Australian Marine Parks

Southern right whales calve in Western Eyre Marine Park.

The park links three South Australian state marine parks:

  • Nuyts Archipelago
  • West Coast Bays
  • Investigator.

It also links shallow coastal waters to the deep ocean. Its seafloor habitats include:

  • slopes
  • terraces
  • canyons
  • abyssal plains.

Seafloor invertebrates are diverse here, and the park is important for small open-water fishes.

Nutrient-rich waters rising from near the seafloor to the surface support marine life. This provides rich foraging grounds for:

  • seabirds
  • Australian sea-lions
  • pygmy blue whales
  • sperm whales
  • white sharks.

The park is about 30 kilometres west of Streaky Bay, South Australia, and extends south to the edge of Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone. It covers 57,944 square kilometres, with depths from 15 metres to over 6000 metres.

It has National Park, Multiple Use, Special Purpose and Special Purpose (Trawl) zones.

Explore

For recreational fishers, nearby Streaky Bay is a popular base. You can fish in many parts of the marine park and adjacent state marine parks. Check the zoning maps for details.

Find out more about the adjacent South Australian marine parks, including:

Click on the map below to see what you can do in the Western Eyre Marine Park.

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Park area

57,944 km²

Depth range

15 to 6,000 m

Average depth

2,514 m