Port Lincoln’s Best Nature-based Accommodation
Camping, glamping and caravanning on the Eyre Peninsula: where to stay when you want to wake up next to the ocean, or have breakfast with wild koalas.
Disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature on a relaxing camping or caravanning trip in South Australia’s undiscovered gems. Port Lincoln is the perfect place to find budget-friendly accommodation that still offers the full experience of the region’s abundant scenic charms.
Set up the caravan amongst tranquil bushland surroundings and enjoy a happy hour with a spectacular view of the dramatic coastal cliffs. Pitch a tent on a secluded white-sand beach, wake up to the sound of the ocean and watch the emus stroll through the salty shallows. Or simply embrace the relaxed coastal-town atmosphere of Port Lincoln and enjoy the convenient facilities of the caravan parks closer to town.
Holidays don’t need to be complex here. Whichever spot you choose, just set up in a beautiful location, slow down and enjoy the natural spoils of the Eyre Peninsula.
Camp with Koalas at Mikkira Station
Mikkira Station is an easy 20-minute drive out of town, heading south west towards the Port Lincoln National Park. The historic Mikkira Homestead stands on the property, framed by majestic Manna Gums which are home to a flourishing colony of wild koalas. Camp onsite during the winter months (typically May to late September), enjoy the family-friendly walking trails and watch the native birds and wildlife at play.
Bookings are essential to access this beautiful privately owned property. Take a guided visit with a local tour operator such as Untamed Escapes or Australian Coastal Safaris. For independent visits, place a booking with the team at Visit Port Lincoln Accommodation to secure your permit.
Go Glamping on September Beach
For a more luxurious outdoor adventure in Lincoln National Park, Kata and Belle offer glamping in beautifully appointed belle tents. With plenty of mod-cons to make your stay easier, glampers can enjoy the best of both worlds from the picturesque September Beach.
Glamping trips can be tailored to suit a romantic escape, or just a fun group holiday with family or friends. Within minutes of your campsite you can swim in the calm waters of September Beach or Donington Beach, find excellent spots for fishing and squidding, wander the scenic walking trails and take in spectacular coastline views.
Camping and Caravanning in Lincoln National Park
For outdoorsy travellers, Lincoln National Park has a variety of beautiful locations to camp or set up the caravan. The Park’s pristine bushland, coastal views and protected beaches offer a variety of spectacular spots to wake up in. Permits must be obtained in advance if you would like to stay in the National Park.
The most easily accessible campgrounds in Port Lincoln National Park include September Beach, Surfleet Campground and Taylors Landing. These sites have toilets and non-potable water, and are all suitable for caravans, camper trailers, camper vans and tents.
On the eastern side, Memory Cove is a very special spot known for its pristine aquamarine waters. Accessible only by 4WD, it is possible to camp in Memory Cove, but it is in a Wilderness Protection area and a key is required for access.
This can be organised by prior arrangement with the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.
For the more adventurous travellers, venture into the lesser-known areas of Lincoln National Park. A 4WD is required to access Woodcutters Beach Campground, Wisemans Shack Campground and Spalding Cove Campground. Enjoy the 4WD tracks, uncrowded views, quiet beaches and fantastic fishing. No facilities are available in any of these campgrounds, but generator use is permitted in campgrounds from 9am - 9pm.
Stay in an Early Settler Cottage in the Bush
For the less rugged sleepers, Donington Cottage is a quaint early-settler cottage nestled in the pristine bushland of Lincoln National Park. Situated atop limestone cliffs with spectacular views over Spalding Cove, this family-friendly cottage is a truly unique place to stay on the Eyre Peninsula.
Enjoy the comfort and character of this unique accommodation and the stories within. It is just as convenient as the campsites to access the bushwalks, cycling trails, beaches and 4WD tracks of Lincoln National Park.
Easy Going Camping Spots on the Eyre Peninsula
Whalers Way is privately-owned land on the Southern Eyre Peninsula, offering some of the most spectacular, accessible and dramatic coastal views in the state. A scenic 30-minute drive from Port Lincoln, this stunning site is an explorer’s wonderland of cliffs, blowholes, crevasses, caves and golden beaches. Permits must be organised in advance and a key is required for access to Whalers Way.
About 45 minutes north west of Port Lincoln and near to Coulta, you will find the turn-off to Greenly Beach and Coles Point - two beautiful surf beaches set at the base of Mount Greenly.
The beaches have no facilities, so be sure to travel responsibly and store your rubbish and waste with you until you can dispose of it properly.
Dinner plans can be as simple as a fishing rod and a campfire. Carpark, at the southern end of Greenly Beach, is a great spot to wet a line. The salmon are plentiful and no fishing permits are required.
Farm Beach is another idyllic pocket of the Eyre Peninsula coastline, just 30 minutes south of Greenly Beach. The calm turquoise waters are ideal for swimming, the white sand beaches offer plenty of space, and the afternoon sun melts into the striking limestone cliffs that frame the bay.
Farm Beach campground is located behind the dunes and offers basic facilities for campers and vans. There are basic toilet facilities and a number of shacks are also available in the area.
Convenient Cabins and Caravan Parks Closer to Town
If you’re craving a hot shower and a comfortable bed after spending some time on the road, browse the range of comfortable cabins and villas available in the local caravan parks.
The Port Lincoln Tourist Park is located on the foreshore of Boston Bay, just a few kilometres’ walk from the centre of town. The range of sites and cabins enjoy uninterrupted views to the beautiful Boston Island and Lincoln National Park.
Waterfront apartments can provide a few nights of luxury but the cabins and spacious caravan sites also offer plenty of room to stretch. The Port Lincoln Tourist Park’s convenient central location allows easy access to shops, facilities and tourist attractions.
For a quieter but still very convenient site, the Port Lincoln Caravan Park is a relaxing seafront Caravan Park in North Shields. Just 10km out of town, or a quick five minute drive, the Park hosts more than 60 sites and 20 cabins, including pet friendly options and a range of amenities.
The award-winning Coffin Bay Caravan Park is an easy 30-minute drive from Port Lincoln. From the Park’s central location in the idyllic township of Coffin Bay, visitors will be able to see the world-famous oyster farms in the bright turquoise waters of the bay. With deluxe holiday villas, budget-friendly cabins and over 130 spacious grassed sites, the Coffin Bay Caravan Park caters to all travellers. Choose from powered or unpowered sites, and enjoy the excellent amenities in this beautiful location.
Further inland, the Cummins Caravan and Cabin Park is a small, yet peaceful caravan park located in a thriving regional town on the Eyre Peninsula. With great facilities, friendly locals and a central location, Cummins is a terrific base to stay in while you explore the region.