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The Port Lincoln South Australia Tunarama Festival

Updated on June 21, 2013

Held during the Annual Australia Day Weekend Celebration - January 24-27, 2014

In my travels and experiences, one of the most interesting events I have ever heard of is Tunarama. It is held in Port Lincoln South Australia during the Australia Days annual January celebrations.

Tunarama is an event celebrating one of our favorite aquatic friends, the tuna.

A tuna is a huge fish and most don't realize that they can weigh 1,000 pounds or more. With this in mind, tuna fishing is a very difficult job. The celebration of Tunarama was created to commemorate the beginning of the tuna fishing season and to wish the seafaring fisherman well.

The most interesting part of the festival is the tossing of tuna by individuals in a wacky competition.

Please browse this site, have fun and let me know what you think.

Thank you for stopping by!

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Fast Fish Canned and Smoked Recipes - From Australian Women's Weekly - Tuna is included!

Fast Fish ("Australian Women's Weekly" Home Library)
Fast Fish ("Australian Women's Weekly" Home Library)

Here are some of the best tuna recipes for canned or smoked fish that come straight from Australia's women.

Tuna is almost a staple in Australia and there is plenty of it to go around. Even though these recipes are not for fresh tuna, they can be used by anyone who has access to a can of Starkist or other types of tuna.

Comes highly recommended from down under.

Tuna boat
Tuna boat

Tunarama and the Tuna Toss Competition

Tunarama has been held as part of the Australia Day Celebration in Port Lincoln South Australia since 1962.

Tuna fishing was a new industry in Port Lincoln and the Tunarama was originally held to commemorate the beginning of the tuna season. After the celebration was over, the tuna fleets headed out to sea.

Part of the Tunarama festivities is the annual Tuna Toss competition. During this event, individuals compete to see how far they can throw a tuna. They wind up and sling the tuna, much like a discuss thrower in the Olympics and let the tuna fly. If you watch some of the videos on this site, you will get the idea.

It is not considered wasteful because the tuna that are used are inedible for different reasons.

There are other events including a parade, games and family fun and they also crown Miss Tunarama.

You have probably never seen anything quite like this anywhere else.

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Tuna Tossing at the Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival

"Time for Me to Fly" by REO Speedwagon - Music for the Tuna who will be Flying! - On "You Can Tune a Piano but you Can't Tune a Fish"

Australian Tuna Chickpea Patties Recipe

A 600 Pound Tuna - I don't think they'll be tossing this one


Recipe for Lightly Seared Australian Tuna

Lightly seared Australian Tuna
Lightly seared Australian Tuna
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 2-4


  • (2) 8 Ounce Tuna Steaks - Any type is Ok
  • (2) Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • (2) Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • (1) Teaspoon of fresh ginger
  • (1/2) Teaspoon of fresh minced garlic
  • (1) Teaspoon of Lime Juice
  • (1) Scallion (thinly sliced) - Optional


  1. Mix all ingredients together except scallion.
  2. Coat the tuna steaks with the marinade and put in the refrigerator for 45 minutes
  3. Using a non-stick pan, heat to medium to medium-high heat.
  4. Sear the steaks about a minute on each side to cook them as pictured above. If you want them cooked a little longer, cook to your liking.
  5. Serve with fresh scallion slices on them (optional)
Cast your vote for Lightly Pan Seared Australian Tuna

Frommer's Australia in Color - The only way to see Australia

Frommer's Australia (Frommer's Color Complete)
Frommer's Australia (Frommer's Color Complete)

Frommer's has been around for years providing excellent travel and tourist information.

The Frommer's guides include fantastic information and in color. This guide for Australia is especially colorful.

Looking for those "off the road" places that others may not know about? Frommer's will help you find them. I used their guide when I went to Hawaii. It showed me places I would not have found otherwise.


A Jetty in Port Lincoln, South Australia

Port Lincoln Jetty
Port Lincoln Jetty

5 Tuna Variations - Top to bottom: Albacore, Bluefin, Skipjack, Yellowfin & Bigeye


How do you feel about the Tuna Toss?

Is the Tuna Toss a silly way to celebrate

Australian Tuna Tartar - Don't be fooled by the accent

Haven't seen enough Tuna Tossing? - Move videos from the Tunarama Tuna Toss

Tuna Tossing on the Wii Wacky World of Sports

Do your own Tuna Tossing on Wii Wacky World of Sports

Wacky World of Sports - Nintendo Wii
Wacky World of Sports - Nintendo Wii

Tunarama may not be well known, but the Tuna Toss is very popular in Wii Wacky Sports.

I had no idea that this existed but I soon found out that the game is popular. Such a small and obscure celebration in Australia has even influenced video gaming.

This not only includes the tuna toss but several other fun games that you can't find anywhere else.


Baby goes Back! - A baby Bluefin, ready to go home to Momma

Baby Bluefin Tuna
Baby Bluefin Tuna

Delicious Diet Tuna Salad by Niki Coniki

Fish Without a Doubt: The Cook's Essential Companion - Everything you wanted to know about cooking fish, but didn't know to ask

Tuna Carpaccio from Cafe Sydney

Tuna is a Fantastic & Exciting Sport Fish - Eating it is only Half of the Fun!

tuna fishing
tuna fishing

Tuna with a Song - Tuna Salad Sandwich on Sourdough Francese - Yummy!

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Great lens!

    • tvyps profile imageAUTHOR

      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Spletni Delavec: One of the most original festivals I had ever heard of. Thanks for the visit.

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      Spletni Delavec 

      6 years ago

      Haha, never heard for Tuna Tossin before. Funny.


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