Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area

Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area, formerly the Cape Torrens Conservation Park and the Cape Torrens National Park, is a protected area on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. It was originally dedicated on 21 January 1971 to conserve remnant native vegetation with outstanding coastal and cliff scenery and proclaimed as a wilderness protection area on 15 October 1993.[2][4][5]

Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area
South Australia
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)[1]
Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area
Nearest town or cityParndana
Coordinates35°43′30″S 136°45′00″E[1]
Established21 January 1971[2]
Area9.4 km2 (3.6 sq mi)[3]
Managing authoritiesDepartment for Environment and Water
See alsoProtected areas of South Australia


The wilderness protection area has an area of 9.4 square kilometres (3.6 sq mi) with 7 km (4.3 mi) of coastline including Cape Torrens. It lies towards the western end of the island's north coast. It is characterised by a coastal ridge and the scenic cliffs typical of the north coast, declining in altitude further inland. The cliff tops carry a coastal complex dominated by Acacia paradoxa, grading inland to open eucalypt scrubland. The ridge has patches of Eucalyptus cladocalyx woodland with an understorey of Hakea rostrata, Xanthorrhoea tateana and Lasiopetalum sp.[6] The wilderness protection area is classified as an IUCN Category Ib protected area.[1]

Wilderness qualities

The following qualities have been identified by the government agency managing the wilderness protection area:[4]

The area is outstanding for the biological integrity of its native forest and woodland, and for its wild coastal scenery. It also contains habitat for the endangered Glossy Black-cockatoo. The wilderness quality of Cape Torrens Wilderness Protection Area is recorded as high, as it is undisturbed by structures and impacts of modern technology. There are no internal tracks and the vegetation is virtually pristine.


  1. "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (refer 'DETAIL' tab )". CAPAD 2016. Australian Government, Department of the Environment (DoE). 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. Shard, A.J. (21 January 1971). "NATIONAL PARKS ACT, 1966: VARIOUS NATIONAL PARKS DECLARED" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia: 186–187. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  3. "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 17 Feb 2014)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  4. "Wilderness Advisory Committee Annual Report 2012-13" (PDF). September 2013: 15. ISSN 1832-9357. Retrieved 17 March 2014. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. Wiese, B.J. (15 October 1993). "WILDERNESS PROTECTION ACT 1992 SECTION 22(1): CONSTITUTION OF CAPE TORRENS WILDERNESS PROTECTION AREA" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 1755. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  6. Anon (1987). Conservation Parks of Kangaroo Island Management Plan (PDF). Adelaide: Department of Environment and Planning, South Australia. ISBN 0-7243-8983-0.
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