Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln is a town in the Eyre Peninsula region of South Australia.



Visited and named by Matthew Flinders in 1802, after his home of Lincolnshire, Port Lincoln is yet another Australian town that remembers this explorer. Flinders was looking for fresh water during his visit, which lasted several weeks. He eventually located some, which enabled him to continue his voyage into the Spencer Gulf.

He lost eight of his crew in a rowing boat while going ashore here. The boat was found but the bodies of the crew never were. The cape at the tip of Lincoln National Park is called Cape Catastrophe after the event, and the surrounding islands named after each of the lost crewmen.


Port Lincoln doesn't get as warm as you may expect during summer, with averages remaining lower than Adelaide.


Port Lincoln today is a town of around 15,000 people, it has a foreshore area, marina district, and is close to the Lincoln National Park. Although tourism is important to the area, this is a working city, and you are just as likely to see trawlers in the marina as you are luxury yachts or tourist charters. While swimming at the foreshore jetty, you can see the large grain silos and conveyors load grain ships at speed.

Get in

By car

About 8 hours drive from Adelaide, a little quicker and less driving when taking the ferry arriving at Lucky Bay from Wallaroo on Yorke Peninsula.

By plane

Port Lincoln has a regional airport (IATA: PLO) situated north of the town on the Lincoln Highway (B100) and near North Shields at the north western end of Boston Bay. The airport is around 15 km from the town and is the second busiest airport in South Australia.

Rex Regional Express and Qantaslink fly from Adelaide several times daily. Compared to the drive, flying is quick and flights are easily obtainable for less than $100 each way. The distance of 245 km (152 mi) as the crow flies across the Spencer Gulf and St Vincent Gulf to Adelaide is not that great when compared to the much longer road route to the north via Port Augusta and around the top of the two gulfs and top of Yorke Peninsula.

Whyalla is the next closest airport with scheduled services, about 3 hours drive (268km) to the north. Flights there are less frequent and more expensive.

By coach

Premier Stateliner run daily services to Adelaide via Whyalla and Port Augusta.

Get around

Rental cars are available in Port Lincoln and at the airport taxis and taxis operating around the town.

Bike hire is available from Port Lincoln Adventure Hire.


Lincoln National Park

Lincoln National Park is 15 km drive south of Port Lincoln, The road is sealed (paved) for most of the distance to Cape Donnington and a well graded gravel road for the remainder. Near Cape Donnington there are many emu, kangaroo and goanna. Bring binoculars to see the wildlife on Donnington Island.


  • At the foreshore. There is a park, swimming enclosure and jetty just in front of the main shopping area. Showers and change rooms are available in the park.
  • At the beach
  • Adventure Bay Charters, 2 Jubilee Dr,  +61 488 428862. Visit a Tuna farm and enjoy hand feeding, seeing fish from the underwater viewing platform or get in for a swim. This two hour tour is a fascinating insight into the history of the Tuna industry and includes a taste of sashimi. from $65.
  • Swim with the Tuna. Underwater viewing, two pools, feeding and swimming. Free coffee and tea, and cookies and sausages available for purchase. No tuna available here though, so this may be the place for those who are more into watching them than eating them.


Tasman Terrace is the main shopping strip of Port Lincoln, with shops occupying one side of the street, and the park and waterfront on the other. There some fashion stores, cafes, restaurants, as well as all the essential supplies available.


If you have been touring the Eyre Peninula eating in pubs and at fast food outlets, Port Lincoln may give you a chance to branch out a little. There is selection of restaurants here, with seafood being a speciality.



Time Zone in Port Lincoln is+10:30 from GMT (UTC)

Go next

If you are heading onwards, you have three roads to choose from, two ultimately heading west towards Ceduna, and one heading east towards Port Augusta.

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