The navigator and explorer Matthew Flinders charted much of South Australia's coastline and discovered Boston Bay at Port Lincoln in 1802. Flinders named the body of water Port Lincoln in honour of his birthplace in England.
Port Lincoln was at the time of colonisation a high contender for the capital of the colony, however Colonel William Light, the Surveyor-General rejected the site in favour of Adelaide.
By the 1930's the port had become the focus for the area, providing for its many agricultural and commercial requirements.
City status was granted to Port Lincoln in 1971 and today the population amounts to over 14,000.
Port Lincoln is undoubtedly Australia's largest fishing port, producing a diverse range of seafood worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the state and local economies.
There are many attractions on offer in and around Port Lincoln, some of which are outlined below.
In and around Port Lincoln, there are many options which suit those that are adventurous, such as the very popular Shark Cage Diving. Various companies run these experiences directly from Port Lincoln.
The ultimate in adrenaline rush awaits with the opportunity to dive with the sharks up close and personal and observe them in their own habitat.
For those of you who would prefer to stay dry, various companies also offer an experience in what is called an "Aqua Sub" which allows you to be submerged in a viewing platform surrounded by glass.
Swimming with the Sea-Lions
If sharks don't "grab you", how about swimming with the sea-lions?
Various options also give people an opportunity for an upfront close encounter with the rare and endangered Australian Sea-Lions encompassing half day tours.
The sea-lions are amazing gentle playful creatures and seem to be comfortable around us humans.
Port Lincoln is perched on the edge of several national and conservation parks including Lincoln National Park, Coffin Bay National Park and Kellidie Bay Conservation Park.
There are many tracks through bushland abounding with wildlife and many are fringed around the beautiful coastline of Eyre Peninsula. Grading of walks starts at easy right through to difficult dependent upon your level of fitness and the time you have allocated.
Scenic Drive and Whale-Watching
One particular area which is well worth a visit is only a 20 minute drive south of Port Lincoln at Sleaford Bay and if you are especially into whale-watching, now is a great time to head down to that area and view the annual Whale migration enroute to the Head of the Bight at Nullarbor, which occurs between July and October. Spectacular coastline scenery to boot!
Many options await for fishing charters in and around Port Lincoln, examples being half day and full day fishing experiences.
Whether you are a novice or experienced angler, you will have the opportunity to get amongst it with true professionals on board to assist.
For a weekend getaway, there are lots of options from the 111 roomed Port Lincoln Hotel to self- contained houses and accommodation along the marina frontage.
There's nothing better than sitting out the front of your accommodation on a lawn verge overlooking the marina at sunset watching the fishing boats and private and public pleasure craft head back to their moorings.