FAMILY HOLIDAY IN PORT LINCOLN

By Bess Winkley

SEE & DO

1. Sea Lion Swimming

We may be biased but swimming with our endangered Australian Sea Lions is one of the most interactive and exhilarating experiences that must be done on any family holiday. With no age limit and family packages, this tour will create family memories to be cherished forever. With float lines, flotation devices, a top viewing deck and the puppies of the sea always willing to play, the entertainment levels cannot be matched! Costs: $600 family (2 adults, 2 kids aged 5-15), adults $205, kids $145, under 5 free.

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2. Shark Cage Diving  & Aqua Sub

If your family is adventure seeking and after an adrenaline rush, our shark cage diving experience is just for you! No prior diving experience is required, and our all-inclusive, dry, underwater viewing area the “Aqua Sub,” is perfect for any family members who would prefer to stay dry when spotting sharks rather than dive in the cage. Please note that due to the lengthy duration of this tour it is not recommended for children under the age of five. However, if you are comfortable with them joining, we are more than happy to have them on board. Costs: adult $395 + $125 on the day, child $295 + $125 on the day (only if sharks are seen, that dive upgrade fee of $125 is paid).

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3. Leisure Centre

The Port Lincoln YMCA is a family holiday leisure centre complete with: a lap pool, hydrotherapy pool, kids paddling pool, water slide, spa, sauna, gym, fitness classes, and a party room. With day, family, concession, and student passes available, and all fitness classes open to the public, the YMCA has something for everyone and is sure to keep the whole family entertained for as long as you like! Costs: Family (5 admissions, max 2 adults) $22.40, child (4-15yrs) $5.60, under 4 free. These prices are based on one day passes.

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4. Mikkira Station

Located in the scrub, 30 kilometres southwest of Port Lincoln, Mikkira Station is the perfect spot for a family holiday picnic or to set up camp for a night or two. It is home to a large population of native koalas and kangaroos who live in the Manna Gums of the area. This makes it a great place for koala spotting and bird watching. It is open to the public every day except during December to March due to high fire risk.

Permits are required for entry and are available at the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre or Mobil Mortlock Service Station on Mortlock Terrace. If you arrive at the station without a permit you can call the on-site office to purchase one (cash only).

  • Day Trips: $15 per vehicle.
  • Camping: $25 per vehicle per night.

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5. Glen Forest

Glen Forest animal park is a place set to provide heaps of fun for the family holiday! Located in farmland just 15 minutes from Port Lincoln, the 400 acres home a 120-acre animal farm, farming land, and 80 acres of vineyard. Attractions include: Segway rides, mini golf, hand feeding kangaroos, cuddling rabbits and guinea pigs, spotting the wombats and feeding birds in the walk-in bird aviary! Glen Forest provides a casual, family-friendly atmosphere and with undercover dining facilities and shaded lawn area, it is the perfect place for a family picnic, barbecue, or birthday party. Family $50 (2 adults, 2 children aged 2-16), adults $15, children $13, bags of animal feed $2, putt-putt golf $10pp, Segway rides $35. Open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am-5pm.

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6. Fishing & Squidding Off The Jetty

The town jetty on the Port Lincoln foreshore is the perfect place for a spot of fishing, squidding or swimming.  Ask in at Spot On Fishing and Outdoors on the front street to see what has been biting and to find out the best times of day to try some squidding! Alongside the jetty is an enclosed pontoon area similar to a swimming pool which is perfect for anyone to swim in. Try some laps with a snorkel mask on and it will be a very different experience to normal pool laps! This jetty and pool area are publicly accessible any time of the year.

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Photo credit: Port Lincoln Times, sourced from Google.

7. Day Tour With Xplore Eyre

With competitive prices, child’s prices and guided tours, Xplore Eyre have got you covered for a family holiday, ground touring Port Lincoln and surrounds. See stunning coastal scenery and learn all about the region. Their Port Lincoln tour highlights are:    

  • Lincoln National Park
  • Whalers Way Coastal Drive
  • Mikkira Station
  • Seafood lunch at the Fresh Fish Place
  • Wildlife encounters at Glen-Forest Tourist Park and
  • Wine tasting at Boston Bay Wines.

