Anyone for oysters?
We left the big smoke of Adelaide and headed for the Spencer Gulf, passing through Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Port Lincoln, heading for Coffin Bay.
Coffin Bay is a small hamlet that is famous for it’s oysters and for sheltered bays that would allow us to spend a few days on the water. We weren’t disappointed. The weather was glorious, long empty sandy beaches with great boat ramp facilities. 3 large ramps to easily launch the boat, a safe boat car park to leave the car and trailer, water, toilets and best of all a shower, even it was a cold one, but the weather was warm, so it just meant very quick showers.
We spent 4 nights on the water and would have stayed longer if it wasn’t for the fact we would find a sheltered bay to anchor in and then during the night the wind would swing 180 degrees and we would wake up with the boat rocking strongly from side to side which meant no further sleep. One night was bad enough but when it happened the second night with stronger wind forecast we decided to call it a day. We did however enjoy our long beach walk on a deserted beach
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where we found flowers growing in the sand dunes.
We were also amazed how clear the water was. Our first experience of the water clarity of the Southern Ocean.
Russ sampled the oysters
and we watched the tourists don their wetsuits to be ferried out to the oyster beds. There they enjoyed their fresh oysters at tables and chairs set up out amongst where the oysters are farmed.
Russ still reckons the best oysters are the ones you can get free when you can pick them off the rocks yourself. The effort you go to finding and cracking them open making them taste even better. A delicacy however that I sadly haven’t acquired a taste for.
*We didn’t try the oyster tour but if you ever visit Coffin Bay it looks a great way to have lunch.