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Coobowie Marine Research Station

The Coobowie Marine Research Station is an ideal example of a coastal environment and the School of Biological Sciences is fortunate to have a research station based there. Coobowie is used predominantly by Marine Ecology groups to study the patterns and processes affecting the distribution of plants and animals in marine and estuarine environments.

Coobowie Station

Directions by road from Adelaide:  North to Port Wakefield and then South to Ardrossan and Coobowie. Approximately 220 km in total. GPS 35 03.3265 S  137 43.520 E

  • A Brief History

    Originally called 'Deception Bay' because explorers were unable to find the fresh water they expected in such a beautiful bay setting, Coobowie lies between Stansbury and Edithburgh close to the southern tip of the Yorke Pennisula.

    The adjacent Causeway was originally built in 1878 to shorten the journey between Edithburgh and Coobowie by four and half miles (7kms) at high tide. The total cost back then was five hundred and forty pounds. The Causeway became blocked due to natural tidal flow to the inlet which, over the years, became saltier and nearly stagnant.

    In December 2005, a group of committed local people, with the support of the Coastal Protection Board through the Department of Heritage and with the support also of the Yorke Peninsula District Council, initiated the "restoration" of the causeway. Tidal flow was restored and we now have this wonderful spot to view and admire.

  • Research at Coobowie

    Sunset at Coobowie The site is used by University staff and students for project work and undergraduate teaching. Affiliate organisations such as the SA Museum also use this base for regular monitoring programs. The nearby Edithburgh jetty is popular with University scuba diving enthusiasts; Coobowie is only a few kilometres away and is a good base for these activities.

    The mid-semester Marine Ecology field camp at Coobowie gets students doing the things that established marine biologists do, including exploration of the rocky shore habitats and organisms, rigorous quantification of patterns, forming clear hypotheses, establishing and sampling manipulative experiments, as well as analysing and summarising their findings in the form of a research paper. The camp is designed to pose significant real-world challenges to students that encourage teamwork.  Fundamental hands-on skills in sampling and experimental design are taught and developed.

  • Facilities

    The property has waterfront access to Salt Creek, and comprises a main building and a 80 sq m lab area. Accomodation consists of a bedroom with bunk beds, lounge, dining area, kitchen with servery and store room.

    There is also a separate amenities block and outside covered area.

  • Enquiries and Maintenance

    Sunset at Coobowie Mr David Ladd
    Technical Officer
    Telephone: +61 8 8313 4558

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