Coffin Bay National Park

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For the nearby town, see Coffin Bay.
Coffin Bay National Park
South Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
Coffin Bay National Park limestone cliffs.jpg
Avoid Bay, on the park's west coast
Coffin Bay National Park is located in South Australia
Coffin Bay National Park
Coffin Bay National Park
Nearest town or city Coffin Bay
Coordinates 34°34′56″S 135°19′19″E / 34.58222°S 135.32194°E / -34.58222; 135.32194Coordinates: 34°34′56″S 135°19′19″E / 34.58222°S 135.32194°E / -34.58222; 135.32194
Established 2 December 1982 (1982-12-02)[1]
Area 309.76 km2 (119.6 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Website Coffin Bay National Park
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Coffin Bay National Park is a protected area in on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, Australia, which is located about 301 km west of Adelaide and about 46 km west of Port Lincoln. The town of Coffin Bay is near the entrance to the national park. The national park occupies the Coffin Bay Peninsula - a long peninsula with a sheltered bay to its north, coastal dunes, swamps and a coastline which overlooks islands, reefs, limestone cliffs and white surf beaches.

To the east of Point Avoid are Almonta and Gunyah Beaches, used for surfing. Reefs extend out to sea from Point Avoid to Golden Island with Price Island further out. There is a camping area at Yangie Bay with camping fees payable on entry to the National Park. Access to the majority of the park's area north of Yangie Bay is via four wheel drive tracks only.

The historic former Coffin Bay Whaling Site at Point Sir Isaac lies within the park and is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.[2]


There is a great variety of wildlife in the national park, including until February 2004 wild horses, known as the Coffin Bay Ponies. Many seabirds can be seen including white-bellied sea eagles and ospreys as well as various albatrosses and petrels.

For over 20 years the national park has been cared for by the Friends of Coffin Bay Parks who have worked to re-vegetate native vegetation and eradicate feral animals and pest weeds. The results of these efforts can be clearly seen each year.

Associated protected areas[edit]


The waters adjoining the coastline of the national park are within the Thorny Passage Marine Park.[3]

Non-statutory arrangements[edit]

The area covered by the national park is also overlapped by the Coffin Bay Important Bird Area, a non-statutory classification determined by BirdLife International. This particular IBA supports over 1% of the world populations of pied and sooty oystercatchers, as well as significant numbers of fairy terns, hooded plovers, western whipbirds, rock parrots and blue-breasted fairy-wrens.[4]


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  1. ^ a b "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 25 November 2014)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Former Coffin Bay Whaling Site (designated place of archaeological significance) Coffin Bay National Park". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "MARINE PARK 5 Thorny Passage" (PDF). Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Important Bird Areas factsheet: Coffin Bay". BirdLife International. 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 

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