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The Eyre Peninsula region is bounded by Spencer Gulf in the east, to the west by around 2400 kilometres of coastline to the Western Australian border and to the north by the Gawler Ranges.
The largest population centres of Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Ceduna, provide the infrastructure hubs for this highly productive area of South Australia.
The region produces 82% of the State’s seafood, 43% of iron and steel manufacturing and 40% of the wheat crop.
The agricultural industries including cereal crops, sheep, and cattle, as well as the mineral resources are based in the drier north, while the more water-intensive dairy farming, wine industry, fishing and aquaculture, tourism and the steel industry are in the south.
Eyre Peninsula is Australia’s Seafood Frontier. The fishing industry, based in the rich fishing grounds in the pristine Southern Ocean, is recognised as a leader in world best fishing practices and standards. 80% of its catch, including abalone, pacific oysters, rock lobster, western king prawns, yellowtail kingfish, mussels and southern blue fin tuna is exported to a growing global market. Many coastal towns have commercial fishing fleets, the largest being located at Port Lincoln.
The Eyre Peninsula also has an abundance of mineral resources - much of it, the highest quality including the best large flake graphite deposits in the world, the world’s largest deposit of high quality zircon, the largest magnetite resource in Australia and the brightest and whitest kaolin in the world.
The area looks to have a strong sustainable energy future too, as it has being identified as one of the best locations internationally for wind, solar and wave renewable energy development.
Tourism contributes significantly to the area’s economy and 700 businesses, with 2,400km of spectacular coastline, towering limestone cliffs, surf beaches and sheltered bays, pristine offshore islands and iconic locations like the Head of the Bight. Inland tourists are drawn to the rolling hills and farmland, national and conservation parks, remarkable rock formations and rugged outback ranges. The prehistoric Nullarbor Plain has unique native animals and thousands of years of Aboriginal history. Close by are the 1.5 billion year old geological wonder of the Gawler Ranges and the startlingly beautiful Lake Gairdner- a dry salt lake bounded by ancient hills.
The region features plenty of bucket-list experiences including swimming with tuna, dolphins and sea lions, cage diving with Great White sharks, diving with masses of breeding Giant Australian Cuttlefish and whale watching in the Great Australian Bight.
On the back of its clean, green image, a boutique food and wine culture is thriving with small businesses passionately producing high quality olives and olive oil, honey, dried fruit and nuts, bush tucker, flour, free-range eggs, condiments and wine. Local restaurants, cafes and hotels loudly and proudly promote the produce.