Image: Tumby Bay, Eyre Peninsula by Scott Portelli
Tumby Bay boasts plenty of attractions to enjoy, most of which are within easy walking distance of Tumby Villas and Motel.
Our beach stretches for over 10km with the southern end directly accessible from the town and jetty.
Picnic and bbq area, located on the Tumby Bay Foreshore next to the jetty and playground. BBQ facilities available.
Each March we host the Colour Tumby Festival where new artworks are added to our collection of street art. Stroll through the town and you’ll discover the delights of our Colour Tumby artworks.
The artwork that started it all, our silos are painted with a scene of local kids jumping off the jetty. Enjoy the silo art from the designated viewing gallery.
You can walk along the Tumby Bay foreshore on a paved footpath overlooking the beach for almost 2km, taking you past many of the town’s favourite attractions. The path actually starts 100m from Tumby Villas and Motel, just walk down one street to the beach and off you go.
Tumby is home to one of the most significant and growing mangrove systems on the Eyre Peninsula. This scenic walk follows Second Creek and includes a boardwalk over the creek with a lookout at the end. An ideal place to watch the sunset over the mangroves.
If you’re not scared of heights, head over to this lookout on the south end of Tumby Bay. Climb the ladder to get a great elevated view of the town, bay and Tumby island. There’s a public picnic and barbeque area and car park here too.
This is the perfect place to launch your boat if you want to visit the Sir Joseph Banks Group of Islands (known locally as ‘The Groups’) or go fishing locally. Our marina is very sheltered and there is plenty of trailer parking.
Our museum has a huge collection of local historical artefacts and pictures. Discover how the original settlers lived and uncover the story of Lipson, the major mining town that never happened – but still helped create the Tumby we have today.
This local gem of a museum has working machinery of a bygone era, showcasing a number of machines and tools used on this site since 1905. Note: only open on the 4th Sunday of each month, 2-4pm.
SA Railways constructed Moody Tanks in 1913. The tanks supplied water for steam trains on the Kimba to Port Lincoln line, as well as for nearby settlers. It was named after David Moody (MP for light 1878-1887/1896) and was used from 1913 to 1969. The site was restored in 1996 and is a popular picnic spot.
Situated 15km north of Tumby Bay, Lipson Cove is a beautiful location with vehicle access to the beach. A great spot for swimming, fishing and boating
The trail consists of a series of 4 large, double-sided mosaic panels located on the Lipson-Ungarra road. Each panel showcases different habitats including birdlife and flora. The reverse side shows some of the insects that are the main source of food for the resident birds. The mosaics were designed by renowned artist Karen Carr and created by Ungarra Primary students and community members from the district.
A tidal estuary into a mangrove coastal eco-system, nursery of the sea with an abundant and diverse range of birdlife. A great fishing and picnic spot, boats can be launched with a 4wd. Continue your scenic drive along Trinity Haven road where you’ll find access to some fine beaches.
If you are looking for things to do in Tumby Bay with children you can’t go past the beach and pontoon. Smaller kids can splash in the shadows while swimmers can venture out to the pontoon.
Next to the jetty there’s also a great playground under shade, fully fenced and suitable for children up to 6 years old. There’s easily accessible public toilets and plenty of lawn overlooking the beach for picnics and games.
Bring some snorkelling equipment and head under the jetty to see a world of sea creatures including fish, crabs, squid and if you are really lucky, leafy sea dragons.
An attraction for all ages is the pump track located at the town oval. Bikes, scooters and rollerblades welcome on this track.