Coffin Bay and Lincoln National Parks

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Lisa sampling some Coffin Bay oystersCoffin Bay National Park The track to Black SpringsAt the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula are Coffin Bay and Lincoln National Parks: lengthy stretches of striking limestone cliffs and beautiful secluded beaches.  We spent a few days exploring Coffin Bay National Park after stopping off in Coffin Bay itself to sample Australia’s most famous oysters.  We were a little disappointed with the limited number of retail outlets for oysters, only a couple around town, the industry is really setup for export and distribution to the large cities.  Nevertheless, the Coffin Bay General Store sells shucked oysters so we made Sam taking a dip below our campsite at Black Springssure to grab a few before heading into the National Park.  There’s a portion of Coffin Bay National Park that’s accessible Lisa looking over Yangie Bayvia paved road, the area around Yangie Bay and Point Avoid, but the majority of the National Park is 4WD-only.  And not just rocky dirt roads, there are some pretty deep, boggy sand tracks along the way and spots through which Lisa absolutely refused to drive after some bad almost-bogged experiences she had in Cape Range National Park!  We spent a night each at Yangie Bay (S34°38.400′ E135°21.699′) and Black Springs (S34°33.954′ E135°18.596′), the latter located at the end of a beautiful, secluded cove with a brilliant shell beach within 20 meters of our campsite.  We had the beach to ourselves at Black Springs for the whole day, the fishing off the rocks below our campsite was a lot of fun, such a picturesque location.

The Coffin Bay General Store: one of the few spots in Coffin Bay that serves fresh oystersAlmonta BeachGolden Island and the reef connecting it to the mainland Yangie Bay Making our way through the sand near Flat Rock and Point AvoidOur campsite at Yangie BayWalking around Yangie Bay to Yangie IslandYangie Island The hiking trails around Yangie BayWildflowers and bees near Yangie BaySupporting the local industry...The hiking trails around Yangie Bay 4WD tracks near Lake JessieBeautiful beach north of Yangie Bay4WD tracks near Lake Jessie Through the sand near Lake JessieThe track to Black SpringsThe track to Black Springs The awesome shell beach below our campsite at Black SpringsThe track toward Point Sir IsaacOur brilliant campsite at Black Springs The track toward Point Sir IsaacOur campsite at Black SpringsThe track toward Point Sir IsaacThe track toward Point Sir Isaac from Black Springs Boggy sand along Seven Mile BeachPiloting the ship...The track toward Point Sir Isaac from Black Springs Beaches along the eastern coastline of Coffin Bay National ParkThe track toward Point Sir Isaac from Black SpringsBeaches along the eastern coastline of Coffin Bay National Park The Tank getting a workout north of Black SpringsMillions of shells making up the beach at Black SpringsLisa taking a dip below our campsite at Black Springs Secluded beach on the walk to Black Springs WellLisa pumping some water out of the old well at Black SpringsA good feed off the rocks next to our campsite at Black Springs Our Black Springs campsite overlooking the bay of Port DouglasA good feed off the rocks next to our campsite at Black SpringsBoggy sand in Coffin Bay National Park 

BROCHURE_LINCOLN_NP_Page_3Memory Cove Wilderness AreaRelics of an agricultural past at Cape DoningtonA short drive east and we were in Port Lincoln, next to which is Lincoln National Park.  Roughly a third of the area covered by Lincoln National Park is classified as Wilderness Area, on the way through Port Lincoln we stopped off at the Port Lincoln Visitor Centre to get one of the 15 keys to the Wilderness Area for our couple of days in the National Park.  At the southern end of the Wilderness Area there are five secluded campsites at the picturesque Memory Cove (S34°57.734′ E135°59.415′), we were lucky to be able to secure one of the Our neighbours for the night at Memory Covespots for our time in the park.  Talk about a picturesque location: there were only a few other campers there and the beautiful Memory Cove beach was only steps from our bed.  The fishing was not so good whilst we were there, although I must have picked a bad day because I’ve heard promising stories about fishing at the remote beach, but we did have a surprise visit from a fleet of yachts undertaking an overnight race.  They spent the night in the cove with us, beautiful boats, some serious money invested there…  We had a bit of a surprise on our way out of the National Park when one of the Australian Navy’s Collins Class Submarines surfaced a few hundred meters off the shore from West Point.

Walking to September BeachSeptember BeachSeptember BeachThe track into Spalding Cove  A placid Shingleback Lizard on the way up Stamford HillThe track into Spalding CoveA placid Shingleback Lizard on the way up Stamford Hill  Panoramic of Port Lincoln from the top of Stamford Hill Lisa on the trail up Stamford Hill with Boston Island in the distanceBeautiful coastline near WannaThe rocky track to Cape Tournefort The rocky track to Cape TournefortMaking our way to Cape TournefortMaking our way to Cape TournefortWildflowers on the way up Stamford Hill Through the sand to Cape TournefortCoastline near Cape TournefortThrough the sand to Cape Tournefort The track near Curta RocksThe track near Curta RocksEmus in the clearing near the Memory Cove gate Memory Cove Wilderness AreaMaking our way through the Memory Cove Wilderness AreaCape Catastrophe Memory CoveOur secluded beach campsite at Memory CoveShort trail through the sand to the beach from our campsite at Memory Cove Cormorants on the rocks in Memory CoveLisa on the walking trail around Memory Cove with the beach campsite in the backgroundMemory Cove Striking orange lichen on the rocks in Memory CoveA submarine coming up for air near Williams IslandRoadblocks on the track to Memory Cove

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  1. The Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas | Our Walkabout says:

    […] tip of the Eyre Peninsula boasts a couple of brilliant National Parks, the majority of Coffin Bay and Lincoln National Parks are 4WD-only affairs so we enjoyed putting The Tank through its paces with a few days in […]

  2. Australian 4WD Action | Our Walkabout says:

    […] across our latest addition to the magazine shelves today with an article on our travels through Coffin Bay and Lincoln National Parks in the southern Eyre Peninsula just before Christmas last year.  The article is in Australian […]

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