Venus Bay Conservation Park
Location and Access
From Streaky Bay, go south-east along the Flinders Highway for approximately 50 km to Witera Silos and turn right on the Calca Road. This will take you to Port Kenny.
From Port Kenny, go north-west on the Flinders Highway for approximately 12 km to Witera Silos and turn left on the Calca Road.
From there drive for approximately 2.5 km to the first T-junction and turn left. The park entrance is 6.5 km down at the end of this road.
A Member of Ark on Eyre
The core objective of the park's management program is to operate a model habitat restoration, species recovery and endangered species reintroduction program with results that are widely applicable to ecological restoration programs in South Australia.
Venus Bay Conservation Park Ecological Restoration Project performs an important role in the threatened animal recovery by being an area for habitat restoration and the development of management techniques for the reintroduction of rare and endangered wildlife species.
The park's 1,695 ha comprises Weyland Peninsula and the seven islands within Venus Bay. The park contains a diverse range of coastal scenery including cliff top views, protected beaches, coastal mallee heath, sand dunes, and a unique island tombolo.
Camping is not permitted, but day visitors are most welcome. Due to track and road conditions, access to the peninsula is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Trailers and caravans can be left at the ranger's residence near the park entrance.
Ecological Restoration Project
Prior to the introduction of rabbits, cats and foxes to Australia, many different native animal species lived in this area. With the arrival of feral pests, many of our native animals fell prey to these more aggressive predators or were out competed for food and shelter. Many disappeared from the area, some became extinct, and others were reduced to vulnerable numbers in more remote locations.
The main portion of Venus Bay Conservation Park is located on a narrow peninsula of land (Weyland Peninsula) bounded on three sides by sea. This area makes an ideal location for the reintroduction of threatened wildlife species. For the past few years the Department for Environment and Heritage personnel with the assistance of volunteers, have been undertaking a continuous baiting and trapping program to eradicate both cats and foxes from the area. A 2.5 metre high electrified vermin proof fence has also been erected across the beginning of the peninsula to prevent re-infestation. Introduced weeds are also being removed and a native plant revegetation program is underway to replace damaged habitat. These efforts aim to make the Conservation Park a permanent safe haven for native animal species that once lived in the area.
Things to See and Do
There are over 100 bird, 12 native mammal and 25 reptile species in the park. Some of the birds you may see are Peregrine Falcons, Sea Eagles, Rock Parrots and a range of Honey and Insect Eaters. You may also see Western Grey Kangaroos, Euros, Mitchell?s Hopping Mouse and Brush-tailed Bettongs. You will see contrasting coastal scenery, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, inland bays and islands. The park has open grasslands, Mallee Heath, Teatree swamps and mangrove flats. Activities may include photography, birdwatching, beach fishing, walking and swimming.
What to Bring
Bring your binoculars, camera and comfortable walking shoes. Bird and plant field books may make your visit more enjoyable. Sun protection is important all year round and a hat and sun block is recommended. Visitors should carry adequate water at all times.
Venus Bay Conservation Park Office located at Park entrance
C/- Post Office
Pt Kenny SA 5671
Phone: (61 8) 8625 5110
Fax: (61 8) 8625 5120
Department for Environment and Heritage
Far West District Office
11 McKenzie Street
Ceduna SA 5690
Phone: (61 8) 8625 3144
Fax: (61 8) 8625 3123
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH)