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Moana Sands Conservation Park

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Published June 4th 2021
Discovering local reptiles and birds
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Moana Sands Conservation Park


Open daily, I would urge you to check out Moana Sands Conservation Park next time you're in the Fleurieu Peninsula. The park's landscape has unfortunately been impacted by a long history of sand mining, however, opportunities to observe local reptiles and birds still exist. Do look out for honeyeaters, wattlebirds, falcons, swamp harriers and dotterels among its low coastal vegetation.

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Walking up the sand dunes


Friends of Moana Sands are currently undertaking work to promote biodiversity and control pest plants. Their work has been significant in uncovering the rich history of the park as an Aboriginal cultural heritage site. The Kaurna people made their summer camp in the coastal sand dunes next to Pedlar Creek many years ago. Burial sites, hearths and shell middens have been found by archeologists.

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Low coastal vegetation


Located approximately 35 kilometres south of Adelaide, Moana Sands Conservation Park can be accessed via the Esplanade in Moana. Parking is available opposite Graham Rabbett Reserve. There are also public toilets just next to the car park if you happen to need them.

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A long history of sand mining

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Why? Discovering local reptiles and birds
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Where: The Esplanade, Moana, SA
Cost: Free
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