October School Holidays

Friday, September 29, 2017 10:36am

Spring is here and so are our October School Holiday Activities! Bring your little ones along to The Port Lincoln Hotel for fun, games and entertainment!

Super Hero Party

To celebrate the release of Dreamworks "Captain Underpants" movie - we're throwing our own Superhero Party in Sharkys Bar! From 10am - 12pm on Thursday 5th October, Sharkys Bar will be transformed into a kids play zone where they can party like a Superhero with complimentary face painting, arts and crafts, dancing and more! This is a free event so all our welcome! Make a day of it and catch Youthorias 12.30pm screening of the movie 'Captain Underpants' with free popcorn for all! 

See more about The Superhero Party here

 

 


Flower Crown Workshop

Then later, on Wednesday 11th October let your little ones creative juices flow at our Flower Crown Workshop. Learn from the best as they get to play with fresh flowers and create a masterpiece they can wear and take home! This interactive workshop is suitable for children aged 5 and over. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. $20 per child.

See more about The Flower Crown Workshop here

 

 

 

 

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Win the Ultimate Trip to Port Lincoln!

Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:57pm

This is not a drill! After the success of a similar prize last year, we've got together with our friends at Calypso Star Charters, Goin Off Safaris and Eyre Travel to offer you and a friend the Ultimate Trip to Port Lincoln! The best thing...it's all for a great cause!

We love getting behind the Leukaemia Foundation's Annual Fundraising Campaign The 'UGLY Bartender'. In 2015, we were proud to support our Restaurant Manager Brad Gunn raise over $15,000 and with that, take out the title of the UGLY Bartender of the Year Award! In 2016, Duty Manager Luke Davidson donned the blue and managed to raise yet again another $12,000 for the cause. This year we have Sharkys Bar Attendant Shane Merchant taking to the stage and he has put together yet again, another amazing 'Ultimate Port Lincoln Experience!"

Up for grabs is: 

  • Return Flights for two from Adelaide to Port Lincoln thanks to Eyre Travel
  • Two nights accommodation at The Port Lincoln Hotel 
  • A full day trip with Goin' Off Safaris 
  • A full day's Shark Dive Experience with Calypso Star Charters
  • Plus a $100 dinner voucher in Sarin's Restaurant

This prize is valued at over $2,500!

All proceeds go to the Leukaemia Foundation via The Port Lincoln UGLY Bartender Campaign. Since this campaigns launch in 2009, UGLY Bartenders from around Australia have raised over $8 million to help people with blood cancer. Help Shane raise the funds he needs to support this amazing cause! 

Prizes donated by Goin Off Safaris, Calypso Star Charters, The Port Lincoln Hotel and Eyre Travel.

 

You've got to be in it to win it!

And good luck!

Prize drawn November 10th 8.00pm at The Port Lincoln Hotel.

Terms and Conditions: Raffle drawn, November 10th , 2017 at 8:00pm, at Port Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln Highway, Port Lincoln. Draw will be done by a representative of the Port Lincoln Hotel on behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation, in which all proceeds are for. Winner will be notified by phone and their name will be published in the Port Lincoln Times. Conditions for prize: Prize must be used within 12 months (expiry Nov 10th 2018) Due to logistics of the businesses involved only certain days of the week are available to complete both the Shark Dive and the Day Trip. Also dependant on the time of the week is whether the Day Trip is Port Lincoln or Coffin Bay based. If the winner resided on the Eyre Peninsula, return tickets from Port Lincoln to Adelaide will be arranged. Maximum—2,000 tickets

 

 

 

 

 

'Oysters, Wine & Golf' - How to Spend 3 Days in Port Lincoln -

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:06pm

You loved our last post on how to spend 3 days in Port Lincoln so with so many things to do and see, we thought we'd give you another sample itinerary!

 

DAY 1

After arriving in Port Lincoln via a short 35 minute flight from Adelaide, get ready to embark on a day filled with experiences unique to the Eyre Peninsula. Wade into the shallows at Coffin Bay, plucking your very own world famous Coffin Bay Oysters fresh from the sea, hearing sea tales from local Oyster Farmer as you go.

Shortly after, indulge in a seafood platter, dining alfresco at seaside restaurant 1802 Oyster Bar & Bistro for lunch. While away a few hours here overlooking the quiet but beautiful town of Coffin Bay before heading back in towards Port Lincoln for a wine tasting at Boston Bay Winery, the closest vineyard to the ocean in the world.

Check into your luxury accommodation (at The Port Lincoln Hotel of course!) and take a moment to freshen up and take in the breathtaking, panoramic ocean views from your private balcony before enjoying a Seafood Dinner downstairs in Sarin's Restaurant

 

DAY 2

Set off to the crystal clear waters of Seal Cove where the gorgeous puppies of the sea welcome your arrival with somersaults and graceful swirls, inviting you to join in! Perfect for families! 

Enjoy an a la carte lunch at the waterside restaurant The Marina Hotel, enjoying the sea breezes and acool drink while watching some of the biggest fishing vessels in the Southern Hemisphere come in and out of the bay.

DAY 3

Enjoy a day on the green, playing a round of golf at The Port Lincoln Golf Course or take the kids to Glen Forest Tourist Park to get up and close with Australia's favourite animals.

 

 

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Our World of Whisky Dinner - A Journey of the Senses

Friday, August 11, 2017 12:35pm

Our premium Alfresco Dining Space in Sarin's was reserved for the exclusive 35 attendees. Guests enjoyed a 6 Course Degustation Dinner, created by new Executive Chef David Revel. Each course was carefully paired but with 6 Whisk(e)ys from around the world and as each course was brought to the table, our host for evening educated and explained the whiskey pairing. 

