Lincoln National Park and Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area

  • Accomm
  • Picnic Areas
  • Campfires Permitted
  • Caravan Sites
  • Toilets
  • Camping
  • 4WD
  • Swimming
  • Scuba / Snorkelling
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
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This park boasts some of the most scenic coastline in South Australia, featuring a vast sand dune system, rugged offshore islands and secluded white sandy beaches. There are outdoor activities galore including trekking, birdwatching, photography, fishing, swimming, 4WDriving, and bush camping. Lincoln National Park also boasts one of Southern Australia's 40 great short walks in the Stamford Hill Walk.

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This park boasts some of the most scenic coastline in South Australia, featuring a vast sand dune system, rugged offshore islands and secluded white sandy beaches. There are outdoor activities galore including trekking, birdwatching, photography, fishing, swimming, 4WDriving, and bush camping. Lincoln National Park also boasts one of Southern Australia's 40 great short walks in the Stamford Hill Walk.

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About

There is plenty to see and do in Lincoln National Park and Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area. Boating, fishing, beachcombing, swimming, bird watching and nature walks are all popular activities. A variety of designated campgrounds in the park offer easy access to the beaches, bays and walking trails. Lincoln National Park overlooks Boston Bay, the largest natural harbour in Australia, with granite headlands, sheltered bays and scenic offshore islands. On the southern side of the park are the massive, wind-sculpted sand dunes of the Sleaford-Wanna dune system and the pounding surf of the Southern Ocean.

Memory Cove itself is a magnificent and secluded bay with a pure white sandy beach, cradled between densely vegetated headlands. Memory Cove provides a very special camping or day-visit wilderness experience. Explorer Matthew Flinders named the area in honour of his crew who lost their lives while searching for water. When Flinders reached the area in 1802, fresh water supplies were so low that he sent eight of his crew off to search for more. They never returned. 

Thorny Passage Marine Park borders Lincoln National Park and Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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

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

Contact details

Natural Resource Centre - Port Lincoln

Phone: (+61 8) 8688 3111

or

Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre

Phone: (+61 8) 8683 3544 or 1300 788 378

When to visit

Summer in Lincoln National Park is perfect, the weather is warm to hot and usually dry. It’s great for camping and ideal for beach lovers. 

If you visit during late winter and spring – the best time for walking – you're likely to see the park teeming with native flora and birdlife.

Getting there

Entry to Lincoln National Park is 13km south west of Port Lincoln via Proper Bay Rd. The park is on the south-eastern tip of the Eyre Peninsula and is an 8 hour, 680km drive from Adelaide.

The trip can be shortened by taking the ferry from Wallaroo to Cowell, when it is operating.

Memory Cove is accessed via Lincoln National Park and a key is required to get in.

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted within this park. There are however, a number of South Australian National Parks where you can take your dog on a lead. 

Facilities

Campground facilities

There are a variety of facilities available at the campgrounds within the park. Look at the facilities table below and pick the site which suits you best.

Surfleet Cove September Beach Taylor's Landing Fisherman's Point Memory Cove
Number of camp sites 19 13 3 8 5
Suitable for caravans Y Y Y Y N
Bookings required N N N N Y
Access 2WD 2WD 2WD 2WD 4WD
Toilets Y Y Y Y  Y
Water (non-potable) Y Y Y Y Y
Bring own drinking water Y Y Y Y Y
Generator (9am - 9pm)* Y Y Y Y N
Wood fires* N Y Y Y N
Bring own firewood Y Y Y Y Y
Remove own rubbish Y Y Y Y Y
Pets allowed N N N N N

*Restrictions apply. See fire safety.

Useful information

  • Mobile phone coverage can be patchy and unreliable in this park, especially if you are in low-lying areas.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Take a virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of this park. Get a taste for this coastal parks various beaches, coves and lookouts.

Pests and diseases

Visitors should be aware that introduced European honey bees may be present within this park. Take extra care in the warmer months, from spring through to autumn, when the bees swarm and are attracted to water sources.

