Little Dip Conservation Park

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Introduction

Little Dip Conservation Park is a mix of fresh and saltwater environments with an incredibly rich diversity of landforms and vegetation. Twisted coastal scrub takes shelter on the eastern side of the huge and complex dune systems, protecting taller varieties such as soap and coastal white mallee, while groves of melaleuca, samphire and rushes take over on the approach to the lakes, including the incredibly saline Lake Robe. Aboriginal occupation dates back more than 10 000 years, and middens are common.

Visitors can watch wild winter seas crash into the rugged cliffs or glassy waves breaking over reefs or onto unspoiled sandy beaches scattered along the limestone coastline. For a peaceful interlude there is a sheltered walk through coastal mallee and tea-tree to Fresh Water Lake, its deep clear water a favourite haunt of waterbirds. Also for birdwatchers is the easy 5-kilometre walk across the flood plain to shallow Lake Eliza, especially in autumn – the view across the lake to the Woakwine Range is an added bonus. If a spot of fishing appeals, anglers can try off the rocks or on one of the many beaches for salmon, snapper, mulloway, flathead, sweep or King George whiting.

Conventional 2WD vehicles can access Little Dip Beach, Long Gully and Stony Rise but much of the park is 4WD only because of the sand dunes. Even those in 4WD vehicles must take care on the beaches as conditions range from easy driving on hard sand to very challenging soft sand.

Campfires are permitted from May to October but gas or fuel stoves are preferred. There is access for people with limited mobility at Long Gully (the camping area here also has caravan access).

Fact file

Camping

The Gums, Stony Rise, Long Gully, Old Man Lake; fees apply

Location

340 km south-east of Adelaide via Princes Hwy; 4 km south of Robe

Park information

  • Parks SA (08) 8204 1910
  • Parks SA Mt Gambier (08) 8735 1177

Size

2173 ha

Visitor information

Robe (08) 8768 2465

Campsites

The Gums camping area

The Gums self-sufficient camping area is reached from The Gums Track, off the Eastern Boundary Track, 5 km south of Robe. It is good for small vans. Pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more


Long Gully camping area

A popular coastal site with all-vehicle access, Long Gully is on the Long Gully Track. It’s off Nora Creina Dr, 13 km south of Robe. Bring wood and get a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more


Old Man Lake camping area

Sheltered spots are easily accessible from Nora Creina Dr, 14 km south of Robe. This is the spot with the best view. You need to be self-sufficient; pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more


Stony Rise camping area

The northernmost camping area in the park is only 4 km south of Robe, reached from Stony Rise Track off Robe St. There is plenty of room for 4WDs and vans. Pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in... Find out more


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