|Adelaide - Ceduna|
|Eyre Peninsula Explorer|
Named after the 19th-century explorer Edward John Eyre, the Eyre Peninsula is a sparsely population region of farms, headlands, white sandy beaches and clear blue seas, where fishing and whale watching are popular pursuits.
From Adelaide, travel north to Port Wakefield, a small port town on Gulf St Vincent and the gateway to the historic Yorke Peninsula and the wineries of the Clare Valley. Further north, industrial Port Pirie’s National Trust Museum, in the old Customs House, is worth a visit. Between here and Port Augusta, you’ll pass Mount Remarkable National Park’s dramatic scenery, and the road that leads to the small town of Quorn and the rugged Flinders Ranges.
Located at the junction of the Eyre and Stuart Highways, at the top of Spencer Gulf, Port Augusta is the major government and commercial centre for South Australia’s vast desert region. Many of the attractions here are Outback related - the Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air bases; the award-winning Wadlata Outback Centre, which aims to interpret Aboriginal history and culture; and the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden.
West of Port Augusta, the Lincoln Highway takes you into the Eyre Peninsula and Whyalla, set on Spencer Gulf and South Australia’s second largest city with a population of around 26,900. Take a tour of the BHP Steelworks, visit the Whyalla Maritime Museum, and head to Hummock Hill Lookout for great views of the gulf. To the south, Cowell’s white sands and blue seas have made it a popular holiday resort, and this is also home to Australia’s only commercial jade mining operation. Beyond here, Port Neill is famous for its excellent ocean fishing, beaches and water sports, while Tumby Bay offers more fishing and beautiful beaches, as well as cruises to the Sir Joseph Banks Group of islands to see seals, dolphins and waterbirds.
You’ll then reach Port Lincoln, a major tuna fishing port on vast Boston Bay. Stroll around the jetty and port area, dine on the freshest seafood, visit a commercial tuna farm, and take a cruise to Dangerous Reef, where you’re likely to see sea-lions and fearsome white pointer sharks. To the south of town, magnificent Lincoln National Park offers cliffs, sheltered beaches, islands and wildlife, and at the southernmost tip of the peninsula you can take a scenic drive to see the amazing coastal scenery from Whalers Way.
The Flinders Highway then curves around the west of the peninsula, alongside the Great Australian Bight, to the small village of Coffin Bay, known for its oysters and scallops, and the beaches, surfing, fishing and wildlife of Coffin Bay National Park. Continue to the fishing and farming community of Elliston, where lovely white beaches, fishing and cliff top walks are the attractions, and on to Streaky Bay, a delightfully unspoilt port and holiday resort. Don’t miss a visit to the large sea-lion colony at nearby Point Labatt, or a trip to see the huge granite rock formations known as Murphys Haystacks.
Located at the junction of the Eyre and Flinder Highways, Ceduna is the last major town before the Nullarbor Plain begins its long journey into Western Australia. This is an oyster farming region, as visitors can immediately tell from the town’s Big Oyster, and the ideal spot for viewing southern right whales during their June to October breeding migration.
From here you can either return to Adelaide on the Eyre Highway, or continue to Western Australia via small roadhouse settlements and tiny Border Village - just over 480 km from Ceduna.
Where to Stay
Time Required: At least 4-5 days are recommended, longer if you visit the Yorke Peninsula, Clare Valley or Flinders Ranges en route.