You can help reduce the risk of bee stings by carefully managing attractants, such as food, drinking containers and other sources of moisture, such as dishwater and wet clothing.

Long clothing, enclosed foot wear and insect repellents can also help to protect from bee stings. If you have any allergies to bee stings, ensure you carry appropriate medication.

Traditional owners

The Barngarla and Nauo people used the rich food resources of the lower Eyre Peninsula coast long before the arrival of Matthew Flinders. Their local knowledge and bush skills were greater than Flinders' as they had mastered the art of harvesting freshwater from underground and coastal springs. They also made use of a wide variety of fish, inland mammals, reptiles and plants. Fish traps made from stone arrangements, stone working sites and middens are still present in the park.

Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, 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. 

Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.

History

Colonial history in the Port Lincoln area is first recorded in Matthew Flinders' voyage of discovery aboard the Investigator in 1802. He surveyed and mapped much of the coastline of the lower Eyre Peninsula, naming many sites in and around Lincoln National Park and Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area. Flinders erected a plaque at a site he named Memory Cove, in memory of the crew he tragically lost after their cutter was upset by rough seas in Thorny Passage near Memory Cove. Eight of the islands in the Thorny Passage were named by Flinders in their memory. 

Prior to becoming a park, the area was farmed and grazed from the mid 1800s until the mid 1900s. Sealing occurred for a few decades in the early 1800s, but seal numbers were depleted so quickly that interest turned to whaling. A whaling station operated in Spalding Cove from 1828 to about 1832. By the late 1840s, whale numbers had declined to a point where whaling had become unviable. 

Lincoln National Park is one of the state's oldest reserves. The first section of park was established as a Flora and Fauna Reserve in 1941. The reserve was reproclaimed as a national park in 1972, since then further additions have been made so that, along with Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area approximately 31,500 hectares are protected.

See and do

Rangers recommend

We have picked the brains of our park rangers to find out what they would recommend you see and do whilst visiting this park.

  • Hiking up Stamford Hill for the spectacular views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln and Lincoln National Park.
  • Visiting the glorious Memory Cove to relax and explore, and to learn about the area’s sad history.
  • Exploring the Sleaford-Wanna dune system in your 4WD, stopping for a picnic lunch and to admire the vast expanses of sand and the turbulent sea.
  • Waking in your campsite right next to the beach and wandering down for an early morning swim. 
  • Check out the Nature Play SA's 20 Things To Discover in Lincoln National Park.

Bushwalking

There is an extensive network of walking trails in Lincoln National Park that will take you through native scrub and woodland, over beaches, and along cliff tops where you may be lucky enough to spot a sea-eagle or a dolphin.

Bushwalking is a fantastic way to connect with nature, keep fit and spend time with family and friends. 

South Australia's national parks feature a range of trails that let you experience a diversity of landscapes. Our trails cater for all levels of fitness and adventure and our classification system makes it easy to select an experience suitable for you.

Easy walks

  • Stamford Hill to Surfleet Cove (1 hour, 2.7km)

    An ideal coastal walk for you and your family. An easy coastal walk along Stamford Beach, past scenic granite headlands framed by the sea, with Boston Island in the distance. A short detour from checkpoint 9 to Surfleet Point offers rewarding views.

    Access: begins from the car park at the base of Stamford Hill (checkpoint 7) or Surfleet Cove campground (checkpoint 10).

  • Sturfleet Cove to Spalding Cove (1 hour, 2.4km)

    A sheltered walk with views of beautiful Spalding Cove. An easy, sheltered walk adjacent to the coast with glimpses of beautiful Spalding Cove. An ideal family walk.

    Access: this walk begins from Surfleet Cove campground (checkpoint 10) or Spalding Cove, 4WD access (checkpoint 11).

Moderate hikes

  • Cape Donington to September Beach (30 mins, 1km)

    Good family hike along rocky coastline. A short, easy hike through coastal heath. Enjoy the refreshing sea views and rocky coastline.

    Access: this hike begins from Cape Donington lighthouse (checkpoint 15) or September Beach campground (checkpoint 16).

