LINCOLN NATIONAL PARK

This park is not in the local Adelaide neighbourhood but if you’re nearby in the area it’s worth the trip, actually even if you’re not in the area and need a trip away then put Lincoln National Park on your bucket list !

Lincoln National Park is the place to be for the start of summer because this park is all things Summer! The weather is warm, and usually dry and therefore great for camping and ideal for beach lovers. If you visit during late winter and spring – the best time for walking – you’re likely to see the park teeming with native flora and birdlife.

Entry to Lincoln National Park is 13km south west of Port Lincoln via Proper Bay Rd. The park is on the south-eastern tip of the Eyre Peninsula and is an 8 hour, 680km drive from Adelaide. The trip can be shortened by taking the ferry from Wallaroo to Cowell, when it is operating (currently not operating!).

Boating, fishing, beachcombing, swimming, bird watching, whale watching and nature walks are all popular activities in this park. A variety of designated campgrounds in the park offer easy access to the beaches, bays and walking trails.

Lincoln National Park overlooks Boston Bay, the largest natural harbour in Australia, with granite headlands, sheltered bays and scenic offshore islands. On the southern side of the park are the massive, wind-sculpted sand dunes of the Sleaford-Wanna dune system and the pounding surf of the Southern Ocean.

For some great ideas when visiting the locals recommend…

Fishing

There are excellent fishing spots all over Lincoln National Park. Try beach fishing for Australian salmon at Millers Hole or Salmon Hole along the Sleaford-Wanna Track (4WD only). Alternatively, cast your fishing line from any one of the sheltered bays and coves scattered throughout the park.

If you plan to go offshore, you can launch your boat from the beach at Taylor’s Landing or from one of the boat ramps in Port Lincoln.

Camping

The campgrounds in Lincoln National Park have easy access to beaches, bays and walking trails, making them an ideal base to explore the parks’ natural features. There is a campground for all campers – from relatively well developed campsites, with pit toilets, that can be accessed by sealed roads to more secluded, undeveloped sites requiring a 4WD vehicle to access.

Memory Cove

located within Lincoln National Park, is a magnificent and secluded bay with a pure white sandy beach, cradled between densely vegetated headlands.

Memory Cove provides a very special camping or day-visit wilderness experience.

Vehicle entry and camping needs to be booked and a key collected to enter Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area.

Bushwalking

There is an extensive network of walking trails in Lincoln National Park that will take you through native scrub and woodland, over beaches, and along cliff tops where you may be lucky enough to spot a sea-eagle or a dolphin.

4WD

The Sleaford-Wanna track offers some of the best sand dune driving experiences on the Eyre Peninsula. Follow the red marker posts and be rewarded with scenery of massive wind-sculpted sand dunes, pounding surf and rugged limestone cliffs along the Southern Ocean

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