Located on the southern side of Kangaroo Island D'Estrees Bay is an unspoilt natural paradise. Natural bushland meets long stretches of beach with firm sand, ideal for a leisurely stroll. The beaches are perfect for swimming, diving and surfing.
D'Estrees Bay is renowned for the elusive paper Nautilus shell, ship wrecks (rumour has it that gold treasure is somewhere in the bay) and as a former whaling station. Birdwatchers will not be disappointed as the Western Whipbird is a local and Murray's Lagoon is a nearby bird Mecca. The start of Cape Gantheaume coastal trek is at D'Estrees Bay leading into Cape Gantheaume National park.
Kangaroo Island's coastline has many shipwrecks. The shipwreck close to Blue Seas Beach House in D'Estrees Bay is the Osmali.
On 25th November 1853 the Osmanli ploughed into the reef at the southern end of D'Estrees Bay. On board the passengers were travelling from Melbourne to Port Adelaide with a cargo of mail. After a week the survivors of the wreck arrived in Port Adelaide on 1st December after enduring bad weather in lifeboats and being rescued at Cape Jervis by the ship Tamar. The shipwreck is believed to have occurred because the Sturt Lighthouse could not be seen due to dirty windows.
The following birds are in the D'Estrees Bay area (not including Murray's Lagoon)
Please enquire about the best time and place to see any of these species.
* most often seen at the Blue Seas Beach House bird bath
+ beach wash
D'Estrees Bay offers surfers a beautiful morning surf with a sunrise. The break is located at the southern end of the D'Estrees Bay in a horseshoe shaped cove.
Divers will enjoy the abundant sea life in a variety of locations in D'Estrees Bay.
A boat ramp is located at the beginning of the Blue Seas Beach House track as you turn left away from Cape Gantheaume National park. Whiting, flathead, trevally and mullet are regularly caught from beaches in the area.
(source SA Motor magazine May/June 2005)