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Point Bell Conservation Park

  • Campfires Permitted
  • Camping
  • 4WD
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching

About

This small rocky point with granite boulders contains long, sandy beaches and sand dunes.

It provides excellent fishing, camping and swimming opportunities. Access is limited and by four-wheel drive only. 

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact details

Natural Resource Office - Ceduna

Phone: (+61 8) 8625 3144

For online bookings enquiries please email:

DEWEPOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

Getting there

Point Bell Conservation Park is located approximately 60 km west of Ceduna, or 45 km southeast of Penong. 

Signposted from Penong, the Park is accessed from Ceduna by following the road past Denial Bay, continuing on for approximately 15 km after the road becomes unsealed. 

Take the first left after crossing the railway line and the track is signposted from here – it leads past the Waratah Gypsum mine south of Penong. 

Access is by 4WD only.

Dogs not allowed

Dogs are not permitted in this park.

Discover which parks you can walk your dog in on our find a park tool or read 12 dog-friendly walks in Adelaide Parks by Good Living for inspiration.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted in most public places and are therefore welcome in South Australia’s parks and reserves. Assistance dogs must be appropriately restrained on a lead and remain under your effective control at all times while in a park or reserve.

As per the dogs in parks and reserves policy, if the dog is not an accredited assistance dog, they must be trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate that disability and meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for a dog in a public place. However, refusal may be given if the person with the disability is unable to produce evidence the dog is an assistance dog with the appropriate training.

Before taking your assistance dog into a park that does not normally allow dogs, it is highly recommended that you contact us so we can provide you with the latest information on any potential hazards within specific parks that may affect your dog. Please contact the park via the contact details provided under the contact tab or call the information line on (+61 8) 8204 1910.

Facilities

Point Bell Conservation Park has no facilities, but bush camping is permitted in defined areas. Please ensure you carry sufficient water, food and supplies for your entire visit. It is also a good idea to let a responsible person know of your intended movements and when you expect to return. 

Penong is the nearest town and provides fuel, food and other conveniences.

Campfires are permitted outside of the fire danger season. Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Useful information

  • There is limited mobile phone range throughout the park, phone range can be sought from high ground on Point Bell point.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Dead wood plays a vital role in providing shelter for animals and adding nutrients to the soil.

Plants and animals

A variety of birds such as white-bellied sea-eagles, cormorants and honeyeaters can be found within the Park.

Flora and fauna species lists

To download flora (plants) and fauna (animals) species lists for this park, use the 'Create Simple Species List' tab under 'Flora Tools' or 'Fauna Tools'  in NatureMaps

Traditional owners

The Yumbarra Conservation Park Co-management Board and Wanna Munda Parks Advisory Committee would like to acknowledge the Point Bell Conservation Park is part of the traditional lands of the Far West Coast people and that it respects their spiritual relationship with their country.  The Yumbarra Conservation Park Co-management Board and Wanna Munda Parks Advisory Committee, also acknowledges the Far West Coast people as the custodians of the Far West Coast region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Far West Coast people today. 

Co-management in South Australia is a partnership between the state government and Aboriginal groups to help manage our national parks that combines traditional knowledge with contemporary park management. The co-management of parks plays an important role in advancing the reconciliation process and resolving issues relating to traditional land ownership. The involvement of Aboriginal people in the management of their traditional lands contributes to improved cultural site protection, maintenance of traditional practices that may have otherwise been excluded, and improved management of parks through the combination of traditional knowledge and contemporary science.  Co-management arrangements are established by agreement with the Aboriginal traditional owners and are often established with the determination of native title.

See and do

Bushwalking

While there are no designated walking trails, visitors are free to explore the nearby headland, sheltered bays and beaches. You may even see birds such as white-bellied sea-eagles, cormorants and honeyeaters within the park.

camping

Self-sufficient bush camping is permitted in the Point Bell Conservation Park.

There is eight unallocated campsites which are only accessible by 4WD only. Campsites are suitable for tents and off-road camper trailers/caravans.

Camping fees apply in Point Bell Conservation Park and must be booked prior to arrival to the park.

