Lincoln National Park

Lincoln National Park, Tim Acker / Auscape International
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Easily accessible at the tip of the Eyre Peninsula, Lincoln National Park protects a sweeping plain of coastal mallee surrounded by bays and ocean beaches. The quiet coves with sparkling blue waters, storm-carved limestone cliffs and massive white dunes are relatively untracked, particularly the declared Wilderness Area around Memory Cove in the pristine south-east corner of the park.

Fact file


From Adelaide via Princes and Lincoln hwys to Port Lincoln; from Streaky Bay via Flinders Hwy, or Eyre and Tod hwys

Best season

Spring and summer


650 km west of Adelaide; 20 km south of Port Lincoln; 290 km south-east of Streaky Bay

Park information

  • Parks SA (08) 8204 1910
  • Parks SA Port Lincoln (08) 8688 3111
  • Visitor Centre (08) 8683 3544


Camping permit required


29 000 ha

Visitor information

Port Lincoln (08) 8682 2222

Featured Activities in the National Park

  • Take the drive to the Sleaford–Wanna dunes and marvel at the hills of pure white sands

    Walk a section of the Investigator Trail

    Spend a day beachcombing at Taylors Landing

    Stay in the 100-year-old Donington Cottage and enjoy the wide views over Spalding Cove

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A look at the past

During his circumnavigation of Australia in the Investigator, Matthew Flinders landed at several places along the Eyre Peninsula coast, including the delightful Memory Cove in 1802. However, exploring the lovely bay and its surrounds was to end in tragedy. Returning to the ship from a landing party sent to locate fresh water, two officers and six men were drowned. They were seen at dusk, but were lost by nightfall. Flinders erected an engraved copper plate at Memory Cove and named Cape Catastrophe, and Williams, Taylor, Smith, Little, Hopkins, Lewis, Grindal and Owen islands after the men who were lost.

Early European enterprises in the area included wheat farming, guano mining, timber-cutting and grazing, but cleared land, abandoned farm equipment and the 1899 Donington Cottage (now fully restored and offering accommodation) are the only legacy of those early activities. Lincoln National Park was declared as a flora and fauna reserve in 1941.

Aboriginal culture

The Banggarla and Nawu people are the traditional custodians of this country. Shellfish, fish, reptiles, mammals and edible plants made up a bountiful larder and throughout the park there are stone fish traps, middens and artefact scatters where stone was once worked.

Natural features

The gently undulating landscape of limestone and dunes has occasional spectacular outcrops of ancient granite, such as Stamford Hill in the north, while on the south coast the limestone is weathered into steep and rugged cliffs. Most of the dunes are stabilised by vegetation, but between Wanna and Sleaford the coastal dunes are still mobile.

Native plants

Behind the beaches and cliffs there is a mass of flowering shrubs such as bearded heath, dryland tea-tree, coast daisy bush, thyme rice flower, coast velvet-bush and salmon correa. Further inland drooping she-oak woodlands are scattered among coastal white mallee and yorrell. Granite outcrops are the habitat for rock wattle, fan pomaderris, lilac hibiscus, guinea-flower and drooping velvet-bush.


This is a birdwatching paradise. The white-bellied sea-eagle and osprey nest along rocky coastal outcrops, and white-browed scrubwrens, New Holland honeyeaters, endangered southern emu-wrens, rock parrots and western whipbirds inhabit the coastal heaths. Long-distance migrants such as stints, stilts and sandpipers spend summer in the wetlands and sheltered bays. Emus share grazing space with kangaroos and in the mallee a recent reintroduction program has successfully established a population of malleefowl.


Lincoln offers a variety of activities along its beautiful coastlines, including beachcombing, fishing, swimming and sightseeing. Cliff edges are unstable or undercut in places so extreme care should be taken when walking in coastal areas and when fishing or driving. Ocean conditions are hazardous at times with rips, strong tides and large waves.


The Investigator Trail is an easy well-marked track that winds from Wisemans Beach past Sleaford Mere, around Proper Bay to Spalding Cove, out to September Beach then inland at Taylors Landing. A short (45 minutes return) energetic walk to the top of Stamford Hill offers views over Boston Bay to Port Lincoln.


At aptly named Fishermans Point catch whiting, garfish and squid in the pristine waters of Boston Bay. Other great fishing can be had at Cape Donington and MacLaren Point in the east. There is a boat ramp at Taylors Landing.

Four-wheel driving

There are several 4WD tracks in the park, including the popular Sleaford–Wanna track, which is considered one of most scenic drives along the coast. The best of the Southern Ocean is on show, with massive sand dunes and limestone cliffs telling their own stories. Make sure you reduce your tyre pressure and follow the orange markers.


Woodcutters Beach, Surfleet Cove, Spalding Cove and September Beach are all lovely swimming spots. Memory Cove in the south-east is a sheltered cove of white sand and azure water, but access is limited to 15 vehicles a day.


Carcase Rock camping area

There are 2 bush campsites in this small campground, south of the September Beach camping area. It is secluded and well sheltered in the coastal tea tree, near a beautiful beach. There is a walking track from here... Find out more

Engine Point camping area

Entry is via the park access road, 25 km north-east of the park entrance. There are 4 sites overlooking Boston Bay.... Find out more

Fishermans Point camping area

There is access for small boats from the beach here by 4WD, 24 km north-east of the park entrance off the park access road. Many sites on the headland have great views over the bay. There is walking access from here to... Find out more

MacLaren Point camping area

It's tent sites only at this secluded site next to a sandy beach. Access is off the Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 27 km north-east of the park entrance.... Find out more

Memory Cove camping area

Remote and beautiful, this is a pristine beach flanked by bushy headlands and massive granite boulders, signposted off Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 29 km south-east of the park entrance. Access is by key, so you need... Find out more

September Beach camping area

Access to this camping area is from Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 28 km north-east of the park entrance. There are toilets and there is wheelchair access to the beach.... Find out more

Spalding Cove camping area

Tent sites only are available on this sheltered bay. Look for the sign off Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 20 km north-east of the park entrance.... Find out more

Surfleet Cove camping area

Surfleet Cove is reached from the national park access road, 22 km north-east of the park entrance. Good for tents, camper trailers and vans.... Find out more

Taylors Landing camping area

Set back in bushland, this site is reached from Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 23 km east of the park entrance. There is boat-ramp access for 4WDs.... Find out more

Woodcutters Beach camping area

There are only 2 sites at this camping area, signposted off Lincoln National Park Access Rd, 15 km east of the park entrance. The campsites are tucked back in the trees and are very sheltered, situated above Proper... Find out more

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