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Kayaking in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard

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Published April 30th 2012
Port River Dolphins
Port River Dolphins

Kayaking on the Port River is one of Adelaide's truly unique experiences, the mixture of being on the serene water, with a backdrop of a port carrying so much history. The river is full of surprises.

The Port River is home to the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary; marine life, birds and the unique Port River Dolphins.

Then there's the Ship's Graveyard, a unique feature of the area with over 20 wrecks- one of South Australia's spookiest secrets.

The story of the Dolphin Sanctuary begins 20 years ago, when a picture of a race horse and a dolphin together in the Port River was published in a newspaper. Mike Bossley, a professor of environmental studies, came down to the river to learn more and found not one friendly fellow but a number of pods of Dolphin.

In the 1990s pollution in the Port River appeared to have caused birth defects in the dolphin population. Mike and many local volunteers began lobbying the government to clean up the area and protect the dolphins and the area was proclaimed a sanctuary for dolphins in 2006.

Kayaking Tours are conducted by Adventure Kayaka in double sea kayaks which are more stable for beginners or you can hire a single kayak. Tours and hire generally operate Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and most public holidays.

Booking is essential and gift vouchers are available. For more, go to the Adventure Kayaking website.
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Why? Unique experience
When: Wednesdays to Sundays, starts 9.30 am
Where: Port River, Port Adelaide, SA, Australia
Cost: Tours start from $25 for a child and $40 for an adult, concessions available.
i love kayaking there! great recommendation :)
By Chelsea Ayling - senior reviewer
Thursday, 9th of June @ 01:13 pm
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