Fowlers Bay Conservation Park

  • Campfires Permitted
  • Toilets
  • Camping
  • 4WD
  • Swimming
  • Bird Watching
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Photo by Robert Sleep
Photo by Robert Sleep
Photo by Robert Sleep
Photo by Robert Sleep
Photo by Robert Sleep
Fowlers Bay Conservation Park SA location map

A park of outstanding natural beauty that conserves a spectacular coastline comprised of rocky headlands, high rugged cliffs, sheltered bays and long white sandy beaches unique to the area.

About

When you visit this park, keep an eye out for seabirds such as the Osprey, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Hooded Plover, Pied Oystercatcher and Fairy Tern. Other wildlife includes Southern Hairynosed Wombats and Australian Sea-lions.

Don't forget your fishing rod! You have a good chance of catching salmon, mulloway, whiting and garfish.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact details

Ceduna Natural Resources Centre

Address: 50B McKenzie St, Ceduna 5690
Phone: (+61 8) 8625 3144
Email: DEWNR.AWEPNRC@sa.gov.au
Duty officer: 0428 253 144
Open: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Port Lincoln Natural Resource Centre

Address: 86 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln SA 5606
Phone: (+61 8) 8688 3111
Duty officer: (+61 8) 8688 3223
Open: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

For online bookings enquiries please email:

DEWNREPOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

When to visit

This park has something for everyone all year round.

Southern Right Whales can be seen through the Winter period from May to Oct, on their migration to their breeding ground at the Head of the Great Australian Bight.

The park offers variety of sheltered and semi sheltered bays & headlands from which to camp and fish throughout the year.

Getting there

Access is from Eyre Hwy at two main points:
119km from Ceduna to Fowlers Bay turn off (access via Fowlers Bay township)
147.47km from Ceduna to Coorabie turn off (access via Coorabie township)

Roads and beaches are all sign posted.

Access across salt lake from Fowlers Bay to Scott's Beach is a dry weather road only. Other roads are signposted if hazards are present.

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

There are toilet facilities located at Mexican Hat within Fowlers Bay Conservation Park.

Public toilets can also be found within Fowlers Bay township.

Useful information

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


Traditional Owners

Fowlers Bay Conservation Park is managed by the Yumbarra Conservation Park Co-management Board. The Yumbarra Conservation Park Co-management Board would like to acknowledge the Fowlers Bay Conservation Park is part of the traditional lands of the Far West Coast people and that it respects their spiritual relationship with their country.  The Yumbarra Conservation Park Co-management Board also acknowledges the Far West Coast people as the custodians of the Far West Coast region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Far West Coast people today.

Co-management in South Australia is a partnership between the state government and Aboriginal groups to help manage our national parks that combines traditional knowledge with contemporary park management. The co-management of parks plays an important role in advancing the reconciliation process and resolving issues relating to traditional land ownership. The involvement of Aboriginal people in the management of their traditional lands contributes to improved cultural site protection, maintenance of traditional practices that may have otherwise been excluded, and improved management of parks through the combination of traditional knowledge and contemporary science.  Co-management arrangements are established by agreement with the Aboriginal traditional owners and are often established with the determination of native title.

History

A ruined lookout and whale bones on Point Fowler is evidence of the area's whaling history. Other history about and around Fowlers Bay can be found on Fowlers Bay Esplanade/ Seafront.

See and do

 

Bushwalking

While there are no designated walking trails within this park, visitors are free to explore the nearby headland, sheltered bays and beaches.

Stay in the park

Camping

There are 3 designated bush camping areas within Fowlers Bay Conservation Park, enjoy the tranquil scrubland and views of the coastal islands as the surf rolls in.

Accommodation

Privately owned visitor accomodation is available within Fowlers Bay Township (apartments/ caravan park).

4WDriving

4WD access is permitted across the dunes and along the beaches.

Bogging areas are present, please adhere to warning signage and seek local advice where possible.

Unregisterd vehicles are prohibited.

Whale watching

During the whale watching season from May to October Fowler's Bay Conservation Park provides an excellent overnight stop for camping whilst whale watching along the Eyer Peninsula Coast.

You can find a ruined lookout and whale bones on Point Fowler which are evidence of the area’s whaling history.

Fishing

Fowler's Bay blessed with an abundance of good fishing. A good time can be had catching Mulloway, Whiting, Garfish, Tommy Ruff, Trevally and Sweep.

Scott's Beach and 'Mexican Hat' are very popular for surf fishing. You will need your vehicle to visit these areas.

For those of you with a boat in tow fishing opportunities are nothing short of excellent. Should you intend to fish from a boat it is recommended you seek local advice as weather conditions in this part of the world can be very changeable.

Ensure your are familiar with fishing restrictions of the Nuyts Archipelago marine park prior to arival.

Fauna

Keep an eye out for seabirds such as the osprey, white-bellied sea-eagle, hooded plover, pied oystercatcher and fiary tern.

Other wildlife to spot includes the southern hairy-nosed wombat and Australian sea-lions.

Safety

 

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

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 1 November 2017 to 15 April 2018.
  • 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.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Water

There are no facilities at the campgrounds within the park, ensure you bring enough water to sustain your visit.

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, 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.
  • 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 self sufficient and carry sufficient water
  • There is limited mobile phone coverage throughout the park, phone range can be sought from Esplanade Fowlers Bay township and the higher points within the park.

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

Entry to this park is free, however fees apply to camp.

Camping

Fees apply to camp in this park. Please pay for vehicle entry and book your campsite prior to arrival as self registration stations are no longer available in this park.

Check the online booking page for more details about individual campgrounds and fees.

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.

Alternative booking and payment options

Cash payments for this park can be made at:

Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre
Phone: 1300 788 378

Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay Visitor Information Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8626 7033

Kimba

Kimba Visitor Information Centre,
Phone: (+61 8) 8627 2026

Wudinna

Wudinna Visitor Information Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8680 2002

For online bookings enquiries please email:

DEWNREPOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

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