Lesueur Conservation Park

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This article is about the protected area in South Australia. For the protected area in Western Australia, see Lesueur National Park.
Lesueur Conservation Park
Lesueur Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Lesueur Conservation Park
Lesueur Conservation Park
State South Australia
Nearest town or city Penneshaw
Coordinates 35°51′34.73″S 138°03′47.81″E / 35.8596472°S 138.0632806°E / -35.8596472; 138.0632806Coordinates: 35°51′34.73″S 138°03′47.81″E / 35.8596472°S 138.0632806°E / -35.8596472; 138.0632806
Area 1,369 hectares (3,380 acres) [1]
Established 1 January 1971 [2]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Lesueur Conservation Park, formerly the Cape Hart Conservation Park, is a nature reserve on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. It was dedicated in 1971 to conserve a representative example of the soils and coastal vegetation of the southern part of the eastern end of the island. It is characterised by impressive coastal cliff scenery.[3] Its name was changed on 28 March 2002 in honour of Charles Alexandre Lesueur, a member of the Baudin expedition to Australia.[citation needed]


The park has an area of 1,369 hectares (3,380 acres) with 2 km of coastline. It lies about 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) south-west of Cape Willoughby, the easternmost point of Kangaroo Island, and 15 km south-east of the town of Penneshaw. Geologically, the park lies on sandstone, with granite boulders along the coast. The vegetation is mainly an open scrub of Eucalyptus diversifolia (Soap Mallee), with low shrubland containing Melaleuca gibbosa on the coastal cliffs. There are patches of Eucalyptus cneorifolia / Melaleuca uncinata open heath and Allocasuarina verticillata low open forest. Kangaroo Island Kangaroos and Tammar Wallabies inhabit the park and Australian Sea Lions frequent the coast.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 17 Feb 2014)". Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Wilderness Advisory Committee Annual Report 2012-13. September 2013. p. 15. ISSN 1832-9357. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Anon (1987). Conservation Parks of Kangaroo Island Management Plan. Adelaide: Department of Environment and Planning, South Australia. ISBN 0-7243-8983-0. 
  4. ^ "Cape Hart Conservation Park". Australian Heritage Database. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australia. Retrieved 2012-09-21.