Eyre Peninsula Family Holidays
Plunge the kids deep into nature's playground on a family holiday on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula.
This is a real outdoors holiday in one of Australia's premier fishing regions. A holiday here is much more than baiting a hook and casting a line - you can literally get face-to-face with some very big fish along with sea lions and sharks!
Under water adventures
If you're looking for an adrenalin rush, head for Port Lincoln where you can hand-feed and dive with massive bluefin tuna. Watch one of nature’s most amazing creatures - the great white shark - from the safety of a steel cage.
A little lower on the "scary" scale, swim with the only mainland colony of Australian sea lions at Baird Bay. Tumble and turn with the sea lions as they play around you.
Point Lowly near Whyalla is home to the world's biggest giant cuttlefish colony. Every May, these magnificently coloured creatures flock to the warm, shallow waters to breed.
Can't beat the beach
Boasting pristine white sand and turquoise-blue water, you can't beat a beach holiday on the Eyre Peninsula. Plus with more than 2000 kilometres of coastline, you're sure to find a beach that suits you. Jetties are common in most towns and are a favourite with the younger family members.
Bait a hook and go fishing. No rod? Well, go crabbing, hunt for cockles or shuck some fresh oysters.
If you’re missing school, enrol in “surf school” because Eyre Peninsula waves are some of the best in South Australia. If smaller waves are more your style, get on a kiteboard or paddleboard and experience what it's like to walk on water.
Little critters and cute creatures
Kids love animals and koalas are hard to beat on the cuteness scale. At Mikkira Station, located a short drive from Port Lincoln, see the only wild population of koalas on the Eyre Peninsula. Glen-Forest Tourist Park and Vineyard is just 15 minutes from Port
Lincoln and is home to koalas, dingoes, kangaroos, wombats,
birds, farm animals and even water buffalo. There’s also a mini golf course for the
kids and a 60-acre vineyard for the adults.
Join a four wheel drive (4WD) safari into the Gawler Ranges National Park for an encounter with kangaroos, emus, wombats
and amazing birdlife. To the west, swim with sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay for an experience the family will never forget.
If you're in the region between May and October, visit the Great Australian Bight Marine Park and watch southern right whales and their calves off the coast of Head of Bight.
Get back to basics
Take the kids camping and experience sleeping under the stars in swags. The national parks are wonderful for getting back to nature or a spot of fishing or wildlife watching.
Lincoln National Park has nine camp
grounds, all a short stroll from pristine bays
and beaches and not very far from Port Lincoln. These include Surfleet Cove
Campground, which is ideal for families and
offers 20 camp sites with easy access to
Coffin Bay National Park is one of South
Australia’s most iconic parks and home to
several pods of dolphins, reptiles, western
grey kangaroos, white-bellied sea eagles and
Away from the coast is Gawler Ranges National Park, which boasts an awe-inspiring
landscape of giant sand dunes forged by
massive volcanic activity more than 1500 million
years ago. You'll need a four-wheel drive (4WD) and your own food, water, firewood and fuel.
The wide open spaces of Nullarbor National
Park and Regional Reserve offer a rare sense
of total peace and isolation. This enormous
park, which is the coastal gateway to Western
Australia, covers 2.8 million hectares and
includes the world’s largest semi-arid cave
(karst) landscape and culturally significant
Day at the museum
There are plenty of activities to fill up your days. Drop into a museum and get a snapshot of Eyre Peninsula history from the sea to the farm.
Koppio Smithy Museum, located about 30 kilometres from Tumby Bay, is a whole pioneer town that is great fun to explore. Axel Strenross Maritime Museum in Port Lincoln is also an operating slip-yard where small craft are cleaned and painted. Learn about local Aboriginal arts and culture at the Ceduna Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Centre.
While you're over on the west side, see one of the biggest great white sharks ever caught with a rod and reel. The replica is at Stewarts Roadhouse and Streaky Bay Tourist Centre in Streaky Bay.
Another big thing to see is the Big Galah in Kimba - the half-way point across Australia, between Sydney and Perth. Standing eight metres tall, he's pretty hard to miss. While the camera's handy, take a photo of the family at the Halfway Across Australia Sign.
Eyre Peninsula - fun packed days for everyone.
He's the host of South Aussie with Cosi, a family man and most importantly, passionate about South Australia. Andrew 'Cosi' Costello shares his top five tips for a great family holiday in South Australia.
1. Swim with the Tuna. it's an all-ages activity and I think this could be the best tourism operation I have seen in SA. It's great value and there's a boat cruise at the end of the tour.
2. The coastline. Find a spot and sit on the cliff tops and look out into the ocean. It certainly puts life into perspective.
3. Coffin Bay oysters are famous around the world and you can eat one fresh out of the ocean - or if your cashed up, try a $100 oyster at the Port Lincoln Hotel.
4. Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safari. I bet you have probably never even heard of the Gawler Ranges. I hadn’t 'til I went there and was absolutely blown away. Do a tour with these guys - it's a trip highlight waiting to happen.
5. Stay at the Whyalla Caravan Park and see the dolphins where the boats come in. They are super friendly and are there most days.
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