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Stamford Hill Loop Hike

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Published October 3rd 2016
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It was in February 1802 when Captain Matthew Flinders in The Investigator turned a corner, which he subsequently named Cape Donington, and entered a giant harbour which he tentatively named as Lincoln, in honour of his place of birth. Desperate for fresh water after months at sea, The Investigator docked, and some of crew went ashore to climb an oddly placed small hill for a better view of the surrounds.

Stamford Hill Loop Hike, Stamford Hill Hike, Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln, Investigator Trail, Surfleet Cove, National Parks SA
Views - Steve Hudson


Some 200 years later, that trek by the crew to the top has been incorporated into a loop hike for all of us to enjoy and experience the same walk taken by our pioneers all those years ago. The 5.7km loop in beautiful Lincoln National Park heads to Stamford Hill lookout with its spectacular views of the ocean, the sandy beaches of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln and the national park itself.

Stamford Hill Loop Hike, Stamford Hill Hike, Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln, Investigator Trail, Surfleet Cove, National Parks SA
Trailhead - Steve Hudson


A picnic area, toilets and information boards greet visitors at Stamford Beach, some 20km inside of Lincoln National Park. The well-signposted walk, part of SA's 40 Great Short Walks, starts from the picnic area and slowly winds its way uphill past natural mallee, wildflowers, granite and information boards highlighting the challenges faced by our pioneers.

Stamford Hill Loop Hike, Stamford Hill Hike, Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln, Investigator Trail, Surfleet Cove, National Parks SA
Trail passing wildflowers - Steve Hudson


Atop of Stamford Hill stands a sandstone monument commemorating Captain Matthew Flinders' voyage round the peninsula in 1802, his mapping of the coastline and his consequent naming of local landmarks using European names, many from English towns of which he had a personal connection.

Stamford Hill Loop Hike, Stamford Hill Hike, Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln, Investigator Trail, Surfleet Cove, National Parks SA
Monument - Steve Hudson
Stamford Hill Loop Hike, Stamford Hill Hike, Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln, Investigator Trail, Surfleet Cove, National Parks SA
Port Lincoln - Steve Hudson


One atop the hill, the shorter Stamford Hill Hike returns back to Stamford Beach along the same path of the ascent, while the 5.7km Stamford Hill Loop Hike follows the Barbara Beitz trail down the western side of Stamford Hill through further mallee country that is alive with wildflowers during spring.

Stamford Hill Loop Hike, Stamford Hill Hike, Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln, Investigator Trail, Surfleet Cove, National Parks SA
Barbara Beitz Trail - Steve Hudson

Stamford Hill Loop Hike, Stamford Hill Hike, Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln, Investigator Trail, Surfleet Cove, National Parks SA
Wildflowers - Steve Hudson


This trail descends slowly almost to the bay before approaching a T-Junction with the park-wide Investigator Trail. Turning right and heading east the trail continues just above the shore line, passes an old well and some ruins before eventually returning to the picnic ground at Stamford Beach.

Stamford Hill Loop Hike, Stamford Hill Hike, Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln, Investigator Trail, Surfleet Cove, National Parks SA
Old well - Steve Hudson

Stamford Hill Loop Hike, Stamford Hill Hike, Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln, Investigator Trail, Surfleet Cove, National Parks SA
Shelter - Steve Hudson


Stamford Hill is part of the Lincoln National Park. Entrance fees apply in the park for vehicles and camping. The Stamford Hill walks are available all year round, but walkers should be conscious of bushfire conditions during summer. For further details refer to the Lincoln National Park webpage or the Bushwalking in the Lincoln National Park Brochure.
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Why? Great views of Boston Bay
When: Any time
Where: Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln
Cost: Park entrance fees from $10
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Another lovely area in Aus. and with views to die for.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5676) 352 days ago
It is now over 50 years Steve since I went to Pt.Lincoln and next year I am thinking of going again.This article and the excellent photos to go with it, encourages me to take the trail.I wish I could board a a vessel like the MV Moonta from Wallaroo and travel by sea. like they did for 30 years or more,when the Gulf Trips were so popular.
by noelp (score: 3|1166) 348 days ago
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