Moana Sands Conservation Park

Moana Sands Conservation Park

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Free entry
37.52km from Adelaide
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Moana Sands Con­ser­va­tion Park is a sig­nif­i­cant Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tur­al her­itage site.

The park’s coastal sand dunes are very impor­tant in the cul­tur­al tra­di­tions of the Kau­r­na peo­ple who made their sum­mer camp in the dunes next to Ped­lar Creek. Many archae­o­log­i­cal arte­facts, includ­ing bur­ial sites, hearths and shell mid­dens — some dat­ing back more than 6000 years — have been found where the over­ly­ing sand has blown away.

Although a long his­to­ry of sand min­ing, farm­ing and recre­ation­al activ­i­ties has impact­ed on the land­scape and native veg­e­ta­tion of the park, you can still enjoy oppor­tu­ni­ties to observe the rep­tiles and birdlife that call the low coastal veg­e­ta­tion their home. Look out for paint­ed drag­ons, skinks, hon­eyeaters, brown goshawks, dot­terels and the rare hood­ed plover.