Nature Play SA and National Parks SA have joined together to provide a range of fun & free events to be held at various National Parks around South Australia. Each month will feature a new park to discover, and the Park of the Month for November is Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and International Bird Sanctuary National Park.

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The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is one of the delights you would not expect of metropolitan Adelaide. Located only 20 minutes from Adelaide, this marine park is home to around 30 resident bottlenose dolphins, with another 400 transient dolphins that visit at various times. These wild dolphins come here to feed, play, socialise and nurse their calves.

The southern end of the Sanctuary is located only 20 minutes’ drive from the city of Adelaide and is easily accessible from the Historic Port Adelaide. Other access points to the Sanctuary include Garden Island, St Kilda, Snowdens Beach, Outer Harbour and North Haven marina.  

The Bird Sanctuary encompasses over 60km of coastline north of Adelaide, adjacent to Gulf St Vincent, Adelaide’s northern suburbs and spans across four local council areas. Within the bird sanctuary sits the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara. Winaityinaityi Pangkara means ‘a country for all birds and the country that surrounds these birds’ in the language of the Kaurna people.

The southern gateway of the Sanctuary, located at the St Kilda foreshore, is only a 30 min drive from Adelaide. The northern gateway, at Thompson Beach is situated on some of Adelaide’s pristine coastline featuring samphire and intertidal mudflats.

Three amazing experiences at the Dolphin Sanctuary

Have a picnic lunch along Garden Island foreshore.

Watch the resident population of bottlenose dolphins from the shore, kayak or on a boat tour as the eat, play, socialise.

Paddle your kayak in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and immerse yourself amongst mangroves and creeks.

Three amazing experiences at the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

Grab your snorkelling gear and float around Port Gawler’s mangroves.

Pack some snacks and drinking water, then head to Thompson Beach for a morning of migratory bird watching

Bring your own kayak or hire one and spend the day exploring St Kilda on the water. One location to launch your kayak from is the bank of St Kilda Bay, close to the St Kilda Beach Hotel.

Did you know?

There is a ship’s graveyard site at the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary !

Dolphins are present within the Sanctuary all year round, and there are plenty of ways to see them from land, boat or kayak. 

There are a series of walks that you can do to maximise your chances of seeing a sanctuary dolphins without the need to jump on a boat or kayak

Whilst visiting the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary you can check out St Kilda Playground

At the International Bird Sanctuary You can stroll along the Garden Island Boardwalk and try to spot dolphins and pelicans.

You can Camp at Port Parham and watch the night sky to see if you can spot a shooting star.

Be sure to check our What’s On Page for great events happening this October in the park !