Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area

Vast areas of wilderness, the Island's largest freshwater lake and coastal scenery provide a spectacular backdrop to Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park on the south coast of Kangaroo Island.

The park has plenty of walking opportunities, including the unmarked Cape Gantheaume Coastal Trek, suitable for experienced hikers only, and established trails at Murray Lagoon.

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.

Access to Southern Kangaroo Island Marine Park is also available from this park.


Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park is located 40km south west of Kingscote. Access is via Birchmore Road.

Opening times

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Fees apply.

Fire information

Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year. 

Gas fires are permitted other than on days of total fire ban.

Find out more information about fire restrictions.

Contact us

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4444

Important information

Cape Gantheaume Coastal Trek is suitable for experienced walkers only. If you're planning an overnight walk or longer, you must discuss your route with a ranger and complete a trip intentions form prior to arriving in the park. Phone the park ranger on 8553 4444.

This park may be closed on days of extreme fire danger.

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