By John Pedler
Published: Thursday, August 13, 2020
From sandy beaches and ancient mountain ranges, to riverside retreats and food and wine tours, SA locals are rediscovering the wonderful attractions and experiences our home state has to offer.
To help you get out and explore, we take a look at 3 of our favourite road trips.
Whyalla to Ceduna
If the Eyre Peninsula were plonked down in a busier part of the world, high-rise hotels would cast long shadows across its perfect beaches and streams of tourists would Instagram their way to its secluded coves.
Lucky for us, it’s only a few hours’ drive up the road in a quiet part of the state.
Heading south from Whyalla along the east coast, the Lincoln Highway connects a string of small fishing and farming communities.
Oyster lovers can get their fix at Cowell – the tasty molluscs sourced from the pristine waters of Franklin Harbour.
Further south at Arno Bay, the award-winning estuary boardwalk follows a tidal creek through a strange otherworld of dense mangroves and samphire flats.
Port Lincoln, on the shores of magnificent Boston Bay, is at the southern end of the highway.
If your bucket list includes cage diving among great whites or swimming with sea lions, then you’ve come to the right place.
If you’d rather stay above water, head down to Lincoln National Park for rugged coastal scenery, secret beaches and secluded campsites.
While the waters off the east coast are relatively calm, the west coast faces the mighty swells that roll in from the Southern Ocean.
There are highlights aplenty, but be sure to check out Coffin Bay (another oyster hotspot), the white dunes of lonely Sheringa Beach, the spectacular cliff-top drive at Elliston, the wave-sculpted sandstone at Talia Caves… and everything else along this stunning coastline.
Stay suggestion: RAA members can save on their stay at the Port Lincoln Hotel.