game fishing in So More info

Xtreme Kites & Paddle

Port Lincoln
Price per group from $ 45
A mobile Kiteboarding/SUP school offering lessons, or just fun doing Bubble Soccer or Sumo Wrestling More info

Youthoria Cinema

Port Lincoln
The Youthoria Cinema is located in the Flinders Theatre in Port Lincoln. The Youthoria Cinema was se More info

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Climate

CLIMATE

Due to the insulating effect of the surrounding ocean waters, Port Lincoln experiences a delightful Mediterranean climate.
Which is on average a degree or two warmer than Adelaide in winter and 3ºC - 5ºC cooler than Adelaide during the hot summer months.
Port Lincoln's average rainfall is 488mm or 19 inches, which falls mainly during the winter months.
Warm summers, mild winters and balmy weather during autumn and spring, make Port Lincoln an all year destination for touring, fishing, sailing and other recreational pursuits.

AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL

Summer Dec – Feb 25ºC max :: 16ºC min Summer – 16mm
Autumn March – May 21ºC max :: 13 ºC min Autumn – 36mm
Winter June – August 16ºC max :: 9ºC min Winter – 38mm
Spring September – November 20 ºC max :: 11 ºC min Spring – 73mm


Accommodation

Welcome to an incredible range of accommodation across our beautiful city of Port Lincoln and surrounds. Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend away, family holiday, overnight or extended stay or perhaps something in between you have come to the right place. Browse through our site and book online or call us for assistance in helping you find something to suit your needs.

Wake up to the sounds of birds and enjoy the tranquility of nature in a bush setting in a choice of country getaways. Watch the local fishing fleet pass your front door or breath in the sea air as you enjoy the comfort of your Marina apartment. Stay in our picturesque city centre and taste the delicious range of foods available from our hotels, cafes and restaurants or prepare your own in your well equipped kitchen in your apartment.

Create some wonderful memories with a family holiday in a cabin at one of our sea front caravan parks or spacious holiday homes. Relax and spoil yourself in a luxury hotel room or enjoy a comfortable night in our diverse range of Hotels & Motels.

Experience a stay in our award winning Back packer hostel or ask about other group stay hostels. If you prefer the comfort of your own home on wheels we have a great range of caravan parks right across the Eyre Peninsula.

For any assistance call Di or Penny on 0419 302 300

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