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Cape Borda Lightstation

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Full park closure

Cape Borda Lightstation (including heritage accommodation) is closed for public safety and fire recovery purposes until further notice.
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  • Information Office
  • Accomm
  • Picnic Areas
  • Kiosk
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Guided Tours
  • Camping
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching

About

Cape Borda lightstation is closed for public safety following the recent bushfires. 

The heritage cottages and buildings at the lightstation were saved in the January 2020 bushfires but the surrounding Flinders Chase National Park area was burnt. 

We’re working to reopen Cape Borda cottage and lightstation for public access. 

In the meantime, the good news is that green shoots are emerging from vegetation in Flinders Chase National Park and Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area and there are native animal sightings like goannas, eagles, kangaroos and KI echidnas. 

Flinders Chase National Park is home to beautiful coastal landscapes and iconic features such as Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Cape du Couedic Lighthouse. 

It now offers an incredible opportunity to witness a landscape regenerating after fire and will be open soon for guided tours

Until then Kangaroo Island is a big place and if you’re thinking about visiting, there’s still plenty to do. Round up some friends and plan a trip to Kangaroo Island with the help of southaustralia.com’s itineraries

Download the National Parks of Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide: February 2020 to see what’s open now. 

More information on bushfire recovery

Traditional owners

Aboriginal peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state. 

There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations.  At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.

In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.

Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia. 

European history

The Cape Borda lighthouse was built in 1858, and is the third oldest remaining in South Australia. It’s also the only square stone lighthouse in South Australia and only one three lighthouses in Australia to retain a Deville lantern room.

It was built to guide sailing ships arriving off the Roaring Forty trade-winds and into the Investigator Straits.

Apart from warning ships of danger, the lightstation at Cape Borda was also a lookout for Russian ships. A small cannon was installed there – it was used to signal ships of danger before radio was available and to appear as if there was a military presence.

The light was converted to automatic operation in 1989.

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Alerts 1

Full park closure

Cape Borda Lightstation (including heritage accommodation) is closed for public safety and fire recovery purposes until further notice.
Details >