Coffin Bay is a very popular holiday resort area for those interested in fishing, skin diving, sailing, bushwalking, or spending time on the beach. During the holidays, the population of Coffin Bay NP increases ten fold, to about 3,000.
Designated areas for 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles are specified. You are asked to stay on those designated trails. This rule was established to protect the plants, animals and other wildlife in the Coffin Bay NP area. It is also suggested that you reduce the tire pressure on your vehicles in the sandy areas. This reduction in tire pressure will aid in vehicle traction and further preserve the area in Coffin Bay National Park.
Camping in Coffin Bay NP is also allowed but only in designated areas. The camping areas come with rainwater and toilet facilities. Rainwater is seasonal, so you may need to get extra rainwater from the ranger station
There are a couple of cautions when visiting Coffin Bay NP. The cliffs around the area are starting to crumble. Keep this in your mind when you go for a walk, drive, or go fishing close to the coastline.
Along the open ocean there can be strong rips, large swells, and freak waves. Sometimes they come up suddenly, so be on the lookout.
On the Coffin Bay Peninsula in Coffin Bay NP, you are apt to see emus, lizards, snakes, and western grey kangaroos. Dolphins have also been seen there. The only access to the Coffin Bay Peninsulas is by 4 wheel drive, bushwalking, or boats. However, the best way to view the wildlife is by bushwalking.
Also located in Coffin Bay National Park is a placed called Yangie Bay. Yangie Bay is where you can find a good camping area. From there you can take one of three different trails. If you climb the short distance from the Yangie Bay campground, you will come upon Yangie lookout. From there you can take the Kallara Nature trail that loops for 2 km. On this trail, you can get a good look at the vegetation that grows there.
You can also walk 5 km on the walk that will lead you close to Yangie Island via the beach. The third trail will take you 10 km along the Long Beach walking trail. Other trails will take you along other rugged coastlines of cliffs, beaches and reefs. Some of these trails will take most of the day, so stock up on food, water, and other necessary items before you start your walk.
In the summer along the beaches, the rare Hooded Plover bird will lay eggs. At this time, you are asked to travel as close to the water as you can in order to save as many eggs as possible.
In closing, we all need to be reminded that all Australian National Parks are preserves for the plants and animals that inhabit these parks. We all wish for future generations to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of these wonderful parks, so please follow these simple rules.
* Poison is set out to control foxes, so leave your pets at home.
* Travel prepared to take your garbage with you as you go.
* Bring your own firewood or gas stoves. Do not cut down any trees.
* Camp only in designated areas.
* Do not feed animals or take any plants.
* Keep to the designated paths or trails
* No hunting is allowed.
By preserving all the beauty of Coffin Bay NP, you will be assured of a return visit to the beautiful park. Enjoy your trip.