Cape Wiles

Cape Wiles
South Australia
Cape Wiles
Coordinates 34°56′44.3″S 135°41′3.3″E / 34.945639°S 135.684250°E / -34.945639; 135.684250Coordinates: 34°56′44.3″S 135°41′3.3″E / 34.945639°S 135.684250°E / -34.945639; 135.684250
Elevation 143 m (469 ft)[1]
Location 27 km (17 mi) south west of Port Lincoln

Cape Wiles is a headland located on the west side of the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia about 27 kilometres (17 mi) south west of the city of Port Lincoln. The cape is described by one source as being the south east extremity of “a broad promontory” of which Cape Carnot is the south west extremity at a distance of 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) to the west. The cape also is the western extremity of Sleaford Bay. It was named by Matthew Flinders on 19 February 1802 after James Wiles, a botanist whom he described as “a worthy friend at Liguanea, in Jamaica”. The cape is the site of a high frequency radar station which is used to collect data about wind direction and wave height. 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][7]


  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 SA0073095 (Cape Wiles (SA))". Geoscience Australia. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. "The Commonwealth". The Register. 17 July 1913. p. 9. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. "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.
  5. "Wiles, James (1768 - 1851)". Australian National Herbarium. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  6. "IMOS - ACORN - Cape Wiles HF ocean radar station (South Australia Gulfs, South Australia, Australia)". Research Data Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  7. "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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