Port Lincoln

Thoughts on Location No 55

Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

The home of Makybe Diva.  Once referred to as “The Queen of Australian Racing”, she was the first racehorse to win the Melbourne Cup on three consecutive occasions – 2003, 2004, and 2005.  By the end of the 2005-06 racing season, she was named Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year for the second time.

Makybe Diva overlooking Port Lincoln

Makybe Diva overlooking Port Lincoln

She retired with earnings of more than $14.5 million and in July 2006 was officially inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, who officially recognised her as a legend in September 2010.

It’s not hard to see why her owner’s home town honours her with a life-sized bronze statue over looking the main street:

To commemorate her achievements as one of the greatest race horses in Australian history.

(Inscription on the statue plaque.)

But Port Lincoln has another claim to fame – the Seafood Capital of Australia – and is home to Australia’s largest commercial fishing fleet.

There certainly is a lot of fishing going on, in and around Boston Bay.  On every corner you can find a restaurant, or cafe, or hotel specialising in seafood dishes.  But we’ve reserved the honour of sampling the local delights for our next stop (Coffin Bay) where we were told by a Port Lincoln local that the seafood is better, particularly the oysters, as most of the seafood caught at Port Lincoln is exported.

The weather was lovely when we arrived, allowing us to have a wonderful day out driving south towards Whalers Bay.  The white sand at Fishery Bay was incredible.

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(Enhanced) Panorama shot of Fishery Bay.

But the weather didn’t stay nice for long with a nasty storm heralding gusty winds and rain.

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Monday morning sunrise over Boston Bay following the overnight storm

The one thing I thought Dean would want to do at Port Lincoln was a Shark Cage Dive.  I honestly thought he would, but the cost involved, even for an observer, was a huge deterrent.  In the end, we decided to save the money and put it aside for a trip to Horizontal Falls in Western Australia.  This is something we both want to do.

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With the 3,258 kilometres (2,023.9 miles) in total to reach Yulara in the Northern Territory and return to Port Lincoln in South Australia now behind us, it was time to have the car and the caravan checked.  Our car was just short of a scheduled service and our mini home had finally clocked up the 10,000 kilometres specified for its first service.

Thankfully Port Lincoln is a large enough city that these services are on offer.  Yes most little towns have motor mechanics, but it can be difficult to find a caravan mechanic out in the middle of nowhere, and the middle of nowhere is exactly where we are headed over the next four or five weeks.

We stayed at the Port Lincoln Tourist Park and every site in this park must have a terrific view of Boston Bay.  The staff are very friendly and helpful and this was a godsend as they pointed us towards a mechanic for the caravan, who in turn pointed us towards a diesel mechanic for the car.

It was lovely to be in a nice little town (even if it is a city) full of lovely people all to willing to help you.

4 Comments

  1. Mum and Dad have lots of friends that live in Port Lincoln – nice to hear your detailed description 🙂 felt like I was there with you XX

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  2. Gorgeous, Clare.
    Do you enjoy oysters? Coffin Bay oysters are quite famous, but I don’t think even those would tempt me. I’ll stick to scallops, squid or fish, and leave the oysters for others. 😉

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    1. Hi Dayna,

      We’re in Coffin Bay now and Dean will try the oysters before we leave. I’m a bit like you – Dean can ALWAYS have my share and I get his share of the squid, or fish 🙂

      Clare

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