The Coffin Bay National Park is a small South Australian peninsula that offers visiting 4WDers views of the unique littoral scenery as well as their pick of coastal activities, not limited to beach and estuary fishing, boating, surfing and swimming.
The national park is located to the west of the Coffin Bay township at the bottom of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. Visiting offroaders can traverse the park’s rugged coastline, through dunes and rocky limestone sections and stopping in at the famous Seven Mile Beach.
White sand, gin clear waters, healthy fish populations and heaving surf make for a pretty epic spot for a beach holiday.
If you plan on spending a bit of time in the water it’s best to plan your visit for the warmer months, as oceanic temperatures can dip between bitterly cold and freezing over the winter months!
STUFF TO DO
4WDING is one of the most popular reasons to visit the park, particularly over winter when the water temperatures are a little less than inviting.
The coastal drive is not particularly difficult and is suitable for all 4WD vehicles, remember to pack basic recovery gear as some of the sandy sections can be quite soft and could result in getting hung up occasionally.
FISHING is a prime reason to visit Coffin Bay, particularly during the warmer months when conditions are more pleasant.
Good numbers of Australian salmon are caught straight from the beaches here, with whole pilchard baits the number one presentation.
Big mulloway are also taken here from time to time, with whole mullet, whiting and squid baits proving the undoing of plenty of large fish.
LOCATION: Due to it’s location at the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula, visitors coming from Adelaide need to take the scenic route north to Port Augusta before driving all the way to the southern tip of the peninsula – resulting in a 685km drive of around seven hours each way.
Due to the considerable travel time, metro visitors would want to factor in a minimum if four days for a visit.
CAMPING is available at a number of waterfront campgrounds within the national park. Unpowered sites with basic amenities are available at Yangie Bay, Black Springs, Bin Yangie, Morgans Landing and The Pool campgrounds.
FUEL is available at Coffin Bay township.
MORE INFO is available at www.environment.sa.gov.au