Hill of Grace 2012 Vintage - The Two-Year Wait is Over

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 10:45am

 
 
Exciting news! The two-year wait for Australia's most famous, single vineyard winery is over and Lincoln Cellars will be one of the very few stockists of the acclaimed wine. As of early September we will be proud stockists of the very exclusive and limited supply, second allocation of the Henschke 2012 Hill of Grace Wine. The highly anticipated vintage has been awarded 99 points by Wine Companion James Halliday and both ‘Wine of the Year’ and ‘Shiraz of the Year’ by Tyson Steltzers.

“It’s been worth the wait, and then some, for this is a flawless Hill of Grace.” 99 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion, April 2017

 

“In walking the ancient vines of the isolated Hill of Grace vineyard during harvest, I discovered a personality to this place articulated in its wines quite unlike any other…Approachable and irresistible now, don’t underestimate the grand longevity of this season.” 99 points, Tyson Stelzer, Tyson Stelzer’s Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017, Wine of the Year and Shiraz of the Year, June 2017

 

“One of the great iterations of this regal single site wine.” 98 points, Nick Stock, James Suckling, June 2017

 
Every vintage from the ancient, single vineyard Hill of Grace is a limited release. For example only one barrel was produced in 2003, there was no vintage in 2011 and only extremely tiny vintages are pending for 2013 and 2014. We are therefore very fortunate here at Lincoln Cellars to secure 3 bottles.
Available early September. Contact Dan at Lincoln Cellars at lcellars@portlincolnhotel.com.au if you would like to pre-order one of these exclusive bottles. They won't last long!
 
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Eagerly awaiting in anticipation for Chef Revels Menu Launch? Us too!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 4:47pm

Our brand new Executive Chef David Revel, has some amazing and big changes in store for our menus and we are all itching to share them with you! Great things however do take time and at the moment, he and his team are learning new techniques, awaiting deliveries of new crockery (yes! new plates!! sooo exciting!!) new ingredients and preparing for the launch in mid August!
 
So in anticipation for these releases, Chef Revel has created a number of special menus available only on Friday and Saturday evenings in Sarin’s Restaurant until the release of the new menu. Changed weekly, these specials will provide hints of what is to come! Bookings are essential and if last weekend’s Bastille Day themed menu is anything to go by, seats will fill quickly! Watch our weekly "Weekend Teaser Specials" on our Whats On page to keep up to date.

 

 

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Want to know how we spent our Saturday night? At Guitars in Bars of course!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 2:08pm

 

In case you haven't heard, last Saturday we hosted the first (of hopefully many to come) Guitars in Bars in the Lincoln Lounge. The candles were lit, the room was cosy, the red wine was flowing and the acoustic local music acts were pumping! With help from bohemian inspired hire items from local events company Kata and Belle, we transformed our Lincoln Ballroom into "The Lincoln Lounge" - full of cosy nooks and chesterfield lounges, layered with vintage rugs, poufs and a whole lot of candlelight. 

All 250 guests received a complimentary wine on arrival before moving into the ballroom to find their posé for the night! A cosy night in with live music isn't complete with cheese so our gorgeous 'Zoe Fordham', one of this years Tunarama Entrants and Miss Port Lincoln Hotel was on site selling cheese plates with all money raised going to her charity of choice "Mentally Fit EP".

Kicking off the gigs was Paul Blackman from 6pm, followed by Joel Davies, then The Bock Shepherd Experience, Lukes of Hazzard and finished off with Stefan Hauk.

Thankyou to all who attended and keep your ears peeled for our next one!

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Welcome David Revel - Our New Executive Chef!

Monday, July 17, 2017 12:44pm

The Port Lincoln Hotel, now in its 10th year of operation on the Eyre Peninsula is excited to announce the appointment of new Executive Chef, David Revel to the team. Chef Revel brings over 10 years of outstanding culinary experience in the hospitality and restaurant industry starting all the way back in his home town of Belvéze du razés in France.

 

Chef Revel starts his new chapter at The Port Lincoln Hotel after working in numerous positions and establishments in both Paris, France & Australia such as ClubMed on Lindeman Island, The Realm Hotel in Canberra and most recently as Executive Chef at The Rydges Capital Hill in Canberra. With expertise in French and Fusion Asian cuisine, Chef Revel will bring an exciting new concept to our Seafood Capital of Australia.

 

“We are super excited to bring Chef Revel aboard” explains Lauren Maxfield, Sales & Marketing Manager at The Port Lincoln Hotel. “He possesses an incredible amount of experience and has a real eye for presentation and detail…something I know our customers will love...after all, we do eat with our eyes!”

Excitingly, brand new menus are soon to be released across all departments of the Port Lincoln Hotel including Sarin’s Restaurant, Sharkys Bar and Functions. Although still in the drafting stages, we can reveal diners should expect a brand new dining concept for Sarin’s Restaurant including 2 and 3 course set menu options for those special evenings out, an abundance of local produce and yes, for lovers of the Parisian way, a small snippet of France with escargot (aka. snails) will be on the menu!

 

In anticipation for these releases, Chef Revel has created a number of special menus available only on Friday and Saturday evenings in Sarin’s Restaurant until the release of the new menu. Changed weekly, these specials will provide hints of what is to come! Bookings are essential and if last weekend’s Bastille Day themed menu is anything to go by, seats will fill quickly! Watch our weekly "Weekend Teaser Specials" to keep up to date.

 

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New Breakfast Packages

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 2:28pm

 

Whether you're a night owl or an earlybird, everybody starts their day at some point...and we all seem to do it differently!? Here at The Port Lincoln Hotel we understand this and believe our breakfast offerings should be as flexible and different as the people eating it! 

 

That's why starting this month, package your breakfast in with your room rate for the discounted price of $20pp (usually $25pp) and enjoy the flexibility of choosing from either our a la carte Breakfast Menu or our new look Breakfast Buffet. If you're staying multiple days, enjoy the all you can eat buffet one day, and then pancakes made fresh from the kitchen the next! 

