Coffin Bay

There was a brilliant sunrise over Boston Bay in Port Lincoln this morning and it inspired us to get up and get going even though we only had a quiet day planned.


Our intention was to do the 40 minute drive across to the other side of the peninsular to Coffin Bay. When the words “Coffin Bay” are uttered most people in Australia think of oysters. The bay was named by British explorer Matthew Flinders in 1802. In November 1952 and again in October 1955, the state government surveyed a “shack area” on crown land from which allotments were available for leasing. In 1957, the private town of Coffin Bay was laid and occupied. Around 650 people live there now, so it is quite a small community.

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I used my new drone to fly out across the bay for about 600 metres and photograph some of the oyster beds. We had booked in for a boat tour of thus oysters farm but it was cancelled as we were the only two who had signed up for the tour.

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We decided to spend the morning looking around the nearby Coffin Bay National Park which is quite a compact national park. It is unspoilt with a number of scenic spots along the coastline.




We were back in town for lunch, driving around the scenic harbour front road along the way. We were surprised to find a family of emus wandering along the road in the middle of the town.

The cafe in town specialises in Oysters (of course) and various seafoods. Most of the tables were already reserved but we found a place on the bar along the verandah. Thus was perfect for us as it gave us a wonderful view across part of the bay. There were about fifteen types of oysters on the menu.  Jill preferred hers ‘au natura’l and I had a mixture of natural oysters along with others in a red wine vinaigrette. It was a very decadent lunch!

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After taking our time to savour these delicacies, we left Coffin Bay around 2.30 pm and headed back to Port Lincoln. We still had a few hours before day’s end so we decided to use the time looking at the Lincoln National Park. Thus was much more expansive area than at Coffin Bay with long distances between its attraction s. We were tired of driving along bumpy dirt roads so we picked one place to go to – Wanna Lookout. It had a magnificent view of Bridal Cake Island off the coast.


Tomorrow we start our journey back home with an overnight stop back in Port Augusta.


2 thoughts on “Coffin Bay

  1. So pleased your new drone is bringing new pleasures Bruce. Those oysters looked just right for a special lunch. What contrasting terrain you have experienced.

  2. I always try and get Coffin Bay oysters whenever I buy them , (not often)
    Another fascibating resumee thanks Bruce.

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