Cape Jervis

Coordinates: 35°36′0″S 138°06′0″E / 35.60000°S 138.10000°E / -35.60000; 138.10000
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Cape Jervis
South Australia
Sealink Terminal, Cape Jervis
Cape Jervis is located in South Australia
Cape Jervis
Cape Jervis
Coordinates35°36′0″S 138°06′0″E / 35.60000°S 138.10000°E / -35.60000; 138.10000[1]
Population264 (2016 census)[2]
Established1954 (sub-division)
5 August 1999 (locality)[3][4]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACST (UTC+10:30)
Location88 km (55 mi) from Adelaide[5]
LGA(s)District Council of Yankalilla[1]
RegionFleurieu and Kangaroo Island[6]
State electorate(s)Mawson[7]
Federal division(s)Mayo[8]
Mean max temp[9] Mean min temp[9] Annual rainfall[9]
17.5 °C
64 °F
10.2 °C
50 °F
818.9 mm
32.2 in
Localities around Cape Jervis:
Gulf St Vincent Gulf St Vincent
Rapid Bay
Rapid Bay
Gulf St Vincent
Investigator Strait
Cape Jervis Delamere
Deep Creek
Investigator Strait Backstairs Passage Backstairs Passage
FootnotesAdjoining localities[1]

Cape Jervis is a town in the Australian state of South Australia located near the western tip of Fleurieu Peninsula on the southern end of the Main South Road approximately 88 kilometres (55 mi) south of the state capital of Adelaide.[10]

It is named after the headland (also known by its Aboriginal name Parewarangk[11]) at the western tip[12] of Fleurieu Peninsula which was named by Matthew Flinders after John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent on 23 March 1802.[13]

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.[14][15][16]

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Cape Jervis had 264 people living within its boundaries.[2]

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.[17] 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).[14] Cape Jervis is also notable as a point of embarkment for fishing charters.[14]

Cape Jervis is located within the federal division of Mayo, the state electoral district of Mawson and the local government area of the District Council of Yankalilla.[8][1][7]


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  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cape Jervis (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 October 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Manning, Geoffrey. "South Australian Names – J" (PDF). Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  4. ^ Sarneckis, Kos (5 August 1999). "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991 Notice to Assign Names and Boundaries to Places (within the District Council of Yankalilla)" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 657. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Cape Jervis, South Australia (Postcode)". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Fleurieu Kangaroo Island SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  7. ^ a b Mawson (Map). Electoral District Boundaries Commission. 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Federal electoral division of Mayo, boundary gazetted 16 December 2011" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Summary (climate) statistics PARAWA (SECOND VALLEY FOREST AWS)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  10. ^ Development Plan, Yankililla (DC) Consolidated – 10 January 2013 (PDF). Government of South Australia. 2014. p. 54. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  11. ^ Coastal Management Study, HallettCove, SA (PDF) (Report). Report No. R11‐008‐01‐01. Coastal Environment Pty Ltd. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2020. Prepared for the City of Marion.
  12. ^ Sailing Directions (Enroute), Pub. 175: North, West, and South Coasts of Australia (PDF). Sailing Directions. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2017. p. 222-223.
  13. ^ "Jervis, Cape (The Manning Index of South Australian History)". The State Library of South Australia. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  14. ^ a b c "Towns". The District Council of Yankalilla. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  15. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: South Australia". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  16. ^ "Getting You to iconic Kangaroo Island". Sealink Travel Group. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  17. ^ "The Heysen Trail". Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Archived from the original on 22 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.