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Spencer Gulf Searoad

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Published February 4th 2023
Conveniently linking two peninsulas
Aurora V
Aurora V

After driving approximately seven hours to Port Lincoln, we decided to take the ferry on our return journey. The Spencer Gulf Searoad saved me over 300 kilometres of being behind the wheel. It broke up my drive beautifully providing a 2.5-hour relaxation time in between.

Lucky Bay ferry terminal
Lucky Bay ferry terminal

Aurora V sails from Lucky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula to Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula and vice versa. The vessel has been built to world standards and features an air-conditioned lounge with television screens, bathroom facilities and a small cafe selling snacks and beverages. For those who cannot do without their devices, wireless internet access is also available although it can be intermittent on occasion.

Vehicle deck
Vehicle deck

The outdoor observation deck was where I spent most of my time enjoying the sunshine and southerly winds. On the day we travelled, both the seas and swell were just around 1 metre. But of course, being the weather, this might not always be the case, so I'd suggest checking the forecast before making your reservation if you have any concerns.

outdoor observation deck
Outdoor observation deck

Getting to the Lucky Bay ferry terminal was easy. There are signs along Lincoln Highway indicating the turnoff. The road is also fully sealed. Once at the terminal, I simply checked in and received a boarding pass for my car and accompanying passengers. All travellers are required to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Approaching Wallaroo
Approaching Wallaroo

The embarkation process went smoothly as each driver steered their own vehicle onto the ferry. With less than twenty vehicles in total, the ferry ended up leaving five minutes early. Disembarking at Wallaroo was just as quick, or even quicker. Drivers were asked to return to their vehicles while the ferry was still approaching shore and, needless to say, we did so promptly.

Wallaroo ferry terminal
Wallaroo ferry terminal

The cost was $190 for me and my Suzuki Baleno plus $32 per passenger. I also received a slight discount via online booking. For the full list of fares, please refer to their website at The ferry might not be for everyone, but it sure does offer an alternative to driving and conveniently links the two peninsulas.
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Why? Conveniently linking two peninsulas
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Where: Between Lucky Bay and Wallaroo, SA
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Your Comment
A good alternative to driving with a new experience. Sounds a little expensive, but so is petrol. Worth doing, if only once.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4582) 53 days ago
Sounds a great idea. Hope I get a chance to try it.
by Di Hill (score: 2|693) 53 days ago
by Cecelia Hopkins on 13/04/2022
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