With a landscape that varies from harsh semi-desert in the north to pretty seaside towns on the rugged west coast and southern parts, Eyre Peninsula offers visitors the opportunity to savour the Australian outback without leaving good paved roads, or having to travel too far away from the comforts of civilisation.
The main attractions for visitors to the peninsula are not just the beaches, fishing and watersports of the southern reaches of the peninsula that have turned that area into a popular recreational destination for South Australians, but also the variety of scenic coastal vistas of the whole peninsula which are little known and appreciated outside of South Australia.
The peninsula boasts some 1600 km of spectacular coastline, much of it on the Great Australian Bight and open to the Southern Ocean. The scenery here changes dramatically as one travels south, from quiet beaches in the north, to stark, wind and wave-eroded red cliffs near Streaky Bay to the dramatic crevasses of the peninsula's tip where the Southern Ocean pounds the headlands.
Lincoln Highway, which follows the shoreline of the peninsula, is one of Australia's quieter highways as it is not a through road to anywhere, therefore travellers often have the road - and the scenery - all to themselves. If you are seeking to escape the crowds associated with Australia's more popular and well known tourist destinations, and to drive a road less-travelled, this is the place for you.
Along the coast are found many species of marine birds including White-bellied Sea Eagles, five species of Cormorants, Rock Parrots and Ospreys. Pied and Sooty Oyster Catchers and Silver and Pacific Gulls are also frequently seen. Other species include red-capped Dotterels and the enndangered Hooded Plover.
Off shore the many islands have colonies of sea-lions, seals and penguins, while the peninsula itself is home to kangaroos, emus, the Hairy nosed Wombat and Euros. In the Gawler Ranges the magnificent Wedge Tailed Eagle can be seen soaring majestically around the volcanic peaks. The flora of the peninsula includes colourful and attractive Sturt Desert Pea, which is the state floral emblem.