Lipson Cove

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Lipson Cove
South Australia
Lipson Cove is located in South Australia
Lipson Cove
Lipson Cove
Coordinates 34°15′36″S 136°15′47″E / 34.26°S 136.263°E / -34.26; 136.263Coordinates: 34°15′36″S 136°15′47″E / 34.26°S 136.263°E / -34.26; 136.263
Postcode(s) 5607
Location 215 km (134 mi) WNW of Adelaide
LGA(s) District Council of Tumby Bay
State electorate(s) Flinders
Federal Division(s) Grey
Localities around Lipson Cove:
Sheep Hill Cape Hardy Port Neill
Lipson, South Australia Lipson Cove Spencer Gulf
Tumby Bay Spencer Gulf Spencer Gulf

Lipson Cove is a tranquil sandy bay on the Western shore of Spencer Gulf, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. It is adjacent to the proposed site of Centrex Metals Ltd's Port Spencer iron ore port development. It is known for its camping, fishing, coastal and marine habitats and is regarded as a safe swimming beach.[1]

Location & Access[edit]

Lipson Cove lies 215 km west-northwest of Adelaide and 63 km northeast of Port Lincoln. The nearest townships are Lipson, inland to the southwest and Port Neill to the north east. It can be accessed from the Lincoln Highway via the Lipson Cove Road. The road is unsealed, but well maintained and always passable for 2-wheel drive vehicles. Basic camping facility are present behind the dunes at the foreshore.

Lipson Cove is renowned for its shore-based fishing and an old talc mine is located nearby. Coastal features include granite hills and cliffs which extend northwards from Lipson Cove to Port Neill.

Lipson Cove is also the site of the wreck of the ketch, Three Sisters. She was lost on the 13th of March, 1899.[2] The remains of the wooden vessel can sometimes be seen protruding from the beach sand.

Lipson Island Conservation Park[edit]

Lipson Island lies 150 metres out from the Lipson Cove beach can be accessed when the tide is low, but care must be taken not to become stranded as the tide rises. The island and surrounding intertidal zone constitute the Lipson Island Conservation Park which was proclaimed in 1967. The island is an important rookery for roosting sea birds, including colonies of black-faced cormorant, crested tern and little penguin. Sooty oystercatchers have also been recorded on the island and New Zealand fur seals visit and haul out there occasionally.[3]

Lipson Island also bears the alternative French name of Ile d'Alembert, so named by French explorer Nicolas Baudin.


Species of conservation significance known to inhabit or visit the area include hooded plovers, fairy terns, white-bellied sea eagles, great white sharks, southern right whales and bottlenose dolphins.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lipson Cove Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  2. ^ The Wreck Site "Three Sisters" Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  3. ^ a b Atlas of Living Australia "Lipson Cove - All Species within 1km radius" Retrieved 2013-11-05.