6.0 out of 10

Port Lincoln

Ranked 3rd best suburb in Eyre
-34.7392727190377 135.863616915016
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Internet Access
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Aug 11, 2017

"EASILY THE BEST PORT TOWN IN SA"

If you haven't been there you really have missed out. Fishing is unbelievable, sandy beaches just outside of town, shark cage, 50 min on a plane to Adelaide, farming areas inland that are really scenic. Unfortunately the crowd that comes in from Ceduna and Port Augusta does not do any favours for Port Lincoln. At one stage had more millionaires per capita than anywhere in Australia, and you can really appreciate the scenic beauty of Port Lincoln as you drive in from the east, million dollar views and mansions to match.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1/5
Mar 22, 2016

"High breakin and car theft."

Car theft and house breakins are a recurring problem in Port Lincoln. Use a steering wheel lock and get a big guard dog, security doors and windows and lights..Dont say you weren't told...Dont walk along the foreshore at night particularly in front of the Tasman or near town jetty its not safe..
Cons
  • High crime.
philcrist
philcrist Really... you must be getting mixed up with Port Augusta or Whyalla.
Aug 11, 2017
fisher1
fisher1 Sadly no its been a problem in Lincoln for generations.
Aug 11, 2017
fisher1
fisher1 Check out: Port Lincoln Times Thurs Aug 24 2017..Yet another report regarding car theft and house breakins.
Aug 24, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Port Lincoln - Great place to relax or have an action packed holiday!"

I have been to Port Lincoln almost yearly since a child as we have family over there, on a recent holiday a group of us all took part in the day trip shark dive with Calypso Star Charters. The staff were fabulous, food fantastic and if your an adrenaline junky well the Sharks are just mind blowing under water! They are huge and very inquisitive. Well worth the money, a must do! We also took a boat trip out to feed the tuna which was a real eye opener, Don't just think your going to feed the 'fishies', these beauties are big balls of pure muscle! Make sure you jump in and swim with them, Another great experience.
Highly recommend visiting Whalers way and doing the scenic drive trip through the national park, the views are just beautiful. If you love surfing there are some great spots around Lincoln too.

Many great places to eat out, either at the marina or down the main street of Lincoln. Sit out and enjoy a glass of wine or beer.
Pros
  • Nice and clean Beaches
  • Beaches that rival anywhere else
  • Holiday accomondation
  • Port Lincoln national park
  • staring into space
Cons
  • The better beaches are out of town.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Used to be an amazing place"

(Check with local police) your insurance premiums will go up due to rate of breakins. Paying extra for security will be money well spent. If you have any urgent medical problems expect to be flown out via air ambulance. Most ongoing medical problems will require a trip to Adelaide to see a specialist very few visit Lincoln. Education and prospects are not very good. BUT its what you want to make of it. For all the cons I still love the place. Tuna farms WELL what was once pristine Boston Bay is now sadly polluted with obvious blue line retraction that locals can see (shame the researchers can't). I still love the place.
Diasppointed
Diasppointed agree - after a recent experience at the hospital I will follow the advice "when in pain catch a plane"
Dec 06, 2015
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A big town, small city."

There are ONLY 2 traffic lights! Great, less stress from the city traffic jams. It is growing bigger and gets slowly more populated, still far from a big city look a like. Having seen (and travelled) and grown up in EU coming to Australia to travel and luckily finding my way to Port Lincoln I can say; Lincoln is THE place to stay! The best fresh seafood in the world available. If you can't buy it you just catch it ;-)
Pros
  • Port Lincoln national park
  • Holiday accomondation
  • Friendly shop owners/employees.
Cons
  • The better beaches are out of town.
  • No night clubs
  • No big shopping centres
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Stinkin Linkn!"

