Nuyts Archipelago Conservation Park

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Nuyts Archipelago Conservation Park comprises 22 islands and reefs and is a haven for rare and endangered wildlife.

About

A unique park situated in Nuyts Archipelago Marine Park and accessible only by boat, these islands feature granite boulders with limestone domes and large sand dunes. Mangrove communities can also be found on St Peter and Eyre islands with good access to fishing nearby.

Access to the Franklin Islands is prohibited, however boat tours operate to the other islands in the group.

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 Office - Ceduna

Phone: (+61 8) 8625 3144

Getting there

Nuyts Archipelago Conservation Park is located 15km off the coast of Ceduna. Access is by boat only.

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. 

Useful information

Access to some islands is hazardous and should not be attempted by inexperienced or unprepared visitors. Due to their remoteness, please contact the DEWNR office in Ceduna before planning a trip to these areas.

Natural Resource Office - Ceduna

Phone: (+61 8) 8625 3144

The Franklin Islands in the Nuyts Archipelago and Nicolas Baudin Island Conservation Park are prohibited areas and seasonal safety conditions apply to other islands.

Outback Road Report

1300 361 033 (24-hour automated service)
Northern and Western South Australian Outback Roads Temporary Closures, Restrictions and Warnings Report

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

Traditional owners

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.

See and do

Bushwalking

There are no specific bushwalking trails within this park.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Camping is not permitted within this park.

Fishing

While above the water, enjoy casting a fishing line into the open sea. Fishing has always been popular on the Far West Coast and will continue to be popular for years to come, with fishers still able to catch abalone, rock lobster, scale fish and even shark outside the sanctuary zones.

There are Marine Park sanctuary zones around this park, please ensure you understand the fishing restrictions in place before undertaking any fishing activities.

Snorkelling and diving

Dive into the South Australia's largest marine park and discover the local marine life that call Nuyts Archipelago home.

Under the warm waters you can marvel at the expanses of seagrass meadows, reef fish and colourful reefs. Keep an eye out for the leatherback turtles that occasionally visit the area.

Tours and boat charters

Both Ceduna and Fowlers Bay have boat charter operators and tour guides with extensive knowledge of the area who are guaranteed to show you a great day out.

Visit the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre for more information.

Fauna

Australian sea lions

Australian sea lions usually breed on islands, but have a rare mainland breeding colony along the base of the Bunda Cliffs. These intelligent mammals are swift hunters in water; on land they love to sun themselves on rocks.

White-bellied sea eagles

Sea eagles are large birds of prey that nest and feed along the coast. Beautiful grey-and-white birds that mate for life, they can be seen swooping down to snatch fish from the surface of the sea.

Nudibranch

Several species of nudibranch, invertebrates also known as sea slugs, are found around Nuyts Archipelago. Their bright colours and languid movements make them a favourite with divers.

Volunteering

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

Safety

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 throughout the year (to low water mark).
    Exception: St Peters Island, wood or solid fuel fires permitted in designated locations except from 1 Nov 2016 to 30 April 2017.
  • 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

Strong currents and rips can make swimming dangerous in this area.

Do not climb on, or fish from slippery rocks. 

Know before you go

Access to some islands is hazardous and should not be attempted by inexperienced or unprepared visitors. Due to their remoteness, please contact the DEWNR office in Ceduna before planning a trip to these areas.

Natural Resource Office - Ceduna

Phone: (+61 8) 8625 3144

The Franklin Islands in the Nuyts Archipelago and Nicolas Baudin Island Conservation Park are prohibited areas and seasonal safety conditions apply to other islands.

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.

Maps

Fees

Entry fees

Come and enjoy this park for free. 

Park pass

This park is not included in the park pass system. 

Camping and accommodation

There is no camping or accommodation available within this park. 

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