On our all you can eat breakfast buffet you will find all of your cooked breakfast favourites including Bacon, Eggs (cooked your way!), Baked Beans, Mushys, Hash Browns and more! On the opposite end is your favourite cereals including Bircher Muesli and Fresh Fruit. Toast, Crossiants, Danishes and cute little seasonal smoothie shots are too good to pass up! 

Our a la carte menu is ever changing however at the moment you will find special treats like Fruit & Banana Martini's and Smashed Avocado aswell as the old favourites like Eggs Benny and Gourmet Pancakes! See the full a la carte breakfast menu here.

Our Buffet Breakfast is open every day from 6.30am - 10.00am and until 10.30am on weekends. Our A la carte menu is available until 10.30am on weekdays and until 11.00am on weekends.

'Wild Luxury' - How to Spend 3 Days in Port Lincoln -

Monday, June 19, 2017 3:19pm

It's often not until our guests arrive that they realise there are so many things to do and see in Port Lincoln! So lets say you have a long weekend coming up, or a sneaky 3 day getaway...here's our recommendations things to do and how to spend 3 days in our neck of the woods!

DAY 1

After arriving in Port Lincoln via a short 35 minute flight from Adelaide, be greeted by your personal guide for the day, a true Australian character and our friend, nicknamed 'Lunch" (seriously!) from tour company Goin Off Safari's. Sample the produce and tour a local fish factory before enjoying a picnic lunch on the white sandy beaches of the Port Lincoln National Park.

Top Things to Do in Port Lincoln - How to Spend 3 Days

Try your luck at pulling in an Australian Salmon or Silver Whiting right off the beach, take a brief but rewarding walk up Stamford Hill (for the best views ever!) or just sit back with your toes in the water and a cool drink in hand.

Top Things to Do in Port Lincoln - How to Spend 3 Days

Check into your luxury accommodation (at The Port Lincoln Hotel of course!) and take a moment to freshen up and take in the breathtaking panoramic ocean views from your private balcony before enjoying a seafood dinner downstairs in Sarin's Restaurant

Top Things to Do in Port Lincoln - How to Spend 3 Days Port Lincoln Hotel

DAY 2

Tick that item off your bucket list and go shark cage diving with the oceans most feared predator - The Great White Shark - the only place in Australia and one of the very few places in the world that this can be done. 

Top Things to Do in Port Lincoln - How to Spend 3 Days Shark Cage Diving

DAY 3

The early bird catches the worm...on when in Port Lincoln...the most amazing sunrises over the water that you ever did see! Reap the rewards, hire a paddleboard and join the others paddling through the shallows of Boston Bay as the sun rises and sets a magical golden glow over the water. 

Top Things to Do in Port Lincoln - How to Spend 3 Days

After refuelling on a delicious breakfast back the The Port Lincoln Hotel, enjoy a morning stroll along the Parnkalla Trail and Foreshore, fossicking through the shops and cafes as you go (and don't forget the obligatory snap at the famous Makybe Diva Bronze Statue). Grab a coffee from a seaside cafe (our picks are Rogue & Rascal and Del Giorno's!) and watch the yachts breeze by.

Top Things to Do in Port Lincoln - How to Spend 3 Days

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The Eyre Peninsula's Top 5 Most Instagrammable Places

Friday, June 16, 2017 11:01am

Here on the Eyre Peninsula we have some amazing locations and its not hard to find them with a simple #portlincoln search on Instagram. We recently helped our friends at Glam Adelaide scour the Instagram world for the Top 5 Most Instagrammable Places on the Eyre Peninsula.

 

 

 

 

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Whale Watching Season is here!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:16am

It's whale watching season! Because of our temperate breeding waters, every winter, South Australia enjoys the return of the Southern Right Whales. Occassionally a Humpback Whale can be spotted as they make the journey further north to the Great Barrier Reef where they prefer to mate and calve. Between mid-May and early October each year Southern Right Whales can be found in large numbers along the Far West Coast and Head of the Great Australian Bight on the Eyre Peninsula. Keep up to date with recent whale sightings via the SA Whale Centre website here.

 

Why do whales lift their tails?

When whales suspend their tails above the water its more than just for a good photo! There are several reasons they do this… to just rest, study the area around and below it or catch the wind and actually sail along. Also, if a female, to avoid the demands of a hungry calf, or the advances of males during courtship!

 

Why all the blowing?
Whales exhale air from the blowholes on top of their heads at great pressure, causing moisture in their breath to condense and create a cloud or “blow”. Southern Rights have a distinctive V-shaped bushy blow and usually blow every minute or so after being submerged.

 

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Our Top 10 Sunrise Pics

Friday, May 12, 2017 1:31pm

Sleeping in when on holidays is a guilty pleasure but as they say, the early bird catches the worm...and in the case of guests staying in an Ocean View Room at The Port Lincoln Hotel...the best photo opportunities! Bias or not, we're positive we must have one of the best views in Port Lincoln and the from the huge amount of sunrise snaps our guests take and share on social media we assume you agree! 

So we thought we'd do a round up of our Top 10 Favourite Sunrise shots taken from our Ocean View Rooms by you! See our round up below!

Sunrise Snap #1: Taken by guest @annmarie_com 

 

Sunrise Snap #2: Taken by guest @stuart_templeton in October 2015

 

Sunrise Snap #3: Taken by guest AaronH_SA in March 2014

 

Sunrise Snap #4: Taken by guest Liz H in March 2015

 

Sunrise Snap #5: Taken by guest Ro_Cooke in October 2016

 

Sunrise Snap #6: Taken by guest Robert Woodland in 2013

 

Sunrise Snap #7: Taken by guest Mardes61

 

Sunrise Snap #8: Taken by guest @anika_1001

 

Sunrise Snap #9: Taken by guest @lambsears in April 2016

 

Sunrise Snap #10: Taken by anonymous guest

 

Which one is your favourite!?

