Dine and Explore Australia’s Seafood Frontier
Coffin Bay is home to Eyre Peninsula’s world-famous oyster industry. Known as the Australia’s Seafood Frontier, fly into this remote paradise on our private aircraft for an incredible day of wild and rugged beauty. Explore pristine beaches, witness iconic Australian wildlife and sip on locally produced wines.
Fill your stomach with an array of fresh prawns, mussels, squid and crab – your taste buds will lead the way. Hit the water to learn about the oyster farming process, how the oysters are prepared for market, and sample plump, juicy oysters straight from the ocean. A true ocean to plate experience for the seafood enthusiast in one of South Australia’s most unspoiled regions.
Departing from Essendon (VIC) or Adelaide (SA) Airport, you will be escorted to your plane. After a briefing, it is time to hit the skies and enjoy your flight along some of Australia’s most spectacular coastal scenery. Take in the stark contracts of sunburnt land with turquoise waters, sheer jagged cliffs meet with aggressive ocean swells. As you reach the Southern Eyre Peninsula, the sapphire waters will showcase schools of salmon, tuna farms, fishing boats and if you are lucky, the silhouette of a great white shark or two. As you descend into stunning Coffin Bay, the crystal waters lined with oyster farms will greet you – it is time to immerse yourself into the Eyre Peninsula’s world-famous oyster industry.
After landing, you will be met and transferred to Coffin Bay National Park where you’re sure to see kangaroos, emus, reptiles and birdlife… all while enjoying spectacular coastal cliffs, and crystal-clear waters fringed by sparkling white beaches. Cheese and wine pairing will be waiting for you in a spectacularly beautiful location. Taste wines from a local vineyard as you absorb this rare maritime wilderness area.
Lunch today is fresh seafood platters at Coffin Bay 1802 Oyster Bar & Restaurant (or similar) overlooking the pristine waters and oyster leases that have made the town, and its world-famous oysters. This afternoon, we excite you with a cruise where you will be joining a local oyster farmer and cruising out to ‘The Brothers’ islands to observe the seabirds, seals and dolphins that call this area home.
Whilst cruising, learn about the humble oyster, the process of farming these oysters, shuck your own oysters and of course, oyster tasting – the freshest oysters you have ever tasted. Your expert oyster farmer loves explaining how and what they are doing to keep their industry sustainable for years to come and how they are lessening the impact on the environment. The larger island of ‘The Brothers’ in the Mount Dutton Bay Conservation Park, is of paleontological significance because of the presence of sub-fossil bones of six species, including an extinct kangaroo and a giant flightless bird. Elegant bottle-nosed Dolphins are common within the turquoise Coffin Bay waterways, and common dolphins are frequently seen in offshore waters. Please note the cruise is weather dependent.
After an enjoyable afternoon, it is time to say goodbye to this contrasting peninsula as you transfer back to the airport for your onward flight.
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**Please note that this tour can only be organised on request for private departures.
* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.
* This itinerary can be tailored to your interests.
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.
This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.
Suggested preparation : At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake aerobic exercise (this may include jogging, cycling or fast walking) for 30 minutes, three times a week. It is also advised to walk on variable terrain and in variable weather conditions. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week is recommended and for adventures which involve paddling and kayaking, it is important to gain confidence and rhythm rather than speed prior to departure.
This category of tours involve trekking, kayaking and cycling for period of 6 to 8 hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. Ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and also be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel, it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, as well as a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake 45mins – 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week. Some potential exercises that could be beneficial include hill walking with a backpack on over variable terrain and weather conditions, as well as running and cycling dependent on the activity you plan on undertaking.
This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking, cycling or other adventure activities in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day. It is important to note that with the remoteness of some regions comes a variety of other challenges such as variable weather conditions, accommodation as well as facilities. You must have an excellent level of fitness and good health to be able to partake in this category of tour. You must have confidence in your own ability and be in good physical condition. Includes extended periods of endurance.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 to 4 months of strenuous exercise, four times a week. When preparing for treks it would be beneficial to participate in hill walks with a weighted day pack (approximately 5-8 kg) once a week for aerobic fitness and strengthening of leg muscles. It is also important to do this on variable terrain to prepare for challenging adventures. When preparing for cycling adventures, regular bike riding (at least 4 to 5 times a week for 1-4 hours is essential). It is also important to cycle on uneven surfaces or even participate in other aerobic exercises such as running or swimming to build up strength and stamina. Altitude may also be a factor in these tours.
This category of tour often involves extreme trekking, cycling or other extreme adventure activities. It is important to expect remote and poorly defined tracks and to be prepared for variable weather conditions for 10 to 12 hours per day (may sometimes be more depending on weather and altitude). These adventures are suitable for travellers who have prior experience in strenuous travel and activities, are extremely fit and have excellent health. It is also important to note that some of the terrain on these adventures will involve trekking in snow, at high attitude levels and may require technical equipment.
Suggested preparation: It is important to note that physical fitness should be an ongoing activity, commencing around 5-6 months prior to departure, or even before if you have no prior fitness. Exercise should focus on building maximum endurance and stamina. Four to five hard sessions of 40-60 mins per week should be completed and can include exercises such as going to the gym, running, swimming or cycling to focus on building aerobic stamina. It could also be beneficial to prepare by hiking on rough terrain, in extreme weather conditions or partake in altitude training.