Although Port Lincoln is a little bit off the well-beaten backpacker trail, it's well worth the detour. The largest town on the Eyre Peninsula, it has a population of around fourteen thousand people, and is a bustling regional centre famous for its rich aquatic life, large tuna-fishing fleet, and friendly locals.
Adventurous backpackers -- especially those who would like to get a taste of the Australian way of life outside the big cities and tourist centres -- will find plenty to see and do in the Port Lincoln area. To cater to the needs of independent budget travelers, there are a couple of good backpacker hostels in Port Lincoln, staffed by friendly knowledgeable locals who can help you get the most out of your visit.
Port Lincoln is famous for its marine life and therefore many visitors enjoy going out on short cruises during their stay in town. A couple of companies offer sea lion tours, as well as the opportunity to take a swim amongst sea lions and tuna. However, if you're a real daredevil be sure to take a shark cage dive. The ocean around the Port Lincoln area is a well-known shark habitat, and these dives provide the rare opportunity to get up close to these ferocious creatures in a safe but scary way.
Another must for nature-lovers is a visit to the Lincoln National Park, just thirteen kilometres out of town. Encompassing various kinds of landforms and vegetation, both coastal and inland, the park is a great spot to go hiking and to see many species of wildlife in their natural environment. Further afield, there are other national parks and wildlife reserves that you might also like to visit while you're in the area.
If you'd like to learn more about the history of Port Lincoln, the town also has a couple of museums, as well as an art gallery. If you're in town during late August, be sure to visit the Port Lincoln Show, too, as this will give you an insight into the area's rich agricultural heritage. Smaller shows are also held in the surrounding villages. Ask at your Port Lincoln hostel for more details.
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