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The Rise of the Rose

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:55pm

It was just after Christmas when I realised the rose revival had well and truly arrived. Strolling through my local wine barn, I turned into the pink wine aisle and was met by a scene of pillage and plunder. The normally neatly stacked shelves were half empty; cardboard wine boxes had been broken into, their contents raided. It was if a mob of thirsty shoppers in a rose rage had descended on the store, buying bottles faster than staff could restock.

“I haven’t seen this much excitement over a wine style since Marlborough sauvignon blanc first started to take off in the market,” says Peter Nixon of Dan Murphy’s wine panel. “We have seen sales growth of between 200 and 300 per cent in the over-$10 rose category over the last twelve months. It is that dramatic.”

It’s the same for independent outlets: everywhere I go retailers and sommeliers tell me they’ve never sold as much rose as they have this summer.

Interestingly, while well-established, fuller-flavoured Australian pink wines such as Turkey Flat and Charlie Melton’s Rose of Virginia are benefiting from this trend, the kind of rose proving to be most popular is the pale, dry style, typified by the wines of Provence, and often made in Australia most successfully from pinot noir.

What’s more, people are spending good money for good pink wine: one of the biggest-selling local examples is the $20 De Bortoli La Boheme Pinot Noir Rose; one of the most sought-after French brands is the $28 Miraval Cotes de Provence (the wine owned by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt); and Peter Nixon tells me Dan’s even struggle to keep up with demand for the $50 Domaine du Gros’Nore from Bandol in Provence: “People want the best rose and are prepared to pay for it,” he says. This is clearly not a price-driven, cheap-plonk trend.

“It’s awesome that people are finally getting on to it,” says De Bortoli chief winemaker, Steve Webber, who first started producing pale, dry pinot rose a decade ago. “We made 50 per cent more La Boheme last year than the previous, and I’ve made a shed load more again this year to keep up.”

Nixon says one of the reasons for the local surge in rose sales is the huge popularity of the style in countries such as France and Britain.

“What happens in Europe can have an effect on our market,” he says. “As more and more Australians go on holidays and enjoy new wine styles there, that can then start to be replicated here and it eventually reaches critical mass.”

Nixon says the popularity of rose is also part of a broader trend of people diversifying their drinking options: where once they might have stuck solely to Marlborough sauvignon, now they’re also regularly buying prosecco (“We’re struggling to keep the shelves stocked with this, too,” he says), pink wines and lighter bodied reds.

“I’d be a bit concerned if I was a Marlborough sav blanc maker,” he says. “Or, rather, I’d be looking at how I can make some rose — and fast.”

With the biggest variety of wines in Port Lincoln, Lincoln Cellars has dozens of rose varieties in store to choose from. See in store for options.

 

Original story by The Australian, March 2016

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Port Lincoln and it's Tuna

Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:21pm

Before the Eyre Peninsula’s world recognised fishing practices were created, a sector that experienced the first hand effects of unregulated fishing is the Southern Blue Fin Tuna industry. Tuna fishing in Port Lincoln started in the 1950s when the F.V Tacoma, a shipping vessel still visible in the Port Lincoln Marina today, initiated a survey of tuna fish stocks and caught its first catch of Southern Blue Fin Tuna. The results of this survey saw an expansion in the tuna fishing industry and over the years, witnessed record catches, reaching a peak of 21,000 tonnes in 1982. These were days of unregulated fishing and as a consequence, by 1983, schools of Southern Bluefin Tuna were scarce – completely over-exploited and heavily over-capitalised.

In response, The Australian Government handed out Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) to fisherman to prevent further exploitation and growth in the industry – an initiative the Japanese and New Zealand governments also quickly adopted. By 1989, all three countries were limited to a total yearly combined quota of just 11,750 tonnes.

With demand set by the soon recognised Japanese sashimi market, the industry soon progressed from poling individual tuna into vessel tanks, to towing whole schools of tuna in specially designed towing pontoons back to Port Lincoln for on-growing (fattening up). This change in catching approach facilitated the rapid expansion and development of the Port Lincoln Tuna, multi billion dollar industry.

Forming the foundation of this wealth are the finite quotas which, treated as private property that can be bought, sold or handed down to the next generation, making them very valuable. For instance, a permit to catch one tonne of tuna is valued at approximately $150,000 but has been sold for as much as $240,000. Perhaps the most famous sale took place in 2003, when one tuna fisherman sold permits to 337 tonnes for a reported $72 million, or $214,000 a tonne. Part of these earnings were promptly invested into racehorses, and one - Makybe Diva – rewrote the record books who became the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup three times. The horse, who got her name from an amalgam of the names of women who worked at the tuna company, is now retired after earning more than $14 million over her career. A life-sized bronze statue of Makybe Diva can be seen on the foreshore of Port Lincoln. Despite this impressive story, the king of Port Lincoln fishermen is Sam Sarin with an estimated 1,400 tonnes of quota worth more than $210 million.

Tuna season today runs from December through to February, when the waters of the rough Great Australian Bight are at their calmest, Port Lincoln’s fleet of 50 plus boats head out to sea. Once netted, the tuna are towed to the cages at speeds as slow as one mile an hour. The unhurried trip minimises injuries, but means it can take up to two weeks to make the journey home. Once home, it’s nothing but the best for the captive fish as they feed on a diet of carefully chosen pilchards to maximise the tuna’s oil content and bring out a pink to red colour. When netted, the tuna average about 15kgs. When harvested five months later, they weigh more than twice as much.

 

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The Story of the Tuna Toss

Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:57pm

In 1979, a couple of locals from the Tunarama Committee decided the festival needed something unique that identified with Port Lincoln’s already famous Tuna Fishing industry, in a way that could be enjoyed as a spectacle by anyone, entered by anyone fit enough to consider doing so, and that was a bit of fun. There were many ideas put forth at the time, but none seemed to gel with the Festival’s goal of celebrating the industry that gave it its name.

Until it was noticed by a couple of fellows that the primary method of unloading the overflowing boats that came into port, was a very manual, arduous task. Men would stand on the decks of the boats, and throw tuna up onto the waiting trucks. Well, those fish that were small enough to throw, that was.

