Eyre Peninsula Towns
Spoilt for choice
The region is vast but boasts dozens of welcoming towns. Where will you stay during your Eyre Peninsula holiday?
With a coastline stretching 2000 kilometres, you'll be sure to find a beach you love. From Arno Bay on the east side of the peninsula to Venus Bay on the west, many of the beaches are vast, beautiful and never crowded.
East to west
Whyalla is the largest town on the Eyre Peninsula and is blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Built around the steelworks, the town is renowned as a steel and shipbuilding hub, but is also the playground for some curious sea creatures.
The annual spawning of Australian giant cuttlefish is a thrill for divers and snorkellers who converge on the town between May and August each year. A good place to start is the Cuttlefish Boardwalk or the steps at Black Point which both allow easy access to the water.
You'll be guaranteed a friendly wave and great oysters in Cowell. Stock up at the Turners Oysters & Seafood shed and grab an oyster pie for lunch.
Towns along the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula have remained more isolated and can be somewhat of a secret between locals and the lucky few who have discovered them, but you might consider dropping into Elliston, Venus Bay, Port Kenny and Streaky Bay.
Ceduna is a great base to explore the rest of the far west coast, across to Head of Bight and the Nullarbor. It's also home to the annual Oysterfest event held over the October long weekend.
Great southern land
At the southern end of the peninsula are Tumby Bay, Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay. Tumby Bay is a great family holiday spot and fishing destination and a good way to look around is on board Story's Clydesdale Horse & Trolley Tours.
Surround by pristine national and conservation parks, Coffin Bay is another idyllic holiday spot. The Coffin Bay Oyster Walk is a wonderful way to learn about the town's history and taste the delicious oysters.
There are myriad experiences to be had in Port Lincoln, which is considered the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia. Go fishing and sailing on Boston Bay, explore the nearby national parks or indulge your adventurous spirit with shark cage diving or swimming with sea lions.
Shopping, accommodation and dining options range from budget to luxury.
Heart of the peninsula
The inland towns of the Eyre Peninsula owe their existence to sheep and wheat farming. Established in places like Lock, Lipson and Cleve in the 1800s, locals have kept their heritage alive at centres like the Koppio Smithy Museum. A whole pioneer town has been assembled and it’s great fun to explore. You'll find it 30 kilometres from Tumby Bay in the Koppio Hills.
Wudinna boasts a relaxed outback feel and is a great starting point to explore the Gawler Ranges National Park - off-road enthusiasts can join a four wheel drive (4WD) safari into the park. Huge granite sculptures of Mount Wudinna Rock and Turlte Rock are nearby.
Heard of the Big Galah? You'll find it in Kimba, which is geographically half way across Australia and is the eastern gateway to the Gawler Ranges.
The Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre at Ceduna is one of the places to find local, authentic Aboriginal art. The nearby Old School House Museum focuses on the pioneering history of the area and the Maralinga atomic testing program.
Port Lincoln's Axel Stenross Maritime Museum celebrates the town's rich maritime history based on the life of Finnish-born Axel, who lived humbly in his
corrugated iron dwelling.
Every town on the Eyre Peninsula has a story. Some of them are unexpected. All of them are worth hearing.
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