Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

Park fees:
Free entry
22.36km from Adelaide
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The Ade­laide Dol­phin Sanc­tu­ary is one of the gems of met­ro­pol­i­tan Ade­laide. Locat­ed only 20 min­utes from Ade­laide, this marine park is home to around 30 res­i­dent bot­tlenose dol­phins, with anoth­er 400 tran­sient dol­phins that vis­it at var­i­ous times. These wild dol­phins come here to feed, play, socialise and nurse their calves.

Inside the Sanc­tu­ary you will find a 10,000 year-old man­grove for­est, as well as sea­grass, salt­marsh, tidal flats and tidal creeks, which all pro­vide habi­tat and food for the dol­phins. The Sanc­tu­ary is a part of South Aus­trali­a’s largest port, and has a num­ber of Abo­rig­i­nal and Euro­pean cul­tur­al and his­tor­i­cal places of interest.

The area is also a pop­u­lar bird watch­ing site and shares most of its north­ern coastal habi­tat with the Ade­laide Inter­na­tion­al Bird Sanc­tu­ary. Oth­er wildlife that can eas­i­ly be spot­ted with­in the Sanc­tu­ary are sting rays, long nosed fur seals and endan­gered Aus­tralian sea lions. There are sev­er­al loca­tions that offer a great van­tage point to observe wildlife by land.

Why not come along and try your hand at dol­phin and bird watch­ing, kayak­ing, pad­dle board­ing, and fishing?

Park maps

Google Street View

Want to explore a trail before you leave home or use Google Maps to nav­i­gate straight from your door to the trailhead?

We’ve worked with Google to film more than 600 km of walk­ing trails, park roads, camp­grounds and water­ways in some of our most beau­ti­ful places. Click to see what the parks offer and the avail­able facil­i­ties before you go. This is an espe­cial­ly great tool if you have acces­si­bil­i­ty needs, are vis­it­ing with peo­ple of vary­ing ages or fit­ness lev­els or are push­ing a pram and want to view a trail before leav­ing home.

You can start explor­ing this park on Google Street View using the links below.

Kayak­ing trail 

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smart­phone or tablet you can down­load the free Aven­za Map app and have inter­ac­tive nation­al park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time loca­tion with­in the park onto a map. The app can be used with­out a net­work con­nec­tion and with­out roam­ing charges. You can also mea­sure area and dis­tance, plot pho­tos and drop place­mark pins. 

How to get it work­ing on your device:

1. Down­load the Aven­za Maps app from the app store (iOS/Android) whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shop­ping cart icon.
3. Click Find’ and type the name of the nation­al park or reserve you are look­ing for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Aven­za Maps app.
6. Use our maps through the Aven­za Mapa app while in the park and nev­er take a wrong turn again.

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