Every year huge flocks of shorebirds migrate thousands of kilometres to the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary to nest. The bird sanctuary stretches from Barker Inlet at St Kilda to Port Parham in the north, and is home to nearly 30,000 wading birds in summer. Up to twelve species of birds fly here from as far away as Siberia, and many of these are endangered.
As one of Adelaide's longest continuous conservation areas, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is home to 263 unique fauna and flora species. The bird sanctuary helps protect resident and migratory shorebirds, including threatened species such as Curlew Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot and the endangered Eastern Curlew. It's also home to productive mangroves and many significant terrestrial species and ecological communities.
A Curlew Sandpiper Looking for Breakfast at Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (Image: Martin Stokes)
Following the success of the first Adelaide Flyway Festival in 2015, this year's Adelaide Shorebirds Festival will be an even bigger celebration of the arrival of these plucky plovers and soaring seedsnipes. This free family festival for all ages will be full of fun things to do at St Kilda, with plenty of free activities for kids.
Nature Play activities at the Adelaide Shorebirds Festival include junk yard play, building a cubby, and craft activity with small loose parts
Mud Critters educational activities for kids
Shorebird card screen printing
Kaurna cultural activities, including guided walks, traditional Kaurna dances, face-painting, boomerang painting, artefacts workshop and basket weaving and Kudlyo the black Swan
Junior ranger challenge
Educational speakers and interactive market stalls
Fun things to do to learn about local and migratory birds, our natural environment and how lucky we are to have such a special place in our backyard
If you are a camera lover, come and visit Adelaide Optical for some tips and tricks on capturing the perfect shot
See Kudlyo Black Swan at the Adelaide Shorebirds Festival
With all the free things to do at the Adelaide Shorebirds Festival, the whole family will quickly develop an appetite. Luckily a fleet of food trucks and vendors will be on hand to ensure that you don't go hungry.
Adelaide Paella's selection includes both vegetarian and chorizo options. Squid Inc will tempt you with freshly caught seafood including tender calamari, while Vietnamese Farmers Market will have their signature spring rolls and cold rolls. Thompson Beach Progress Association is hosting a BBQ and sausage sizzle with yummy steak sandwiches available too.
Bodri's Hungarian Artisan Bakery and Café -are well known for their unique cakes and great coffee, while the Tackle & Tucker Ice-cream Van will keep you cool. You will also be able to pick up some locally made and unprocessed Bohemian Honey - a sweet reminder of a great day out.
Once you have filled your appetite there are even more fun things to do at St Kilda. Take a free short trip on the historic trams or visit the Tramway Museum (not free), let the kids loose on the recently upgraded St Kilda Adventure Playground which is full of free things to do, or meander through the mangroves and visit the free colourful interpretive centre.
The Adelaide Shorebirds Festival is coordinated by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges. They have worked in partnership with the Kaurna community, BirdLife Australia, and the East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership to bring you this free event packed with activities for kids and adults.
Find more details about this fantastic day of free things to do from the Adelaide Shorebirds Festival website and the Facebook page.