Many local lads would line up in those uncertain economic times, looking for a few hours paid work. They had to pass a simple test. Throwing a fish as far as they could, or at least as far as was needed on the day, depending on tide and truck. The best throwers would get the work for the day. It was a prideful thing, a boast for the boys afterwards, as they spent part of their earnings at the nearest hotel to quench their hard earned thirst. Men being men, this had become a local bragging right, to see how many days work they gained, or how far their fish flew.

For the Festival Committee, this was a natural event to consider, as the Festival was also run at the time of year when most fish were being landed, and they were in plentiful supply. So, it was decided to hit on a formula and method that would allow many people to enter and enjoy this local sport.A backyard test was conducted with a few fish of varying sizes, and different methods were tested, bearing in mind that many people might never handle such a fish at other times, so it had to be user friendly. In the first year it ran, it proved to be an outstanding success, with hundreds of festival goers lining the local jetty and shoreline, to watch some of the bigger fishermen and fish workers as they lined up to throw a regular sized approx. 20Lb fish by means of a rope handle.

A bit of prior publicity had suggested that the event may well become an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, prompting a thinner but more lithe man to enter, just to see if skill could win the day over brawn. Some very large and well muscled men worked in the industry, and had reputations for being able to handle fish with great panache.

They stood on a line in the sand, facing along the beach near the town jetty, under the watchful gaze of hundreds, as they whirled the fish above their heads, or heaved them with a great under-arm lunge, glinting with perspiration, matched by the brilliant blue and silver of the flashing fish, just before launching it as hard as they possibly could, in an arc that would see the fish land some distance away. A long line of men stood on that line that day, before a school teacher stepped up to the mark.

John Penny was well-known around town as a man of education, with a well-spoken demeanour, but little was known about his sporting ability, other than a spot of casual cricket and the like. Well, turns out, John used to train for the Olympics, in his younger day, in a minor discipline, that of Hammer-Throw. He had seen the others throw in their various fashions, some ungainly, some mighty. Just a bit of a warm-up, and he grabbed the fish, and threw it way past where it had landed previously. Some were shocked, and cried foul. But, the judges saw nothing wrong with his skill, and the throw ended up winning the event.

Incredulous, many men vowed to learn more about how to throw it that far, and return next year. So, it has become an annual attempt, now including both genders, renowned around the world. Another Aussie Hammer Thrower came in 1998 to throw what still stands as the Record. Sean Carlin tossed a tuna 37.23m. In 2002, another Hammer Thrower, Brooke Krueger threw the female Record of 21.25m. So, these fish really can fly.

Even though none of the fish that have ever been thrown in competition have been intended for consumption by any person or animal, and have been classified as dead upon retrieval and too small for the market, a decision was made a few years ago to replace the fish used in the trials with rubberised versions.

This was done for a number of reasons, mainly economic and convenience due to a reduced by-catch brought about by keener fishing methods. The finals do however still use the real fish, when we have some, as this remains the preferred method of all regular competitors, and more accurately reflects the balance of the actual animal for historic recording purposes. The donated fish that we use are not prime examples, by any means, they never were. As unusable by-catch, we merely hold them over for a while, until returning them to where they would have gone anyway. The competition is a prime example of how a city interacts with its unique identity, and the industry which drives it forward. The people that began this tradition still live on with every toss, and even though the industry changes with technology and demand, this event honours all those people that contributed to the beginnings of what is now arguably the best kept fishery in the Southern Hemisphere. For a little taste of what it used to mean to work in this demanding industry, you are invited to join us on the foreshore of Port Lincoln, every Australia Day weekend.

See a fantastic and hilarious look of the Tuna Toss event through the ages with footage from the 80s through until 2010.

 

Original story by Tunarama.net here

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Port Lincoln Cup "Lincoln Marquee" 2017 | Port Lincoln's Biggest Event of the Year

Sunday, March 05, 2017 1:10pm

People from all over Australia visited Port Lincoln last week to attend the Annual Port Lincoln Cup at The Port Lincoln Racecourse. Each year we are delighted to host the biggest marquee at the track, our very own "Lincoln Marquee". We were joined by 300 smiling guests all dressed in their best race wear for a day full of great wine, an even greater local produce filled menu, live music and a punt or two (or three!)

 

Starting at 12pm, our guests were transported to the track from the Port Lincoln Hotel via a complimentary transfer included in the ticket price. The party started promptly at 12pm with a new addition to our tent, a Master Seafood & Antipasto Grazing Station served in a timber boat and wagon of course! While guests took in the sights, found their pose for the day and grabbed a drink, our boat was filled with over 500 Coffin Bay Oysters and 600 Spencer Gulf King Prawns and our wagon topped with cured meats from Boston Bay Smallgoods, dips, olives, fruit, crackers, pickled seafood and more! 

Kim Power Photography was on site taking beautiful snaps of our guests in front of our custom Port Lincoln Hotel photo wall with floral creations by Golden Sable Florist. Our pride and joy for the day was our Grant Burge Sparkling Tower, the sponsors for the day. Before too long, guests were treated to more canapes in the form of Tomato, Bocconcini & Basil Skewers, our Signature Dish 'Tuna & Kingfish Rosettes', Lamb Cutlets, Chicken and Pork Sliders and more! 

Josh Phillips provided the acoustic tunes throughout the day encouraging the festivities along while Boston Bean Coffee Company were there from 2pm providing those who needed a caffeine boost to get them through until the wee hours! Come 5pm it was time to board the bus back to the Hotel to continue the festivities where Adelaide Band Idol Saints kept people excited in Sharkys and Chris Kenny & The Band belted out the tunes to those in Sarins. 

Another amazing day and a big thankyou to all who came. BE SOCIAL | #PORTLINCOLNHOTEL

See all the photo's from the day on Facebook!

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Sharkys new look!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 10:05am

 

Sharkys has been given a bit of love with a brand new logo and selection of week night events sure to please!

