Have fun learning and exploring the Port River Dolphins
Not only does Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre have lots of friendly and informative advice, it also features its own free Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Display. Tucked behind the main information office, this delightful display highlights years of research and knowledge gained about the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and it really is like finding hidden treasure!
Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Display tucked behind the office of the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre
Located just 20 minutes from the CBD, this South Australia National Park, featuring a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest, has over 40 resident bottlenose dolphins, with up to 300 visits from other South Australian dolphins.
The are numerous different locations across the sanctuary to catch a sight of the dolphins
The area in the Visitor Information Centre has been set up in collaboration between the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and the Government of South Australia to raise awareness of the sanctuary, supported by the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Action Group - volunteers whose aim is to protect and educate others on how to enjoy this sanctuary so close to metro waters.
On a large display, maps highlight the best place to see the dolphins, history about the sanctuary is told with stories about dolphins who have been long-term residents, the best way to watch dolphins is shared, how to care for the sanctuary is described and other wildlife found within the sanctuary are shown in detail.
The information is ideal for families where children (and adults!) are educated in a fun way, with many photos on display, whilst listening to dolphin noises coming from around different parts of the room, which creates a unique and calm setting.
If visiting the display entices you to see more, you can visit the Port River Dolphin Trail, which is ideal when travelling by car, or a walk on a smaller scale is the Loop Path that has been developed around the inner port and is one of the best trails to spot dolphins. Both the trail and walk are great family activities to go exploring for free.
Other experiences are the Dolphin Explorer Cruise to get you out on the water to see them up close, or Adventure Kayaking SA that run specialised tours in dolphin watching, with many tours including visits to the historical Garden Island Ships' Graveyard. Both experiences have differing costs depending on the experience you are looking for.
Jump aboard the Dolphin Explorer Cruise to explore the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary