Bordered by the Spencer Gulf and the Great Australian Bight, South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is a beautiful coastal area. This area takes in many towns such as Port Lincoln, Arno Bay and Whyalla as well as many smaller towns and communities. The Eyre Peninsula has much to offer the backpacker with amazing scenery and photo opportunities. You can watch the Southern Right Whales and the many pods of dolphin which move along the coastal waters, gaze at the majestic cliff face of the Great Australian Bight, go bird watching or see the sea lions at Baird Bay. There are many places to see wildlife and this area is home to 3 species of the big 5 kangaroos, the Red, Euro and the Grey.
For the adventurous you can hike up the dunes, hire dune buggies, or try your hand at beach and ocean fishing with many big catches a regular occurrence. There are also some great scenic drives both along the coast and also the hinterland. See the salt lakes and monoliths of the Gawler Ranges. Many of the beaches have great surf and surfers will enjoy the conditions here. Some beaches offer safe swimming spots but extreme caution should be used. Diving and snorkeling is popular along this coast with many species of fish to be observed. Depending on your interests there are many festivals held at different times of the year in different towns along the Eyre Peninsula.
Eyre is home to some of the finest of South Australia accommodation. There are many coastal towns with great restaurants and cafes. These towns usually offer good accommodation options to suit most budgets and there is an abundance of art and craft shops to visit and enjoy. There are a number of museums dedicated to the whaling and fishing past as well as displays of Aboriginal Heritage of the area. Also of interest are the art galleries of the area with many local and interstate art works on display.