Fisherman Point; great camping in Lincoln National Park
Port Lincoln is a truly beautiful part of the world, and we’d been looking forward to exploring the Lincoln National Park for a number of weeks. After spending 4 great nights at Bayview Park at the top of Port Lincoln, we booked a couple of nights at Fisherman Point in the Lincoln National Park, and headed off.
The intention behind booking Fisherman point first was that it would give us a good base to explore the rest of the national park, and see where our folks caravan would, and wouldn’t fit before booking any further sites.
We ended up spending over a week in the Lincoln National Park exploring a heap of amazing places, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Where is Fisherman Point?
From the centre of Port Lincoln, its roughly 37 minutes drive, and 37 kilometres. It’s easily doable for a day trip, or you can camp out there for a night or two as you please.
What is the road condition like?
Most of the drive in is bitumen, with the last few kilometres being gravel. We found it reasonable condition, but if you are in a 2WD vehicle you’d want to take it relatively slowly and avoid any of the pot holes that are all over the place. The speed limit is 40km/h, and although no one seems to obey it accessing Fisherman Point is relatively simple.
What does it cost to stay?
Its $20 per vehicle to camp here, per vehicle. Having come from WA this is decent value, but there’s some weird rule where some of the South Australian camp sites in national parks also include the entry fee that we are still trying to work out.
If you want to stay at Fisherman Point, you need to put a booking in online. This can be done when you arrive if you have Telstra reception (and there are sites left), but booking earlier is preferable.
Fisherman Point amenities
Fisherman point has toilet blocks, and fire rings (that can be used in season). The camp sites are crushed limestone, and are relatively flat and easy to access.
Best camp sites
When we looked online at the map, it seemed that 14, 15 and 16 were the best camp sites with the most amazing views. However, when you arrive, I reckon 13 is the best (which we had) and 14 is the next best. 15 is decent, and in fact they are all pretty nice, but having a view of the bay from our camp site, and being tucked back a bit further was really special.
One of the things we thoroughly enjoyed about Fisherman Point was the bird life. We saw more friendly little Blue wrens than ever before, a baby Pacific Gull and spent many hours just soaking it all up.
How does it compare to September Beach?
In terms of the actual camp ground, Fisherman Point is much nicer than September Bay. We drove through September Bay on the same day that we got to Fisherman Point, and were glad we’d chosen the closer camp ground.
The views are better, the amenities are nicer, and it’s a truly stunning location. That said, we did spend 2 nights at September Beach a few days later, just to see how they really compared.
Historically, September Beach was always the more popular camp ground as its been caravan accessible and easy to get to for many years. In our mind though, Fisherman Point is a far nicer place to stay.
What else can you do in the area?
The Lincoln National Park is pretty spectacular, and its not overly big. We went to most of the attractions in one afternoon, just cruising around and enjoying them.
We spent more than a week in the national park though, exploring various camp sites and places in depth. I would 110% recommend doing the Wanna to Sleaford 4WD track that completely blew my mind, and looking at the other beaches is always nice as well.
Pick your camping destination with the weather
On a last point, I want to highly recommend that you book a camp site that is conducive to the weather you are likely to get, and most specifically, the wind! We hopped around the national park during our visit, mainly to avoid the winds.
When we arrived Fisherman Point as nice and protected, but it started to cop some wind and we moved further south, with intentions of heading to September beach when it was blowing hard from the west (and nice and protected on the other side). If you can match the weather with your location, you’ll be onto a winner!
Overall, we really rated this camp site, and its certainly the best most accessible camp site in the park with amenities. We’d stay here again without any hesitation.