Upon arrival Port Lincoln airport > Coffin Bay Oysters , Ocean & Nature Tour > Hotel
Pick up at Port Lincoln Airport . Welcome to the beautiful Eyre Peninsula!
You’re met at the Port Lincoln Airport by one of our exceptional local guides. First on the agenda is Winter’s Hill Lookout, from this vantage point you can see the city of Port Lincoln, Boston Island, Boston Bay and all the way out to the stunning Port Lincoln National Park. This is a superb photo opportunity. From Winters Hill, we take you on a 30-minute drive to the home of the best oysters and fishing in the world, the beautiful Coffin Bay. The area is of outstanding beauty, world famous Oysters and is home to a variety of important species of flora and fauna.
There are no other comparable systems of bays and inlets in such compact form anywhere on the coast, which is why this area is classified as a maritime wilderness area. We meander out to the Coffin Bay National Park, which offers some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in South Australia, ranging from ancient granite, limestone and sandstone cliffs to long beaches bordered by white sand dunes. Framed by the sea, the parks slender peninsula resembles the shape of a giant spur jutting out from the mainland. A place of amazing contrasts, the unprotected side of the peninsula reveals rugged headlands, limestone cliffs and islands shaped by the relentless Southern Ocean and frequent south-westerly winds.
In contrast, the leeward side is calm and serene offering a safe swimming beach and great places to walk, fish and canoe. Wildlife is plentiful throughout the 31,000 ha National Park with Western Grey Kangaroos, Emus, Goanna’s and Snakes and Dolphins in the Bays. Claimed as a National Park in 1972, the area was once called the Coffin Bay Run and was used to breed horses. There are plenty of lookouts for spectacular views; there is an abundant of birdlife (150 different species in the park) and wildlife, 4WDriving tracks as well as a sealed road for more comfortable conditions. There are plenty of stops for photographic opportunities and you get to breath in the fresh aromas of sea air and stretch out on one of Eyre Peninsula’s best and picture perfect, golden sandy beaches. We will be learning about the Pacific and the Native Angasi Oyster with an Oyster tour & tasting with local Coffin Bay oyster farmers Ben Catterall or Chris Hank. Depending on the weather and tides as to which tour is available on the day. Ben will take you out in “waders” so you can pull fresh oysters out of the ocean, learn to shuck and eat them straight away! Chris from Pure Oysters Coffin Bay explains and shows you the whole Oyster growing and harvesting process. This typical oyster operation contributes to the 60 tonnes of oysters that are trucked out of Coffin Bay every week. Fresh out of the rack, you get to sample these magnificent Oysters as well as seeing all the equipment used to get these Oysters into the top restaurants around the world. Lunch of fresh seafood platters at Coffin Bay 1802 Oyster Bar.
Lunch of fresh seafood platters at Coffin Bay 1802 Oyster Bar.
On our way back to Port Lincoln, it would be incomplete if we did not call into Glen Forest Animal Park. Set amongst the spectacular Red Gum trees behind Port Lincoln, we drive the short distance to Glen Forest Animal Farm with this being one of the very best parks of its type in Australia. You have the opportunity to hand feed and interact with kangaroos and native birds, see a whole variety of other native and domestic animals, such as a koala, emu’s, dingoes, wombat, talking cockatoo’s, water buffalo, sheep, alpacas, highland cattle, camels, pigs, rabbits, ostrich, plus a lot more! The very popular Lincoln Estate Winery grows their grapes here and it is a great chance to sample some of the regions finest wine whilst relaxing amongst our countries most popular native animals. We transfer you to the to the 4.5 stars Port Lincoln Hotel developed by tuna baron, Sam Sarin.
Dinner: Own Arrangements
9.00am: Pick up
Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the Port Lincoln Hotel and it’s off to Coffin Bay, just 30 minutes from Port Lincoln for some hunting & gathering. If the tides are in our favor, we will collect cockles (also known as vongole, pippis or clams) at low tide and these are fantastic eating, plentiful and easy to get and a personal favorite. From here we head further up the coast, about half an hour drive, to one of the best pristine beaches on this coastline. We never stop hunting and gathering, so it’s now off to dive for some fresh abalone, which is done by our guide but if you are up for it and the weather is fine, you can too get into a wetsuit and snorkel and dive. So, we have hunted for our bounty of the day – cockles and abalone, it’s time for lunch. This is as fresh as you can get, we call this our catch and cook, right on the beach, while you relax with a glass of local wine or cold drink.
Afternoon is the best time for the fish to bite so we will be throwing in a line in to see if we can catch the fighting Australian Salmon, these are a great fish and fantastic fun to catch. This is unique surffishing/beach fishing where you become fully involved with casting a line and trying to catch your own fish. This day wouldn’t be complete without a bit of excitement to get the adrenalin, it’s action time for some fun and exhilirating 4-Wheel Driving through the un-spoiled sand-dunes, right beside the coast. Take in the spectacular coastal scenery on your way back to the Port Lincoln Hotel so you can freshen up for dinner.
This day is all about taking an active hands-on approach, get sand through your toes, breath in the fresh sea air, feel calm and revived and just take in the beauty and splendor of the West Coast of South Australia.
Dinner: Own Arrangements
7.45am: Pick up (Checkout if departing on evening flight to Adelaide)
Witnessing the rare and endangered Australian Sea Lions in their natural underwater habitat is one of the most life enhancing experiences. The inquisitive, gentle nature of these stunning sea creatures is unparalleled in the underwater world. Seal Cove, Hopkins Island is where the gorgeous puppies of the sea welcome your arrival as they bound toward the boat with their unmistakable glee and excitement; performing somersaults and graceful swirls just waiting for you to join in! The gentlest of underwater mammals, Sea Lions love to play! After watching leaps and twists out of the water and show off backflips, you will definitely experience the joy they get from swimming with you and you with them. You also cruise around the shores of the Port Lincoln National Park and the cliffs of the Memory Cove wilderness sanctuary.
From Mikkira Station, we then take you either to the airport for your return flight back to Adelaide (late flight).