Lincolners are typically close minded with no friends outside the people they went to school with. That way you know everyone, and you are one of them. So eveyrone knows everyone thats anyone worth knowinjg...or you're just not from around here and what do you think youre doing here. I have lived here for ten years. It does my head in , so I am leaving for civilization.
Pros
  • staring into space
Cons
  • local only mentality
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
Wahini
Wahini Sad you have not enjoyed Lincoln…….I know there are some narrow minded fools around, there are in any town……..I've travelled too and I still ended up back here…….yep, the front beach is nothing spec really but u need to explore a little cos the whole west coast has amazing beaches if u are willing to look……what facilities do you expect at a beach anyway? If you are going to any of the local spots u know what is there and plan accordingly…………I wouldn't roll up to an isolated, pristine spot and expect a dunny cos that is the whole point! I'd rather go to any of the surf spots locally than some crowded, mangy city beach with disgusting toilets and syringes god knows where. But it is all about where your values lie I guess and it is true that Lincoln can be a tad self satisfied and insular. However, I've known plenty of people who settle here and never feel like they are excluded - it's about having a half full glass instead of half empty………..

As for the shop local thing one of the biggest problems for retailers in Lincoln is not just the love affair with city shopping that some of the more affluent have, it is also the prices offered via internet sales nowadays - the reason many retailers items are priced higher than internet prices is that often we cannot buy the item for the same price being offered by big internet sales companies - they buy massive amounts of each item and get a different deal than a little retailer can possibly get from their supplier - plus the retailer bears the cost of freight and keeping their doors open with electricity, rent, staff etc, etc. Big internet retailers are often just a shed with much lower overheads. The bonus to buying local, apart from helping local economies stay functional, is that you get the follow up service if things go wrong as well as the experience of being able to physically inspect the goods and make sure they are fit for the purpose you require them for - no matter how good a website is, it cannot replace this. The cost of not buying locally is a long term cost of not having friends and family employed, not having places to go and physically inspect items, and can led to a "ghost town" effect where there is no cultural activity taking place in your community…..not nice!

I don't agree there is a lack of options for schools either…..i have three kids and they have had some awesome teachers here!
2yrs+
bonesbrice
bonesbrice I HAVE SURFED, WORKED AND LIVED ALONG THE ENTIRE WEST COASTLINE FORTHE LAST 20 YEARS AND ITS THE ONLY PLACE TO BE FOR ADVENTURING,EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING. BUT THIS IS A REVIEW FOR PEOPLE SEEKING TO TAKE RESIDENCE IN PORT LINCOLN.
LET IT BE SAID THERE JUST ISNT A DECENT BEACH WITHIN 20KM OF PORT LINCOLN.
AS FOR THE RUBBISH THAT IS WASHED UP NEARBY FROM THE FISHING FLEET, THAT MAKES IT MORE MANGY THAN ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO COMPARE WITH.
SO SEEING AS LINCOLN PEOPLE OBSESS OVER DRAWING COMPARISONS WITH ITS MOTHER CITY ADELAIDE, LETS DO IT.
TAKE A STROLL IN SUMMER ALONG THE SOUTHERN METROPOLITAN BEACHES SUCH AS SEACLIFF BRIGHTON AND SOMERTON AND YOU WILL REALISE ITS SPECTACULAR AND CLEAN. WITH GREAT PLACES NEARBY TO SHOP AND DINE.

IF YOU ARE BORN AND BRED LOCAL ITS FAIR TO SAY YOU WILL NEVER LEAVE. YOU JUST CANT IMAGINE LIFE OUT OF THE LINCOLNSPHERE.

