With its spellbinding Outback scenery, amazing beaches, delicious seafood and a diverse range of native wildlife, the Eyre Peninsula is packed with unforgettable travel experiences. The promontory is located in the middle of South Australia between the Great Australian Bight in the west, the Spencer Gulf in the east and the Gawler Ranges in the north. The main towns in the Eyre Peninsula include Port Augusta, Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Coffin Bay.
The easiest way to get to the Eyre Peninsula is via Adelaide. There are daily flights to Adelaide from all major cities in Australia, as well as several international destinations. There are also direct flights to the Eyre Peninsula's regional airports in Ceduna, Port Lincoln and Whyalla from Adelaide. Flying is the quickest and most convenient option, but you may also be able to get to Adelaide by taking an overnight coach or self-driving depending on where you're coming from.
Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas fly direct to Adelaide Adelaide Airport from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and all other major cities in Australia. Once you arrive in Adelaide, you can either hire a car or join an Eyre Peninsula tour. The drive to Port Augusta, the eastside entry point to the Eyre Peninsula, takes about 3.5 hours and you can either continue the inland route towards the Gawler Ranges or drive along the coast via Whyalla. If you want to fly direct to the Eyre Peninsula, you can transfer via Adelaide to one of the regional airports in Ceduna, Port Lincoln or Whyalla with Qantas and Rex.
By public transport
Once you arrive in Adelaide, you can take a bus to Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Ceduna, Whyalla and Port Lincoln with Stateliner. There are several services per week, but once you arrive in these towns you'll need to organise transport to get around as public transport in the Eyre Peninsula is limited. If you’re travelling interstate, say from Brisbane in Queensland or Sydney in New South Wales, you might be able to take a train and/or bus to Adelaide. The journey is considerably longer, but doable if you have enough time on your hands. Check out NSW TrainLink, V/Line or the Overland for more information on train and bus travel.
Public transport is scarce in the Eyre Peninsula, but even if it wasn’t, self-driving or joining a private tour is the best way to experience all the region has to offer. The peninsula covers a huge part of South Australia and there's a fair bit of driving involved if you decide to do a road trip, but there are heaps of fantastic places to stop and break up the journey. We recommend at least nine days to do a loop from Port Augusta to Tumby Bay – anything shorter might feel rushed. You don't need a four-wheel drive as the main roads to get around the Eyre Peninsula are fully sealed, but you might want one if you'd like to explore some of the more remote areas or unsealed routes in places like the Gawler Ranges or Coffin Bay National Park.
Our Eyre Peninsula tours