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Situated on the western tip of Eyre
Peninsula, the pretty township of Coffin
Bay is approximately 45kms northwest of
Port Lincoln. The town lays nestled inside
an extensive bay system comprising Kellidie
Bay, Mount Dutton Bay, Port Douglas and
Coffin Bay. Matthew Flinders who named
the area in honour of his botanist friend
and expedition financier, Sir Isaac Coffin,
discovered the waterway in 1802.
Coffin Bay has an active commercial wharf
in the town centre where you can watch
the fishing boats unloading their catches.
There are also professional line fishermen
and abalone divers (their catches include
octopus, sea urchins, sea snails, scallops,
abalone, King George whiting and garfish)
working from the boat ramp at the
entrance to the channel. Here you will also
see the oyster boats returning with baskets
of the famous Coffin Bay Oysters from the
many lease areas within the bay system.
The open ocean lies 25 nautical miles from
the main wharf and the bay system features
pristine and tranquil waterways with
channels, bays and inlets which provide a
variety of fishing and sailing opportunities.
Few locations are more ideally suited for
rock, surf, beach and boat fishing or as
safe for boating, sailing, swimming and
windsurfing as Coffin Bay.
Coffin Bay is surrounded by Conservation
Parks with the Coffin Bay National Park to
the west. This park has a diverse coastal
landscape including high windswept cliffs,
massive sand dunes, limestone pavements,
Sheoaks, low-lying Samphire swamps,
Black Tea-Trees and a wide range of native
flowering shrubs. The Park is home to an
abundance of native birds and animals.
It is 55kms from the park entrance to the
tip of the Coffin Bay Peninsula but the
actual drive will take ardent 4wd’ers about
3 hours to reach Point Sir Isaac.
Coffin Bay is a thriving coastal town with
a permanent population of 584, growing
to 3,000 in summer. There are many types
of accommodation available including a
caravan park, a first class restaurant and
a hotel as well as a sporting complex
Cummins is a town of 705 people set in the
centre of rich farmland, with the Koppio Hills
and Marble Range as backdrops and serving
a district population of 3000.
Facilities / Attractions
Facilities include an area school, hospital,
hotel, café bakery, swimming pool (open
October - March), chemist, supermarket,
flour mill, timber furniture shop, newsagency,
butcher, hardware store, hairdressers, post
office, Scrapbooking/ Quiltingitng/Gift shop,
delicatessen, 18 hole golf course, a sporting
complex, medical services, Community Bank,
school community library and agricultural
services. The Cummins Caravan and Cabin
Park is situated a comfortable walking
distance from the main shopping area. The
park features powered and unpowered
caravan and camping sites as well as two
self contained cabins that sleep 6. Linen is
supplied for the main bedroom with extra
linen available to hire. BBQ and laundry
facilities are available. Pets are allowed but
must be kept under control. For bookings
contact Cummins Deli between 7.30am and
9.00pm on 8676 2011. Cummins has many
interesting historic sites remaining from the
time of settlement that can be viewed on a
tour of the town.
Cummins has the unique attraction of being
the only town that can offer fishing, whatever
the weather! No matter which way the wind
blows, a great day’s fishing can be had at
Tumby Bay in the East, Point Drummond in
the West and either Port Lincoln or Coffin
Bay to the South. The drive will be scenic and
the beaches provide magnificent surfing and
swimming. The rugged grandeur of the West
Coast cliffs is breathtaking.
with 9-hole golf course, bowling green,
outdoor BBQ’s , the popular Oyster Walk
and numerous shops and services. Visit the
Coffin Bay Yacht Club for a cold drink or a
Beach shacks are located on the western
shore of this bay where the original Coffin
Bay Mud Oysters were dredged. The first
settlement called Oyster Town arose here.
Today it is home to modern oyster leases
and their on shore operations and the
Minniribie Yabby and Marron Farm.
Mount Dutton Bay
Mt Dutton Bay township is located on
the northern end of Mount Dutton Bay
and comprises holiday and permanent
residences, a boat ramp, heritage listed
jetty and woolshed. The Mount Dutton
Bay Woolshed is a fully restored museum.
Part of the old building provides hostel
accommodation and the Shearer’s Quarters
are available for rental.
Holiday and permanent residences sit
nearby this beautiful drive-on-beach,
ideal for boat launching in the summer
months. It is a great spot for picnics and
beach or rock fishing. To the north of the
beach is Gallipoli Beach, so named as it
was a location where some of the famous
Australian movie, “Gallipoli” was filmed.
Originally a fisherman’s settlement,
Little Douglas lies at the opening of the
bay system and has both holiday and
permanent residences with land based
oyster facilities. The majority of the crab
fishermen launch here as well as line
fishermen. It features a protected little
bay, suitable for fishing and swimming.
For more information and maps of the
area, contact the Port Lincoln Visitor
Information Centre or Beachcomber
Agencies in Coffin Bay.
Left to right: Canola crop, Marble Range;
Coffin Bay Oyster Walk; Emus.
coffin bay & district
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