Day 5. Tue 15 Sept: Port Lincoln Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today we begin with a local guide on-board as we discover Port Lincoln and the surrounding region, including the Lincoln Cove Marina. Famously known as home to the great mare Makybe Diva, who won three consecutive Melbourne Cup’s in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Port Lincoln is also the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia, home to the country’s largest commercial fishing fleet and renowned for its Southern blue-fin tuna, King George whiting, Western King prawns and Southern Rock lobster. Situated on Boston Bay, Port Lincoln is one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world and three times the size of Sydney Harbour. Since the first settlers arrived in 1839 aboard the ships Abeona, Dorset and Porter, Port Lincoln has developed into a well-serviced, welcoming seaside city. In fact, had there been more fresh water, Port Lincoln might have become the capital of South Australia. Next, we visit The Fresh Fish Factory for a “Seafood Lovers” guided tour where we learn about the diverse local fishing and aquaculture industries, and get the chance to observe how the fishermen’s catch is received, packed and stored. View the many and varied species of the day. See how they open oysters, peel prawns, clean squid and witness the famous King George whiting being filleted in the blink of an eye. Then it’s our chance to taste the renowned Coffin Bay Oyster and enjoy a tantalising tasting of the in-house smoked fish along with the pickled Mussels, Scallops, Squid, and Coffin Bay octopus. Following these appetisers, we enjoy a delicious fish and chips lunch. This afternoon we spend a relaxing 2 Hour Boston Bay Harbour Cruise. The cruise covers the rich history of Port Lincoln’s fishing industry, points of interest and of course the multi-million dollar Lincoln Cove Marina. After our cruise we travel up to Boston Bay Wines to sample fine Eyre Peninsula wines, surrounded by vineyards with a breathtaking vista of blue seas, cruising yachts and perhaps even a whale. We return to our accommodation to relax before dinner.
Overnight Port Lincoln: Port Lincoln Hotel
Day 6. Wed 16 Sept: Port Lincoln Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning we enjoy a very unique guided tour of the Constantia Gallery and Workshop. Since 1977 Constantia has been creating some of the world’s finest furniture. One of the few artisans accredited to The Guild of Master Craftsmen was established in Port Lincoln because of the exceptional climatic conditions. This provides a rare opportunity to see wood craft of a quality most thought was lost to the modern day world. Each piece lovingly created, reflects the skill and traditions of past masters. Designer makers of the Central Table and Hansard desk to the House of Representatives in Australia’s New Parliament House, Canberra. Again our local guide joins us on-board before we head off to the beautiful Coffin Bay area. At our first stop, Pure Coffin Bay Oysters, we take a close up look at those World Famous Coffin Bay Oysters. We talk first hand to the farmers, see how they grow them and all the equipment needed to produce such delicious crustaceans. Our tour concludes with a taste of those wonderful pure Coffin Bay oysters, freshly shucked, not rinsed-off, retaining their natural, unique taste. After lunch at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club we travel out to the Coffin Bay National Park with our local guide. We witness the stunning scenery and the contrast of rugged limestone cliffs, sand dunes and pure white beaches against the inviting turquoise waters. We see Point Avoid, Almonta Beach, Golden Island and Yangie Bay and hopefully spot dolphins, kangaroos, emus, reptiles in an addition to an array of bird life. Later in the day we return to Port Lincoln and bid our guide farewell before returning to our hotel to rest up after an amazing day.
Overnight Port Lincoln: Port Lincoln Hotel
Day 7. Thu 17 Sept: Port Lincoln - Streaky Bay Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We leave Port Lincoln today as we travel up towards Streaky Bay via Koppio, Cummins and Elliston. We stop at the Koppio Smithy Museum, which features unique buildings and collections set in the picturesque Koppio Hills. From Koppio we continue up to the farming township of Cummins where we meet up with our local guide and commence a tour of the town and farming area. Cummins has played a vital role as a service hub to the agriculture industry since being settled in 1904. The region contains some of the most productive farming land on the Eyre Peninsula. Many historic buildings remain in Cummins. They stand as testimony to it’s rich history, including the old butter factory, a horse dip and the original government dam. The railway line to Port Lincoln was completed in 1907 and the railway loading triangle is now a lovely park. After our tour we enjoy lunch at the Cummins Hotel before making our way back out to the coast and Flinders Highway. After arriving in Elliston we are joined by a local guide. We take a drive along the scenic coastal loop that takes in superb views of the outlying islands, Bird Rock, Waterloo Bay and the unique sculptures dotted along the cliffs.