Cruises to Port Lincoln
At the southern tip of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, the sweeping coastline of this bustling port reveals a seafood wonderland.
Charting Australia’s unexplored coastline, Englishman Matthew Flinders discovered Port Lincoln in 1802 and named it after his native Lincolnshire. Port Lincoln was in close contention to become South Australia’s capital, but lost out to Adelaide, mainly because of a lack of fresh water supplies. These days, surrounded by unspoilt coastline, this thriving and beautiful city overlooking Boston Bay now proudly lays claim to the title of “Australia’s seafood capital”. The town offers museums, art galleries and some great fishing spots, with whiting, snapper, salmon, sweep, snook, tommy ruffs, garfish, squid and many other species available all year round.
At A Glance
14,086 (2011 census)
Port Lincoln Shore Tours
Guest favourites, the most booked Shore Tours at this port
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What To See
Swim and snorkel
Take our Shore Tour to Swim With The Tuna, a huge pontoon and enclosed saltwater pool, where you can handfeed and swim with the fastest fish in the world, bluefin tuna. Beginning with a 15-minute catamaran ride, you’ll get a wetsuit, snorkel, gloves and fins before jumping in with 60 bluefin tuna. There’s also a touch pond full of ocean critters waiting to meet you, and an underwater observatory for those who don’t want to get wet. The tour includes three hours at the pontoon.
Catch of the day
A visit to Port Lincoln wouldn’t be complete without trying some of its superb seafood, harvested from pristine local waters. From King George whiting, magnificent king prawns, delicate sashimi tuna, elusive southern rock lobster to mussels plucked straight from Boston Bay, this town is a seafoodie’s delight! And make sure to wash it down with a glass of local, awardwinning wine.
Just half an hour’s drive from Port Lincoln, this pretty township with a population of 650 is renowned for its local oysters. Buy them fresh-from-the-sea and enjoy them together with panoramic views over the bay, or pull up a seat at a restaurant. The vast expanses of pristine waterways with large bays, channels, inlets and sandy beaches are also worth exploring.
Your ship will dock in town, just a 10-minute walk from Port Lincoln’s main street.
There are limited taxis in Port Lincoln.
If you want to try some of the world’s best seafood, you’ve got it right here in Port Lincoln. Dine out on local produce from traditional hotels and specialist restaurants to good, old-fashioned takeaway. You’ll find a handful of eateries along Tasman Terrace and King Street. Or fine dine at one of the local wineries for an alfresco feast overlooking rolling vineyards and the sea.
A stroll through Port Lincoln reveals many galleries where you can view, and better yet, buy original jewellery, paintings, pottery and even iron-forged pieces from talented local artists. Quarantine authorities generally don’t 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.
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. ATMs can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are available throughout Port Lincoln. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home (where applicable). Port Lincoln Library offers free wi-fi.
WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You’re also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
There are a range of tours available to really get the most out of your time in Port Lincoln. Tours can be booked onboard at the Shore Tours desk and are subject to availability. Guests are required to meet at a specific location for each Shore Tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
Please dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.