This South Australian heli-fishing excursion includes world-class seafood, beautiful beaches, and staggering heights.

South Australia Adventure: Heli-Fishing
Credit: Courtesy of Goin Off Safaris

Most Australian itineraries tend to favor the big cities—Sydney, Melbourne—but thirty minutes from Adelaide, a new adventure destination is taking shape. The action centers around Eyre Peninsula, an enchanting coastal region with rich marine life and footprint-free beaches. In fact, little of the scenery has changed since English explorer Matthew Flinders first arrived here in 1802—and for now, at least, tourists have overlooked it.

Port Lincoln, the hub of Eyre Peninsula, has been dubbed the seafood capital of Australia for its excellent bluefin tuna, oysters, and abalone, which often lands on high-end sushi menus in Tokyo and Hong Kong. But the scenery—jagged cliffs, full-sky sunsets, and brilliant turquoise waters—is just as impressive. Earlier this year, adventure operator Goin’ Off Safaris came up with a novel approach to combine the two: heli-fishing. Guests are picked up by a chopper at the Port Lincoln airport for a quick flight over glittering waters, where it’s common to spot schools of wild salmon and King George whiting. Once the guide finds a suitable spot, you’ll land right on a (usually deserted) beach and start casting into the waves. Afterward, you’ll head to Coffin Bay, your catch in tow, for a beachside picnic of tender fillets fried up by your guide, accompanied by a crisp Riesling and local oysters ($2,162 per person for two-hour aerial tour and picnic).