Our beautiful idyllic town of Coffin Bay, surrounded by sea and National Parks, overlooks the pristine waters of Port Douglas and Kellidie Bay, which are part of an extensive bay system that includes Little Douglas, Mount Dutton and Yangie Bays. In these bays, you will see numerous pods of dolphins whilst some of the islands are home to seals and sea lions and many breeding seabirds. Occasionally, you may even see a penguin.
Friendly kangaroos and emus roam the town with land and sea birds in abundance and magnificent wildflowers to be enjoyed.
Situated on the western tip of Southern Eyre Peninsula, Coffin Bay is 46 kilometres by road northwest of Port Lincoln. It boasts a steady growth in population and industry (aquaculture), with a permanent population of approximately 650, which swells to over 4,000 in the summer months.
Coffin Bay has an active commercial wharf in the town centre where you can watch the fishing boats unload their catches, including crayfish, pilchards, ocean jackets and sharks. There are also professional fishermen and abalone divers operating from the boat ramps. Their catches include octopus, sea urchins, sea snails, scallops, sand crabs, abalone, King George whiting and garfish. At the main boat ramp you will also see the oyster boats returning with baskets of the famous Coffin Bay oysters, from the many oyster leases within the bay system.
As the open ocean lies 21 kilometres from the town wharf, the many protected bays, channels and inlets offer ideal opportunities for fishing and all water activities.
Coffin Bay has all the facilities for you and your family to enjoy nature at its best.
Activities on the water
Enjoy fabulous fishing (boat, beach, rock, jetty), boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, water skiing, paddle boarding, swimming, snorkelling, diving, windsurfing, in fact all water sports.
Activities on the land
There are walking trails with fabulous scenery, mini golf, playgrounds, free public BBQs, oval with cricket pitch and goalposts, tennis and basketball courts (key and nets available from the general store), BMX track, lawn bowls, or join the kangaroos for a round of golf on the picturesque nine hole golf course.
If you don’t feel active, then just sit back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Coffin Bay – be sure to take in one of our spectacular sunrises or sunsets.
There are two general stores (food, petrol, ice, bait, ATMs, etc), post office, motor mechanic, two bottle shops, hotel, chemist, Community Health Centre, Doctors’ clinic, hairdresser, pizza and home – made food shop and a community church. Free WiFi is available on the foreshore.
A meal out perhaps?
You will be welcome at both the Yacht Club and the Sports Club for meals. The Yacht Club is open on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings and the Sports Club in partnership with 34º opens for Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast. The Coffin Bay Hotel and 1802 Oyster Bar+Bistro are great hospitality options and are open most days and evenings.
Indoor entertainment options
In the local hall the library is open Saturday mornings and markets held twice monthly on Sundays during the Summer months and public holidays. At 2 pm on Wednesdays there is social 8 Ball at the Sports Club.
Day trips in the region
There are also plenty of half day trips that you can enjoy to such places as Coffin Bay National Park, Kellidie Bay, Wangary, Mount Dutton Bay, Farm Beach, Little Douglas, Gallipoli Beach (site of the filming of Gallipoli with Mel Gibson), Frenchmans, Coles Point, Greenly Beach, Port Lincoln, Cummins, Todd Reservoir, the animal farm, tuna farms, museums, wineries, etc. with full day trips to Point Sir Isaac (4WD only), Lincoln National Park, Whalers Way, Halls Bay, Lake Hamilton, Sheringa, Locks Well, Elliston, Talia Caves, Venus Bay and many more.
Coffin Bay’s weather
Coffin Bay experiences a delightful Mediterranean climate with summers in the high 20ºs, lovely autumns, ranging from high teens to mid 20ºs.
Winter temperatures are in the mid-teens, while spring is generally sunny with some afternoons being quite breezy, temperatures ranging from high teens to low 20ºs.
Average rainfall is about 500mm, falling mainly during the winter months.