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Top 5 Must Try Food in Port Lincoln

14 March 2013 789 views 8 Comments

Top 5 Must Try Food in Port Lincoln 

It is one of the upcoming tourist towns in Australia and it is still unknown to many. It is Port Lincoln is a city in South Australia on Boston Bay of Eyre Peninsula. It is discovered by Matthew Flinders in February 1802 and he named it Port Lincoln where Flinders came from.
port lincoln aerial view

Aerial view of Port Lincoln.
The city is best known for its fishing industry, and the city is reputed to have the most millionaires per capita in Australia! Since the city is flourished with its fishing industry, you can find the freshest and the best seafood in Port Lincoln. With the strict fishing rules, there are quotas for the fishermen in the region to preserve and encourage growth of the fish population.

Staying a few nights in Port Lincoln gave me the opportunity to taste some of the best seafood. I have compiled the top five must try food in Port Lincoln.





Mussels in Boston Bay are popular for its quality and size. They are farmed to perfect size so the shell is not oversized and the meat is not too small. The best part on this black shell mussels are they are as fresh as you can get.

The best mussels in Boston Bay are from Kinkawooka Shellfish which is the expert in mussels farming. Each and single of the mussels are inspected for its quality, size and freshness. You can find Kinkawooka Shellfish’s mussels almost in every restaurant and market in Port Lincoln.
port lincoln del giorno mussels
One of my favourite places to have the mussels is at Del Giorno’s Café and Restaurant. Their version of ­Kinkawooka Mussel Pot is cooked in tomato, white wine and fresh chili served with chips and home made mayonnaise.  Del Giorno’s Café and Restaurant is located on the foreshore at Port Lincoln, the café & restaurant offers sparkling bay views and a generous menu specialising in seafood with a modern Australian cuisine.


Del Giorno’s Café & Restaurant Address and Contact:

80 Tasman Terrace

Port Lincoln SA 5606

Tel: + 61 8 8683 0577





If you love fresh oysters, you will be in love with Port Lincoln. In Coffin Bay, it is the home to one of the biggest oyster farms in Australia.
port lincoln coffin bay oyster farm


Oyster farm in Coffin Bay.

Like the mussels, each and single oyster is inspected for its quality and size. The mussels are farm at quiet waters of Coffin Bay.
port lincoln coffin bay oyster tasting
I sailed to one of the oyster farms and it was an eye opener. The oysters were so clean that you can eat it on the spot. Just wash it with sea water and you can eat it fresh even without lime. The oysters are for local consume and for exports too.
port lincoln coffin bay oysterbeds
You can find oysters in every restaurant and market in Port Lincoln. One of the highly recommended restaurant is the Oysterbeds Restaurant in Coffin Bay itself.

The Oysterbeds in Coffin Bay combines relaxed coastal dining with an ever-changing menu and fabulous South Australian wines. With glass-fronted windows, enjoy the splendid panorama of Coffin Bay.

Oysterbeds Restaurant Address and Contact:

61 Esplanade

Coffin Bay SA 5607

Tel: + 61 8 8685 4000




King George Whiting

King George Whiting is a coastal marine fish and probably unheard of outside Australia. King George Whiting was officially named by Cuvier in 1829 and is one of the best fishes in the region. King George Whiting can be found only near South Australia so it is hard to taste this delectable fish out of Down Under.
port lincoln marina hotel king george whiting
It is usually served as deep fried as Fish and Chips in Port Lincoln. Even though it is deep fried, the meat is still juicy and tender unlike the usual ones.

One of the restaurants you can have a good King George Whiting Fish and Chips is at The Marina Hotel. The restaurant offers a scenic of the port with beautiful ships and yatchs.

The Marina Hotel Address and Contact:

13 Jubilee Dr Port Lincoln SA 5606, Australia

+61 8 8682 6141






Blue Fin Tuna

This is not your common canned tuna in your supermarkets but the quality sashimi grade tuna that cost you a bomb in Japanese restaurants. Most of the blue fin tuna are exported to Japan and the rest of the world because of its quality. That’s why blue fin tuna fishing is one of the most lucrative industries in Port Lincoln.
port lincoln blue fish tuna

The blue fin tuna swimming in the sea.

The best way to enjoy blue fin tuna is by having it Pan seared or pan fried medium rare or fresh sashimi style with soy sauce and wasabi. One of my preferred places for sashimi tuna in Port Lincoln is the infamous Sarin’s Restaurant and Bar in the award winning Port Lincoln Hotel.



port lincoln sarins tuna

Sarin’s Restaurant and Bar Address and Contact:

Port Lincoln Hotel

1 Lincoln Highway

Port Lincoln SA 5606

Tel: +61 8621 2000





Deep Sea Abalones

It is Port Lincoln’s most prized seafood. It is the deep sea abalones. Abalone divers risk their lives in this competitive and yet lucrative business. Port Lincoln is the home of the infamous Great White Shark and there were casualties among the abalone divers.
port lincoln fresh fish


The Fresh Fish Place Market.

Abalone divers usually dive near a shark cage so they have the chance to avoid shark attacks. The last casualty happened almost two years ago when the abalone diver was attacked and taken by the great white shark. Some of these stories are documented in Discovery Channel series Abalone Wars.

port lincoln abalone

The Black Lips Abalones.
Port Lincoln’s deep sea abalones come with two variants, the black lips abalone and the green lips abalone. I didn’t manage to taste the deep sea abalones in Port Lincoln (as I tried them in Tasmania), the abalones are available for sale in the local fish markets. One of the markets that sell the abalones is the The Fresh Fish Place. They offer advices on how to bring back the abalone and other seafood to your home. They also offer guided tour in the fish market.

The Fresh Fish Place Address and Contact:

20 Prosper Bay Road (opposite the racecourse)

Tel: (08) 8682 2166



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  • Sean said:

    Wow, this looks like a great eating expedition! The Boston bay mussels, coffin bay oysters and king George whiting are available at some restaurants in Kl, and they taste really good, but I bet they taste even better when fresh at the source!
    Sean´s last [type] ..Fahrenheit 600 @ Solaris Dutamas & Royal Post @ Damansara Intan


    Wilson Ng Reply:

    Hi Sean,

    Thanks for the info, I didn’t know some of the restaurants in Kuala Lumpur offer King George whiting. Yes, it is the best to have it fresh.



  • The Yum List said:

    You look very happy with those fresh oysters. Cute!


  • Faisal Admar said:

    Wow! This is nice :) Love fresh seafood.


  • said:

    Apalagi jika kita bisa membuat masakan ini sendiri, pasti sensasinya sangat luar biasa´s last [type] ..Soup Baso Cumi


  • kianfai87 said:

    I wonder why the bay name is coffin bay > . <


    Wilson Ng Reply:


    It is to honour Sir Isaac Coffin, good question!



  • Martha Mikesell said:

    I haven’t been in Port Lincoln yet but I would love to visit this wonderful place because its full of fresh sea foods. I want to taste them especially the oysters. Goshhhh!


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