After first taking to the air in 2015, the Adelaide Shorebirds Festival is flying high in 2017 with a fantastic program of fun things to do in November. Unlike last year the excitement carries all the way through November to celebrate Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park (Winaityinaityi Pangkara) being Park of the Month.
Whether you're interested in photography, the environment, bird watching, or outdoor sports, the Adelaide Shorebirds Festival 2017 offers free things to do suitable for all ages. Take a free cruise on the Port River, go snorkelling, try kayaking in the mangroves, or go for a free guided walk with a ranger - there's family fun for everyone this year.
We have cherry-picked some of the most exciting things to do for the festival, but you will need to visit the website to see the full list of what's on. Just be aware - most events require booking. If you don't book early, you will miss out!
Take a Free Port River Cruise on the Dolphin Explorer For the Adelaide Shorebirds Festival
Port River Cruise Date: Saturday 4 November and Sunday 19 November Take a family cruise to the northern end of Bird Island and Outer Harbour with park rangers. During the trip, you will learn about this unique area with staff sharing their wealth of knowledge of the bird life and coastal habitat. More information and bookings.
Snorkel at Port Gawler Date: Saturday 11 November and Sunday 26 November Come with snorkel leaders from Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries, park rangers and local enthusiasts for an incredible guided snorkel through the magical world of the Port Gawler River mangrove forest within the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park. More information and bookings.
Bird Island Sea Kayaking Date: Saturday 11 November Adventure Kayaking SA and park rangers will lead you on a stunning kayak adventure. Leaving St Kilda we will head towards the Outer Harbour and Bird Island to explore this unique environment. Home to numerous bird species, aquatic animals, seals, sea lions and the Port River dolphins. More information and bookings.
Shorebird intro session Date: Saturday 11 November Join Birdlife Australia and learn more about the amazing migratory birds which live in the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary. Join us at one of the premier, natural shorebird sites in the state. Learn how to pick a Greenshank from a Marsh Sandpiper and what's not a Knot. More information and bookings.
Go Kayaking From St Kilda to Bird Island in November (Image Supplied)
Mangrove creeks of Barker Inlet Sea Kayaking Date: Sunday 12 November Join Adventure Kayaking SA and park rangers on a stunning kayak adventure exploring the mangrove creeks and sand flats of the Barker Inlet. You will feel like you are in a remote jungle! You will be guided through the many interlinked mangrove creeks that weave around these the magnificent trees. We may even see some of the Port River Dolphins and migratory birds along the way. Be sure to visit the St Kilda Mangrove Trail & Interpretive Centre afterwards. More information and bookings.
Adelaide Shorebirds Festival Ranger Free Guided Walk Date: Thursday 16 November Come for a free ranger-guided walk along the southern trail from Thompson Beach to Third Creek (3.6km return) to hear how the samphire-covered (native succulent) tidal mudflats, mangrove stands and seagrass beds are used by the migratory birds that arrive here every year. More information and bookings.
Adelaide Shorebirds Festival Film Night Date: Thursday 30 November
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