  • Carcase Rock to MacLaren Point (1 hr 30 mins, 4.5km)

    Unspoilt beaches and coastal mallee. Sheltered behind the fordunes, the trail weaves through coastal mallee to an unspoilt beach.

    Access: this hike begins from Carcase Rock (between checkpoints 18 and 19) or MacLaren Point. 4WD access to both start points.

  • Donington Loop Hike (2 hrs, 6.2km)

    Explore Donnington Peninsula. Admire offshore islands, granite outcrops and sandy beaches as you explore Donington Peninsula. Populations of Australia sea-lions and long nosed fur-seals inhabit Donington Island near the lighthouse.

    Access: the hike begins from Cape Donington lighthouse (checkpoint 15) or September Beach campground (checkpoint 16).

  • Fisherman Point to Cape Donington (1 hr 45 mins, 4.9km)

    Views to Boston Bay. Enjoy the rich granite hues and sandy beaches of the northern tip of Lincoln National Park. The trail offers panoramic views of Port Lincoln, Boston Bay and offshore island. Donington Cottage, overlooking Spalding Cove, was built around 1899 by farmer and lighthouse keeper, William Argent.

    Access: this hike begins from Fisherman Point campground 9checkpoint 13) or Cape Donington lighthouse (checkpoint 15).

  • MacLaren Point to Taylor's Landing (3 hrs, 8.5km)

    Spectacular coastal views and long, secluded beaches. The trail offers spectacular coastal views from cliff tops and follows a long to a secluded beach near Taylor's Landing.

    Access: this hike begins from MacLaren Point (4WD access) to Taylor's Landing campground (checkpoint 20).

  • Park entrance to Pillie Lake (2 hrs 30 mins, 7.8km)

    Secluded walk through diverse vegetation. Skirt the coast on this secluded trail with its varied vegetation and refreshing views of Proper Bay. Superb wildflowers can be seen in spring.

    Access: this hike begins from the park entrance (checkpoint 1) or the northern end of Pillie Lake (checkpoint 2).

  • Pillie Lake to Stamford Hill (4 hrs, 11.6km)

    Diverse habitats and views of Proper Bay. Discover a variety of habitats as the trail passes through inland mallee woodland and near low coastal limestone cliffs. Pleasant sea views from sections of the trail.

    Access: this hike begins from the northern end of Pillie Lake (checkpoint 1), woodcutters Beach (checkpoint 4) or Stamford Hill (checkpoint 7).

  • September Beach to Carcase Rock (1 hr 45 mins, 4.5km)

    Secluded beaches and scenic granite coastline. Scenic granite coastline with some of the most beautiful, secluded beached in Lincoln National Park.

    Access: this hike begins from September Beach (checkpoint 16) or from Carcase Rock (between checkpoints 18 and 19).

  • Sleaford Mere to Park entrance (3 hrs, 8.9km)

    Explore the unique shores of Sleaford Mere.

  • Surfleet Cove Loop Hike (1 hr 30 mins, 4.8km)

    Eucalypt and tea-tree woodland. A scenic walk along the shores of Proper Bay and Surfleet Cove, returning through eucalypt and tea-tree woodland.

    Access: begins from Surfleet Cove campground (checkpoint 10).

  • Taylor's Landing to Pillie Lake (4 hrs, 12km)

    Inland mallee woodland with diverse bird life. Hike through open shrubland and mallee woodland. The diverse flora provides excellent habitat for many native bird species, including the elusive western whipbird.

    Access: this hike begins from Taylor's Landing (checkpoint 20) or Pillie Lake car park (checkpoint 2).

Hard Hikes

  • Stamford Hill Hike (45 mins return, 1.6km)

    One of 40 Great Australian Short Walks, hike up Stamford Hill for magnificent views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln and Lincoln National Park. Return the way you came. This hike offers spectacular panoramic views of Lincoln National Park, Boston Bay and numerous offshore islands from the historic Flinders Monument at the top of Stamford Hill. Interpretive signs on the trail provide information about the area's natural history. A reasonable challenge, this trail has some moderate inclines but has a good trail surface.

