At the tip of the Eyre Peninsula sits two national parks; Coffin Bay National Park and Port Lincoln National Park. We recommend spending a day at each.
Coffin Bay National Park protects a gorgeous coastline of white sand beaches, sheltered coves and massive dune systems.
Drive carefully. Wildlife is abundant and you’re likely to see emus, goannas and western grey kangaroos. In winter, watch for southern right whales from the cliffs of Avoid Bay.
There are more than 120 bird species including the threatened hooded plover, the rare white-bellied sea eagle and osprey. Do not approach or interfere with nests – this can cause birds to abandon them.
On the ground you might see skinks, geckos, snakes, bush rats, spiders and scorpions. Oysters live on rocky shorelines, cockle worms live in the sand and the crabs and shellfish live in the sea gardens within rock pools.
At the southern end of the park is Yangie Bay which has toilets and a camping ground. It’s the perfect spot to kayak, paddle board, picnic or explore one of the five hiking trails that begin from here.
Everything mentioned in the article is mapped at the end.
NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEES: $10 per vehicle
Almonta Beach, Coffin Bay National Park. Photo: patsythepatrol via IG
Look for the purple tags to locate the highlights mentioned in this article.
Heart of Reef Shuttles, 50-54 Carlo Drive, Cannonvale, Queensland 4802 Phone: 1800 216 223
40 French Street, Eagle Farm, Queensland 4009
Phone: 1800 216 223
440 Sheridan Street, Cairns,
Queensland 4870 Phone: 1800 216 223
2/11 Northview St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: 1800 216 223
273 Elizabeth Street, Coburg,
Victoria 3058 Phone: 1800 216 223
23-25 Erskine Rd, Caringbah,
Sydney, NSW 2229 Phone: 1800 216 223
167 Mount Low Parkway, Townsville,
Queensland 4814 Phone: 1800 216 223