Baudin Beach, South Australia

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Baudin Beach
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Baudin Beach, Kangaroo Island
Population 181 (2006)[1]
Established 2003
Postcode(s) 5222
LGA(s) Kangaroo Island Council
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Finniss
Federal Division(s) Division of Mayo

Baudin Beach is located on the north coast of Kangaroo Island, 12 km west of Penneshaw, off the coast of South Australia. It is named after the French explorer Nicolas Baudin who in 1803 anchored in nearby Hog Bay to take on fresh water.

Prior to 2002, Baudin Beach was known as American Beach,[2] the name given to the subdivision of the area in 1966. The name was changed in 2002[3] to avoid confusion with the originally named American Beach which is located a short distance north of the subdivision. The area was once known as Deep Creek Farm, owned by Bruce Bates of Penneshaw.[4] Bates sold the land to Clem Bessell in 1966, who in conjunction with real estate agent Cliff Hawkins subdivided the area which is still often referred to as "Bessell's".

The name Baudin Beach was officially gazetted in January 2003.[5]

Baudin Beach comprises 207 allotments,[6] each mainly in excess of 800 square metres. Some 30%[7] of the allotments are a mix of permanent and holiday homes, the remaining allotments being undeveloped.

There are no shopping facilities in Baudin Beach, and the area is without a reticulated water supply. However, Kangaroo Island Council plans to develop facilities.[8] Boat launching is possible from a recently improved boat ramp. Next to the boat ramp is a copper sculpture, unveiled in 2002,[3] of Mary Beckwith, reputedly the first recorded European woman to set foot on South Australian soil.[9]

The waters of Eastern Cove (Nepean Bay) immediately adjoining Baudin Beach are renowned for King George whiting.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "2006 Census Community Profile - Baudin Beach". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  2. ^ Geoscience Australia. "Place Names Search: Baudin Beach". Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Encounter 2002 Memory of convict girl called Mary". Adelaide Advertiser. 2002-04-03. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Baudin Beach ... a brief history". The Fig Tree. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Baudin Beach". Kangaroo Island Townships. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  6. ^ Lands Titles Office, Filed Plans 7761,7762
  7. ^ Kangaroo Island Assessment Book
  8. ^ Kangaroo Island Council. "Baudin Beach". Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  9. ^ SA Central. "Kangaroo Island Beaches". Retrieved 2007-07-12.