View down Coffin Bay Channel
|Population||611 (2016 census)|
|Established||1952 ("shack area")|
1957 (private town)
|Time zone||ACST (UTC+9:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||ACST (UTC+10:30)|
|LGA(s)||District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula|
The town is situated on the western side of the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula about 46 km from Port Lincoln. The population swells during holiday seasons to more than 2,000 people due to its proximity to the Coffin Bay National Park.
It is a popular location for boating, sailing, swimming, water-skiing, skindiving and wind-surfing, as well as fishing (rock, surf, angling and boat).
Oyster farming is conducted in the quiet waters of Coffin Bay.
British naval explorer Matthew Flinders named the bay on 16 February 1802 in honour of his friend Sir Isaac Coffin, who was Resident Naval Commissioner at Sheerness, where the Investigator was fitted out. The same year, French explorer Nicolas Baudin provided the alternative French name of Baie Delambre.
The bay remained uncharted until explored in March 1839 by Captain Frederick R. Lees (d.1839) in command of the brig Nereus. Lees' thorough charts became a standard reference for mariners through until the electronic era.[according to whom?]
In November 1952 and again in October 1955, the state government surveyed a "shack area" on crown land from which allotments were available for leasing. In 1957, the private town of Coffin Bay was laid out by Stanley Germain Morgan on section 132 of the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Lake Wangary.
In 1966, BHP opened the Coffin Bay Tramway between a site 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south-east of the town and Port Lincoln to convey lime sands. It was closed in 1989, with the track removed in 2001.
On 16 October 2003, boundaries were created for the locality includes the full extent of the Coffin Bay Peninsula and land to the east bounded in the north in part by the channel connecting to Kellidie Bay and by the Coffin Bay Road, and in the east by the eastern boundary of the Hundred of Lake Wangary. The locality which was given the "long established name" includes the private town, the Coffin Bay Shack Site and the Coffin Bay National Park.
In the 2016 Census, there were 611 people in Coffin Bay. 81.0% of people were born in Australia and 93.8% of people spoke only English at home. The most common response for religion was No Religion at 44.3%.
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