Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area

Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area, located 50km from Port Lincoln, conserves the magnificent scenery surrounding Memory Cove, as well as providing refuge for the park's rare flora and fauna.

Memory Cove, is an isolated, tranquil bay, bordered by vast expanses of mallee, and granite outcrops. The white sandy beach between the park's densely vegetated headlands provides shelter and makes Memory Cove an ideal camping site. Walking trails and fishing spots are located nearbly.

To maintain the special wilderness qualities of this area access to Memory Cove is limited to 15 vehicles a day. A gate key is required. Among the park's eucalypt and sheoak woodlands, a wide variety of birds can be found, including the shy bush stone-curlew and the rare western whipbird. There are spectacular views from cliff top lookouts that overlook the surrounding islands. You may even spot a whale or dolphin that pass by the area during the winter months.

Explorer Matthew Flinders, named the area Memory Cove in honour of his crew who lost their lives aboard the ship's cutter. Flinders reached this area in 1802 during his voyage of discovery around southern Australia. At the time, fresh water supplies were so low that he despatched eight of his crew in the ship's cutter to search for water. The cutter never returned and was eventually found floating bottom upwards with no sign of the crew.

A gate key and special permit are required to access Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area . A permit and key are available from the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre located at 3 Adelaide Place, Port Lincoln. Phone: (+61 8) 8683 3544.

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