• Tumby Bay

    Tumby Terrace, Tumby Bay SA, Australia .

    In a world where time and genuine friendliness are becoming more difficult to find, I can recommend a journey in our direction to experience the simple pleasures of being able to relax, make new friends and enjoy a look at what Tumby Bay has to offer.  Whether you travel on or decide to stay, I’m sure that like us Tumby Bay locals, you will appreciate the quiet freshness in which our day-to-day lives function – that sense of well-being that feels familiar and safe and satisfying.

    Tumby Bay is a beautiful coastal township of 1200 residents, who have chosen to establish livelihoods, raise families and retire in a safe and serene environment.

    Where the ocean meets our shoreline, you will find a relaxed yet well-appointed town and district with all the

    amenities and access to adventures that form pleasurable living, together with  the openness to accommodate visitors and wanderers.  This is a community where peace and potential abound, and which those who value family, friendship, fun and future are happy and proud to call their home.

    Eyre Peninsula travelers, who base themselves in Tumby Bay can enjoy an endless 10km stretch of white beach with a wide choice of ways in which to experience the bay.
    In a temperate climate without excesses, and a relaxing friendly environment, your holiday becomes a choice of

    easy day drives to a diversity of places such as Coffin Bay, the City of Port Lincoln or the Koppio Smithy Museum to name just three.   

    Immersing yourself in the many facets of Eyre Peninsula, gifts a richness of encounters, brilliant memories and a welcoming place to return to.

    We have developed this website to help visitors to Tumby Bay find accommodation, where to eat, and what to do and see.

  • Colour Tumby Street Art Festival

    Tumby Bay SA, Australia .


    Each April, the town of Tumby Bay gets a little bit more colourful.

    The inaugural festival took place in 2018, and brought some of the worlds best street artists, curated by Australia’s leading street art agency, Juddy Roller.

    The weekend added a splash of colour to the already beautiful coastal town of Tumby Bay.

    The Artists that took part were Adnate, Dvate, George Rose, James Pedler, Kitt Bennett, Smug, Andrew Bourke and Lisa King,

    along with Martin Ron’s incredible Silo Mural greeting you at the town's entrance.

    The event is family friendly and anyone could come down and participate in the fun.

    Colour Tumby is a community wide strategic plan set by the Tumby Bay Progress Association to enliven Tumby Bay.

    Colour Tumby is about identifying, creating and delivering a range of community projects that will have significant social and economic benefits for our community. We also want to be promoting Tumby Bay’s image of being progressive and innovative to achieve this.  

    It is also about creating community wide projects to engender a greater community spirit that will leave a lasting benefit.

  • Clear Canoe Hire

    2 Yaringa Avenue, Tumby Bay SA, Australia .

    The innovative Transparent Canoe lets you explore the underwater world of Tumby Bay like no other canoe or kayak, allowing you to witness the fascinating wildlife and seascapes of life below.

    Seating two people, or an adult and a couple of kids, the vessel supports up to 180kg, with two adjustable seats, two paddles and two flotation devises. The Canoe is easily paddles with 1 adult as well.

    Fantastic fun drifting for squid or hunting King George whiting, or just relaxing and watching the world drift by.

    75% discount offered to customers staying at Modra's Apartments.

  • Leafy Seadragons

    Tumby Bay SA, Australia .

    Diving with Leafy Seadragons Tumby Bay!

    Among the pylons and weed beds thrives an abundance of life!

    When I first moved to Tumby Bay, it was the impressive undersea life of the area that had me reaching frequently for my scuba gear.   Among the pylons and weed beds thrives an abundance of life,  providing in the clear, calm water, a diving mecca for scuba and snorkelling enthusiasts, who can observe the mysterious striped pyjama squid, wobbegong shark, numerous nudibranchs, common day octopus, southern rock Lobster, giant cuttlefish, short-headed sea horse and the awesome but deadly blue ring octopus.

    This pleasurable pastime became a passion, after my first sighting of the elusive leafy seadragon, an experience many divers recall vividly and with delight. Floating as insignificantly as a piece of loose plant, this glorious creature and its effortless grace has enchanted me ever since. With a newly-purchased underwater camera, each visit to their realm had me planning my return, as each dive concluded.

    Despite their amazing ability to blend with the environment in which they live, breed and feed, I have become familiar with each individual of the small, healthy population of ‘Leafys’ that live in Tumby waters.   So far I have documented 14 individuals, including the progress of a large male laden with eggs through to their hatching and growing up.   It has taken a little effort, a keen eye and great care over a regular frequency of dives, to capture a rich treasure of photographs and details, and I have become very attached to the leafy seadragons of Tumby Bay.

