Bird Watching in South Australia

Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas

These two peninsulas are the prominent feature of the South Australian coastline.  Eyre Peninsula is an enormous area surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of beautiful coastline.  The waters of Spencer Gulf on the eastern side differ greatly from the more exposed western beaches.  Yorke Peninsula is closer to Adelaide and also has some spectacular coastal scenery.  

Innes National Park

Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Parks

    Innes National Park

Situated at the foot of Yorke Peninsula, Innes National Park protects a rugged, beautiful section of coast.  It was originally declared a national park in 1970 after the discovery of the rare great western whipbird in the region.  Much of the park is covered in natural bushland, but it is the coast which attracts surfers and fishermen to this region.  Camping facilities are provided, and there are a number of walking trails which offer spectacular coastal views.

Osprey

Australian Kestrel

White-bellied Sea-eagle

Boobook Owl

Brush Bronzewing

Purple-crowned Lorikeet

Malleefowl

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Western Whipbird

Rufous Whistler

White-faced Heron

Emu

Southern Scrub-robin

White-browed Scrub-wren

Hooded Robin

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    Lincoln National Park

Situated to the south of Port Lincoln at the bottom of Eyre Peninsula, this is a large area of natural bushland and rugged coast.  Many of the roads are suitable for 4WD vehicles only, but the northern regions are readily accessible.  

Osprey

White-bellied Sea-eagle

Australasian Gannet

Hooded Plover

Masked Plover Pacific Gull
Pied Oystercatchers Sooty Oystercatchers Crested Tern
Fairy Tern Port Lincoln Ringneck Red-capped Robin
Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater White-eared Honeyeater Dusky Woodswallow

 

    Coffin Bay National Park

On the western side of the tip of Eyre Peninsula, Coffin Bay is an amazing place.  It is pristine wilderness, long sandy beaches and dry coastal plains.  Only a small section near the park entrance is accessible to 2WD vehicles.  The bird watching is rewarding, particularly if you are interested in sea birds.  There are also patches of mallee, coastal heathlands and swamps.  The bird life is diverse and widespread.  The bird list is similar to that of Lincoln National Park.

 

   Other Places of Interest on Yorke or Eyre Peninsula

Gawler Ranges National Park

Nullabor National Park

Yumbarra National Park

 

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