Prices: Adults $129 and Children (12 and under) $99. Private tour (max 7 people) $360.

Departing every Tuesday, Thursday and other days upon request. Starts 7:30am with accommodation pickup and returns 5:30pm.  It doesn’t hurt to give them a call or visit their website for more info: https://xploreeyre.com.au/

 

STAY

Port Lincoln Tourist Park

This 4 star, family holiday accommodation is located on the beachfront in Port Lincoln with stunning views of the bay, Marina, National Park, and Boston Island. The park has a variety of accommodation options to choose from including unpowered campsites to executive cabins. It is also pet-friendly, so you don’t need to leave your doggo at home! They offer: a children’s playground, BBQ, free WIFI, laundry facilities, fish cleaning undercover picnic areas, camp kitchen, dump points, pet-friendly accommodation, private jetty and kiosk. Accommodation types include: concrete sites, grass sites, three types of cabins, powered and unpowered sites, waterfront sites. Camping ranges from $25-$37 depending on the site type and cabins range from $105-$145 all sleeping six people.

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Camping in Port Lincoln National Park

Our picturesque national park is the perfect place for the family holiday. Spend a few days if you are keen campers! With multiple beachside sites to choose from, and maximum numbers at each site, it is never overcrowded and you’ll always score a good camp spot. Toilets are available at some sites, and everywhere is easily accessible by car, with only a couple of areas of the park limited to 4WD vehicles only. The Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre has all the information you will need if this interests you and the fam! You can set up your own camp (passes available at https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Eyre_Peninsula/lincoln-national-park#fees or the Donington Cottage for $104 per night, sleeping six. For access to the park, you will need to buy a day pass which will set you back roughly $11 for the day. Purchase online or in person at the park outlet. Dogs are not permitted through here, sorry!

 

EAT

1. Tasman Hotel

Centrally located on the front street of town, the Tasman Hotel is ideal for a dinner or a drink. Featuring a kids menu, salad bar, unlimited soft serve ice cream and the widest range of schnitzel toppings you will find, there is something for the whole family! See the menu here: http://www.grandtasmanhotel.com.au/dining/main-menu

2. Pier Hotel

Also found on the front street of Port Lincoln is the Pier Hotel, a restaurant featuring indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the beautiful Boston Bay. They really have something for everyone with kids meals and pub meals with a bit of variation. Also on the menu is Australian seafood such as prawns, tuna, mussels, and squid. See the full menu here: https://portlincolnpier.com.au/restaurant/

 

3. Marina Hotel

Located on the water’s edge in the Port Lincoln marina is the Marina Hotel. A family-friendly dining experience, they offer kids meals with an ice cream and an activity bag to provide the little ones with endless entertainment while you enjoy your fresh, locally sourced meals. Sit above the water overlooking the marina and all its fleet. Indoor and outdoor dining is available, with the outdoor area being unique in that it is on a decking over the water. Gas heaters and blankets are available when it gets chilly in the evening. Their menu can be viewed here: https://www.marinahotel.com.au/portlincolnfood

 

4. Del Giorno’s Restaurant

Another restaurant central to town is Del Giorno’s located in the middle of the front street overlooking the bay. Children’s meals are available and come with an activity bag, and there is also a playground opposite the restaurant so it is possible to eat outside and watch the kids from across the road. The chef’s source and cook locally caught seafood, and their pasta and pizzas are local favourites. See the full menu plus kids menu at this link: https://delgiornos.com.au/menu/

 

5. Beer Garden Brewery

Features a relaxed atmosphere, an outdoor grassy area with large fences where children can run around under the fairy lights and delicious pizza’s. This area is great for families while not being solely focused on the kids. There is something for everyone to enjoy and many weekends there is live music adding to the atmosphere of the place. Learn more about them here: http://www.beergardenbrewing.com/

 

If you have any questions about anything in this blog or would like more recommendations, we’re more than happy to help! We know it can be daunting visiting a new place and trying to find out everything on your own and ahead of time. Take the stress out of your family holiday this year with Adventure Bay Charters. A lot of these activities we can book for you, so don’t hesitate to contact us on (08) 8682 2979, info@adventurebaycharters.com.au or on our live chat right here on our website. Thanks for your time!