    Access: this hike begins from the car park at the bas of Stamford Hill (near checkpoint 7).

  • Stamford Hill Loop Hike (2 hr loop, 5.7km)

    Hike up Stamford Hill for magnificent views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln and Lincoln National Park. Continue down Stamford Hill to return to the car park via the Investigator Trail. Excellent views, tranquil surrounds and interesting history are features of this hike. Take in the magnificent panorama of Lincoln National Park, Boston Bay and offshore island from the historic Flinders Monument at the top of Stamford Hill. Discover historic ruins left by the woodcutters (near checkpoint 6).

    Access: this hike begins from the car park at the base of Stamford Hill (near checkpoint 7).

  • Wanna Dunes to Sleaford Mere (5 hrs, 14.3km)

    Low mallee woodland leads to a vantage point providing a panorama overlooking the park. An excellent camp shelter for bushwalkers, the Brian Clarke Hut, is found at checkpoint 23. Massive wind-sculptured sand dunes are a feature of the Sleaford Bay coastline. The exposed Southern Ocean beaches and limestone cliffs provide an invigorating experience.

    Access: This hike begins from the car park, just south of checkpoint 22.

Treks

  • Investigator Trail - Cape Donington to Pillie Lake, Taylor's Landing (10 hrs, 30.7km)

    Secluded coastal and inland experience. Follow checkpoints 15-20, 3, 2. See the Lincoln National Park bushwalking brochure for information on which shorter walks this trek combines.

  • Investigator Trail - Lincoln National Park entrance to Cape Donington (12 hrs, 36km)

    Sheltered bays and sandy beaches. Follow checkpoints 1-15. See the Lincoln National Park bushwalking brochure for information on which shorter walks this trek combines.

  • Investigator Trail - Pillie Lake to main park entrance via Sleaford Mere (9 hrs, 26.3km)

    Massive sand dunes , wind-swept cliffs and unique Sleaford Mere. Follow checkpoints 2, 3, 21-24,1. See the Lincoln National Park bushwalking brochure for information on which shorter walks this trek combines.

  • The Investigator Trail

    A long-distance walking trail made up of sections which can be individually walked or hiked - or trekked as a whole. The trail is clearly defined and marked with checkpoints at strategic locations to orientate yourself. The trail continues to the north outside the park for another 31 km via Tulka and Port Lincoln to North Shields. The section through Port Lincoln is called the Parnkalla Trail.

Mountain biking

You can ride your bike on public roads and vehicle tracks within the park. The use of bikes on walking trails is not permitted.

Stay in the park

Camping

The campgrounds in Lincoln National Park and Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area have easy access to beaches, bays and walking trails, making them an ideal base to explore the parks’ natural features. There is a campground for all campers - from relatively well developed campsites, with pit toilets, that can be accessed by sealed roads to more secluded, undeveloped sites requiring a 4WD vehicle to access. 

Informal camping is not encouraged, as there are no facilities and fees still apply to camp.

Memory Cove (5 sites only, key required)

Nestled among a canopy of coastal mallee overlooking a picturesque white sandy beach and tranquil blue bay.

Bookings are essential and can be made through the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre. Upon booking, you will receive a gate key and a special permit.

Maximum stay: 3 nights

Surfleet Cove

A sheltered campground overlooking the protected waters of Boston Bay with six sites for tents or camper trailers, 12 drive-through caravan/motorhome sites and one large group site.

September Beach

This is a great spot for fishing and beach games. Facilities include picnic shelters and wheelchair access to the beach.

Taylor's Landing

This campground is sheltered behind the coastal dunes. There is a boat ramp (4WD access only) and a large day visitor car park adjacent.

Fisherman's Point

Perched on a raised rocky area overlooking sheltered bays either side, there are campsites suitable for trailers and small caravans. Small boats can be launched from the adjacent beach (4WD required).

