Updated: Jan 6, 2022
The Eyre Peninsula was one of the main highlights of coming to South Australia. It has many little beach towns to visit and explore the breathtaking camp spots, stunning beaches, fascinating marine life, and test your tastebuds with fresh seafood.
I have compiled all the spots we visited, although there are many more places to visit due to our pup, we weren’t allowed in the national parks.
If you are coming by plane you have a few options. There are Adelaide, Ceduna, and Port Lincoln airports. Driving from Adelaide to Whyalla is around 4.5 hours, then from Whyalla to Port Lincoln, it’s 3 hours. If you travel from the West, Ceduna is 5 hours drive around EP or you can drive the outback of EP and start from Port Augusta on the east side which is 4.5 hours drive, or even start in Port Lincoln. There are so many ways and so much to see.
We came from Port Augusta and down the east side, our van broke down in the little town of Whyalla and had the tow to bring us to Port Lincoln because it’s one of the bigger towns on the EP. There are many towns in between we didn’t get to see that you should definitely stop into. Tumby Bay known for its vibrant art scene and silo murals
Being one of the biggest towns on the EP, which makes it a great place to start and stock up on goods for exploring the more remote parts. It has all the major retail stores like Target, Kmart, Coles, and Woolworths. We stayed at the Port Lincoln Tourist Park while we were broken down, it had the most epic views of the national park across the bay. It’s a busy and quite large park on the waterfront, so you will always get a million-dollar view. Port Lincoln is world-famous for cage diving with great white sharks and swimming with seals. Aaron decided to do the famous cage diving with sharks through Calypso Star Charters. He said it was a ripper of a day, if you are planning on adding this to your list, make sure you have your sea legs. Hot tip- keep all your food in plastic containers, we picked up a few hitch hikers (mice), luckily a heat wave make them flee our van not without a few nibbles of our biscuits, oats and bread.
A beautiful bay known for its oysters, we wanted to do the oyster tour, unfortunately, it was all booked out so we sat at the restaurant and ordered a few oysters to slurp down and just enjoyed the view. If we didn’t have Ted with us we would have stayed a little longer and go and explore the national park. You will find so many spots to lay your towel and swim in the turquoise water, remember to bring your umbrella and lots of sunscreen over the summer months.
All the best places have a bumpy ride to get there. Be prepared for a dusty trip into Greenly beach, but the view is well worth the dusty van. We spent a night at this epic spot. Dive into the glass-like waters, bathe in the multiple rock pools. Although to stay here it’s best to be self-contained, there are no toilets or freshwater. I would like to quickly note that there was so much toilet paper floating around, don’t be that person leaving your tp or even worse baby wipes. Enjoy this amazing view and keep it cleaner than you found it.
We spent a night at Streaky Bay, this cute little town is another place to stock up on fresh food, they have both a Foodland and an IGA. If you’re looking for coffee in the morning, Elliots bakery is a great place to get a coffee and bakery treat. You can enjoy your morning coffee on the Jetty and people watch. On your way out check out the great white while you fill up petrol. This 5-foot replica was a female caught in the ’90s with a fishing rod before they became an endangered species. The town has a no-free camp policy, with signs everywhere. however it has dump spots and a pre-pay water fill up. We found free camp just outside of town, so we enjoyed the afternoon watching the incredible pastel sunset then when we were ready for bed we moved.
Now, this is probably the smallest town we stopped at with a one-stop-shop to get your petrol and parcels. It’s a great place to soak up the sun and spent the day under the beach huts, then find a free camp along the point. Fun fact. this town got its name ‘Smoky Bay’ from all the smoke coming from the fires lit by the indigenous people.
We absolutely loved the Eyre Peninsula and it’s definitely a place we will visit again and do all the things we missed. It’s a place that should be put on the bucket list for all travelers.
See you on the road.
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