Cruise Diary: Port Lincoln, Australia

Cruise Diary: Port Lincoln, Australia

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband were on Volendam for the trans-Pacific voyage to Sydney and the circumnavigation of Australia for 55 days. Enjoy these photos from their call at Port Lincoln, Australia.

On November 15th, we were in Port Lincoln. We took a shore excursion tour called “Oceans and Oysters”. Port Lincoln is on Boston Harbor which makes Port Lincoln the perfect site for shipping oysters, tuna and agricultural products (wheat, barley and canola) of the region to other ports in Australia or overseas. It wasn’t a perfect day for photography as it was overcast. Port Lincoln is located on the Eyre Peninsula. Because of the lack of fresh water, Port Lincoln was rejected as the capital of South Australia. Today the area has water piped via underground aquifers. Our tour took us to Coffin Bay National Park where saw several of the beautiful white sand beaches, emus and kangaroos before touring a oyster farm. – Sharon and Al Johnson

This is an oyster boat loaded with oysters. The oysters weigh so much that tractors have to pull the boats out of the water.

As we entered Coffin Bay National Park, we spotted an Emu. This was the best photo I was able to get from the bus. We were hoping to see lots of kangaroo. What we did see was lots of Emus.

Beach at Coffin Bay National Park. Coffin Bay was so named because of all the shipwrecks due to the dangerous shoals.

Later we saw a kangaroo that was just sitting by the side of the road when the bus driver and guide spotted him and stopped. Al shot this series of photos through the front window of the bus as the kangaroo hopped across the road.

We then visited an oyster farmer’s operation. Oysters from Coffin Bay are some of the best oysters available. The reason is that Coffin Bay where the oysters are farmed has very pure water as the bay is bordered by Coffin Bay National Park. Fertilizers and other pollutants are not released into the bay. The oyster farmers have beds stacked in Coffin Bay. The tiny oyster seedlings are placed in mesh trays that are laid on the top of the poles that hold the older oysters. There is a different triangle cage for each size of oyster.

The farmer checks his oyster beds each day bringing in oysters to be sorted and placed in larger triangle cages or for sale. They have to sample each group of oysters. Our tour guide told us that his cholesterol was excellent. When they bring the oyster in to the shed, they have a machine that sorts each box of oysters. After explaining the operation and viewing a short film we had an opportunity to taste the oysters. We sampled two different kinds. We liked the Pacific Oyster the best. From Al’s photo, you wouldn’t guess that he really did like the oysters.

Explaining how the tiny oyster seedling are placed between these two trays and laid on top of poles in the oyster beds.

Al tasting an oyster.

Oyster beds with the mesh trays on top and the triangle cages hanging below in the water.


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