    I consider myself very fortunate to have this wonder of the world right here on my doorstep, and have enjoyed showing the area’s diversity and enchantments to many friends and fellow divers. Tumby will always be a special place for me.

    Jamie "Yook" Coote
    Ph. 0472 625 735

  • Koppio Smithy Museum

    1385 Koppio Rd, Koppio SA 5607, Australia .


    Beautifully set among the scenic hills of Lower Eyre Peninsula are the 2.5 acres of Koppio Smithy Museum. Central to all travel plans in the area it can be reached from   any  direction   with   an  enjoyable   drive   through peaceful  country  of  rolling  hills  and  interesting  places. It is well worth your visit.

    Over the past 40 years, National Trust volunteers have established what is really a village encompassing the area’s heritage. Their work in collecting, researching and restoring these buildings, vehicles, machinery and artifacts has created a place of value and amazing interest for all ages. In fact you enter this remarkable Museum through the old country store of 1910, which once stood in Liverpool Street Port Lincoln.

    Of significant interest is the Koppio School, built in 1934 and the last of its kind on the Peninsula. In its single room, one teacher taught seven grades right up till its closure in 1970, when it was transported over 2 kilometres of road to the museum using wooden sleighs and four tractors. Displayed now as an historically furnished classroom, it delights many visitors. Also furnished in true historic style is the 1890’s Pug and Pine Cottage, now beautifully restored from the crumbling shell relocated from about 60 kilometers away.

    The centrepiece of the museum is The Blacksmith’s Shop, built by Tom Brennand in 1903 to service the horse and bullock  teams  of  newly  occupied  farm  settlements.  His
    ‘Smithy’ and stone cottage represent the remarkable spirit of early Eyre settlers which can be experienced throughout this wonderful museum.

    Pioneering is hard work, so you may want to take a break and enjoy your lunch or BBQ if you brought it along, at the restful picnic area. Or perhaps a hot pie, cold drink or icecream from the museum shop. You are also welcome to use the modern 40-seat function room, complete with kitchenette and toilet facility, all disabled-friendly.

    As  you  continue  your  museum  meander,  watch  for  the Wheat Agent’s Shed, White Flat Post Office building, and the unbelievably small Bank of Adelaide building from Ungarra. Other sheds house all manner of heritage trucks, cars, machinery and equipment which it’s doubtful we’ll see the like of again, particularly those purpose-made by desperate and ingenious pioneers. This includes a WWII Army tank, driven from Melbourne to Port Lincoln by road, and used for scrub clearing in the late 1940’s.

    Throughout these displays the presence of women is subtle, until you get to the Pioneer Women’s Room, where their hard lives are evidenced with open cooking fires, laundry boilers and hand-sewn clothing that was repaired and re-fashioned for usually 11 or more children. Many descendants of these families still live on the Eyre Peninsula, and it is indeed the family - and visitor-friendly nature of this amazing museum, that contributes to its ambience and continuing successes. Every display, of which only a few have been mentioned here, rises from the dedicated work of all involved and thus continues the ethics of our settlers.

    So plan a day at the Koppio Smithy Museum and enjoy the journey – a scenic route to some stunning re-collections.

  • King George Whiting

    Tumby Bay Jetty, Spencer NSW, Australia .

    The world-famous King George whiting, regarded by many people as a contender for the title of Australia's best eating fish. Arguably placed into anybodies top half dozen.

    King George Whiting is a magnificent fish to catch. At Tumby they are relatively easy to locate, often caught from the jetty and from many different feeding grounds along the coast and at the groups.  The King George whiting is one of South Australia’s most important food fishes, comprising approximately 27 per cent of the total annual commercial catch of inshore fishes.

    Whiting are fussy feeders moving around quickly sucking in, then spitting out interesting morsels. All you feel is the quick sudden tug of the line as the fish samples your bait, but just as quickly spits it out again if it looks or tastes a bit suss. When the tide and weather is perfect, and you find a school that is feeding, the action on board the boat is furious.

    There is only one thing better than catching a King George Whiting. Eating one!

    Tumby Bay is regarded as not only one of the best places in the world to catch the King George Whiting, it is also a favourite destination to consume this magnificent fish. No visit to Tumby is complete without sampling this tasty fish.

    Every day of the year, our local chefs at Tumby are proud to present our local delicacy.