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National and Conservation Parks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  market day, when the oysters would
                                                                                     horses bred in this area as remounts for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Currently the oyster farms located in Mount Dutton and Kellidie Bays are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 be taken to Port Lincoln and
The parks range from rocky coastal islands to the mainland with windswept                                                                                                                                                                                          A scenic four kilometre drive north along the cliff tops will                                                                                                             used mostly as nursery sites and only small oysters are grown on them.
                                                                                     troops during World War One. The remaining                                                                    Wangary                                                                                                                                                                                       shipped to Adelaide. The waters off
cliffs and sweeping beaches exposed to the might of the southern ocean.                                                                                                                                                                                            take you to Gallipoli Beach where the movie “Gallipoli”                                                                                                                   The majority of the leases are situated 15 kilometres from the town of Coffin
                                                                                     ponies have been relocated to nearby private                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oyster Town were so heavily
This contrasts with the tranquil waters and shores of the bays with spectacular                                                                                                                 Established in the late 1800’s to service the local                                                                                                                                                                                          Bay on the sand banks south of Point Longnose in Port Douglas Bay. Up
                                                                                     land. Kellidie Bay Conservation Park is a                                                                                                                                     starring Mel Gibson was filmed.                                                                                               dredged that the native oysters
sand dunes and extensive heath lands that give way to dense mallee and                                                                                                                          community, today it houses the Lake Wangary                                                                                                                                                                                                  to 20 oyster boats can be seen plying the waterways each day with
                                                                                     much smaller park at 1,786 ha whilst Mount                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 significantly declined and the town
remnant sheoak woodland, once the domain of the glossy-black cockatoos.                                                                                                                         Primary School and Lake Wangary Pre-school,                        Little Douglas                                                                                                                                                            approximately 100 people being employed either on the leases or back on
                                                                                     Dutton Bay Conservation Park includes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     was later abandoned.
                                                                                                                                                                                               which caters for the surrounding area. Also, you                                                                                                                                                                                              shore in the sorting sheds.
Coffin Bay National Park, which includes the Whidbey Wilderness Area,                Rabbit Island, Goat Island and The Brothers                                                                                                                                    Originally a fishermen’s settlement, Little Douglas lies near
                                                                                                                                                                                              will find the lovely Anglican church built in 1900                                                                                                                                            Oysters in Coffin Bay
takes in the Coffin Bay Peninsula and is the largest park at approximately           plus six unnamed islands. Whidbey Isles                                                                                                                                        the opening between Coffin Bay and Port Douglas and being                                                                                                                                          Oysters start their lives in hatcheries and oyster
                                                                                                                                                                                             with it’s bell tower, the ruins of the old Post Office,
31,000 hectares. Many beaches and headlands in this park offer excellent             Conservation Park includes three of the four                                                                                                                                   close to the main oyster leases, has in recent years seen land based                                                                                                                                    farmers buy this spat (or seed) from the
                                                                                                                                                                                           Coach House, Bakery and the old Hotel built in 1871                                                                                                                                         The oyster industry in South Australia
fishing opportunities. However, be aware of the unstable cliffs and dangerous        Hummocks Islands plus Whidbey, Price and                                                                                                                                       oyster facilities established. Most professional crab and line fisherman                                                                                                                                    hatcheries. Each oyster at this stage is four
                                                                                                                                                                                        - no longer licensed and is now a general store.                                                                                                                                         started not long after the colony was first
seas of the southern ocean with strong rips, large swells and freak waves.           Perforated Islands. Avoid Bay Islands Conservation                                                                                                                                              also launch here. It features a protected little bay with views                                                                                                                                to six millimetres long and a million
                                                                                                                                                                                    Wangary is home to the Marble Range                                                                                                                                  established, when native oysters were dredged from various
This park is home to an abundance of birds, wildlife                                 Park consists of Black Rocks plus two small unnamed                                                                                                                                                   across the water revealing the extensive oyster leases,                                                                                                                                    seeds only weigh 20kg. In a good
                                                                                                                                                                               Community & Sporting Centre with oval, tennis                                                                                                                             bays around the state and shipped to Adelaide to be kept
and wildflowers. There are 20 kilometres of sealed                                    islands in Avoid Bay. All islands are off limits without written                                                                                                          A l m on ta B                 the main shipping channel and the Coffin Bay
                                                                                                                                                                       and basketball courts.                                                                                 e ac                                                                       in beds adjacent to hotels, and then sold to the public. In                                                                    year this seed can increase to weigh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   h             National Park and Peninsula with Point Longnose
road from the entrance to such picturesque                                                permission from Department of Environment and Heritage.                                                                                                                                                                                                        1849 the price in Adelaide for a dozen Coffin Bay oysters                                                                       100 tonnes. The oysters are graded
places as Avoid Bay, Point Avoid, Almonta                                                                                                                            Dutton Bay                                                                                                                    being prominent.                                                                                                                                                                       back on shore every two to four
                                                                                             These parks conserve more than 250 species of native plant life                                                                                                                                                                                             was one shilling and sixpence. By 1870 thirty sailing vessels
Beach and Yangie camping ground. For                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     were dredging for native oysters in the Coffin Bay area.                                                                         months depending on the season.
                                                                                              and over 100 species of native birds, reptiles and mammals.            Situated to the west of Wangary is Dutton Bay on                                                                                   Oyster Town
the ardent 4WD enthusiast there is the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   However, over fishing caused a decline in catches and                                                                            Oysters generally reach market
                                                                                               A true nature lover’s paradise.                                       the shores of Mount Dutton Bay, which has a
track across the sand dunes to Gunyah                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   South Australia’s oyster industry began          by 1943 the fishery had all but ceased.                                                                                          size around 18 months of age.
                                                                                                                                                                     modern boat ramp plus a heritage listed jetty and
Beach or for the more adventurous a                                                             Kellidie Bay                                                                                                                                                                                            relatively soon after the colony was
                                                                                                                                                                     a wool shed built in 1875 that is now a museum.                                                                                                                                     Following the demise of the oyster fishery, attempts were                                                                             Most Coffin Bay oysters are sold
trip to Point Sir Isaacs at the tip of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              established. It is widely believed in the year
                                                                                               Kellidie Bay features beach shacks located on the western shore                                                                                                                                                                                           made to farm the native oyster, but because of its slow                                                                              interstate, with Sydney and
Coffin Bay Peninsula, a six hour return                                                                                                                              Farm Beach                                                                                                                         1849 there were up to thirty cutters dredging

                                                                                              and is the area where the native Coffin Bay oysters were first

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         growth and high mortality it was decided to give the Pacific                                                                        Melbourne being the most popular
journey. An information and permit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      native oysters in the bays near Oyster Town.                                                                                                                         gn
                                                                                              dredged in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is the bay where       The trip to Farm Beach is worthwhile with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This historic site lies within the Kellidie Bay   oyster a go. The Japanese Pacific oyster was first introduced                                                  L on                markets. Due to the demand for Coffin
station is located at the entrance to the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oys                       int
                                                                                            the first settlement arose, Oyster Town. Today it is the home to         spectacular beach and nearby camping ground
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Conservation Park, approximately four               to Tasmania in 1934 but it wasn’t until 1969 that they were trialed                  te r B a o t s a t Po                      Bay oysters, oysters from other growing
park. A fee applies to day visitors and
                                                                                           modern oyster leases and on shore operations plus the Minniribbie         and tractor park. The beach is usually firm enough                                                                                                                                  at Coffin Bay. It was due to the success of that and subsequent                                                             regions of the State are transported to
campers. This park was, until recently the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         kilometres to the east of Coffin Bay. Large
                                                                                         Yabbie and Marron Farm.                                                     to drive on and is ideal for boat launching in the summer                                                                                                                           trials that the current industry started.                                                                              fattening leases at Point Longnose for up to three
home of the Coffin Bay pony, descendents of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      amounts of these native oysters were dredged
                                                                                                                                                                     months. A great spot for picnics and beach or rock fishing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   months before being sold.

                                                                                     Welcome to Coffin Bay                                                           As the open ocean lies 25 nautical miles from the main wharf the many                         Beach, Gallipoli Beach, Frenchmans, Coles Point, Greenly                                                            Isaac was 22 when appointed Captain of the
                                                                                                                                                                     protected bays, channels and inlets offer ideal opportunities for fishing and                 Beach, Pt Lincoln, Cummins, Todd Reservoir, the animal                                                                 74 gun Shrewsbury and later saw action in
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                                                                                     Situated on the western tip of southern
                                                                                                                                                                     all water activities.                                                                         farm, tuna farms, museums, wineries, etc. with full day                                                                 the Caribbean aboard Borfleur and on              Emergencies 000

     Coffin Bay                                                                      Eyre Peninsula is the idyllic township
                                                                                     of Coffin Bay, approximately 45
                                                                                     kilometres by road northwest of Port
                                                                                     Lincoln. The town overlooks the
                                                                                                                                                                     What to see and do
                                                                                                                                                                     Coffin Bay has all the facilities for you and your family to enjoy nature at its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   trips to Point Sir Isaac (4WD only), Lincoln National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Park, Whalers Way, Halls Bay, Lake Hamilton, Sheringa,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Locks Well, Elliston, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            return to England was called upon to take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lord Dorchester and his family, the newly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             appointed Governor of Canada to
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      Eyre Peninsula, South Australia                                                pristine waters of Port Douglas, named
                                                                                                                                                                     best. Fabulous fishing (boat, beach, rock, jetty), boating, sailing, canoeing,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Where to stay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Quebec. During this voyage aboard the           Port Lincoln Coastguard
                                                                                                                                                                     kayaking, surfing, water skiing, swimming, snorkelling, diving, windsurfing,                                                                                                                                            frigate Thisbe, Isaac first sighted the         VHF/CH 81, HF/CH 2524, 2182 4125
   The idyllic family and fishing holiday destination                                after Captain Bloomfield Douglas which
                                                                                                                                                                     in fact all water sports.                                                                     There are many types of accommodation available                                                                           Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St.
                                                                                     is part of an extensive bay system that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   from motel to various standards of apartments/holiday                                                                    Lawrence, Canada and on the 8th May
                        w                                                            includes Little Douglas, Mount Dutton, Kellidie,                                There are walking trails with fabulous scenery, mini golf, a play ground, free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   homes to the caravan park and quaint holiday shacks                                                                     1798 the Magdalen Islands were granted  
                                                                                     Yangi and Coffin Bays. In these bays you will see numerous pods of              public barbeques, oval, tennis courts (key and nets available from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   on the foreshore. Refer this brochure for details.                                                                    to Captain Isaac Coffin. These Islands
                                                                                     dolphins whilst some of the islands are home to seals and many breeding         general store), BMX track, lawn bowls or join the kangaroos and emus for
                                                               SOUTH                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  remained in the Coffin family for 105 years and
                                                             AUSTRALIA               sea birds. Occasionally you will see a penguin. Being surrounded by sea         a round of golf on the picturesque nine hole golf course (clubs for hire from                 How to get there                                                                                               made Isaac and his heirs very rich. Although Isaac
                                                                                     and national parks, this charming town is a nature lover’s delight.             the caravan park). If you don’t feel active then just sit back and enjoy the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   It is almost a 700 km drive from Adelaide via Port Augusta or 400                                         never lived on the Islands he made many efforts to
                                                                                                                                                                     relaxed atmosphere of Coffin Bay - be sure to take in one of the spectacular
                                                        COFFIN BAY                   Coffin Bay was discovered by Lieutenant Matthew Flinders and his crew                                                                                                         kms via ferry from Wallaroo to Cowell. Alternatively a 40 minute flight from                     advance the Islands by introducing healthy livestock and through
                                                                                                                                                                     sunrises or sunsets.
                                                                                     in the Investigator on the 16th February 1802. Flinders, after his return to                                                                                                  Adelaide to Port Lincoln Airport. REX Airlines fly regular flights to Port Lincoln    financial support.
                                                                                     England in 1810, named the bay after Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, who as           There are two general stores (food, petrol, ice, bait, ATMs, etc.), post office,              and return at competitive prices. Most major car rental companies have                In 1794 he aggravated an old injury when he jumped overboard to save
                                                                                     Resident Commissioner of Sheerness Naval Dockyards in England had               internet centre, butcher, mechanic, two bottle shops, hotel, chemist,                         vehicles that can be picked up at Port Lincoln airport which is just over a           the life of a seaman and was never fit for active service again. In 1799 he
                                                                                     been responsible for the outfitting of the Investigator for Flinders voyage     community health centre, hairdresser, award winning                                                    30 minute drive from Coffin Bay.                                             was appointed Resident Commissioner of Sheerness Naval Dockyards in
                                                                                     to Terra Australis. Flinders and his crew never actually entered the bay        restaurant and community church. You will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart.                                     Kent, England where Flinders’ Investigator was fitted out for his voyage to
                                                                                     system which was left to others to investigate many years later.                welcome to both the yacht club and sporting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘Terra Australis’. It was under Isaacs’ direction that the Investigator’s hull
                                                                                                                                                                     club for meals Friday and Sunday evenings.                                                                          Born on the 16th May 1759 in Boston, Massachusetts
                                                                                     Today it is a beautiful thriving town, one of the few that can boast a steady                                                                                                                                                                                       was given extra strengthening and carried additional spares for it’s long
                                                                                                                                                                     In the local hall there is line dancing                                                                              Isaac joined the British navy at the North American
                                                                                     growth in population and industry (aquaculture) with a permanent population                                                                                                                                                                                         journey of discovery.
                                                                                                                                                                     Monday nights, indoor bowls Friday                                                                                     station at age 14. At 19 Lieutenant Coffin was
                                                                                     of approximately 600, which swells to over 4,000 in the summer months.
                                                                                                                                                                     nights and a library Saturday mornings.                                                                                 commanding the cutter Placenta off Newfoundland             In 1802 Isaac was appointed Admiral and in 1804 a Baronet, retiring from
                                                                                     Coffin Bay has an active commercial wharf in the town center where you                                                                                                                                   and survived a shipwreck in the armed Pinson.              the navy in 1808. In 1811 he married Elizabeth Greenly after whom Flinders
                                                                                                                                                                     There are also plenty of half day trips
                                                                                     can watch the fishing boats unloading their catches including crayfish,                                                                                                                                  At 20 Isaac was serving as Signal Lieutenant on            named Mount Greenly. From 1811 Sir Isaac served eight years as a member
                                                                                                                                                                     that you can do to such places as
                                                                                     pilchards, ocean jackets and sharks. There are also professional fishermen                                                                                                                               the frigate Sybil where he saw action during the           of the British Parliament.
                                                                                                                                                                     Coffin Bay National Park, Kellidie Bay,
                                                                                     and abalone divers operating from the boat ramps and their catches include                                                                                                                               American revolution.
                                                                                                                                                                     Wangary, Mount Dutton Bay, Farm                                                                                                                                                     He never forgot that he was American by birth and established the Coffin
                                                                                     octopus, sea urchins, sea snails, scallops, sand crabs, abalone, King
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lancasterian school in Nantucket, Massachusetts which today is the home
                                                                                     George whiting and garfish. At the main boat ramp you will also see the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies.
                                                                                     oyster boats returning with baskets of the famous Coffin Bay oyster from
                                                                                     the many oyster leases within the bay system.                                                                           ourse                                                                                                         Greenly                            Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. died at Cheltenham, England in 1839 aged 80.                                                                            Wh
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