Did you know that Adelaide has a dolphin sanctuary just 12 kilometres from the city? Or that Thompson Beach, Port Parham and the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary are just up the road?
The Adelaide Shorebird and Dolphin Festival 2019 celebrates the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary throughout November with some interesting and unique activities in this hidden corner of Adelaide.
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The sanctuaries cover the mangrove coastline from Port Adelaide to Port Parham and are home to a pod of bottlenose dolphins and tens of thousands of birds migrate to the shores of Adelaide all the way from the Arctic Circle every Spring.
During November, there'll be free events like the morning shorebirds walk and a sunset guided walk at Thompson Beach. Why not join in the Dolphin Census on Saturday the 16th? You can learn about how micro plastics are detected and measured on the 17th and help clean up the shores of Garden Island with AUSMAP and Sea Shepherd.
There are plenty of other events that have small fees, like the Torrens Island Quarantine Station tour, kayaking tours deep into the mangrove forests or stand up paddle-boarding around the shipwrecks of the ships' graveyard in North Arm.
One of the most interesting activities will be the Port Gawler snorkel guided tour on Saturday 23 November. This one has three sessions across the day and bookings are essential.
Snorkel leaders from Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries and park rangers will lead a guided snorkel tour through the wonderful watery world of the Port Gawler mangrove forest and show you an incredible array of fish and plant life. Come along to have some fun and learn from experts at the same time!
Late spring is an excellent time to get outdoors and enjoy Adelaide. This special festival shines a spotlight on a wild and beautiful part of Adelaide and is an ideal time to explore it. See the whole program and overview here.