Discover the charm of the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, a journey of discovery along the east coast, where scenic seaside towns and unspoiled beaches meet a wildlife event like no other in the world
Begin in Whyalla, the northern entry to the Eyre Peninsula. Here, industry and nature coexist, creating a unique backdrop for natural wonders. From May to August, the waters near Whyalla become the stage for the annual Giant Cuttlefish spawn, a natural phenomenon that draws visitors from far and wide. It’s also a place where you can spot friendly local dolphins near the boat ramps.
Move along the coast to Tumby Bay, known for its silo art and arts scene. Venture inland to experience the laid-back lifestyle of Cleve and find quaint fishing villages that dot the landscape in between.
From the start in Whyalla to the quiet charm of the fishing communities, the Eastern Eyre Peninsula offers a refreshing escape where each location has its own story, inviting travellers to enjoy the simpler pleasures of coastal life.
The north-eastern gateway to the Eyre Peninsula, this industrial town is much more than just that – come and see for yourself. It’s home to the Australian Giant Cuttlefish, these luminescent goliaths converge on the waters near town between May and August each year. They’re some of the largest cuttlefish in the world! Whyalla also has great fishing, friendly local dolphins at the marina, some fascinating museums that highlight the history of this important port town, and the unique circular jetty. As the biggest city on the Eyre Peninsula, you’ll also find everything you need right in town from accommodation to dining to all your other necessities.
Situated on the Franklin Harbour Cowell in the ideal place to stop located approximately halfway between Port Augusta and Port Lincoln. Make use of the newly installed free water playground and splashpad or on the cooler days the basketball court and bouncy pillow. There is even BBQ and picnic facilities available, so why not make a day of it!
Arrive to Lucky Bay in style, operating between Lucky Bay and Wallaroo, the Spencer Gulf Searoad ferry directly links both the Eyre and Yorke Peninsula. You will also find an array of beachfront shacks here, and a calm beach, where children can swim, there is also boat launching facilities, the perfect family friendly location.
With plenty of trails to explore and the beach not far away, Cleve is a great spot to base yourself and enjoy some country hospitality. Check out a very traditional Aussie pub in Darke Peak, learn about the history of the region, take a bushwalk and picnic at the heritage-listed Yedulknie Weir. And don’t forget to stop by the local cafes and hotels for something yummy, too!
This little town is a hidden gem on the east coast of the Peninsula, Arno Bay’s peaceful atmosphere and mild climate make it a great getaway any time of the year. With a caravan park situated right near the beach, it’s a fisherman’s haven and the great community atmosphere means you’ll feel right at home.
Catch kingfish and huge snapper, or just throw in a line off the jetty. Have a picnic at the historic Super Shed, grab something to eat at the local café, relax on the beach with a book in hand and don’t forget to take the mangrove boardwalk.
Hike your way up to the highest point on the Eyre Peninsula at Carappee Hill near Darke Peak. The incredible scenery doesn’t end here, Darke Peak Range provides the beautiful backdrop for the township. Head up the range by car before walking the final 200m to Federation Hill Lookout, the perfect spot to watch the sunset.