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 August is Encounter Marine Park.
So tell me more….
Just a short drive from Adelaide you are treated with spectacular snorkelling and diving locations, whale watching areas and great fishing spots.
Stretching from Fleurieu Peninsula to the north-eastern coast of Kangaroo Island and the Coorong, the park provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the diverse marine life including leafy sea dragons, Australian sea lions, dolphins and southern right whales.
National parks which you can stay in which border Encounter Marine Park
Check out one of our favourites Victor Harbor Holiday & Caravan Park
Along the shoreline boundary of the marine park there are numerous, council and privately owned, facilities that might be useful to marine users especially jetties, boat ramps and carparks.
- Port Noarlunga
- Second Valley
- Rapid Bay
- Cape Jervis
- The Bluff
- Granite Island (Encounter Bay)
- Kingscote (Kangaroo Island)
- American River (Kangaroo Island)
- Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island)
Drive on beaches
Getting there …
Encounter Marine Park stretches for many kilometers of coast and has multiple access points, try these popular locations:
- Port Noarlunga
- Rapid Bay
- Cape Jervis
- Victor Harbor
- Port Elliot
- Bashams Beach
- Antechamber Bay (Kangaroo Island)
- Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island)
- American River (Kangaroo Island)
- Kingscote (Kangaroo Island
What can I do at Encounter Marine Park?
Before you think it is too cold for a Marine Park visit thin again… Winter sees the arrival of whales as they find a place to give birth. Whilst the stormy shoreline has hundreds of natural treasures washed up by the surf .
Visit the Victor Harbor Whale Centre and learn about marine life, traditional owners, and whaling history
Explore the different sized rocks at Myponga Beach and keep an eye out for shorebirds
Wander along the Moana Beach shoreline and see what types of shells, sponges and seaweed you can find
At low tide explore the rockpools at Aldinga and see how many dome-shaped Limpets you can find (round striped shells attached to rocks)
When it turns warmer….
Explore Port Noarlunga Reef, by snorkeling or using goggles to spot the marine life beneath the surface
Spend a day at Horseshoe Bay and be sure to get an ice-cream or some fish and chips
Go swimming in Port Noarlunga Reef with friends
Some other great information we found includes:
Dogs are welcome in marine parks but please check with the relevant local council as by-laws may vary.
Offering everybody the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of picturesque Normanville beach, there are two beach wheelchairs available for short term loan. The Sandcruiser and Sandpiper wheelchairs have large balloon-like tyres which make for easy access on soft sand and in shallow water
Be sure to check our What’s On Page for great events happening this August in the park !
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