Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Immerse Yourself in a Marine Park

Home > Adelaide > School Holiday Activities | Outdoor | Family | Beaches | Walks
by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Event: -
Free Family Fun in the Water
Immerse Yourself in a Marine Park


There's nothing quite like water and sand to keep children happy for hours. If you would like to try a variation on swimming, why not book in for one of the free (or almost free) beach activities organised by National Parks of South Australia. There's lots of new things to explore with the help of Rangers, Reef Watch experts and experienced snorkel leaders.

Sand, water and sun. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


National Parks SA are holding reef rambles, night walks and snorkelling events all along the coast; from Hallett Cove to Port Macdonnell. If you are visiting the Limestone Coast, check the Coastal Connections program for even more wet and sandy holiday fun. Investigate bush tucker, nocturnal dune dwellers, coastal and wetland birds, seagrass, Aboriginal culture, kayaking, fossils and fishing.

Marine Park's calendar of events contains everything you need to know on where to meet, what to bring, the cost and links for booking. Have a look at the following pages for information on the exciting events on offer.

Reef Rambles

Port Noarlunga South Reef.
Walk along the reef at Port Noarlunga. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Innes National Park

Join a free ranger guided reef walk at Innes National Park and adjoining Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park. Booking required.
Date: 8 January 2016

Aldinga

Come along on a free reef ramble tour with an expert from Reef Watch.
Date: 9 January 2016

Normanville

Come along on a free reef ramble tour at Lady Bay with an expert from Reef Watch.
Date: 10 January 2016

Hallett Cove

Come along on a free reef ramble tour at Hallett Cove Beach with an expert from Reef Watch.
Date: 16 January 2016

Hallett Cove beach
Ramble over the rocks at Hallett Cove beach. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Port Lincoln

Free reef ramble at Port Lincoln. Come and learn more about our marine life. Booking required.
Date: 25 January 2016

Coffin Bay

Free reef ramble at Coffin Bay. Come and learn more about our marine life. Booking required.
Date: 27 January 2016
NaturePlay have a wonderful 'Agreement' for humans to make with Nature: 'have fun, get dirty, learn something, explore new places and discover new things, be kind to the plants and animals, leave only footprints and come back to play again!' With these things in mind they have put together a list of '20 Things to Discover at Coffin Bay'. Coffin Bay National Park is being celebrated as Nature Play's December Park of Month.

Snorkelling

Port Noarlunga South Reef
Port Noarlunga underwater. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Port Noarlunga

Come along on a snorkelling tour and learn about Port Noarlunga Reef Sanctuary Zone. Several sessions at various times. Booking required.
Date: 21 December 2015

Sea star at Port Noarlunga
Sea star at Port Noarlunga. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Second Valley

Come along on a snorkelling tour and learn about Encounter Marine Park. Several sessions at various times. Booking required.
Date: 29 December 2015

Port Willunga and Star of Greece shipwreck

Join in a guided snorkelling tour and learn about our marine parks and its maritime heritage. Snorkel over a shipwreck 'Star of Greece'. Several sessions at various times. Booking required.
Date: 23 January 2016

Port Willunga
So much to see at Port Willunga. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Port Lincoln

Free snorkelling tour at Port Lincoln on Australia Day! Join a community snorkelling event and learn more about our marine life. Booking required.
Dates: 25-26 January 2016

Coffin Bay

Free snorkelling tours at Coffin Bay. Join a community snorkelling event and learn more about our marine life. Booking required.
Date: 27 January 2016

Tumby Bay

Free snorkelling tours at Tumby Bay. Join a community snorkelling event and learn more about our marine life. Booking required.
Date: 28 January 2016

Night Reef Walks

Innes National Park

Join a free ranger guided night walk of the local reefs and rock pools at Innes National Park. Booking required.
Dates: 22 - 23 January 2016

Innes National Park
Innes National Park. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Innes National Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of extreme fire danger days. To enter, purchase a Parks Pass from the Parks SA website. Look for the anchor and hull of the Ethel. Enjoy bushwalking, bird life, coastal views, lighthouses, and the ruins of the historic town of Inneston.

Aquatic Adventures

Encounter Marine Park

Encounter Marine Park is Nature Play's Park of the Month in January 2016. Encounter Marine Park includes Port Noarlunga, Aldinga, Rapid Bay, Cape Jervis, Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Bashams Beach, Antechamber Bay, Penneshaw, American River and Kingscote. This region is home to Southern Right Whales, Australian Sea Lions and Leafy Sea Dragons.

Discover the park, learn more about our marine environment and its diverse marine life, enjoy surfing, fishing and other summer activities.
Date: 1 January 2016

Robe

Marine park and coastal activities at Robe including rock pool rambles and Junior Ranger activities.
Date: 2 January 2016

Robe, Rockpools
Rockpools at Robe. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Port MacDonnell

Marine park and coastal activities at Port MacDonnell including snorkel tours, rockpool rambles and Junior Ranger activities.
Date: 2 January 2016

Southend

Marine park and coastal activities at Southend including estuary discovery tours and Junior Ranger activities.
Date: 3 January 2016

Port Noarlunga - Eco Beach and Aquatic Adventure
Free family fun day at Port Noarlunga beach with lots of fun activities including guided snorkelling, fishing, big bash beach cricket and meet the Royal Australian Navy! Enter for a chance to win a SNUBA dive worth $100.
Date: 31 January 2016, 10.00am - 1.00pm

Here are some extra ideas for activities, events and festivals along South Australia's coastline this summer:

Port Lincoln Tunarama 22nd to 26th January 2016

visit the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

view the Surf Life Saving Surf Sport Events. Numerous events commencing December 2015.

cheer the Flotilla for Kids, a colourful flotilla of decorated boats, motoring up the Port River from Outer Harbor to Port Adelaide. It's on Sunday 7th February, 2016.

Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  37
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Learn something new in a fun beach environment.
When: Summer holidays
Phone: 1800 006 120
Where: Events happening all along the coast from Hallett Cove to Port MacDonnell
Cost: Free or small charge
Your Comment
Chatting to a Reef Watch guide today, I learnt that their Summer Holiday program has been highly popular with most events booked out. There are plans to add extra events so keep an eye on their website for further events.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4046) 976 days ago
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions