Cape Jervis

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This article is about the town in South Australia . For the nearby headland, see Cape Jervis (headland). For the nearby lighthouse, see Cape Jervis Lighthouse.
Cape Jervis
South Australia
Sealink Port, Cape Jervis.jpg
Sealink Terminal, Cape Jervis
Cape Jervis is located in South Australia
Cape Jervis
Cape Jervis
Coordinates 35°36′0″S 138°06′0″E / 35.60000°S 138.10000°E / -35.60000; 138.10000Coordinates: 35°36′0″S 138°06′0″E / 35.60000°S 138.10000°E / -35.60000; 138.10000
Population 295 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5204[2]
Location 108.4 km (67 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) District Council of Yankalilla
State electorate(s) Finniss
Federal Division(s) Mayo

Cape Jervis (postcode: 5204) is a town located near the south western tip of Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia on the southern end of the Main South Road approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi) south of Adelaide.[3]

It is named after the headland at the south west tip of Fleurieu Peninsula which was named by Matthew Flinders after John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent on 23 March 1802.[4]

It overlooks the coastline adjoining the following three bodies of water - Gulf St Vincent, Investigator Strait and Backstairs Passage. It also overlooks the following facilities both located at the headland of Cape Jervis - the Cape Jervis Lighthouse and the port used by Kangaroo Island SeaLink who operates the ferry service to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.[5][6][7]

The population is approximately 300 people[1] and growing rapidly, with a new estate (Cape Jervis Heights) situated behind the main town.[citation needed] Cape Jervis is located within the local government area of the District Council of Yankalilla.[5]

Cape Jervis is the starting point for the Heysen Trail, a walking track of 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) length which finishes at Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.[8] Venues of interest to visitors to the town include the Deep Creek Conservation Park, the Talisker Conservation Park and two nearby beaches - Morgan's Beach (with the remains of the trawler Ellen) and Fisheries Beach (with remains of an old whaling station).[5] Cape Jervis is also notable as a point of embarkment for fishing charters.[5]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Cape Jervis (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ Cape Jervis Postcode Australia Post
  3. ^ Development Plan, Yankililla (DC) Consolidated – 10 January 2013. page= 54/234: Government of South Australia. 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jervis, Cape (The Manning Index of South Australian History)". The State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Towns". The District Council of Yankalilla. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cape Jervis (2)". Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Getting You to iconic Kangaroo Island". Sealink Travel Group. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Heysen Trail". Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 27 November 2014.