Campground facilities

There are a variety of facilities available at the campgrounds within the park. Look at the facilities table below and pick the site which suits you best.

Surfleet Cove September Beach Taylor's Landing Fisherman's Point Memory Cove
Number of camp sites 19 13 3 8 5
Suitable for caravans Y Y Y Y N
Bookings required N N N N Y
Access 2WD 2WD 2WD 2WD 4WD
Toilets Y Y Y Y  Y
Water (non-potable) Y Y Y Y Y
Bring own drinking water Y Y Y Y Y
Generator (9am - 9pm)* Y Y Y Y N
Wood fires* N Y Y Y N
Bring own firewood Y Y Y Y Y
Remove own rubbish Y Y Y Y Y
Pets allowed N N N N N

*Restrictions apply. See fire safety.

Accommodation

Donington Cottage (sleeps 6)

This cottage is nestled in the park's natural landscape and overlooks the waters of Spalding Cove. This restored lodgings offers a great secluded seaside escape where you can relax on the pergola and enjoy the sea views.

The cottage is self-contained and can sleep up to six people. It has two bedrooms, a lounge room, kitchen, bathroom and outdoor toilet. Electric barbecue facilities are also available.

Minimum stay: 2 nights

Bookings are essential and can be made through the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.

4WD

The Sleaford-Wanna track offers some of the best sand dune driving experiences on the Eyre Peninsula. Follow the red marker posts and be rewarded with scenery of massive wind-sculpted sand dunes, pounding surf and rugged limestone cliffs along the Southern Ocean.

Fishing

There are excellent fishing spots all over Lincoln National Park. Try beach fishing for Australian salmon at Millers Hole or Salmon Hole along the Sleaford-Wanna Track (4WD only). Alternatively, cast your fishing line from any one of the sheltered bays and coves scattered throughout the park.

Take care when fishing, make sure you know the tides and do not fish from slippery rocks. Many cliffs are undercut and crumbling. Be careful when walking, fishing or driving near any coastal area. 

If you plan to go offshore, you can launch your boat from the beach at Taylor's Landing or from one of the boat ramps in Port Lincoln.

There are several marine parks with sanctuary zones where fishing is not allowed in the vicinity of Lincoln National Park. The Sleaford Bay Sanctuary Zone is in the Thorny Passage Marine Park, which runs along the southern coastline of Lincoln National Park. The sanctuary zone lies between Wreck Beach and Wanna Lookout. Shore-based recreational fishing is allowed, but all other fishing is prohibited.

Whale watching

Each year between May and October, you may spot southern right whales swimming off the Sleaford Bay coastline in the Thorny Passage Marine Park. The whales travel from sub-Antarctic waters to the sheltered and warmer seas of southern Australia where they gather at special "nursery" beaches to give birth and nurse their young, and mate before migrating back to Antarctic waters in spring.

The most accessible whale spotting is from the Wanna and Lone Pine lookouts.

Memory Cove

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 nearby.

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 (see below). 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 coastal 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:

3 Adelaide Place
Port Lincoln
Phone: (+61 8) 8683 3544

Flora

A large proportion of Lincoln National Park is covered with a mixture of mallee eucalypts, some species of which are restricted to southern Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island (Coffin Bay mallee, eucalyptus albopurpurea), and the Port Lincoln mallee eucalyptus conglobata conglobata subspecies occurs on the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula.

The coastal dunes which mainly occur along the southern coast are characterised by a closed heath dominated by coastal beared heath (Leucopogon parviflorus), wattle species and a variety of other low coastal shrubs.

The other main vegetation type that represents a distinctive community in its own right, but which has been extensively modified by grazing and farming land uses, is the drooping sheoak woodlands. This community occurs primarily inland and is comprised of a diverse variety of understorey shrubs and grasses. The shoeak woodlands are the focus of habitat restoration activity by volunteers and rangers.

Fauna

Lincoln National Park and Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area protect the coastal vegetation of the lower Eyre Peninsula and provide a safe refuge for rare wildlife including Rosenberg's goanna, echidna, western whipbird, malleefowl and hooded plover. More than 130 species of birds are known to visit the area making it ideal for birdwatching.

