Little Dip Conservation Park
This park was originally set aside to conserve a number of small lakes that are found inland from the Robe Range. The area also conserves a large area of coastal dune systems, a rugged and attractive coastline and part of the foreshore of Lake Eliza. From at least 10,000 years ago, large numbers of Aborigines lived in this area, rich in resources with the sea providing the majority of food. Shell heaps or ‘middens’ made up of discarded remains of shellfish are reminders of the past.
Access to the Park
2WD access is possible to Long Gully, Little Dip Beach and almost to Stony Rise. Sand dunes make many areas accessible only to 4WD vehicles.
Walking in the Park
Experience the exposed rocky coast and beaches, fossicking for a variety of natural and man-made flotsam and jetsam that the frequent gales during winter bring onto the beaches.
Walk around Fresh Water Lake
Compare the beaches with a quiet, sheltered walk around Fresh Water Lake through diverse habitat including an area of coastal mallee which forms a canopy overhead for part of the walk. Waterbirds such as Black Ducks, Swans, Musk Ducks and White-faced Herons, as well as many small bushbirds may be seen along the walk.
Big Dip to Lake Eliza
You may also like to wander through the different habitats and salt tolerant vegetation of Big Dip and out on to the margins of Lake Eliza to a view of the Woakwine Range. The level of the lake varies seasonally, according to rainfall. Some years much of the lake bed is exposed to the air, other times the area is inundated providing waterbirds with ideal breeding conditions.
Beach fishing for salmon, mulloway, rays, flathead, snapper and King George Whiting is popular along the many surf beaches of the Park. Rock fishing for salmon, mullet, snapper, and sweep is possible at several places including Stony Rise and Little Dip.
Nestled in the sheltered eastern side of the dune range is typical low tangled coastal scrub creating the protection needed for the taller mallee with stands of majestic Coastal White or Soap Mallee Eucalyptus diversifolia. The scrub gives way to thick groves of melaleuca, dense rushes and Samphire flats surrounding the lakes. Each lake has its own unique character from open, marshy, shallow Lake Eliza; crystal clear, very salty Big Dip and deep, clear, fresh water at the aptly named Fresh Water Lake.
Bookings and further information
For further information or to make bookings, please contact the Department for Environment and Heritage’s Regional Office at Mount Gambier:
11 Helen Street
PO Box 1046
Mount Gambier SA 5290
Phone: (61 8) 8735 1177
Fax: (61 8) 8735 1110
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH)