My partner and I both recently had a week off work, and with no real plans in the pipeline we made a last minute decision to head down to the Eyre Peninsula for the week.
I have family just out of Adelaide. I had been to Adelaide many times but never as far as the Eyre Peninsula and we had no idea what to expect.
We jumped on the net and did a bit of research (about 10 minutes worth, we both like an adventure!). We liked the sound of Coffin Bay so we booked five nights’ accommodation, packed up the car and off we went!
It’s a fairly decent drive from where we live, about 1400km. It took us two days.
On the first night we stopped in Port Augusta. It was just on dusk as we arrived and the view of the Flinders Ranges was quite amazing.
On the second day we stopped at Kimba (home of the “Halfway across Australia” sign) and Arno Bay, which is a gorgeous fishing and tourist town.
I have a bit of a thing for jetties so we stopped off for some lunch and for me to spend a bit of time playing around in the water.
As the passenger, I had a fair bit of time on my hands to research our next destination.
I discovered that emus and kangaroos have a very strong presence in Coffin Bay and once we’d reached our destination I was not disappointed.
While we were unpacking the car, a big emu strolled straight past our cabin. What a delightful start to our holiday.
After unpacking and settling in, and being rather happy about not being in a car, we took a stroll around the bay.
I was delighted to discover a walking track that called the Oyster Walk, which is about 12km and an easy walk on a trail around the bay. If you’re lucky you may also get to see dolphins or seals playing in the water.
One of the best things about Coffin Bay National Park is most of the park’s roads are sealed. It gives you access to the beautiful and rugged coastline without needing a 4WD.
The beaches are stunning, with crystal clear aqua blue water and stunning white sand.
I was not disappointed with the wildlife. We saw lots of emus (including baby ones) and kangaroos.
One of the things I remember best were the amazing sunsets. We would walk down to the bay just before the sun was about to set and gape at the colours over the water as the sun went down. For someone who has a sunset obsession it was pretty much photography heaven.
We explored the area thoroughly, including taking a drive further up the coast to Ceduna. I got to photograph many more jetties along the way!
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