Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park

Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park

Park fees:
Free entry
466.08km from Adelaide
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Explore the spec­tac­u­lar under­wa­ter world of Pic­canin­nie Ponds which is recog­nised as a wet­land of inter­na­tion­al importance.

The fresh­wa­ter ris­ing to the sur­face under pres­sure has erod­ed a weak­ness in the lime­stone to form The Chasm. This same process has formed the large under­wa­ter cav­ern known as The Cathe­dral cre­at­ing its majes­tic white walls of sculp­tured and scal­loped lime­stone. Be sure to vis­it the Low­er South East Marine Park which also offers plen­ty of div­ing experiences.

On land, take a walk along the beach and see the fresh­wa­ter springs bub­bling up onto the sand.

There is also a walk­ing trail through coastal wat­tle and beard heath to the ponds out­let. On the way, view the south­ern ocean and the low­er south east marine park. The walk then leads inland via board­walks into silky tea-tree and cut­ting grass to a look­out where views of the wet­land and bam­boo reed and bul­rush can be seen.

Park maps

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.

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 600km 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.