Cape Carnot

Cape Carnot
South Australia
Cape Carnot
Coordinates 34°56′47.1″S 135°37′32.2″E / 34.946417°S 135.625611°E / -34.946417; 135.625611Coordinates: 34°56′47.1″S 135°37′32.2″E / 34.946417°S 135.625611°E / -34.946417; 135.625611
Elevation 89 m (292 ft)[1]
Location 30 km (19 mi) south west of Port Lincoln

Cape Carnot (French: Cap Carnot) is a headland located on the west side of the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia about 30 kilometres (19 mi) south west of the city of Port Lincoln. The cape is described by one source as being the “S(outh) W(est) extremity of a broad promontory of which Cape Wiles, 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) to the E(ast), is the S(outh) E(ast) extremity”. It is one of a number of coastal features first discovered but not subsequently named by Matthew Flinders in February 1802 and which remained unnamed. In 1913, the Government of South Australia gave the unnamed feature the name proposed by the Baudin expedition when it visited in April 1802. The name Cape Carnot honours Lazare Carnot who is notable as a “French mathematician, general and statesman, who played a prominent part in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era”. The cape is considered by the Australian Hydrographic Service to be the eastern end of the Great Australian Bight. Since 2012, the waters adjoining its shoreline are within a habitat protection zone in the Thorny Passage Marine Park.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


  1. 1 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. 170. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  2. "Search for feature SA0012527 (Cape Carnot)". Geoscience Australia. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. "AHS – AA609582" (PDF) (PDF). The Australian Hydrographic Service. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. "The Commonwealth". The Register. 17 July 1913. p. 9. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  5. "Early whaling operations in Sleaford Bay, Station established there in 1837, Historical review of western coastline". Port Lincoln Times. 15 June 1934. p. 5. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  6. "Thorny Passage Marine Park Management Plan 2012" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. 2012. pp. 24/31. Retrieved 3 April 2014.

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