THERE IS TWO SCHOOLS- THIS IS NOT A GOOD SELECTION FOR THE PUPOSE OF A REVIEW.
TOTALLY LIMITED UNLESS YOU WANT TO SEND THEM INTO A GHETTO PUBLIC SCHOOL FULL OF RUFF RAF OR OTHERWISE GET BAPTISED AND PAY BIG BUCKS FOR YOUR FAMILY TO BE INDOCTRINATED INTO CATHOLISICSM AT ST JOSEPHS.
THIS IS OUR MAIN REASON FOR INSTIGATING OUR RELOCATION ACTUALLY.
2yrs+
Wahini
Wahini Yep, agree with the fishing fleet rubbish comment totally - we often come home with bags of rubbish from the beaches we go to - agree you have to drive for the best beach but there are still little spots like Shelly Beach around, but we adore Louth and you do have to drive to get there……there are more school choices than two - Lincoln Gardens is kicking all sorts of goals with a new batch of keen teachers and an unreal principal, there is also Kirton Point and the PL Junior Primary plus Primary School, plus I've known crew to send their kids to Poonindee as well, it has a well deserved good reputation. For high school kids there is the town plus Saint Jo's plus there is now Navigator College……..I've heard parents rave about Navigator's so we are looking at that for a high school option, they are expanding their grades to matric in the next couple of years. Their fees are not that bad either!

I work in with schools as part of my agencies operational framework and spent six weeks visiting the local high school…….yes there are issues when you have any bunch of sixteen/seventeen year old kids………but these kids were totally switched on, very respectful and a joy to meet……..maybe the "naughty" kids weren't at school at all those days but the one's I talked with gave me a lot of hope for the future!
2yrs+
Sky39
Sky39 Hey bonesbrice, you either hate it or love it! Hope you found a great spot in Adelaide to live that has everything you desire. I found that spot here in the good old Lincoln town ;-) Enjoy live!
2yrs+
Elle Griffiths
Elle Griffiths We thoroughly enjoy Lincoln every time we visit. Maybe it is because we have family there to see.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Too much going for it to be picky about niggles!"

I honestly don't know why people live in cities at all when there are such cool little coastal towns like Lincoln to enjoy……honestly, us locals may pay this place out at times but why would anyone live a lifestyle of traffic, pollution, stupid property prices and rents, plus nasty and obnoxious crowds and the crime rate of the city?
Lincoln offers a clean environment and easy access to beaches that rank the highest of anywhere!
You can pick from surf breaks from beginnings to the brave, safe beaches for the little ones and best of all, you get them for yourself most of the time!
In the past we haven't had a lot of choice with eating out/nightlife, but that seems to be changing!
The schools are great, child-care fantastic, plenty of parks and public space around, plus great walking trails.
Locals are friendly and unpretentious, venture out further to surrounding towns like Elliston, Streaky, Tumby, Coffins etc and you will meet lots of generous, warm hearted country folk.
The only complaint I could make is that some Lincolnites drive in such a laid back manner they forget to use indicators or follow simple traffic lights or that locals should support their local businesses instead of flying off to Adelaide or Melbourne for shopping trips all the time! Come on guys, locals are doing it tougher than ever as retail spending slumps to the lowest in two years (something like that anyway!) Support your local!
Yes, this is a shameless plug but I love this place so why not?
Pros
  • Beaches that rival anywhere else
  • Nice and clean Beaches
Cons
  • Bad driving generally!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
bonesbrice
bonesbrice touche....
LINCOLN . . . .
let me ramble on like a unhappy lincolner
firstly let me say i think localism is the biggest problem with lincoln.
well its very quiet indeed. and in my opinion its like a morgue mostly. You will find this to be especxially true if you have gown up or lived happily in any capital city. the whole idea of be local buy local is a joke. buy local and pay twice as much as you should is the reality. When you need something it most likely wont be stocked anyway, so then you can pay the extra freight cost and wait days for it to come from guess where? that dirty old adelaide. furthermore the sa government spends millions on advertising in the support SA product. why do lincoln people always bag laide.? fear of the unknown .. their world ends at north shields for most of these people.

next up ... lincoln has no quality beaches. the beaches wich are there are way below average. travel on the highway 30 mins before you find anything great. when you arrive you will need a good 4wd to get onto the beach and theres no facilities whatsoever.

