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Cape Jervis is a headland located at the most westerly part of the Fleurieu Peninsula on the east coast of Gulf St Vincent in South Australia about 0.7 kilometres (0.43 miles) west of the town of the same name, Cape Jervis. It is the eastern end of the opening to Gulf St Vincent. The cape is described by one source as being:

Cape Jervis
South Australia
Sealink Port, Cape Jervis.jpg
Sealink Terminal, Cape Jervis
Cape Jervis is located in South Australia
Cape Jervis
Cape Jervis
Coordinates 35°36′12″S 138°5′12″E / 35.60333°S 138.08667°E / -35.60333; 138.08667Coordinates: 35°36′12″S 138°5′12″E / 35.60333°S 138.08667°E / -35.60333; 138.08667
Location 0.7 km (0 mi) west of Cape Jervis

...a high bold headland having but little vegetation. It is intersected by gullies and has several cliffy projections. The W, and most prominent, of these projections, referred to as The Cape, does not present so steep a face to the sea as the other projections, but slopes down, gradually, from the heights inland, of which Tree Hill, 345 metres (1,132 feet) high, 3 nautical miles (5.6 kilometres; 3.5 miles) ESE of Cape Jervis, is the most prominent.

It was named by Matthew Flinders after John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent on 23 March 1802. Since 1871, it has been the site of a navigation aid in the form of a lighthouse. Immediately south of the lighthouse, there is a boat harbor with a jetty of 120 metres (390 feet) length which serves as the port used by Kangaroo Island SeaLink who operates the ferry service to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Since 2012, the waters adjoining its shoreline are within the Encounter Marine Park.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cape Jervis". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (2010). Pub175, Sailing directions (enroute) north, west, and south coast of Australia (PDF) (10th ed.). National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). p. 210. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Encounter Marine Park Management plan summary" (PDF). Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. p. 38 of 39. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jervis, Cape (The Manning Index of South Australian History)". The State Library of South Australia. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cape Jervis (2)". Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Bye, J.A.T. (1976). "Chapter 11:Physical oceanography of Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait". In Twidale, C.R.; Tyler, M.J; Webb, B.P. Natural history of the Adelaide Region. Royal Society of South Australia Inc. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-9596627-0-2. 
  7. ^ "Getting You to iconic Kangaroo Island". Sealink Travel Group. Retrieved 27 November 2014.