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Cape Willoughby Conservation Park

Rich in maritime history, Cape Willoughby Conservation Park is home to South Australia's first lighthouse. Although the lighthouse operated to prevent shipwrecks, a number of ships sank off the coastline, the remnants of which can still be found in the area.

To discover more about the areas early role in coastal shipping, colonial trading and passenger transport, you can:

  • join a guided tour of the lightstation. Enjoy spectacular views across Backstairs Passage from the top of the lighthouse. From here you can occasionally see large schools of salmon, or humpback, southern right and killer whales
  • gain an insight into the working and living conditions endured by the early light keepers in this harsh and remote environment along the Cape Willoughby Lightstation heritage hike
  • visit the Cape Willoughby park visitor centre which features a museum with a collection of old photographs of the lightstation, as well as equipment that was once used at the site
  • stay in one of the delightful heritage-listed lightkeepers' cottages.


Cape Willoughby Conservation Park is located 27km south east of Penneshaw. Access is via Cape Willoughby Road.

Opening times

Cape Willoughby Conservation Park Visitor Centre is open 9am-3.30pm daily (except Christmas Day).

Tour times 

Duration: approx 45 minutes

Thursday - Monday

11.30 am 12.30 pm 2.00 pm

Daily during school holidays

Spring: Sat 26 Sept 2015 – Sun 11 Oct 2015
Summer: Sat 12 Dec 2015 – Sun 31 Jan 2016
Autumn: Sat 16 Apr 2016 – Sun 1 May 2016

11.30 am 12.30 pm 2.00 pm 3.00 pm 4.00 pm

Please note that access to the lighthouse balcony may be restricted during extreme weather conditions. Access involves climbing stairs. Children under 4 are NOT permitted to use the stairs unless they are in an approved baby harness or backpack.

Self-guided tour

A self-guided walk is also available.


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

General enquiries:

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4466
Email: capewilloughby@sa.gov.au

Accommodation bookings and enquiries:

Phone: (+61 8) 8553 4410
Email: kiparksaccom@sa.gov.au
Book accommodation online

Important information

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

Brochures and maps

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