Canunda Coast, SA: Destination Guide

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Make your own way through the fascinating and surprising Canunda Coast and National Park, where scenic wilderness is just waiting to be explored.

Read on to discover the best things to do and see on the Canunda Coast or find and book accommodation on the Canunda Coast today.

About the Canunda Coast

Canunda National Park covers an area of more than 9000ha and demands a patient itinerary to really explore. This five-star destination offers one of the best wilderness escapes in the state, with 4WD and hiker access to incredible trails that lead to Indigenous and pioneering historical sites and lofty lookouts over the sea. The Park boasts incredible coastlines of rugged cliffs, long stretches of surf beach, diverse coastal habitats, and some massive sand dunes.

Things to do on the Canunda Coast

There is no shortage of outdoor adventures on the Canunda Coast. Bushwalkers and 4WDers will relish the selection of trails and tracks scattering the Park for them to explore. Surfers and snorkellers tough enough to brave the chilly waters will be thrilled by Canunda’s remote reef and beach surf breaks, and on calm days, the abundant marine life that thrives around headlands closer to shore. Bird watching and fishing are also favoured pastimes on the coast, although there is something really quite relaxing about just taking a seat on the sand, and soaking up the incredible sights the Park provides.

Attractions on the Canunda Coast

Cape Buffon

The one hour return Cape Buffon Trail covers 2.5km, and explores the striking limestone cliffs. A true walk for the nature lover, the Cape Buffon walk highlights sea stacks, reef platforms, coastal vegetation, and colourful wildflowers.

Willichum Lookout

The walk to the Willichum Lookout is a slightly breathy endeavour that rewards with incredible panoramic views. Allow 45 minutes in total for the 1.6km round trip.

Seaview Hike

The Seaview Walking Trail is the perfect way to experience the diversity of this Park. Spread over 3.5km and requiring 3.5 hours to complete, the trail exposes hikers to spectacular rock formations, sandy beaches, seabirds, and flora, all the while offering beautiful coastal views.

Coola Outstation

Once part of Benara Sheep Station and abandoned in the 1950s, Coola Outstation sits on the shores of Lake Bonney and is now a popular place to picnic. From the Geltwood Beach Campground, the lovely, leisurely Coola Outstation Historical Walk leads past farming relics that dot the former pastoral lands and into a patch of dryland tea-tree scrub known as the singing forest. En-route, the Coola Lookout provides great views of the lake and surrounding dunes.

Weather

The Canunda Coast experiences mild summers that reach an average of 25 degrees Celsius, while winters dip down to around 13 degree Celsius with an average of around 99mm of rain.

Getting to the Canunda Coast

The Canunda Coast is located 428km south-east of Adelaide and stretches for 40km from Southend to Cape Banks.

By car

The drive from Adelaide requires around four and a half hours, while the slightly longer drive from Melbourne will take you close to six hours.

By air

Flights operate between Mount Gambier and both Melbourne and Adelaide, which both only take a little over and hour, and then require only a short drive to reach the coast.

Where to stay on the Canunda Coast

Campgrounds at either end of the national park are linked by a sandy, 65km-long 4WD track. For more accommodation options in and around the Canunda Coast, click here.