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.

Dogs not allowed

Dogs are not permitted in this park.

Discover which parks you can walk your dog in on our find a park tool or read 12 dog-friendly walks in Adelaide Parks by Good Living for inspiration.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted in most public places and are therefore welcome in South Australia’s parks and reserves. Assistance dogs must be appropriately restrained on a lead and remain under your effective control at all times while in a park or reserve.

As per the dogs in parks and reserves policy, if the dog is not an accredited assistance dog, they must be trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate that disability and meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for a dog in a public place. However, refusal may be given if the person with the disability is unable to produce evidence the dog is an assistance dog with the appropriate training.

Before taking your assistance dog into a park that does not normally allow dogs, it is highly recommended that you contact us so we can provide you with the latest information on any potential hazards within specific parks that may affect your dog. Please contact the park via the contact details provided under the contact tab or call the information line on (+61 8) 8204 1910.

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

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

Traditional owners

Aboriginal peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, 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. 

There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations.  At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.

In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.

Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia. 

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.

  • Use Find a Park to discover which parks you can camp in.

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 2017 to 30 April 2018.
  • 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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