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Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis is the jumping off point for daily car and passenger ferry services to Kangaroo Island. It's a 45 minute journey that reveals the spectacular coastline of this part of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Cape Jervis is a popular base for fishermen, with good boat, jetty and beach fishing. Climb aboard a fishing charter or take a cruise along the coast. Bushwalkers can stretch their legs through nearby Deep Creek Conservation Park or start out on the four day Heysen Trail walk to Victor Harbor. Cape Jervis is on Tourist Route 52 and part of the Fleurieu Way Tourist Drive. You'll also find holiday unit and cabin accommodation there. See more of the Fleurieu Peninsula and a coastal playground famed for its laidback lifestyle, beach breaks for surfers of all levels of experience, and top fishing spots. It's a paradise for divers and snorkellers, with dramatic shipwrecks and stunning marine life, including the famed Leafy Seadragon. Enjoy some of the best produce and vineyards in Australia. The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some prestigious winemaking regions, including McLaren Vale. The history of winemaking in this region goes all the way back to 1842, and it consistently produces some of the best drops you'll ever taste. There's also national parks, golf courses, top quality cuisine and more.

Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Heysen Trail

Experience the Heysen Trail; one of the world's great walking trails and the longest in Australia. The 1,200 kilometre Heysen Trail extends from Cape Jervis on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.

Named after the famous landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen, the trail boasts some of the state's most spectacular landscapes; passing through national parks, state forests, vineyards, orchards, acclaimed tourist destinations and historic towns that offer accommodation.

Join the trail at any point along its journey and enjoy a section as a series of half-day walks or complete the entire trail as a 60 day hiking adventure. Inexperienced hikers should stick to the sections of the trail closer to Adelaide and the south coast. Further out from Adelaide the trail becomes more challenging; the terrain is harder and more isolated.

Some of the most stunning sections of the Heysen Trail include:
Fleurieu Peninsula: Deep Creek Conservation Park, Tapanappa to Boat Harbor.
Adelaide Hills: Mylor to Mount Lofty.
Barossa Valley: Mount Crawford to Tanunda.
Flinders Ranges: Wilpena Pound to Parachilna Gorge.

Heysen Trail Northern and Southern guidebooks and maps are available from leading bushwalking and map shops, the RAA and park offices.

Cape Jervis to Parachilna Gorge
Cape Jervis, SA, 5204

Located 0.1K from Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis Lighthouse

Cape Jervis has been the site of an operating lighthouse since 1871.

The lighthouse is located on the Cape at a location known as Lands End, the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about one a a half kilometres south of the town and 400 metres north of the Kangaroo Island ferry terminal.

Flinders Road
Cape Jervis, SA, 5204

Located 0.9K from Cape Jervis

Morgan Beach

Morgan Beach is an unpatrolled sandy beach, nestled below 50 metre high cliffs. There is a gravel road from Cape Jervis to the bluff that overlooks the beach and Starfish Hill Wind Farm to the north. Explore the rocky reef at the southern end of the beach and enjoy a swim in the clean waters up the beach.

Morgan Beach is easily accessible to the public and four wheel drive vehicles are permitted on the beach but please check tides and weather conditions. Dogs are allowed.

Flinders Road
Cape Jervis, SA, 5204

Located 0.9K from Cape Jervis

Fishery Beach

Fishery Beach is located between Cape Jervis and Blowhole Beach. It is a popular fishing beach and was home to a whaling station in the 1840s/1850s. Some ruins remain today.

In 1862 Fishery Beach became a shipping port for the export of ore from the nearby Talisker Mine.

On clear days Kangaroo Island can be seen from Fishery Beach.

Fishery Beach Road
Cape Jervis, SA, 5204

Located 3.4K from Cape Jervis

Talisker Mine Ruins

Talisker Mine was once the largest silver and lead mines in South Australia. The Talisker Mining Company began working July 1862. After the arrival of a shipload of Cornish Miners from Glenelg six distinct lodes were located. Within one month ore was dispatched to England for assaying and start made with opening up the mine and building the nearby township of Silverton.

The silver and lead was shipped from nearby Fishery Bay where it was carried to the lighters moored in chest deep water for ferrying to the large ships. 36,000 bags of ore weighing 1,600 tones and 890 tons of ingots were carried in this way.

