Coffin Bay National Park

On our second last day at Lincoln National Park we headed across the Peninsula to Coffin Bay National Park where Marg and I had camped in 2001 after we left our camp at Memory Cove.  There are several campgrounds in the park but all except Yangie Bay require 4WD and travel along beaches, so we just visited the Yangie Bay campground where Marg and I had camped.  It is a delightful camping area with lots of trees and a view over the bay.

Yangie Bay at Coffin Bay NP

While walking around the campsites we were being observed.

In the Coffin Bay National Park there are a few vantage points that offer wonderful scenic views. The first was Golden Island which is a small island a few hundred metres off the coast with a wild current running in the gap.

Golden Island at Coffin Bay NP

The next view was of the wide sweep of Almonta beach with large sand dunes behind the beach.

Almonta Beach in Coffin Bay NP

The road through the park was in itself very scenic, winding through the low seaside scrub with ocean views popping up along the way. However all this sightseeing made us hungry so we lobbed into Oyster HQ in Coffin Bay for lunch where they have an amazingly extensive seafood menu. It overlooks Coffin Bay and is a very modern restaurant. We both had wonderful meals starting with Whitebait which were excellent with a yummy dipping sauce. I had breadcrumbed garfish with a salad and Deen had battered flathead (dipped in batter not smashed!), both were so so fresh and delicious. Not to be missed if you are down this way. The view from the restaurant was excellent as well.

View from 1802 Oyster Bar at Coffin Bay

We couldn’t leave Coffin Bay without some oysters so we bought a dozen each from an oyster farmer, only $12 per dozen, but un-shucked. We devoured these for our last meal at September beach and they were delicious, such a wonderful sea taste. It was the first time Deen had shucked oysters and she did very well.

So a great days outing was complete and we returned to September Beach where Deen put up her drone again to get one last picture.

Camp at September beach

Friday was our last day in Lincoln National Park so we decided on an easy day around camp with a short trip for a picnic lunch in the park. So we went to Stamford Hill picnic area about 15 Km from September beach. This delightful picnic area is where Mathew Flinders landed in 1802 not long after the drowning tragedy at Memory Cove. He was seeking water and thought that the heavily treed hill would have water underground at the base of the hill, unfortunately it was brackish. However he climbed the hill and spotted another likely location and was successful in finding water. Had he failed he would have had to return to Sydney and not complete his coastal mapping task. The climb to the top of Stamford hill was 800 metres up all the way. We climbed to within 100 metres of the top where we got an excellent view and decided that was enough and returned to the picnic area. In the photo the spit of land in the distance on the right is where September Beach is located on the opposite side.

View from Stamford Hill in Lincoln National Park

Tomorrow is Saturday and we start our long journey to Uluru, the first day will be 585 Km to Woomera. We will travel via Kimba to see the artwork on the silos there. It has been a great stay at September beach but we are looking forward to our visit to central Australia.

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