4WDriving

4WD access is permitted across the dunes and along the beaches. Driving along the beaches on the west coast can be treacherous, and should only be attempted by experienced 4WD operators. Please reduce tyre pressures when driving in sand to increase traction and reduce damage to the track. Care should be taken as many birds nest on the beach and in the fore-dunes.   

Bogging areas are present, please adhere to warning signs and seek local advice where possible.

Unregistered vehicles are prohibited (this includes quad bikes).

Fishing

There are excellent opportunities for fishing throughout the park. A good time can be had catching mulloway, whiting, garfish, tommy ruff, trevally and sweep. 

Fishing is actively managed in South Australia by the Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA.
Check out these useful links before embarking on your fishing adventure:

 

Safety

 

Camping

When camping in a National Park, it's important to remember the following:

  • Always let someone responsible know your travel plans, especially when travelling in remote areas. It's a good idea to let them know when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave, including overnight temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology. Even during very mild weather, the nights can get very cold. 
  • The quality and quantity of water cannot be guaranteed within parks. Please bring plenty of water and food to be self-sufficient.
  • Always camp in designated sites (where applicable) - do not camp beneath trees with overhanging branches, as they can drop without warning. It's also a good idea to check that there no insect nests nearby.
  • Check to make sure you're not camping in a natural waterway, flash floods can happen anytime.
  • If camp fires are permitted, you must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Extinguish your camp fire with water (not sand or dirt) until the hissing sound stops.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Fire

Can I have a fire or barbecue?

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 1 November 2018 to 15 April 2019.
  • You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
  • Gas fires and liquid fuel fires are permitted through the year, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Closures and safety

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may also be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

You can determine the current fire danger rating by checking the Fire Ban District map on the CFS website.

Check the CFS website or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361 for:

Listen to your local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety.

Water

There are no facilities at the campgrounds within the park, ensure you bring enough water to sustain your visit. A minimum of 10L of fresh drinking water should be carried during the summer months. 

Strong currents and rips can make swimming dangerous in this area.

Do not climb on, or fish from slippery rocks. 

4WD

When 4WDriving in the park, it is important to be aware of the following:

  • Standard road rules apply when driving anywhere in the park, including the laws for speed limits, drink driving, vehicle registration and seat belts.
  • Take extreme care when driving in the park – be aware of blind corners, crests and narrow two-way tracks.
  • Observe all track and safety signs, especially 'No public access' signs.
  • Do not take your vehicle off the designated tracks. Wildlife can be threatened and precious habitat and indigenous sites can be damaged by off track driving.
  • Make sure you know what to do in the event of getting bogged and always carry a shovel.
  • When driving on sand, deflate your tyres as appropriate for your vehicle. Don’t forget to reinflate your tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure before leaving the park. Take care when lowering tyre pressure as there is risk you could roll the tyre off its rim. Also, remember that lower tyre pressure can mean a change in how the vehicle handles.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • leave your pets at home
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators (except where permitted), chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - there are no bins in national parks, please come prepared to take your rubbish with you. 
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Dead wood plays a vital role in providing shelter for animals and adding nutrients to the soil.

  • Be self sufficient and carry sufficient water
  • There is limited mobile phone coverage throughout the park, phone range can be sought from higher ground within the park.

Maps

Park maps

Campground maps

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos and drop placemark pins. 

How to get it working on your device:

1. Download the Avenza PDF maps app from the app store whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shopping cart icon.
3. Click ‘Find’ and type the name of the national park or reserve you are looking for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Avenza app.
6. Use our maps through the Avenza PDF map app while in the park and never take a wrong turn again.

Fees

 

Entry fees

Entry to this park is free, however fees apply to camp.

Camping

Fees apply to camp in this park. Please pay for vehicle entry and book your campsite prior to arrival as self registration stations are no longer available in this park.

Check the online booking page for more details about individual campgrounds and fees.

If you are planning a trip for a school group or other large group, please ensure you let the park know of your intentions.

Fees collected are used for conservation and to maintain and improve park facilities.

Where can I book and pay in person?

If you are unable to book and pay online you can do so, in person, at these booking agents across the state.

For online bookings enquiries please email:

DEWEPOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

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