Port Lincoln is a located on the lower Eyre Peninsula in the state of South Australia. The city is situated on the shore of Boston Bay, which opens eastward into Spencer Gulf and is the largest city in the West Coast region.
The city is reputed to have the most millionaires per capita in Australia and also claims to be the 'Seafood Capital of Australia'.
The Eyre Peninsula has been home to Aboriginal people for thousands of years, with the Nauo, Barngarla, Wirangu and Mirning being the predominant original cultural groups present at the time of the arrival of Europeans when British naval explorer Matthew Flinders discovered Boston Bay on 26 February 1802. He named the body of water, Port Lincoln, in honour of his place of birth, Lincoln.
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 3C - 5C 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.
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.
The city has a contrasting coastal landscape, ranging from sheltered waters and beaches, to surf beaches and rugged oceanic coastline. The Great South Australian Coastal Upwelling System brings cold, nutrient-rich water into nearby waters of the Great Australian Bight and Spencer Gulf. This supports lucrative fisheries, including that of the southern blue fin tuna and sardine.
Do we tender to shore at Port Lincoln?
No, the ship berth alongside on the long jetty.
What is the most popular thing to do in Port Lincoln?
Its famous for its Shark cage diving, so give this a go for a real adrenalin rush! If that's too much for you then try the Tuna swimming experience instead.