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9am: A light break­fast

Wake up to the sound of waves gen­tly lap­ping the beach at BEACH­SIDE (1), which you can book through Cof­fin Bay Hol­i­day Homes. En­joy a light break­fast on the deck over­look­ing the beach at Cri­no­line Point.

10am: Take a morn­ing stroll

Take a scenic walk along the OYS­TER WALK, which me­an­ders its way around the bay, past the town jetty, boat ramp and yacht club, and meet some of the lo­cals: kan­ga­roos, emus and the oc­ca­sional hu­man… Cof­fin Bay has an ac­tive com­mer­cial wharf in the town cen­tre where you can watch fish­ing boats un­load their catches of cray­fish, pilchards, and ocean jack­ets.You will also see oys­ter boats re­turn­ing with bas­kets of the fa­mous Cof­fin Bay oys­ters.

12pm: Ex­plore the Na­tional Park

Take a drive to COF­FIN BAY NA­TIONAL PARK (2, 3) and its beau­ti­ful stretch of rugged coast­line, and soak in some sun on the beach look­ing out to Golden Is­land. If you’re feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous try some off-road­ing on the sand dunes at GUNYAH, or SEVEN MILE BEACH, and try your luck fish­ing for salmon off the beach, which never dis­ap­points.

1pm: Oys­ters for lunch

The high­light of Cof­fin Bay for food­ies is a lunch at 1802 OYS­TER BAR, COF­FIN BAY (4). Chill out on the deck in the sun (or by the fire in win­ter) and en­joy the best seafood and pro­duce the Eyre Penin­sula has to of­fer, in­clud­ing pre­mium Gazan­der Oys­ters, award-win­ning pork, great South Aus­tralian wines and an amaz­ing seafood platter that in­cludes crab, prawns, fish and, of course, more oys­ters!

3pm: Tricks of the trade

Take a five-minute drive from 1802 and en­ter the Shel­lar Door at PURE COF­FIN BAY OYS­TERS (5). Here you’ll learn how to shuck oys­ters, take a walk around a work­ing oys­ter shed and jump on an oys­ter boat and cruise out to the mid­dle of the bay and the oys­ter leases. Out on the wa­ter you’ll learn about the bay and its his­tory, and taste oys­ters fresh from the wa­ter. Keep an eye out for the dol­phins and sea li­ons on the way back.

6pm: Dine with the lo­cals

Take a stroll to the YACHT CLUB (6) where you’ll find lo­cals hav­ing an easy din­ner. Run by vol­un­teers, the club serves fish and chips, steaks and schnitzels. Sit on the lawn and watch the sun­set with your fish and chips and a glass of wine.

8pm: Rest your head

Head back to BEACH­SIDE for a red on the deck.

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