 

Venture to Sharkys, located within the Port Lincoln Hotel on any night of the week and they'll be something worth sticking around for. Brand new to this line up is Weekend Supper's, offering all new cocktails, amazing desserts and introducing loaded milkshakes! Our weekends have never tasted this good!

 

 

On the Menu:

Enjoy mouth-watering desserts and treats layered upon each other and served in mason jars, fresh cocktails and shakes loaded to the max with ingredients like nutella & oreo and peanut butter popcorn to name a few.

See the menu here

 

Whats On:

Dont fret...we've kept our $10 Schnitzel Night on Mondays aswell as our $15 Steak Night on Tuesdays. Quiz Night on Wednesdays continues but with some great themed events planned (ie. a FRIENDS TV Show Theme is coming up!). We've brought the old classics back that we all love with RNB Fridays, the perfect setting for reminiscing over cocktails with friends and having a boogie too if you so choose! Brand new to our weekly line up is our Weekend Suppers, offering after dark desserts both Fridays and Saturdays after 8pm until late. 

 

See you there! 

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Real Wedding: Mardi & Paul

Wednesday, January 04, 2017 11:52am

That dress! That day! Mardi & Paul had a unique vision for their wedding and through it, created a magical cocktail event in our Lincoln Ballroom. The day was stunning! Thankyou Mardi & Paul for sharing your day with us!

 

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Tips for Planning a Successful Team Building Retreat

Friday, December 30, 2016 10:48am

Team building retreats can be an incredibly powerful way to increase your workforce’s camaraderie, develop more productive relationships and improve levels of communication and cooperation. There a few things that clear the mind like getting out of the office and surrounding yourself with sparkling water, open spaces and fresh air. Read on to see our top tips to planning a successful team building retreat.

  • Choose a Meeting Space/Venue with a View

It’s no coincidence that the worlds biggest and most successful companies all operate out of “green” office spaces having understood its impact on employee’s productivity and cognitive function long ago. On average, workers experience a 30% increase in creative knowledge, productivity and happiness in a work environment filled with greenery, natural light and open plan spaces. The Port Lincoln Hotel is located on the foreshore of Boston Bay, offering panoramic ocean views and floor to ceiling windows in all of their function spaces – and at just a short 30 minute flight from Adelaide - its an ideal location to invigorate and draw the best from your employees. 

  • Plan a loose agenda

Ensure there is time for breaks so employees can revive themselves with a walk on the beach or a coffee break to catch up on emails. The Parnkalla Trail in Port Lincoln is one of the states most picturesque, running straight past the Port Lincoln Hotel and meandering along the coastline, the trail passes a number of beautiful secret beaches, popular fishing spots and untouched flora and fauna. The foreshore in Port Lincoln is a bustling little street with coffee shops a plenty – grab your laptop and set yourself up while watching the world go by. Your staff will come back feeling refreshed and ready for the next task. 

  • Think of outside the box teambuilding activities

Team building can often evoke feelings of dread with unpleasant memories of those out-dated “icebreaker” activities residing in most of us. While traditional activities still have their place and are likely to be included in your agenda – sprinkle in a couple activities specific to the destination – like Shark Cage Diving which can only be experienced in Cape Town, South Africa and Port Lincoln, Australia. There’s nothing like ticking off a bucket list item as a team, making memories that will last a lifetime. Alternatively, learn something new with your team with a Seafood Cooking Class – each learning how to prepare and cook the famous Eyre Peninsula Seafood…before sampling it with a glass of local wine of course! Having an onsite photographer to document the trip is also a great idea and perfect footage for the slideshow at the next Christmas party.

  • Keep them well fed

There’s nothing like a delicious meal and glass of wine to help evoke relaxation and further gel your team.  The Eyre Peninsula is famous for producing world class seafood and the Executive Chef at The Port Lincoln Hotel sure knows how to cook it. Indulge in Seafood Feast, served on the hotel’s unique pool deck, transformed for the evening into an enchanting, bohemian space with the sparkling ocean views of Boston Bay as the backdrop. The perfect end to a perfect trip. 

For more ideas, information and a tailored itinerary for your group - contact our Functions Manager at functions@portlincolnhotel.com.au 

Santa Claus was in Town!

Monday, December 12, 2016 1:02pm

Santa Claus and his adorable magical elf Albastor Snowball visited The Port Lincoln Hotel and over 200+ Port Lincoln children yesterday! Santa made himself at home, transforming our Lincoln Ballroom into his Lounge Room at The North Pole. 

Over 4 big shows, Santa Claus and Alabastor entertained children and parents with magical tricks, music and lots of laughs! 

Children had fun learning some of Santa's favourite magic tricks with the opportunity to purchase their own Magic Starter Kit after the show. We all had so much fun that we made sure to invite Alabastor Snowbell back again in the new year with his friend Bumbles the Clown and Magic Mike for more School Holiday activity fun! To keep up to date with Whats On at The Hotel be sure to check into our Whats On page on our website here.

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Celebrating Melbourne Cup at The Port Lincoln Hotel

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 11:57am

Yesterday many came and celebrated the race that stops the nation with us in Sarin's Restuarant.

The food was delicious, the music entertaining and the drinks were flowing from lunch until the evening!

All the race day action was screened on all of our 12+ screens available throughout the venue (with a couple extra's brought in for the day) with many coming out on top and backing a winner! We even had a couple win the trifecta! Adelaide Band "Blue Label" kept us entertained throughout the day with live music while local legends "Bundy Incident" kept us going after the race and way into the night. 

Executive Chef Dave Pedro kept us all well fed with a three course luncheon in Sarin's Restaurant. We nibbled on petite pulled pork pies, seared sesame crusted bluefin tuna, Coffin Bay oysters and bbq marinated Spencer Gulf King Prawns...and that was just the entree! With a Char-Grilled Aged Beef Fillet, Hiramasa Kingfish Fillet or Crispy Skinned Chicken Fillet to choose from for main we were deliciously satisfied before dessert had even arrived....although who are we kidding...there's always room for dessert! Chef's "Winners Are Grinners" Rich Caramel Tart for dessert topped off a beautiful menu with many choosing an Espresso Martini from the bar as the real cherry on top.