The brush-tailed bettong, a small member of the kangaroo family was once common in this area. The clearing of habitat and preditation by foxes and cats forced this rabbit sized animal into extinction in South Australia. With the help of volunteers, park management has brought the parks fox and cat population back in check and brush-tailed bettong has now been reintroduced into the area.

You can see the Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals that haul up on the coast to rest after lengthy fishing trips at sea, and the bottle-nose and common dolphins are frequently seen close to the shore. The once rare Rosenberg's goanna population is recovering in Lincoln National Park thanks to the Rangers intensive fox baiting program.

The Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks have produced a brochure listing all the birds known to occur within the Lincoln National Park, this brochures are available for a small fee from the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre and the Port Lincoln Natural Resource Centre.

Have you seen a goanna on the Eyre Peninsula?

You can record your goanna sightings and photographs to help understand the recovery of goannas in this region.

Have you seen a goanna?

Volunteering

Become a Campground Host

Combine your love of camping with doing a good deed by becoming a volunteer campground host in this park.

A campground host is a volunteer who stays at the park either for a specific peak period, like the Easter break or a long weekend, or an extended period of time (up to a few months) to support park rangers. 

If you are passionate about the environment, a keen camper, like to meet people from all around the world, and are a happy to help, then hosting could be right up your alley. 

Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks

The Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks is a community-based group of volunteers who work to protect and develop the natural and cultural heritage in the park.

If you think you might be interested in volunteering opportunities within this park please contact our Volunteer Support Unit.

Safety

Bushwalking

The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

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

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

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

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 1 November 2016 to 15 April 2017.
  • You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
  • Gas fires are permitted through the year, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are permitted between high water mark and low water mark, other than on days of total fire ban except between Surfleet Point and Spalding Cove at the Surfleet Cove Campground where wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.
  • Fires of any kind and generators are not permitted in Memory Cove
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Water

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 and on the beach, 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.
  • Check tide times before driving on beaches and avoid driving on beaches at high tide.
  • Expect varying road conditions along beaches, with sandy, boggy and rocky patches.
  • Getting bogged in sand is common. 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 - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it 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.

  • Be aware, there are feral bees in the park that are attracted to water sources in summer.
  • Many cliffs are undercut and crumbling. Please take extreme care when walking, fishing or driving near any coastal area.

Maps

Park 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

Fees can be paid at the self-registration stations in the park. Please bring the correct money as change is not available.

Vehicle entry: $11.00
Vehicle entry (concession): $9.00

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

Park pass

If you intend to visit often, you may like to purchase one of the below park passes.

Single Park Pass

Is this your favourite park? If you visit this park a lot, it's more economical to purchase a Single Park Pass giving you vehicle entry for this park for 12 months. 

There are 12 parks that are part of the Single Park Pass system.  

Holiday Park Pass and Multi Park Pass

Want to explore SA’s parks all year round? Purchase a Multi Park Pass (12 months), or a Holiday Park Pass (for 2 months) which entitles you to vehicle entry not just for this park, but up to an additional 10 parks as well!

Camping and accommodation

Fees can be paid at the self-registration stations in the park. Please bring the correct money as change is not available.

Campsite fees (per night)

Vehicle (max 8 people) - $12
Hikers/cyclists/additional vehicle occupant (per person) - $6.50
Group camping (20+ people - per person) - $6

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.

Memory Cove

You must book to camp in Memory Cove, and a pass and key are required. 

A $50 key deposit is required.

Contact the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre to secure your campsite today.
Phone: (+61 8) 8683 3544 or 1300 788 378.

Accommodation

Donington Cottage (sleeps 6)

This cottage has two bedrooms, a lounge room, kitchen, fridge, hot shower and flush toilet. Electric barbecue facilities and a pergola are also available.

$100 per night
Minimum stay: 2 nights

For bookings and further information contact the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.
Phone: (+61 8) 8683 3544 or 1300 788 378.

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park.