- 10.4 km return
- 30 mins to several hours
- Suitable for
- Walking, Dog Walking
- Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
- Kellidie Conservation Park
- Eyre Peninsula
- Download maps & GPS files
- 2 GPS files
- 1 website link
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- Travel options
About the Walking Trail
The Oyster Walk is a walking trail that follows the foreshore along the town of Coffin Bay. It’s easy to find the trail from the Esplanade which follows Kellidie Bay and Coffin Bay around to Long Beach. At the eastern end (the Port Lincoln end) there is a loop to a lookout in Kellidie Conservation Park, and an out-and-back trail to Old Oyster Town in Kellidie Conservation Park.
The trail through the town section includes many interpretive signs of native wildlife and flora.
The full trail is 10.4km long, although most people would just walk some sections of it. The section to Old Oyster Town in Kellidie Conservation Park is 2.2km one-way (or 4.4km return) from the main highway and park entrance. The section along the town foreshore is about 5.5km long.
Old Oyster Town dates from the mid-1840s when Europeans first started harvested local wild oysters. After 1882 the fishery faced periods of official closure due to over fishing, and the native oysters never recovered. There is little evidence now of Old Oyster Town, except for some wells and a very large rosemary bush (over 30m across) dating from 1850. The trail to Old Oyster Town ends at the rosemary bush.
You can walk your dog on this trail, provided it is on a leash – however dogs cannot enter Kellidie Conservation Park. Bicycles are not permitted anywhere on the trail.
There is an excellent brochure and map which details the history and points of interest.