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Published: August 15th 2019
Just south of Port Lincoln we turned off Proper Bay Road and left the Eyre Peninsula to explore Lincoln National Park on the Jussieu Peninsula, which we have to confess we have never heard of before. We had bought our National Park Day Pass yesterday whilst at the P.L. tourist info centre, so packing a picnic lunch we headed off on what promised to be another comfortable day with temperatures expected around 21oC. The Park aligns with the “Hundred of Flinders” covering an area of 260 sq km (101 sq miles) reaching out into the Great Australian Bight/Southern Ocean and forming the western entrance to Spencer Gulf.
The main sealed roadway, Donnington Road, runs across the top of the Park with a series of unsealed roads and 4WD tracks coming off it that take you to various points of interest, camping areas and secluded beaches as well as a number of walking tracks. In and around these tracks/roads the vegetation is extremely thick, bordering on impenetrable.
We turned off first of all to Wanna to have our last glimpse of the Southern Ocean – it was a
lot calmer today than we have seen recently, but it still made an impact on the rock ledges and cliffs. Wedding Cake Island is only a short distance off the shore in Sleaford Bay. The wind was quite keen so we enjoyed our morning cuppa in the car overlooking the ocean.
Rejoining the main road we took little detours to Horse Rocks, Stamford Hill, Surfleet Cove and Fisherman Point all of which are designated camping areas, Surfleet particularly being a very pretty area and very well laid out. Atop Stamford Hill there is a monument to Matthew Flinders; but the hill is quite steep and recommended for experienced hikers so we jumped back in the car and continued on our way. Just past Stamford Hill Donnington Road became a gravel road and led us towards the tip of the National Park.
September Beach on Spencer Gulf was ideal for lunch – there was a picnic table under cover and we were protected from the wind in amongst the bushes. The Gulf was quite choppy in the wind but it didn’t deter a young boy as he
played around at the waters edge – best left to him, we thought!
It was a short drive to Cape Donnington and its lighthouse, with lovely views back across the Gulf to Port Lincoln. One last dirt road down to Taylors Landing and we agreed it was a long time since that particular track had seen a grader – gracious it was rough and we found it hard to fathom that people would be happy to take boats down there. The waves were whipping up over the boat ramp and into shore where a couple were trying their hand with surf fishing rods.
The day was a lovely one, the temperature reaching 23oC, but not long after we arrived back in Coffin Bay it dropped and the clouds became quite threatening - I daresay we might be in for some rain overnight.
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