Eyre Peninsula Parks and Wildlife

The wild, wild west

Wild bushland and ancient red landscapes, alongside neat farmland and combed vineyards; the Eyre Peninsula has many different environments.

At the far north of the peninsula, the Gawler Ranges National Park and Pinkawillinie Conservation Park will take your breath away. In the evening, the red landscape and ancient rocks glow in the sunset.

Lake Gairdner, Gawler Ranges, South Australia

Sculpted by volcanoes millions of years ago, the country hasn’t changed since the giant relatives of today’s emus and kangaroos roamed. Travel with a local guide or explore by yourself. Take water and supplies though, this is true outback.

Boulders, bays and beaches

Just south of the Gawler Ranges, but still on the upper Eyre Peninsula, you'll find kangaroos, wallabies and emus living among soft bushes and mallee scrub in the various conservation parks. You can also discover hidden waterholes and marvel at massive granite landforms, among them Turtle Rock, Mt Wudinna and Murphy's Haystacks.

Camp in sheltered places, or spend time exploring the many walking trails, bike and four wheel drive (4WD) paths. Along the west coast, beaches such as Venus Bay, Port Kenny and Baird Bay are protected by the parks around them. Sea lions bask on the rocks, but with a local guide, it is possible to join them for a swim and frolic in their aquatic playground.

Parks and more

Explore the region's national parks to find caves, ruins, wildlife and wildflowers in the spring. Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay are both must-sees while travelling through the lower Eyre Peninsula.

Located on Boston Bay - a natural harbour three times bigger than Sydney harbour - Port Lincoln is the gateway to the limestone cliffs and blowholes of Whalers Way and the sweeping arc of Sleaford Bay. Just 20 kilometres south is the Lincoln National Park and Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area with its rugged bushland and cliffs, sand dunes, sheltered bays and sandy beaches.

To the west is Coffin Bay and the national and conservation parks that surround this idyllic beachside town. Here there is an abundance of wildlife, bird life and magnificent wildflowers to be seen.

A great way to experience the sights and history of Coffin Bay is along the eight kilometre Oyster Walk. Start from the caravan park and walk to the lookout in Coffin Bay National Park. An extension of the walk into Kellidie Bay Conservation Park will take you to the historical site of Old Oyster Town. The walk is wheelchair friendly. 

Investigator Trail

Climb sand dunes and discover hidden beaches. Camp, stay in a restored cottage or choose a nearby eco-lodge. There are short hiking trails or longer ones such as the 93 kilometre Investigator Trail.

It’s such a beautiful and remarkable place. It’s hard to believe that it is so close to the cosmopolitan town of Port Lincoln.

Nature's playground

See water buffalo alongside koalas, dingoes, kangaroos, wombats, birds and farm animals at Glen-Forest Tourist Park and Vineyard, located just 15 minutes from Port Lincoln.

For a real adrenalin rush, try a shark cage diving tour at Port Lincoln. You will travel off the coast to Neptune Island and come face to face with great white sharks. See them up close from the safety of a cage. Take home a photo for evidence!

You can also swim with tuna, dolphins or sea lions. During the winter months, watch as southern right whales frolic in the waters with their young, off the coast of Head of Bight and the Nullarbor Plain.

What's on in SA

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.

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