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COFFIN BAY N
By Skye Reynolds
While the location suggests a bay full of deadly animals and the
name suggests you may leave in a casket, don’t let it deter you
from this incredible national park on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula in
South Australia.
I
was actually really interested in finding out how Coffin Bay got its name (I was
picturing a shipwreck leading to a need for lots of coffins!), but after asking the
friendly visitor centre staff in the nearby town of Port Lincoln, it turns out it was
named by the explorer Matthew Flinders after a friend ‘Sir Isaac Coffin’… I know,
boring compared to my imagination of its namesake.
But boring is definitely not a word used to describe this place. Pristine aqua
coastline, colossal sand dunes, windswept cliffs and a vast diversity of wildlife are
more along the lines of what you will find as you enter Coffin Bay National Park.
The national park is situated in the Coffin Bay Peninsula, and is accessible from
the town Coffin Bay (make sure you try their oysters!) You will need a permit to
enter the park, which you can get from the information centre in Port Lincoln, or
online if you have access.
If you are going to be spending some time in South Australia and want to visit
other national parks, then I recommend getting the two month Parks Pass for
$40 as opposed to the $12 per day entry fee.
South Australia, and increasingly other states, have now set up an online site for
camping, and this is separate to the Parks Pass. As we hadn’t been here before,
we decided to enter with our pass, and book the camping later on once we had
found a spot we liked.
OUTDORIAN MAGAZINE ISSUE THREE

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