Port Lincoln - Best cruising base in South Australia
Reviewed Aug 2016
Marina Entrance (34°44.50S ~ 135°52.70E)
Shelter from All Directions.
Town Beach (34°43.16S ~ 135°51.73E)
Shelter from NE through S to NW in 5 m. sand and weed, good holding.
In the old days, yachts used to anchor in the bay in front of the town or tie up to the jetty. Today, some say the marina, located a little south of town, represents the best option for visiting yachts. If you like the freedom to move around, maybe pop into the yacht club for a beer, or into town for a meal, there are several good spots right off the beach. Just across the channel is Boston Island, and two hours across calm water is the Lincoln National Park.
If taking the marina option, tie up along the long pontoon in the channel just before the pub. Then contact the marina management on (08) 868 33399. Or Malcolm Blake, marina manager, MOB 0427 059 040. VMR Port Lincoln is also contactable on VHF ch 81 for local information and help.
Facilities: This major city on the Eyre Peninsula has every facility for visiting yachts. It is a major fishing port and a regional centre providing the infrastructure for the West of South Australia. The airport has numerous daily flights to Adelaide as well as connections by bus. There are ship chandlers, slipways, accommodation, hospitals, in fact every amenity a visiting yacht could need including the wonderful Alex Stenross maritime museum. A must see.
As a base for cruising, it is the best in South Australia. The islands and coves around Pt Lincoln represent some of the most varied and interesting cruising grounds in the state.
The modern marina is a little to the south of town, in an area which incorporates one of the largest fishing fleets in the southern hemisphere. There are various marine supply and repair businesses associated with the fishing fleet there, as well as a good pub, restaurant and accommodation in units at the marina. Taxis are available to take you to town, which is about 10 minutes away by car. If you have a lot of things to do, maybe hiring a car would be more convenient.Fuel is available at a very busy berth built for big fishing boats, it takes only credit cards. This berth is especially busy early mornings, but after the rush, a gap can be found, park north end. If jerry cans are an option, near the marina is a service station, incorporating a small shop. Hot showers can be had at the Community Recreation Centre which is located at the marina and includes a large indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym facilities.