Adelaide to Port Lincoln driving: where to stop

A road trip from Adelaide to Port Lincoln is an exciting adventure, covering a distance of approximately 650kms along the coast north of Adelaide and into the picturesque Eyre Peninsula. The awesome trip takes you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in South Australia, along a stunning coastal route dotted with quaint towns, wineries, and stunning national parks. So during your trip, you’ll want to stop, once, twice, maybe even five times and enjoy the scenery and local towns on the way. In this article, we offer a number of picture-perfect pit stops that you might want to enjoy along the way. Enjoy an Adelaide to Port Lincoln driving adventure like no other this year!

Adelaide to Port Lincoln driving by car

The trip from Adelaide to Port Lincoln is not a short one by any standard, but it is one which is packed with opportunity for adventure. As you drive, you can explore the rugged beauty of the Mid North, visit historic Port Pirie, and witness coastal scenes like nowhere else in the world. The route also offers excellent opportunities to spot wildlife, including dolphins, sea lions, and even great white sharks.

The Adelaide to Port Lincoln drive is an ideal adventure for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a thrilling coastal journey, with plenty of activities en route to keep you entertained. So get your seat belts on, because we’re off on an adventure!

Where to stop on your road trip from Adelaide to Port Lincoln

The drive from Adelaide to Port Lincoln is approximately 650km, taking around 7-8 hours, depending on the specific route taken and any stops along the way. In this article, we tell you what’s worth seeing and what you absolutely shouldn’t miss.

Pic credit: Olivia Reynolds / Lake Bumbunga


Starting from Adelaide, your trip to Port Lincoln will take you north of the city and towards the Mid North region of South Australia. Just north of Port Wakefield, the small town of Lochiel is a great place to stop for 30 minutes for a coffee, a walk and some photographs. And why is this a great place to stop? Because of the beautiful Bumbunga Lake.

Bumbunga Lake is a saltwater lake which catches the attention of passersby every day. What makes this lake unique is its breathtaking color changes throughout the year, ranging from stunning shades of pink to white and even blue. The lake is a popular attraction for photography enthusiasts and visitors looking to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the region.

Drop by and grab a coffee, before taking a stroll and capturing photos of you and the family in front of the lake. Then, it’s time to get back in the car and head to the next stop!

Pic credit: Port Pirie Regional Council / Port Pirie National Trust Museum

Port Pirie

A short while later, heading north on the A1, you’ll arrive in the seaside town of Port Pirie, where you can enjoy an afternoon or even a night. Port Pirie is a charming coastal town located in the Mid North, known for its relaxing beaches, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene.

During your visit here, explore the town’s strong industrial heritage at the Port Pirie National Trust Museum or take a stroll along the picturesque foreshore. If you’re a beach-lover, take a swim, or enjoy fishing at the nearby coastline. The town also offers a diverse range of cultural events and festivals throughout the year.

Looking for a bite to eat? Book a table at Angus & Co., so you’re ready to indulge in some high quality food as you arrive!

Pic credit: @Mitch.Toft / Alligator Gorge

Mount Remarkable

Less than an hour north of Port Pirie, you’ll stumble upon the breathtaking Mount Remarkable National Park. Here in the heart of South Australia, you’ll find some beautiful walks and incredible nature. Looking to get to the most awe-inspiring part of the national park by car? You’ll want to drive 30 minute further to Alligator Gorge where ancient rocky landscapes will truly inspire!

Mount Remarkable National Park’s stunning landscapes are characterised by rugged mountain ranges, sweeping valleys, and scenic waterfalls. Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The park is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus, and echidnas.

Spend a night here in your tent, or simply take an afternoon hike. Whatever is you’d like to do, enjoy your time here before getting back in the car and heading further north.

Pic credit: SATC / Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Port Augusta

From Mount Remarkable National Park, Port Augusta is a short one hour drive towards the Southern Flinders Ranges. The charming coastal city is popular for its beautiful natural surroundings and rich cultural heritage. One of the best things to do here is to check out the wonderful Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, where you can admire some amazing plants and learn a thing or two. Otherwise, take a stroll along the beachfront promenade and drop into a cafe for coffee or lunch.

Once you’ve soaked up enough of Port Augusta, it’s time to buckle up and start heading down the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula!

Pic credit: Isaac Forman / Whyalla Jetty


Next stop on your Adelaide to Port Lincoln driving tour is Whyalla; a vibrant city on the wonderful east coats of the Eyre Peninsula, renowned for its stunning coastal scenery and diverse range of attractions. As you drive down this part of the coast, you’ll begin feeling a real sense of rural South Australia – and it’s thrilling!

In Whyalla and its surroundings, visitors can explore the rich maritime history of the town at the Whyalla Maritime Museum or take a dip in the sparkling waters of Whyalla Beach. The town is also home to the beautiful Ada Ryan Gardens, which offers a peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Looking for an immerse experience in nature? The stunning desert landscapes of the Outback are only moments away. Learn more about the many things to do in Whyalla here.

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Pic credit: SATC / Mills Beach

Port Gibbon

Although Port Gibbon might be a small settlement on the Eyre Peninsula, it is undoubtedly worth a stay – maybe even overnight! Port Gibbon is a small coastal town, well known by tourist for its unspoiled natural beauty and abundant wildlife (in particular its sea lions). Visitors can enjoy a relaxing day at the stunning Port Gibbon Beach, or explore the region’s rich marine life by scuba diving or snorkelling. Plus, the town is also home to the scenic Point Gibbon Conservation Park, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. Don’t forget to take a walk on the beach here and spot sea lions – you’re almost guaranteed to see some!

Camp overnight or simply drop by for some viewings of local wildlife. Whatever you choose to do – enjoy a breath of fresh air before you head back into the car for the next part of your trip.

Pic credit: Paddle Boarding, Tumby Bay / Robert Lang

Tumby Bay

The final stop on your Adelaide to Port Lincoln driving tour is Tumby Bay! This picturesque town located is a breath of fresh air and a place you’d definitely be able to stay a night. Visitors here can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including swimming, fishing, and sailing in the pristine waters of the bay. A refreshing dip is an absolute must!

Tumby Bay is also home to the Tumby Bay Museum, showcasing the region’s rich history, as well as the scenic Tumby Bay Foreshore, perfect for a relaxing stroll.

Now, you’re ready to drive to Port Lincoln, where the next exciting part of your trip begins!

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