Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area
Vast areas of wilderness, the Island's largest lagoon and coastal scenery provide a spectacular backdrop to Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and adjoining Wilderness Protection Area on the south coast of Kangaroo Island. This large area of pristine coastal environment is important for biodiversity and provides a continuous block of vegetation adjoining Seal Bay Conservation Park, a critical corridor and habitat for a range of rare and threatened species.
The park has plenty of walking opportunities, including the unmarked Cape Gantheaume Coastal Trek (experienced hikers only), established trails at Murray Lagoon (may be subject to flooding in the winter months), and short walks at D’Estrees Bay.
Murray Lagoon supports wetland habitat for abundant birdlife, while D'Estrees Bay has beautiful beaches for recreation. This bay is a historic site connected to the island's early whaling industry.
The self-guided drive along D'Estrees Bay Road allows the visitor to discover the natural and cultural significance of the area. Designated points of interest along the 8km drive are marked with a silhouette of an osprey bird.
Access to Southern Kangaroo Island Marine Park is also available from this park.
D’Estrees Bay campgroundEnjoy the peacefulness and vast wilderness of the park by camping under the stars at these secluded camp sites. Some camp sites offer coastal views, providing part shade and minimal wind protection.
Suitable for tents, campervans and camper trailers. Selected sites suitable for camper trailers and campervans.
Facilities, accessible toilets and long-drop toilet.
Campfires not allowed.
Number of campsites: 10 allocated campsites.
Murray Lagoon campgroundLocated within Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park, Murray Lagoon campground is an ideal location to for star watching, magical sunrises and sunsets. The perfect stepping stone for exploring the South Coast of the island, including the nearby Seal Bay Conservation Park. Enjoy and explore the three walking trails located close by the campground, Timber Creek Walk, Bald Hill Walk and Curley Creek Hike. Access: 2WD and 4WD. Suitable for tents, camper trailers and caravans. Also facilitates large school groups (30+ persons). This newly constructed campground has facilities including a camp shelter with a gas barbecue, picnic tables, 4 communal fire pits and long drop toilet facilities. Number of campsites: 8 allocated camp sites, partly shaded. Electricity: unpowered.