Thankyou to all who came and celebrated the day with us.

For more images of the day click here

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Snow White visits Port Lincoln

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 5:56pm

We've had an absolute blast these school holidays. Princess Elsa visited us on Monday for some sing-alongs and dancing and today Snow White graced us with some arts and crafts!

Even the big kids enjoyed it! Children made all types of gifts with the helping hand of Snow White and her friends...even breaking out into tune occasionally! Now we're already onto planning our next lot of School Holiday Activities for December and January! 

See details on our Santa's Magical Show here - coming up 11th December for a special, 1 hour live show all the way from the North Pole!

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Win the Ultimate Trip to Port Lincoln!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 2:29pm

Win an Ultimate Trip to Port Lincoln for you and one friend! 

Following on from our Restaurant Manager Brad Gunn's UGLY Bartender of the Year win in 2016, Duty Manager Luke Davidson is our newest volunteer, agreeing to donate his time and raise money for Leukaemia. He has put together the "Ultimate Port Lincoln Experience" and needs your help! 

UGLY Bartender of the Year is the Leukaemia Foundation's hospitality industry fundraising competition. Since the campaign's launch in 2009 UGLY Bartenders around Australia have raised over $8 million to help people with blood cancer. Help Luke raise the funds he needs! (if he reaches $20,000 he'll shave that iconic beard of his!)
 

Left: 2016 Winner Brad Gunn    Right: Luke Davidson

Included in your prize:

  • Return Flights from Adelaide to Port Lincoln thanks to Eyre Travel
  • Two nights accommodation at the Port Lincoln Hotel
  • A full day's trip with Goin Off Safaris
  • A full day's Shark Dive Experience with Calypso Star Charters
  • Plus $100 voucher dinner voucher in Sarin's Restaurant 

Prize VALUED at $2,500   

All proceeds go to the Leukaemia Foundation via Port Lincoln Hotel U.G.L.Y Bartender Campaign

Prizes donated by Goin Off Safari's, Calypso Star Charters and The Port Lincoln Hotel

 

YOU'VE GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE

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Pre-Christmas Celebrations

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:54am

Christmas season is prepped to be all things opulent in Sarin's Restaurant with panoramic ocean views, twinkling lights, festive cheer and a selection of fine-dining, 3 course set menu's prepared by Executive Chef Dave Pedro.  

With menu's designed to cater for everyone from the traditionalist with "Traditional Roast Turkey, Virginian Ham, Herb Stuffing & Cranberry Gravy" through to the modern seafood lover with Grilled Prawns, Avocado Smash, Fresh Greens, Cherry Tomatoes and Spicy Cocktail Sauce - you can have fun building your own ideal menu!

Starting from $55pp, Sarin's Restaurant is the perfect venue to treat your friends, colleagues, staff or family for a group get together this December. We can cater to all dietary requirements, we simply ask that you notify us prior to the evening. 

Bookings are essential so contact our Restaurant Manager Brad Gunn on (08) 8621 2000 or email sarins@portlincolnhotel.com.au

 

Wedding Sundaze Session

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:38am

Don't want the celebrations to end after your wedding day?

They don't have to with our brand new "Wedding Sundaze Session" package - available to all brides and grooms.

 

Package includes:

  • Complimentary live entertainment on the Sunday after your wedding
  • Complimentary food platters for you and your guests

 

Contact our Wedding Coordinator Karena on (08) 8621 2000 or email weddings@portlincolnhotel.com.au to organise your post wedding celebrations today!

 

A Magical School Holiday Visit!

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:24pm

We were very lucky these October School Holidays...we were visited by Princess Elsa and Snow White in just two days! 

Our "Snow Princess Frozen Fun Zone" day on Monday was full of all things frozen, sparkly and magical! Executive Chef Dave Pedro and his clever Kitchen team were busy baking scrumptious Frozen Cupcakes and Blue Lemonade Spider Drinks! Our special Face Painters were on hand painting a tribe of beautiful mini Princess Elsa's and Arna's complimentary but it was the Snow Princess herself who stole the show! Singing and dancing the rest of the morning away made for a perfectly, frozen morning out.

 

Christmas Party Planning Season has arrived!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:48am

With just 17 Fridays until Christmas it's time to start planning your corporate Christmas celebrations for the silly season!

Spoil your friends, employees or clients with an amazing Christmas gathering they wont forget!

With over 7 event spaces to choose from, delicious NEW menu options, unique experience recommendations and a dedicated events team - we can help you plan your ultimate Christmas event. 

From intimate cocktail parties to lavish celebrations, we can accommodate events from one to 300 guests with elegance and style. 

 
 ** CHRISTMAS PARTY SPECIAL **
Complimentary room hire with minimum catering spend of $500
 
 
Here are some "Top Tips" from our Function Manager Ashleigh Hocking on hosting an unforgettable Staff Christmas Celebration at the Port Lincoln Hotel
 
  • Tantalise the senses with our range of new dining experiences

Our Executive Chef, Dave Pedro has been busy this year creating a range of new, exciting dining options for guests on our function floor. Try our new Antipasto Grazing Table, our Interactive Dessert Wall or our exclusive Bohemian Nights Seafood Feast!

  • Let us take care of everything...including the decorations!

With every Christmas Function Booking we will set your event to your specifications including tasteful rustic Christmas decorations free of charge - all you will need to think about is what you'll wear!

  • Set up some fun, interactive experiences to ensure lots of laughs!

Staff Christmas Parties are a time to let your hair down and have some fun with your colleagues. We have numerous activities that can be added to your event from Sumo Wrestling to Kareoke! Speak to our Functions Team for recommendations!

