Coffin Bay – Australia’s Seafood Capital
Coffin Bay, on the southern tip of Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, is famous for two things: the best oysters in Australia and the best holiday spot on the Peninsula.
The history of the township goes back to 1802, when the ship Investigator first found the bay. The ship’s captain named the area after his friend, Sir Isaac Coffin, who was in charge of the shipyard that fitted the ship out for the voyage. Shortly after the founding of the community, oyster fishing became the main industry for Coffin Bay. The oyster business remained big until the 1940’s, when overfishing forced the industry into decline, but Coffin Bay continues to supply the best oysters to all of Australia. More than 100 people work in the industry, and with a regular population of just over 600, that makes it still a major contributor to the local economy. Today many of the more popular holiday rental homes can be found quite near the oyster beds, making it easy to walk through Coffin Bay’s history.
During your stay in Coffin Bay, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied. Keeping in step with the history of seafood in the area, take the time to “wet a hook” and try your luck. Local waters teem with fish, including whiting, gar, salmon trout, snapper, and many more species. You can find great fishing spots from land, fish from the rocks, or hire a boat to go out for better game fishing spots.
Do you prefer to sail? The friendly folks at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club welcome you and your boat. Regular sailing days and regattas are planned by the club, as well as sailing training for those new to the sport.
If you would rather spend your time on land, try the links at the Coffin Bay Sporting Association’s 9-hole course. Keep an eye out for kangaroos on the fairway, and enjoy the Eyre Peninsula scenery. Younger golfers may enjoy the 18-hole miniature golf extravaganza Coff ‘N’ Putt, which is good fun for the entire family as well. When planning your daily activities, keep in mind the location of your holiday home away from home – reserve a central location to keep your transit times low and enjoyment times high.
Other distractions in Coffin Bay include indoor and outdoor bowling, four-wheel-drive trails in Coffin Bay National Park, and all of the watersports that bring holidaymakers to southern Australia year after year.
How’s the Weather?
Coffin Bay enjoys a mild and temperate climate that will keep you out and active throughout the year. In the peak holiday periods of Easter and summer school breaks, the township will grow to more than 4000 people, but the weather here means you can have your holiday at any time. If you come during the December to February timeframe, you’ll enjoy daytime highs of 26 to 28 degrees, with nighttime lows at a comfortable 14 – 16 degrees Celsius. Holidaymakers with a winter target will find highs of 15 to 16 degrees from June through August, and lows of 8 to 9 degrees. As with any beachfront holiday destination, you’ll want to book your holiday rentals in Coffin Bay as early as possible to get the best locations at any time of year.
Getting to Coffin Bay
Arriving at Coffin Bay is a simple matter. All the major carriers serving the London area airports have multiple daily departures to Adelaide. On arrival at Adelaide, you’ll board a short connecting flight to Port Lincoln (less than one hour away). From Port Lincoln, hire a car and drive 30 minutes to Coffin Bay. Enjoy your stay!