Discover Tumby Bay: a favourite family holiday and fishing destination
Tumby Bay is the last major town along the Lincoln Highway before arriving in Port Lincoln from the east. A favourite holiday and fishing destination, the peaceful lifestyle and temperate climate, along with crystal blue waters, pine tree-lined foreshore, historic buildings, boat ramp, marina, and excellent fishing make it an idyllic relaxing year-round holiday destination.
Perfect for swimming, sailing, diving and all manner of aquatics, Tumby Bay has great shopping, modern sports facilities, dining and accommodation options, as well as excellent bushwalking, bird watching, trails, lookouts, museums, and galleries.
Look forward to reeling in a great catch from the town jetty, or one of many pristine beaches or rock fishing spots. Tumby Bay's jetty is also home to a healthy leafy sea dragon colony and one of South Australia’s most famous dive spots. Divers are encouraged to post photos, videos, and sightings on the Tumby Bay Leafy Sea Dragon Facebook page.
Fantastic offshore fishing
If you have a boat or want to jump on board a charter, you can venture out to the famous Sir Joseph Banks Group of islands for one of the most memorable fishing trips you’ll ever take. These 20 low-lying islands provide a spectacular platform for fishing and sailing while sightseeing along the limestone-capped, exposed shorelines and drying reefs. The islands form part of the Sir Joseph Banks Group Marine Park, which represents ten percent of South Australia’s marine park network.
Museums, art galleries and local sights
In and around the town, must-visits include the C.L. Alexander National Trust Museum and The Excell Blacksmith and Engineering Museum. You might like to jump aboard Story’s Clydesdale Horse and Trolley Tours for a memorable town drive.
Love the arts? Tumby Bay’s vibrant arts scene includes the Rotunda Art Gallery (home to the Tumby Bay Art Group), while Tumby Bay Cottage Crafts has an extensive range of local art, craft and homemade produce. Take a stroll along the 4.5km foreshore trail which is wheelchair and stroller friendly, or learn about the importance of mangroves while walking the 70m interpretative mangrove boardwalk.
For a bird’s-eye view of the township, foreshore, jetties, beaches and nearby islands, visit Island Lookout — a fab spot for a quiet picnic. Or take a scenic drive into the heart of the district to view a diversity of farming and grazing activities.