Coffin Bay

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesPort Lincoln
FinishCoffin Bay
DifficultyDifficulty 3/5
Suitable For4WD Bike 
Distance218.78 km
Minimum Days3
Average Speed51.15 km/hr
Travel Time4 hrs 16 mins
Page Updated: 25 Jul 2013


Coffin Bay is situated on the south-western side of the Eyre Peninsula. The region is most notable for being the premier oyster growing region for South Australia, producing the ever popular ‘ Coffin Bay ’ Oyster, well known for its quality, flavour and size, and marketed all over Australia and overseas.

There are 2 excellent National Parks for beach camping, excellent fishing and boating. It is the kind of place where you can really get away yet not be far from major facilities. To get the full benefit out of a trip to Coffin Bay you really need a 4WD and be confident at driving in very soft sandy conditions as the whole park is an area of large drifting sand dunes.

To get the most out of your trip to Coffin Bay you'll need to spend a few days in the National Park. From the ranger station to Point Sir Issac is just 55km and is approximately a 10hour return drive! Access through Seven Mile Beach is dependant on the tide so plan your trip carefully.

2WD access is possible to both Point Avoid (18km) and Yangie Bay (15km) a popular camping area. Gunyah Beach is definitely for experienced 4WD only but is the best place to catch Australian salmon.

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MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.


Entry & camping fees apply for visiting the Coffin Bay National Park. For more information please visit the National Parks SA website.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
4cyl 31 litres4cyl 35 litres4cyl 44 litres
6cyl 34 litres6cyl 40 litres6cyl 39 litres
8cyl 34 litres8cyl 36 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

North Shields (Port Lincoln Aws)
Distance from Trek Mid Point 20.45km NE
Mean Max. °C26.025.824.022.119.416.816.116.818.620.523.024.4
Mean Min. °C15.716.214.512.
Mean Rain mm16.413.721.918.442.061.756.249.540.026.517.318.5
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Great coastal bush camps, fishing, lookouts, Point Labbat seal-lions, boating, scenery. Coffin-Bay oyster farming.

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Port Lincoln to Coomunga
Driving: 17.45 km
Heading: 301°
Avg Speed: 68.5 km/hr
EST Time: 15:17
Coomunga to Coomapoo
Driving: 2.87 km
Heading: 304°
Avg Speed: 87.3 km/hr
EST Time: 01:58
Coomapoo to Big Swamp
Driving: 0.51 km
Heading: 325°
Avg Speed: 75.2 km/hr
EST Time: 00:24
Big Swamp to The Fountain
Driving: 8.09 km
Heading: 303°
Avg Speed: 83.21 km/hr
EST Time: 05:50
The Fountain to Kellidie Bay Conservation Park
Driving: 8.53 km
Heading: 266°
Avg Speed: 75.54 km/hr
EST Time: 06:46
Kellidie Bay Conservation Park to Coffin Bay
Driving: 8.8 km
Heading: 251°
Avg Speed: 54.44 km/hr
EST Time: 09:41
Coffin Bay to Yangie Bay
Driving: 20.31 km
Heading: 260°
Avg Speed: 41.07 km/hr
EST Time: 29:40
Yangie Bay to Misery Bay
Driving: 35.4 km
Heading: 304°
Avg Speed: 21 km/hr
EST Time: 01:41:08
Misery Bay to Point Sir Isaacs
Driving: 19.81 km
Heading: 358°
Avg Speed: 20.4 km/hr
EST Time: 58:15
Point Sir Isaacs to Yangie Bay
Driving: 55.21 km
Heading: 147°
Avg Speed: 20.76 km/hr
EST Time: 02:39:33
Yangie Bay to Point Avoid
Driving: 15.74 km
Heading: 220°
Avg Speed: 26.49 km/hr
EST Time: 35:39
Point Avoid to Coffin Bay
Driving: 26.06 km
Heading: 65°
Avg Speed: 39.87 km/hr
EST Time: 39:13
Distance is GPS recorded distance based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.


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