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Park of the month

Join us each month as we showcase our amazing national parks with our Park of the Month program. 

Park of the Month is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of our special natural places and to find new ways to enjoy them. 

Each month there will be variety of events for everyone to enjoy, many of them are free. You can learn more about a park direct from the park ranger, have an adventure and explore a park in a different way with activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking, chill out in nature with yoga and forest bathing, hear about the cultural history and join in conservation efforts to protect and conserve national parks for future generations. 

August - Encounter Marine Park and Granite Island Recreation Park

In August we are celebrating Encounter Marine Park and Granite Island Recreation Park as our Park of the Month. Stretching from Adelaide’s southern beaches to the northern coast of Kangaroo Island and the Murray Mouth, Encounter Marine Park is home to a diverse range of significant marine environments and species including southern right whales who visit the park in winter as part of the annual migration. 


Pop-up Ranger Stations

Meet our marine park rangers and get insider tips on what to do in this park. The rangers will even have spare binoculars on hand to help you spot a whale or two while you’re there.

  • Tuesday 4 August – Olivers Parade, Hayborough
  • Saturday 8 August – Olivers Parade, Hayborough
  • Tuesday 18 August – Basham Beach Carpark
  • Saturday 22 August – Basham Beach Carpark
  • Sunday 23 August – Chapman Road Carpark, Middleton Beach

    Location of Pop-up Ranger Station may change depending on location of whales on the day.

Aldinga Reef Ramble 

Join our friends from Reef Watch SA for a guided tour of an intertidal reef! A great opportunity for all ages to learn about our amazing marine life.
Sunday 9 August, 11:00AM – 12:30PM and 1:00PM to 2:30PM
Meet at carpark corner of Morgan Street and The Esplanade, Aldinga Beach.
This event is free, however bookings are essential

Beach Guardians Beach Clean up

Sunday 9 August, 9:00am – 12:00pm. 
Victor Harbor Causeway 
This event is free. Click for further details and to register your interest.

Guided ranger walk of Granite Island

Join our Volunteer Rangers for a 1-hour walk. Take in the spectacular views of Encounter Bay and learn about the island’s history, wildlife and sculptures.

  • Saturday 15, 22 & 29 August, 11:00am and 1:00pm
  • Sunday 16, 23 & 30 August, 11:00am and 1:00pm

This event is free, however bookings are essential.

SA Whale Centre Science Night

Wednesday 19 August, 5:30pm – 7:30pm 
2 Railway Tce, Victor Harbor 
This event is free, however all tickets have been booked.

Learn to Surf

Sunday 23 August, 10:00 – 12:00pm
Middleton Beach
$19 per person, bookings are required. Use Promo Code ‘PARKS20’ when completing checkout to receive the special discount price.
*Special discount price only applies to 10am session, Sunday 23 August

Introduction to Hooded Plovers 

Saturday 29 August, 9:30am – 11:30am, followed by a 30 minute beach walk
Maslin Beach Community Hall, 7 Parkway Drive, Maslin Beach
This event is free, however bookings are essential.
*Bookings for this event close on Monday 24 August.

Cosmic Whale Song

Victor Harbor to life through the projecting of digital art works “Cosmic Whale Song” onto the exterior Facade of the Victa Cinema.
Every night after dusk. 

Special offers 

Murray Mouth Cruise - Spirit of the Coorong Cruises

Cruise departs 10:30 am every Monday, Thursday and Saturday Main Wharf, Goolwa. 
Receive 20% discount during August when you use the promo code ‘PARKS-SA’.

Seal Island Cruise - The Big Duck Boat Tours

Cruise departs 1:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Victor Harbor-Granite Island Causeway, Victor Harbor.
Receive 20% discount during August when you use the promo code ‘PARKS-SA’.


Get inspired with Insider Tips blogs

Ranger tips: Encounter Marine Park

How to spend a day in Encounter Marine Park

6 great surf breaks in SA’s Encounter Marine Park

Where to dive in SA to see blue devil fish

Everything you need to know about Granite Island’s little penguins

5 things to do on South Australia’s Granite Island

Your guide to Granite Island’s new sculpture trail

What's coming up in 2020

Events and activities for each month are not released until close to the month, check back on the website or on the National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia Facebook page to keep in the loop. 

Host an event

We encourage community groups, schools, local business and tour operators to host engaging, fun and family-friendly events in parks as part of Park of the Month. Find out how you can host an event.