Coffin Bay Travel Guide

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    Coffin Bay
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    Coffin Bay
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    Lake Hamilton Eating House
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    COFFIN BAY N/PK - POINT AVOID

    by balhannah Updated May 22, 2014

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    Point Avoid was marvellous!

    It's a limestone headland with great cliffs, waves pounding hard against them, and sea views. From Point Avoid is a good view of Golden Island and the white dunes at Gunyah beach.
    There isn't a set pathway here, so I just wandered along the cliff top, taking in all the spectacular scenery. A lot of the Cliff top has been eaten away and sculptured by the wind, making some quite attractive shapes.
    Make sure you have a warm jacket with you, as it was freezing here. A wind coming from the South Polar ocean was nearly blowing me over, so I was very happy to have a warm jacket and hood cover to put on!

    Be careful walking around this area.

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    COFFIN BAY LOOKOUT

    by balhannah Updated Jun 16, 2012

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    As we were driving into Coffin Bay, we saw a signpost to a lookout. It was a short drive up a dirt road to the top of the hill. We no sooner arrived, than the rain set in, so not a very good view for us, and not worth taking photosl. Do come in though if the day is fine, as the views are over Coffin Bay and other Bays in the area, and you can see Dutton & Marble ranges in the distance.

    You can either walk up to the Lookout via the Oyster Walk or take the road to your left (sign posted) just prior to entering the township of Coffin Bay.

    Open daily admission Free

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    COFFIN BAY N/PK - FLORA

    by balhannah Written Jun 16, 2012

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    Even out here in this wilderness, where plants have to put up with very strong winds, rain, seaspray and more, there still is quite a variety of plants that survive, and do so well. On the website is a list a mile long of the species of plants found here, quite surprising what exists!
    Even on the island, plants looked to be growing out of rock!
    Where there are plants, there is Bird life!

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Coffin Bay Off The Beaten Path

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    LAKE HAMILTON HISTORIC EATING HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Jun 17, 2012

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    This historic Cottage we came across as we travelled the Lincoln Highway from Elliston to Coffin Bay.
    Painted white, it was in a lovely position overlooking Lake Hamilton, named after George Hamilton, the Commissioner of Police in South Australia in 1839.

    Settlers moved onto this land and experienced what must have been a very hard life of isolation and hard work.
    “It was a very hard life. We can't really visualise the isolation and how hard it was for them.”

    Distance was great, something like 400 kms, interspersed along the way with establishments like the Lake Hamilton Eating House. Really, it was like a modern Motel of today.

    The coaches which took passengers and the mail up and down the West Coast covered about 60 kms a day, and every so often the Coach would stop at one of these establishments so passengers could freshen up and grab a meal.
    Built in the 1860s the Lake Hamilton Eating House is the last one of its type still standing on the Peninsula.
    The cemetery is just a short distance away, this is where early locals who would have called in here to pick up mail and news from far away places like Port Lincoln and Adelaide are buried.

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