COF­FIN BAY, SA

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

Lo­cated some 46 kilo­me­tres from Port Lin­coln on the Eyre Penin­sula in South Aus­tralia, Cof­fin Bay is of­ten de­scribed as ‘sleepy’. Its name­sake oys­ters are sold all over the coun­try (and in­deed the world), but it’s worth the jour­ney to the source to ex­pe­ri­ence the stun­ning lo­ca­tion and ded­i­ca­tion to the craft of oys­ter rear­ing. The first Pa­cific oys­ters were in­tro­duced to the wa­ters here in 1969, and there are now over 40 in­de­pen­dent grow­ers tend­ing lease sites here. Tours are avail­able from var­i­ous op­er­a­tors (check out coffin­bay­oys­ters.com.au) to get an in­sight into the process of grow­ing the silky, salty mol­luscs, but for those who would rather cut to the chase and chow down, head to 1802 Oys­ter Bar and Bistro on the Es­planade. And when you have had your fill of oys­ters (if that is even pos­si­ble), Cof­fin Bay’s lo­ca­tion be­tween the sea and Cof­fin Bay Na­tional Park of­fers up lots of ac­tiv­ity, from fish­ing and snorkelling to walk­ing trails.

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