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Nuyts Archipelago Marine Park

Nuyts Archipelago Marine Park
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General Marine Park Information

The Nuyts Archipelago Marine Park is the largest of all South Australian marine parks, weighing in at 3998km2, and is named after an early Dutch navigator from the 17th century. It begins at Nuyts Reef just southwest of Fowlers Bay, and runs easterly almost to Point Brown, encompassing the Nuyts Archipelago islands and the Isles of St. Francis. There are many well known islands in this Marine Park with one of the better known ones being the St. Peters group off Murat Bay. Boat ramps & facilities are common as coastal communities dot many of the beach-heads.

It is a mixture of high energy sand beaches along the open stretches of coastline at the western and eastern extremities of the marine park, with the centre region dominated by low energy mangroves and shallow coastal bays, all protected by the outlying islands. These bays (particularly around Ceduna and Smoky Bay) provide an excellent habitat for the many oyster aquaculture farms found in this area.

This marine park also plays host to rare flora and fauna habitats such as the Fowlers Bay seagrass beds and various types of plate corals. It is also home to many shipwrecks, from commercial fishing boats to the Eleni K, a freighter that sank of Ceduna in 1966 and is currently beached near Goat Island.

GPS Boundaries*

  • The north western boundary point of the Nuyts Archipelago is approximately 132񴚊.36擡, 315623.95擲.
  • It then runs easterly along the coast at the median high water mark to a spot just shy of Point Brown at 1335050.91擡, 323014.4擲.
  • Extending west out into open water to 1332743.2擡, 323014.4擲, and then southerly to intersect with the seaward limit of the State coastal waters at 1332743.2擡, 324036.35擲.
  • The marine park boundary then curls around the Isles of St. Francis along the seaward State coastal water limit, running north westerly to 133񴭴0.89擡, 321530.13擲, at which point it follows the coastline westerly, around Nuyts Reef, to 132񴚊.36擡, 32񲷮9.49擲.

Fishing Information

Commercial fishing activities are quite common in this area, with the focus being on abalone, southern rock lobsters and various types of marine scalefish licenses. Recreationally, anglers will find blue crabs and garfish in the summer, and several species of school whiting in the cooler months.

*Note: GPS boundaries are approximate positions only. For more detailed information, please refer to the DEH website