Southern Kangaroo Island Marine Park
The Southern Kangaroo Island Marine Park weighs in at 673km2 and covers the southern coastline of K.I. between D'Estrees Bay and the western boundary of the Seal Bay Conservation Park (near Vivonne Bay). It also has an offshore component, encompassing North Rock, Young Rock and South West Rock.
This section of the coast is characterised by long, high-energy sandy beaches and dune systems with cliffs and rocky headlands breaking up the beaches. Shallow and deepwater reefs are present as well, and provide a barrier to the seas of the Southern Ocean in places. Some seagrass beds exist in sheltered spots along the eastern border of the marine park near D'Estrees Bay.
The sandy beaches are home to a large colony of sea lions and fur seals and is one of the premier tourist destinations of Kangaroo Island. The Seal Bay Conservation Park has a boardwalk running along sections of the beach and primary dune system where a visitor can get quite close to these enormous mammals, and even the occasional pup!
- The north western boundary point of this marine park is at the median high water mark near the western boundary of the Seal Bay Conservation Park, at approx.
- It extends eastwards along the coastline to
137°43’30.36”E, 35°52’37.69”S,near Point Reynolds at the eastern tip of D'Estrees bay.
- Southerly into open water, to the point
- Generally westerly, along the seaward limit of the State's coastal waters to
- The area encompassed by the State's coastal waters around North Rock, Young Rock and South West Rock
There are plenty of opportunities for fishing along this coast, with nearby Vivonne Bay providing a boat ramp and jetty, plus beach,rocks and even river fishing. Commonly caught fish include King George whiting, bream, flathead, snapper, sweep, mullet and tommy ruffs. The sandy beaches along the coast also provide great surf fishing, with salmon, mulloway and even shark being plentiful.
If you have a boat, the reef systems and nearby waters will provide you with abalone and southern rock lobster, not to mention squid, leatherjackets, sweep and snook. If you're boat is good enough, you can head out to the deep water for trevally, nannygai, tuna and morwong.