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January - Innes National Park

You’re invited to celebrate Innes National Park this January.

Located on the south-western tip of Yorke Peninsula, Innes National Park is a favourite for camping, fishing and surfing. The coastal wilderness is home to abundant wildlife and spectacular coastal views of the rugged Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park coastline. The park is about a 3 - 4 hour drive from Adelaide and is fully accessible to 2WD vehicles. It’s perfect for day visits and a paradise for beach lovers.

There is something for everyone at Innes. Visit one of the lighthouses and the shipwreck of the Ethel to learn about the tumultuous maritime history of South Australia. Explore historic Inneston, an abandoned township surrounded by bushland. Take a stroll from your campsite down to the beach for a spot of fishing, or base yourself in one of the restored heritage cottages dotted throughout historic Inneston.

Find out which parks are featuring as Park of the Month next or even host your own event.

What’s on

Tammar wallaby ranger guided walk

Dates and times:
Friday 4 January, 8:45 PM - 10:45 PM
Saturday 12 January, 8:45 PM  - 10:45 PM

About/information:
Come and learn about, and see, the once locally extinct Tammar Wallaby.  A shy, nocturnal creature with a now strong breeding population in the Park.  Learn about their demise and then successful re-introduction to Innes from local Rangers. 

Participating numbers are restricted to 20. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.  Suitable enclosed footwear MUST be worn for walking on rough and uneven surfaces.

Meeting point:
Meet at the entrance to Inneston Historic village.

Bookings:
This event is FREE, but bookings are essential. To book, call the Innes National Park Visitor Centre (between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM) on 08 8854 3200

Shipwreck Drawing Workshop with Paul Rutter

Dates and times:
Saturday 5 January, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

About/information:
Paul Rutter is an author and illustrator of an ocean environment themed children’s book and has designed a series of activity books to teach drawing workshops in schools around South Australia.  Sharpen your pencils, bring your drawing skills and learn how to draw local shipwrecks from around the coast of Innes National Park and Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park.  Paul will conduct his workshop at the Stenhouse Bay Hall and each participant will be provided with a shipwreck drawing activity book.  So come and join in on the creative fun!

Participating numbers restricted to 25.

Meeting point:
Stenhouse Bay Hall, Innes National Park.

Bookings:
This event is FREE, but bookings are essential. To book, call the Innes National Park Visitor Centre (between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM) on 08 8854 3200

Ranger guided reef ramble

Dates and times:
Monday 7 January, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Monday 21 January, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

About/information:
Come and explore the intertidal reef zone at low tide and discover the vast array of creatures and plants that call these important ecosystems home.  Join our Rangers for an informative talk and learn about the importance of Marine Parks and protecting these reefs, then travel to Pondalowie Bay for the ramble.

Participating numbers are restricted to 25.  All children MUST be accompanied by a supervising adult.  ALL participants MUST wear fully enclosed footwear suitable for walking in water and on uneven surfaces.  This activity will be determined by sea and weather conditions on the day. 

Meeting point:
Meet at the Innes National Park Visitor Centre

Bookings:
This event is FREE, but bookings are essential. To book, call the Innes National Park Visitor Centre (between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM) on 08 8854 3200

Hoodies on the Beach

Dates and times:
Friday 11 January, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

About/information:
The surf beaches of Innes National Park are home to Australia’s most threatened beach-nesting bird, the Hooded Plover. Come along to a kids activity session to learn all about these fascinating birds, and how you can help them. Then join BirdLife Australia and park rangers for a beach walk to learn more about these small charismatic shorebirds and the threats they are facing.  You will hear about the efforts to improve their breeding success and get a rare insight into their quirky breeding behaviours 

Meeting point:
Meet at the Innes Visitor Information Centre and then the walk will be conducted on the nearby Emu Beach.

Bookings:
This event is FREE, but bookings are essential. To book, call the Innes National Park Visitor Centre (between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM) on 08 8854 3200

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