The Eyre Peninsula

Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
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Trip End Nov 15, 2012


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Coffin Bay caravan park

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Thursday, April 28, 2011

We fell in love with Coffin Bay the moment we drove into the sleepy hamlet. After a few days in the outback it was nice to be back by the coast.  As we unhitched the van there were galahs feeding on the grass around us and then to our delight we spotted a couple of kangaroos lazing around under a nearby Sheoak.

We were awake early the next morning and witnessed a stunning sunrise.  The early morning colours of the sky were perfectly reflected across the calm waters of Coffin Bay.  We followed the 'Oyster Walk' which hugged the edge of the bay and took us past cute little fishing shacks; remnants of a bygone era, now leased out as holiday rentals.  The walk finished on the edge of the Coffin Bay National Park.  We were delighted to be joined by kangaroos and an array of colourful birds along the walk.

When we last drove across the Nullarbor in 1993 we had memories of a drive we did called ‘Whalers Way’.  This is on a headland just out of Port Lincoln.  Only fifteen vehicles are given access a day to minimize the impact on the area, it costs $30 per car (we are sure it was free last time!) and you need to get a key from the Tourist Information Bureau to gain entry .

It didn’t take long to remember why we loved it so much, whilst it was a dull, overcast and rainy day the scenery was spectacular.  Looking along the rugged coastline and out to sea.  We were thrilled to stop and watch sea lions frolicking on the rocks below us.

We loved Coffin Bay so much that we extended our stay to five nights and Rod invested in a fishing rod and took time out to go and throw a line in.  Whilst he had great success he threw them all back in as neither of us eats fish!

Coffin Bay National Park has a small area for 2WDs and then miles and miles of 4WD tracks. After checking out the accessible areas we headed into the park further and quickly realized we were way out of our depth of 4WD experience to tackle this… no recovery gear, nothing to measure our tyre pressure etc… so it was back to the bitumen! I later read these tracks would challenge the most seasoned of 4WD enthusiast.

We loved the laid back bush setting of Coffin Bay, the abundant wildlife and awesome scenery.  We also met some lovely people and enjoyed exploring all the walking trails, however it was time to move on.

We drove on to Streaky Bay and caught up with friends we had made at Coffin Bay before running into a couple we had been great friends with when we met on a European Tour some seven years ago. We had exchanged emails as you do for the first six to twelve months after the trip and then just lost touch. It was nice to reconnect with them again and rekindle an old friendship.

We did a lovely scenic drive back down the coast and spent hours watching a sea lion colony.  It was fantastic to watch them interacting and going about their daily lives, oblivious to the observers up above.

Highlights of Eyre Peninsula:

-          Coffin Bay

-          Wildlife – Western Grey kangaroos, emus and an array of birds

-          Stunning reflections over Coffin Bay

-          Coastal scenery and National Parks, including Whalers Way

-          Great bush walks

-          Chilling out with old friends
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