Port Lincoln is situated on Boston Bay, one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world - three times the size of Sydney Harbour.

It is known as the seafood frontier, with a large array of world renowned seafood, including oysters, tuna, abalone, kingfish, mussels and prawns.

It is also the gateway to the Great Australian Bight, with spectacular views of rugged cliffs and spectacular rock formations.

With friendly locals and a myriad of different experiences on offer from sampling the local seafood, quite literally straight from the ocean, with a local wine or something more active like swimming with sea lions, tuna or cage diving with Great White sharks, there is something for everyone.

The main street is a short 10 minute walk from where the ship docks and the path winds along the water's edge with spectacular vistas along the way.



Sightseeing Opportunities (Half Day)

  • Whalers Way
  • Swimming with Sealions
  • Swimming with Tuna

Sightseeing Opportunities (Full Day)

  • Coffin Bay National Park
  • Shark Cage Diving

Best Hotels

  • Port Lincoln Hotel

Best Beaches

  • Main Beach : 1 km from the port


  • Port Lincoln Tennis Courts


  • Port Lincoln Golf Club

Other Sporting Activities

  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Surfing
  • Kite surfing
  • Wind surfing
  • Sailing
  • Charter Fishing



Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials As for Customs

Customs and immigration

Passenger Manifest Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.
Embarking Passenger Manifest 3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays
Crew Manifest 2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.
Stores List 2 (Aust. Customs Service and Sydney Ports Corporation
Customs Declaration(Ship) 1 (Australian Customs Service)
Customs Declaration(Crew) 2 (Australian Customs Service)
Forms Comments All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.
Customs Declaration(Passengers) One at first Australian port of call only.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


Ground Operations

The following Ground Handlers are ACA members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.

Port Approach


Arrival Departure Restrictions yes
Tidal Variation 1m
Prevailing Currents n/a
Prevailing Winds n/a
Length of Channel n/a
Depth of Channel 14.6m
Comments n/a

Depth and breadth of turning basin

Location of Turning Basin Boston Bay
Diameter n/a
Depth 14.6
Other points Natural deep water harbour, popular with grain, petroleum and fertilisers due to large harbour and depth


Pilotage Name Flinders Ports
Pilotage Address Gate C, over Rogers Road, Outer Harbour 5015
Pilotage Phone No +61 8 8447 0903
Pilotage Fax No +61 8 8447 0603
Is Pilotage Compulsory YES
Position of Pilot Pickup n/a
Distance from Berth n/a
Pilot VHF Channel 16 / 12 / 6 / 8 / 13
Description of Pilot Boat Orange hull Yellow superstructure "Pilot" in black
Pilot Hours 24 hours, all year
Pilotage Fees As per schedule


Port Services

Shipping agents


Port Operations/Services

Wilhelmsen Ships Service
Address 9/189 Kent Street
Telephone (+61) 8 8341 0466
24 hour contact (+61) 8 8341 0466
Fax (+61) 8 8341 0506
Website www.wilhelmsen.com/services/maritime/companies/buss/Pages/buss.aspx
Email wss.adelaide@wilhelmsen.com
Services Contact: Kerry Marcus.
Inchcape Shipping Services
Address Level 12, 15-19 Bent Street SYDNEY NSW 2000
Telephone + 61 0 8 8447 4655
24 hour contact N/A
Fax + 61 0 8 8447 6139
Website www.iss-shipping.com/home.aspx
Email adelaide@iss-shipping.com.au
Services Jamie Holdaway
Information on other Shipping Agents can be obtained from the Port Authority (see Port Operator).


Are tugs available Yes
Are tugs compulsory For ships over 90 metres LOA
Tug operator`s name Ritch and Smith Towage Company
Tug operator`s fax 61 8 8449 1149
Ship or tug lines Both
Tug working hours 0730 to 1630 Monday to Friday. All other hours are available by booking in advance


Working hours Available 24 hours

Port officials

Working hours 24 hours
Overtime As required


Stevedoring Name or details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent


For details of contractors, please refer to the Client Services Officer at Flinders Ports.
For further information refer to Flinders Ports web site at www.flindersports.com.au.


Telephones Yes
How many 2
Notice required Yes


Fuel Grades All
Quay or barge Quay
Suppliers Through shipping agency


Fresh Water Yes
Exquay or barge Quay
No of hoses Up to 8
Capacity per hose/hour Varies - 50 tonnes per hour
Tonnes per hour guaranteed No guarantees
Type of connect International fittings
Connect size in inches N/A

Dry garbage

Dry garbage Yes
Barge alongside No
Containers available No
Size of containers No
Number available Not applicable
Incineration or dump Dump
Facilities to transport Provided by private contractors - vacuum pumps - see shipping agency

Wet garbage

Wet garbage Yes
Ship or shore pump Both
Sludge disposal Yes
Sludge details Facilities are available for the disposal of all ships waste in accordance with relevant environmental and marine legislation.


Port Charges Refer Adelaide Port Operator

Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock Sydney - Australian Defence Industries - Garden Island
Length 347 metres
Beam 40 metres.
Maximum Tonnage 100000 tonnes deadweight (according to vessel design)
Divers Available Yes
Engineering facilities Yes


Dredging undertaken No
Dredging when Maintenance dredging only


Port Operator

Port operator

Name Flinders Ports
Address 296 St Vincent Street
Telephone +61 8 8447 0611
Facsimile +61 8 8447 0605
Web Site www.flindersports.com.au
Email Address flindersports@flindersports.com.au

Berth details

Berth 4
Maximum draft 15.2m
Tidal variation n/a
Berth length 330m
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships yes
Are other ships able to dock yes
Cargo ships at dock yes
Security fences yes

Nearest ports

Australia Fremantle
Nearest Overseas Port Wellington, New Zealand



Terminal facilities

Terminal Building NO
Meet and Greet Facilities YES
Toilet Facilities YES
Telephones YES
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures YES
Souvenir Shopping YES
Money Exchange YES
Is the US Dollar Accepted? NO


Closest Airport to Pier Port Lincoln Airport
Distance to Airport 14 km
Transport to Airport YES
Can Passengers Walk to Town YES
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop 5 mins
Distance from Pier to Town Centre 1 km
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary YES
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town Visitor Information Centre
Availability of Taxis at Pier Yes
Availability of Public Transport at Pier NO
Other Forms of Transport at Pier Hire cars

Tour buses

Distance from Ship to Tour Buses 100m
What is the Normal Coach Capacity 46
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned YES
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses On request
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses On request
Are Step Stools Provided on Buses YES



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