The mine ruins illustrate typical mid nineteenth century Cornish mining and ore processing techniques and are an important remnant of South Australia's heritage. The mine is located within Talisker Conservation Park and is listed on the Register of State Heritage Items.

Today an interpretive trail through the mine ruins and bushland has been created. The walk takes about an hour. Maps can be purchased from the Yankalilla Bay Visitor Information Centre.

Section 420 plus Rarkang Road
Delamere, SA, 5204

Located 4.7K from Cape Jervis

Blowhole Beach

Blowhole Beach lies at the western boundary of Deep Creek Conservation Park. Access is via a steep four wheel drive decent to a car park on the eastern headland, otherwise there is car parking at Cobblers Hill two kilometres inland.

The beach lies at the base of a steep valley with a creek draining across the eastern half of the beach, and with headlands and rocks extending 100 metres seaward. The sandy beach is 120 metres long, with a 70 metre wide bar that usually has a permanent rip against the western rocks which can be hazardous, particularly if there is also surf.

Blowhole beach is unpatrolled and care should be taken both accessing the remote area and when in the water.

Blowhole Creek Road
Cape Jervis, SA, 5204

Located 7.2K from Cape Jervis

Starfish Hill Windfarm

The Starfish Hill Wind Farm is located across two hills on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula near Cape Jervis. It was the first wind farm built in South Australia. The site was selected because the area has consistently high winds, is sparsely populated and was previously cleared for farming and grazing.

There are 23 wind turbines with 15 located on Salt Creek Hill and eight on Starfish Hill. Each of the turbines has three blades with a tower height of 68 metres and overall height of 100 metres from the ground to the blade tip.

The wind farm provides enough energy to meet the needs of about 18,000 households (around two per cent of the State's residential customers) and adds one per cent to the available generation capacity in South Australia.

Access to the wind farm is not permitted however there is a public observation area located close to the wind farm and is accessed via a gravel road off Main South Road. For further information contact the Yankalilla Bay Visitor Information Centre.

Yoho Road
Cape Jervis, SA, 5204

Located 7.5K from Cape Jervis

Delamere Art Wall

The picnic area by the general store at Delamere has been colourfully decorated by local artists, residents and students from Yankalilla Area School and Rapid Bay Area School. The artists worked on developing artistic panels that are now permanently on display as part of the Leafy Sea Dragon Festival (now Festival Fleurieu) which is well worth a stop to enjoy the artwork.

104 Main South Road
Delamere, SA, 5204

Located 9.1K from Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis: Events

Cape Jervis Community Market

The Cape Jervis Community Market, held on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula in the Yankalilla District Council area focuses on local products and quality.

This market is full of great local produce and provides a great family friendly atmosphere. Stalls include fresh produce, preserves, homemade toys, gift wares and jewellery.

The market is open every second Sunday of each month from 9am to 1pm outside of the Cape Jervis Tavern, Main South Road, Cape Jervis.

Please note the market is closed during June, July and August.

Event Dates
      9th Apr
      14th May

Cape Jervis, SA, 5204

Located 0.3K from Cape Jervis

Deep Creek Conservation Park - Ranger Walk

Join Senior Ranger Simon Oster on an introduction to bushwalking in Deep Creek Conservation Park and the Heysen Trail. On this fun and interactive day you will learn about bush walking, the flora and fauna, park management, as well some basic bush skills.

We will depart from the Cobbler Hill camping area and follow a section of the Heysen trail to the hikers' hut at Eagle Waterhole. This is where we will stop and enjoy lunch in this beautiful remote setting. From here we follow a loop trail back to Cobbler Hill.

Level of fitness required:

This 4 hour hike, with plenty of stops, will follow sections of the Heysen Trail and is suitable for novice bushwalkers with an average fitness level. It includes moderate inclines and irregular surfaces and is suitable for children over the age of 14.

Note that the walk will be automatically cancelled if the day is declared as a Total Fire Ban due to severe fire danger. Check with the CFS home page or hot line or the Parks SA Facebook page the evening prior.

Allow at least two hours to travel from Adelaide CBD.

Event Dates
      2nd Apr

103 Blowhole Beach Road
Deep Creek, SA, 5204

Located 7.8K from Cape Jervis

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