Kingston Park, South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia
|Population||538 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||City of Holdfast Bay|
The Trail of the Creator Hero, Tjilbruke, begins near the foreshore at the site of an Aboriginal sacred spring. Tjilbruke carried his dead nephew, Kulultuwi, from the spring to Jervis Bay. Above the spring on the cliff top is a lookout with views across the Gulf of St Vincent and featuring the Tjilbruke Monument by South Australian sculptor John Dowie.
The Kingston Cliff Face is home to 80 indigenous plant species, including harlequin mistletoe, (Lysiana exocarpi), and sticky boobialla, (Myoporum viscosum). A third of the indigenous coastal cliff vegetation is endangered or vulnerable. Bird, animal and insects include the mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum), the shingleback lizard (Tiliqua rugosa) and the trapdoor spider.
The cliff face has three walking trails with a good level of fitness required. The trails are not accessible by wheelchairs.
The northern rocky beach area to the south is ideal for fishing and exploring rock pools whilst the beach to the south is usually calm and shallow for some distance, making it an ideal beach for families with young children.
The Kingston Park Coastal Reserve, a small park, with tennis courts, swings, barbecue and toilet facilities are located above the beach, with views out to the sea.
The Kingston family, the namesake of this suburb, were early landholders in this area. George Strickland Kingston was deputy surveyor in command of the Cygnet which landed at Holdfast Bay on 5 November 1836. His son, Charles Cameron Kingston was instrumental in drafting the Commonwealth Bill of Federation.
The Kingston family's holiday house, first known as Marino and now known as Kingston Historical House, is situated opposite the Lookout and Monument.
Although called the Brighton Caravan Park and Holiday Village, this tourist facility is actually located in Kingston Park.
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