Home of the famous Coffin Bay oyster - and much more!
Coffin Bay is a hugely popular holiday destination, and it’s a haven for ocean-lovers. The calm, crystal clear waters of the bay are perfect for sailing, swimming, water-skiing and skin diving while the fishermen can rock, surf, jetty or boat fish.
And, of course, you can taste Coffin Bay oysters fresh out of the water!
Onshore you can explore the renowned Coffin Bay National Park (the place where some of those amazing photos on social media are taken), try out one of the walking trails or hit a round of golf with the course’s resident kangaroos.
The town has plenty of amenities for travellers – there are a range of accommodation options from camping to beach houses, bike and boat hire, plenty of food and beverage options as well as a post office, chemist and doctor’s clinic.
So stop by Coffin Bay and put your boat in the water, jump on a fishing charter, take a paddle in the bay or just drink in the beauty of the national park. You won’t be disappointed!
Things To Do
Fish until your heart's content (or you reach your limit)
Coffin Bay and surrounds is famous for catching quality, edible fish year-round. King George whiting, garfish, salmon, salmon trout, tommies, flathead, trevally, snook, snapper, kingfish, nannygai and more are plentiful.
Play golf with the locals... or the kids
The 9-hole golf course at Coffin Bay Golf Club is well-known for its adorable companions, and is an incredibly picturesque place to hit a few holes. Golf clubs and buggies are available to hire, and beginners and pros should both find something to enjoy. Just bear in mind you have to share it with the kangaroos and emus! For the kids, there's also Coff 'n' Putt minigolf - check the Post Office for details.
Hit the beach
There are so many, we can hardly even list them all here – Farm Beach, Greenly Beach, Almonta Beach and Long Beach are all must-sees, though.
Taste an oyster
No trip to Coffin Bay would be complete without a world-famous oyster. You won’t find fresher anywhere.
Check out some local history and culture
Head to the Mt Dutton Bay Woolshed Museum for some local history, and check out the café for delicious homemade food and ‘Duttonshear Tea’ as well. Oh, and don’t forget the art gallery too – they feature fantastic local art.
Tours & Hires
Chuck on the waders, walk into the water and take a seat at the semi-submerged ‘Salt Water Pavilion’. You’ll learn about oysters, how to shuck them (and shuck your own) and taste them fresh out of the water.
Learn about the industry from a farmer, eat freshly shucked oysters pulled from the ocean before your very eyes, and enjoy the clean air and waters of Coffin Bay as you cruise out of town.
Novice or pro, you’ll find something to suit you on this charter. From January to May, their Island Charter will take you to hook a Blue Fin Tuna, too!
You can hire kayaks, stand up paddle boards and electric bikes – perfect for exploring Coffin Bay on land or sea.
EP Boat Hire have three boats available for hire, for serious fishing or scenic viewing. Boats can be launched from Farm Beach, Coffin Bay, Mt Dutton Bay, Little Douglas and Port Lincoln.
Stretch your legs on this 15km trail – don’t worry, you don’t have to do it all – and enjoy the abundant flora and fauna and stunning sea views as you meander along the foreshore, up to the lookout and through to ‘Old Oyster Town’.
Yangie Bay Walks
Located in the Coffin Bay National Park and accessed by bitumen road, this is one of the most spectacular locations in the park. You’ll have seen it on social media! There are three trails accessible from the campground: the 2km Yangie Bay Hike, the 5km Yangie Island loop between vegetated sand dunes or for the more active, the 10km (one-way) Long Beach Hike.
Black Springs Well Hike
You will need a 4WD to get to the starting point of this trail, at the Black Springs camping area in the National Park. It follows the coast overlooking sheltered Port Douglas, and the full loop around is 2-3km.
Black Rocks Hike
For the dedicated hiker – trek to the rugged coastline of Avoid Bay, with views from sand dunes along the way. The full trip is 12.2km return, but you can stop at the first lookout point and make it a 7.5km return journey instead. The views are worth the walk.
Festivals & Events
This is a unique food and wine festival held every year at different venues around Coffin Bay. It’s a relaxing, fun day out showcasing the local produce (oysters!) and uniquely Coffin Bay experiences. See the oyster beds, smell the salt air and dodge the emus as you savour good food, good wine and good music.