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Tumby Bay - Cities, Towns and Localities

Located on the Southern Eyre Peninsula, Tumby Bay was first explored in 1802 by Matthew Flinders, who named the bay and a nearby island after the village of Tumby in Lincolnshire, England.

When settlers moved into the area during the 1840’s, the area was known as 'Harvey Bay', after one of the early settlers. When the town was first surveyed in 1900, it was named 'Tumby', but the local residents added the word ‘Bay’ to the name, and the town officially became known as 'Tumby Bay' in April, 1984.

Today, the coastal township of Tumby Bay, situated on the Spencer Gulf, is the main service centre for the surrounding agricultural farming district and communities. It is also a popular tourist destination, renowned for the fishing, whether it is by jetty, boat, charter, beach or rock fishing.

Check out our listing of Tumby Bay accommodation and Eyre Peninsula accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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The Little Jetty
Foreshore - 1 Tumby Terrace
Ph: 08 8688 2364

Tourism information can also be had from the

District Council of Tumby Bay
Cnr West Tce & Maortlock St, TUMBY BAY

Bus, Caravan & Travellers Parking Bay
Tumby Tce, TUMBY BAY

Tumby Bay Information Gazebo

Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre

Tumby Bay Attractions

Tumby Foreshore and Beach
• The grassed foreshore is a pleasant 4 km walk with several playgrounds and family friendly areas. Tumby Bay also has a white sandy beach that stretches for some 10 km.
Tumby Bay Island
• During the low summer tides you can wade across to Tumby Island on the sandbar. Here you can enjoy the birdlife and rock formations. Please ensure you check the time that the tide returns before venturing across to the island.
History of the District
• Read a bit about the history of Tumby Bay, Tumby Bay Jetty and Port Neill Jetty. Book is available for purchase from the Council Office.
Sir Joseph Banks Group of Islands
is a breeding ground for a large variety of sea birds, seals, dolphins and fish with King George Whiting the most sought after. This beautiful chain of islands is one of the marine wonders of the world and is a marine conservation park. It offers a range of lovely sheltered bays, golden sandy beaches and reefs teeming with marine life, and a day trip will provide the visitor with a memorable and rewarding experience. Charter boats offer cruises for the sightseeing, fishing and diving enthusiasts.

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Tumby Bay Distance

Distance to Tumby Bay
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Tumby Bay:
• Adelaide 346.0
• Ceduna 398.0
• Coffin Bay National Park 99.4
• Lincoln National Park 66.2
• Lipson 10.5
• Port Augusta 287.0
• Port Lincoln 49.4
• Port Neill 40.2
• Ungarra 44.9
• Whyalla 218.0
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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• Whyalla Maps
Bing Maps - Tumby Bay, SA
Google Maps - Tumby Bay SA 5605

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Tumby Bay Events

• South Australia Events
Tunarama Festival
• Ph: 08 8682 1300 • Email
• Held around the Australia Day long weekend - January
• The Tunarama Festival celebrate Eyre Peninsula’s biggest and most popular annual event. Highlights of the festival include the World Champion Tuna Toss, Crowning of the Festival Ambassador of the Year, Rodeo, Street Procession, Movie Night, Talent Quest, Seafood and Wine Expo and a spectacular fireworks display.
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Tumby Bay Tours

SA Tours • Outback  • Eco • Adventure • National Tours
Contact the visitor centre for available tour operators.

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Tumby Bay Other links

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1 Tumby Bay, South Australia. (2010, October 21). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:27, November 1, 2010, from,_South_Australia&oldid=391969049
2 District Council of Tumby Bay
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