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 campground

    Enjoy 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.

    Access: 2WD
    Suit­able for tents, camper­vans and camper trail­ers. Select­ed sites suit­able for camper trail­ers and campervans. 
    Facil­i­ties, acces­si­ble toi­lets and long-drop toilet.
    Camp­fires: allowed in des­ig­nat­ed fire pits (sea­son­al fire restric­tions apply).
    Num­ber of camp­sites: 10 allo­cat­ed campsites. 
    Elec­tric­i­ty: unpowered.

    Dogs are not allowed.
  • Murray Lagoon campground

    Locat­ed 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. 

    Dogs are not allowed.