Baudin Conservation Park

Where is it?: Baudin Conservation Park is 2km ESE of Penneshaw on the northern shore of Dudley Peninsula on Kangaroo Island.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 310 hectares. Hundred of Dudley – Sections 91, 92, 401, 519 and 525, Allotment 1 (Deposited Plan 56735). 1

Landscape Management Region: Kangaroo Island

History: Sections 92, 401, 510 and Allotment 1 were proclaimed on 28 March 2002 as Baudin Conservation Park. Sections 91 and 525 were added on 6 February 2014. 2, 3

In 1861, Ephraim Bates purchased part of the property, which is now Baudin Conservation Park, and moved his family to Penneshaw. Barley was grown on the property in the early 1900s. Vincent Bates owned the property that made up the park up until his death in 1995. The land remained in the Bates family until the Penneshaw community successfully lobbied National Parks and Wildlife SA to purchase the property which occurred in 2000.

The Ironstone Hill Hike follows part of the original bullock track to Cape Willoughby and provides an insight into how the Bates family lived and worked in this area. The hike leads to Ironstone Hill where the ruins of the Bates’ cottage and a stone threshing floor remain.

Habitat: The vegetation is mostly comprised of Drooping Sheaok (Allocasuarina verticillata) Woodland. Understorey plants include Hop-leaved Wattle (Acacia dodonaeifolia) and Paper Flower (Thomasia petalocaylx).

More information: NPWS

Total Species Recorded to Date: 38 (non-passerines 10, passerines 28)

Common Species: Superb Fairywren, Australian Magpie, White-browed Scrubwren, Brown Thornbill, Red Wattlebird

Less Common Species: Beautiful Firetail, New Holland Honeyeater, Grey Shrikethrush, Eastern Spinebill

  1 Protected Areas Information System. Property Summary Report. 15 March 2019. Department for Environment and Water, Adelaide, South Australia.

  2 National Parks And Wildlife Act 1972 Section 30(1): Constitution of Baudin Conservation Park. The South Australian Government Gazette 28 March 2002. 41: 1442-1443. Adelaide, South Australia

  3 South Australia State Government. 2014. National Parks and Wildlife (Baudin, Lashmar and Lesueur Conservation Parks) Proclamation 2014. The South Australian Government Gazette. 9 March 2014. 9: 555. Adelaide, South Australia

Updated: 9/01/2022

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