Visit the Eyre Peninsula

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 1:47pm

There's so much to see and do on the Eyre Peninsula!

We're so happy with the South Australian Tourism Commissions new Tv advert - highlighting to the world what is on offer in the Eyre Peninsula.

Check it out here.

Get your heart racing, venture into the wild and find out why Eyre Peninsula is known as Australia’s Seafood Capital.

Calypso Star Charters will get you face-to-face with the ocean’s most feared predators (in the safety of a shark cage, of course.) 

Looking for something a little tamer? Splash and swim with sea lions on an Adventure Bay Charters tour or discover some of the region’s best-kept secrets with Goin’ Off Safaris

The region boasts plentiful and varied catches, and as a result, mouth-watering seafood is certainly on the menu. Indulge in a seafood platter at Sarins Restaurant, or enjoy a gourmet platter under the stars with Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris.

There’s so much, so close to home in South Australia and it’s all yours to enjoy

New Breakfast Menu

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 1:24pm

Very little can beat an early morning stroll along the Port Lincoln foreshore, watching the waves roll in - perhaps even spotting a dolphin or two...before meeting friends for a delicious breakfast and a cup of warm coffee...bliss! Helping to make this favourite pass-time even more enjoyable is the launch of our brand new breakfast menu - out today!

Our Executive Chef Dave Pedro, breakfast chef Vicki Jackson and their team have created a mouth watering menu to get your day off to the right start! The Breakfast Banana Split has to be one of our favourites as it looks and tastes like you're eating dessert for brekky! Better yet, The Lincoln Baked Breakfast, served in their own individual frypan is a healthy feast for the eyes!

See the whole breakfast menu below or visit our Sarins page to see all of our Dining Menus.

 

July School Holidays

Thursday, July 21, 2016 4:43pm

We've had so much fun these school holidays! Thankyou to everyone who has come along and joined in the multitude of festivities.

Monday & Tuesday we had Bumbles the Clown from Abracadabra Entertainment visit us all the way from Adelaide to host our two very special workshops. "Balloon Twisting" was on Monday where and the children learnt to make everything from swords and flowers to animals and more! Tuesday we filled a room of budding magicians with our "Magic Workshop" where Bumbles taught them all the tricks of the trade and some special illusions to take home and test on their parents!

Monday night Bumbles was back with a 1 hour Magic Show for kids (& grownups!) in our Lincoln Ballroom overlooking the bay. Bumbles wowed the audience performing magic and illusions before their eyes and post show, treating each and every child to their very own balloon animal! 

Thursday was the largest of our activities where we transformed our Lincoln Ballroom into a disco - complete with party lights and music! This 2 hour dance party was hosted by local dance teacher Julie Hennell who kept the kids entertained (and their bodies moving!) with games like Musical Statues and The Limbo. Not forgetting the parents, we set up a chill out zone where parents could watch on and enjoy a cup of coffee and a cake by our Relay for Life Team - who were there selling homemade sweets & treats and face painting to raise money for cancer. 

We had so much fun we've invited Abracadabra Entertainment back again in December for a special Santa's Magic Show. Click here for more information. 

Lastly, be sure to keep an eye on our Whats On page or Instagram & Facebook to keep up to date with our plans for future school holidays!

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An Evening with Liza Emanuele - A Wedding Showcase

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:21am

A huge big thankyou to the amazing guests who joined us last Friday for a wonderful evening of canapés, cocktails and wedding inspiration at our first ever Wedding Showcase – An Evening with Liza Emanuele. Brides to be, fiancés, girlfriends, mothers & grandmothers all joined us, fashion designer Liza Emanuele and our favourite local wedding suppliers for an exclusive evening of canapés, cocktails and high end wedding inspiration. 

With the help of local décor companies and our favourite florist, we transformed our Lincoln Ballroom into a place of wonder and inspiration – complete with a tulip covered ceiling! Guests sampled a brand new canapé menu from our Executive Chef Dave Pedro including an Antipasto Grazing Buffet and Macaroon Dessert wall, while cocktails were served specially from our brand new ‘Spirit Station’.

Armed with their very own gift bag; guests spent the evening exploring the space and filling up their bags with goodies from each supplier along the way. 

We were honoured to have Liza Emanuele, one of Adelaide's leading fashion designers with us on the evening who treated us all to the first viewing of her brand new collection. The fashion show consisted of stunning bridal gowns aswell as on-trend bridesmaid & wedding guest outfits from local fashion house, Coco California.

Both Seishin Spa and Leading Edge Jewellers ensured our models looked the part, doing their makeup and draping them in jewels ready for the catwalk. Dessert was served by Sugar Daisy Cakes, allowing guests to sample an array of flavours while Amy Rowsell Photography was there capturing it all.

A special thankyou to these wedding suppliers who we could not have done this without.

 

Decor: EP Function Hire & Ultimate Celebrations

Flowers: Golden Sable Florist

Cakes: Sugar Daisy Cakes

Model Makeup: Seishin Spa

Stationary: Pulp & Willow

Photography: Amy Rowsell Photography

Jewellery: Leading Edge Jewellers

Bridal Wear: Liza Emanuele

Bridesmaids: Coco California

 

Real Wedding: Jessie & Nathan

Monday, April 11, 2016 8:37am

On the afternoon of April 9th, 2016 - Jessie & Nathan were married out the front of Port Lincoln's Victorian Mansion, 'Boston House' followed by a sit down reception in the Lincoln Ballroom at The Port Lincoln Hotel.

Jessie & her bridesmaids used one of the hotels Luxury Ocean View Suites on our top floor for pre-wedding preparations which provided the most ideal ocean backdrop and natural light filled photographs. Amy Rowsell Photography captured the day, who's photo's speak for themselves as to how unforgettable the day was. 

For more information regarding Weddings at The Port Lincoln Hotel, please visit our Weddings page or contact our Wedding Coordinator through weddings@portlincolnhotel.com.au who will be delighted to assist with your enquiry.