the schools are not good. theres a severe lack of options for schooling.

there is no night life at all for 9 months of the year and theres the one and only cafe that everyone crams into incestuously..if a retaurant or take away opens up you could bet money on the thing being shut down within a year. locals wont stray away from the same fish and chip shop that the have been going to for 20 years.

i have lived here for ten years and i wont let anyone tell me its something great. I have been around the world and sorry but its not.
2yrs+
AdamS
AdamS Fantastic comment bonesbrice!! Thanks for sharing.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Pros
  • Nice and clean Beaches
  • Beaches that rival anywhere else
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The True Spirit of Port Lincoln"

Well if your not a Local you wont be getting any work ,sorry this is the true Port Lincoln spirit...
Pros
  • Nice and clean Beaches
Cons
  • Road trains up and down the main drag every working day
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

""Seafood capital of Australia""

Port Lincoln is a small city, population around 14,000. Its a peaceful, self sufficient town with main industries supporting the community being agriculture and seafood. See Wikipedia for more demographic info.

The good -

- takes 5 minutes to get to work, school, appointments etc.
- Surrounding Port Lincoln is many amazing beaches both kid friendly and surfing. Can have a tent on a beach all to ourselves in the national park only 20 mins away. A bit further away (half hour - hour) are many gorgeous coastal towns including Coffins Bay (famous for their oysters) which also boasts a national park with access to more amazing beaches.
- Saving a lot on petrol and insurance is cheaper as well compared to Adelaide
- Most houses have breath taking views, as most of Port Lincoln is up hill from the front foreshore
- Being the biggest town in the region, Port Lincoln has its own Hospital, 3 public primary schools, 1 public high school, St. Josephs Catholic school R-12 and new Navigators Lutheran College R-12.
- Many options for living.. newly developing Marina, older houses within walking distance to the town centre, or get a rural feel lifestyle in many of the existing or newly developing areas all within 5 - 15kms from town.
- Airport 20 mins away with 2 airlines, Regional Express and Qantas currently operating a number of flights daily to Adelaide.
- Many dining out options. Chinese restaurants, Indian, Italian - Bistro style, a few local fish and chip shops, Pizza bars, Fast food includes KFC and McDonalds, plus the numerous kid friendly hotels including the newly established Port Lincoln Hotel.
- Numerous local playgrounds and parks scattered through out the town, most with free BBQ facilities and a view!
- Great for recreation and sport

The bad-
- not many options for evening entertainment, local hotels host local and visiting bands and DJ's.
- Adelaide wins hands down for retail therapy, but can find everything you need at local shops.
- Telstra seems to be the only phone network that provides good reception for mobiles and mobile broadband in surrounding areas.

In summary, lacks variety that a big city has to offer, but I wouldn't trade that for all the things Port Lincoln has and has access too that the City doesn't.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Nice place for a holiday"

Perfect place for a family holiday. people are all very friendly and down to earth. Lots to see and do
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"A wealthy seaside town a long way from anywhere"

Located nearly 700 kilometres from Adelaide, Port Lincoln is a thriving town with a huge and successful fishing industry which has reaped the rewards from tuna, abalone and other seafood over the years.

The population is more than 13,000, and the region has the highest number of millionaires per capita than anywhere else in Australia. This fact alone explains the general feel of this resort town, with modern apartment blocks, huge waterfront homes and fantastic shops, restaurants and cafés.

The region is very self-supporting, with good schools, a hospital and all of the other essential services and other facilities provided.

There is a lot to do in the surrounding region, with beautiful beaches and rugged surf.

Whilst a huge distance from Adelaide, there are frequent flights every day.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

Unranked Streets in Port Lincoln

"Foreshore road in Lincoln that is surrounded by plenty of parks"
-34.718 135.85427
"Great area!"
-34.7130499282 135.8476131572
"Average road that leads to the Port Lincoln Slipway"
-34.73333 135.88101