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Nestled into the southern tip of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, Port Lincoln is a natural and historical wonderland and incredible Australian cruise destination. Abounding with museums, art galleries, and fantastic fishing spots, the bustling town is known by many as “Australia’s seafood capital” - and for good reason. The waters around the unspoilt coastline are teeming with whiting, snapper, salmon, garfish, squid, and many more gastronomic delights that are available all year round.
Yet Port Lincoln isn’t just a haven for foodies: Nature lovers and history buffs alike will also love this seaside holiday destination, which is full of great things to see and do. Join a P&O Shore Tour via one of our hand-picked local partners to discover the many wonderful things Port Lincoln has to offer, from fascinating maritime history to breathtaking geological formations and scenic sites.
The busy, thriving modern town of Port Lincoln has a long and rich maritime history as one of Australia’s most prominent commercial fishing hotspots. Book into the Port Lincoln Seafood Story Shore Tour and learn all about the early days of tuna fishing at the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum. There, you’ll discover relics and artefacts including an operating slipway, historic vessels, and even a blacksmith shop! This unmissable P&O Shore Tour also gives you a chance to go behind the scenes at a fish processing factory. Learn how to open oysters and peel prawns like a pro, and see the famous King George Whiting being filleted at high speeds.
Once you’ve had your fill of local history, celebrate the present on a Journey on Eyre Shore Tour. Our guides will take you through Big Swamp, where majestic Black Swans breed annually, through the Marble Ranges and Mount Dutton, and toward Farm Beach, the home of King George Whiting. Along the way, you’ll stop at the Dutton Bay Heritage Woolshed Museum and marvel at breathtaking views of Port Lincoln and Boston Bay.
No Port Lincoln cruise experience would be complete without visiting the destination’s rugged coastline, stunning lockouts, and unspoilt beaches. See all these and more on the Rugged Coastal Discovery Shore Tour. At Winters Hill lookout, you’ll enjoy gorgeous views over Port Lincoln and the local marina precinct, while at Fishery Bay lookout you’ll be treated to panoramic views of wide beaches and rolling seas. Keen to meet the local wildlife? Head to Cape Wiles, where you may be lucky enough to spot a colony of New Zealand fur seals playing near the rocks.
For the ultimate South Australian experience, pair wildlife encounters with wine tasting on the Wine and Wildlife Shore Tour. The tour will take you to the Glen Forest Tourist Park and Vineyard, a 400-acre farm that’s home to plenty of animals and wine varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz. Walk through the bird aviary and spot koalas, wombats, emus, kangaroos, and more before raising a glass with your fellow cruiselings over a sampling of cheese and biscuits.
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Your ship will dock in town, just a 10-minute walk from Port Lincoln’s main street.
There are limited taxis in Port Lincoln.
Some of the world’s best seafood is on offer at Port Lincoln. Sample local delicacies at one of the town’s many specialist restaurants, or indulge in some simple, straightforward takeaway. You’ll find a handful of eateries along Tasman Terrace and King Street, and plenty of fine dining options at the local wineries that overlook rolling vineyards and the sea.
Please note that quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products, and sandwiches to be taken off the ship. However, commercially packaged confectionery, chips, and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
A stroll through Port Lincoln reveals many galleries where you can view and purchase original jewellery, paintings, pottery, and even iron-forged pieces from talented local artists.
South Australia experiences a variety of climates ranging from desert temperatures in the north to Mediterranean weather along the coast. Very hot weather can be experienced between December and February, but spring and autumn are usually pleasant. Winter is the coolest and wettest season.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted, and ATMs can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are available throughout Port Lincoln, and mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home. Port Lincoln Library offers free wi-fi.