Cape Donington & Stamford Hill

Visit the Southern Hemisphere’s busiest fishing port and learn about the town’s notable history with Blue Fin Tuna, Southern Rock Lobster and more.

The area features spectacular beaches including September Beach and Donington Beach – both are a perfect spot for a relaxing swim.

Along the sandy streets and rocky shores you’re likely to spot some of the vibrant birdlife that frequent the area. Keep an eye out for western grey kangaroos, emus, goannas and long-nosed fur seals. Venture to nearby wildlife hub, Donington Island which is home to a colony of Australian sea lions. Observe these sociable creatures as the adults relax in the sunlight and the pups playfully interact with each other.

Get your blood pumping on a walk up Stamford Hill and be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of Boston Bay and beyond. The two kilometre return hike holds a spot on the list of the 40 Great South Australian Short Walks. Along the way, scattered signs give insight into the history of the land. This trail includes some decent inclines but the trail surface underfoot is solid. The lookout is 200 meters below the summit, the summit housing the Matthew Flinders monument. This sandstone statue commemorates Matthew Flinders’ 1802 voyage of the peninsula and the maps he produced of the coastline.

Learn About Our Voyages Visiting Cape Donington & Stamford Hill


“On the way up Port Lincoln Parrots were briefly seen, as were several scrub wrens and wattle birds. Meanwhile, Dale’s mob undertook a walk on the “Investigator Trail”… [the] walk took them through some lovely shady Melaleuca woodland with the occasional look-out over the dune tops to the bay… Both groups arrived on Woodcutters Bay at the same time with the climbers needing a cooling dunk in Spalding Cove before it was back on the Xplorer.”

– Guest Lecturers Quentin Chester and Dale Arnott, 17 Feb 2021

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