Lesueur Conservation Park

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Lesueur Conservation Park
South Australia
Lesueur Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Lesueur Conservation Park
Lesueur Conservation Park
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
Established 1 January 1971[1]
Area 14.14 km2 (5.5 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Footnotes Coordinates[2]
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Lesueur Conservation Park, formerly the Cape Hart Conservation Park is a protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located on the Dudley Peninsula on Kangaroo Island.

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 conservation park has an area of 14.14 square kilometres (5.46 sq mi) including a 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) length of coastline.[1] It lies about 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) south-west of Cape Willoughby, the easternmost point of Kangaroo Island, and 15 km south-east of the town of Penneshaw. Geologically, the conservation 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 conservation park and Australian sea lions frequent the coast.[3][4]

The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category Ia protected area.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 14 December 2016)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2014. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Anon (1987). Conservation Parks of Kangaroo Island Management Plan (PDF). 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. 

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