Adelaide to Ceduna
Plan an epic Seafood Frontier road trip for the family across the Eyre Peninsula
Got a family with a love for the coast? Embark on the ultimate seaside safari with a car hire on the Eyre Peninsula. From seaside oyster farms and sea lions to fishing charters and shark cage dives, our epic road trip from Adelaide to Ceduna will give you four – or more – days of family fun in South Australia.
Before you set off on your road trip to Ceduna, you won’t want to miss South Australia’s happening capital. Not only is it the gateway to some of the country’s best beaches, Adelaide is bursting with culture, sport, food and entertainment at every turn. Take the family to a game of footy at the Adelaide Oval or time your trip with the world-famous Fringe Festival and get involved in some of the free and fun performances. Travelling with little foodies? Adelaide is chock-full of award-winning restaurants, so you’ll have no trouble finding a place to refuel before you head off.
Whyalla 384 km
Once you’ve picked up your car hire in Adelaide, you’ll be a four-hour drive from your first stop: the protected waters of Whyalla. One of South Australia’s best spots for underwater experiences, this seaside town will make a splash with the whole family, whether you play with a pod of friendly dolphins at the foreshore marina or watch chameleon-like giant cuttlefish transform before your eyes off shore.
Cowell 106 km
After you dry off, head an hour south to Cowell, where you can reel in nets full of blue swimmer crabs straight from the jetty. If you don’t want to cast a line from the mainland, you can hire a kayak or boat and try your hand catching some of the bay’s best seafood, or check out the Arno Bay Clean Seas Experience to learn about local aquaculture from the pros. Looking for bigger game? Fishing charters depart from Tumby Bay if you want to have a crack at catching King George whiting, with plenty of seaside accommodation to enjoy once you dock for the day.
Port Lincoln 161 km
Home to South Australia’s famous sea lions – not to mention its notorious great whites – Port Lincoln is the perfect pit stop for an adrenaline fix. Get your heart pumping with a cage diving experience at Neptune Islands Marine Park, then set up camp in Lincoln National Park for a night beneath the stars. On your way, you can fill the boot with freshly caught seafood from The Fresh Fish Place or stop in for a quick bite at the city’s local pub, the Port Lincoln Hotel.
Coffin Bay 47 km
Before heading north to Streaky Bay, don’t forget to take a detour to the tranquil town of Coffin Bay, where you can pluck, shuck and sample oysters straight from the sea on a tasting tour with Oyster Farm Tours Coffin Bay. Rather skip the waders? Tuck in to a plate of oysters at 1802 Oyster Bar and Bistro instead, where they come topped with a refreshing Pinot Noir sorbet from the Adelaide Hills.
Streaky Bay 266 km
If Salmon is more your style, you won’t want to miss Streaky Bay. Tackle the 283-step stairway to reach Locks Well Beach and you’ll find yourself at one of the country’s best locations for salmon fishing, along with beautiful coastal scenery. If you had your fill of fishing in Cowell, cruise the Great Ocean Tourist Drive and follow the clifftop art trail to Elliston, or swim with sea lions in Baird Bay and get up close and personal with these playful puppies of the sea.
Ceduna 111 km
The gateway to South Australia’s far west coast, Ceduna is the last coastal stop before the Nullarbor begins and the final destination on your Eyre Peninsula adventure. If you happen to be travelling between June and October, you can spy migrating whales from the special viewing platforms at the Head of Bight or get even closer to these massive marine animals aboard an eco-cruise from Fowlers Bay. Hoping for one last taste of SA’s famous oysters? Grab a dozen at Smoky Bay before you set off on your return trip and savour your holiday all the way back to Adelaide.
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