Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park

Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park

Piccaninnie Ponds is closed for immersive water activities until further notice. The conservation park remains open to the public however entry into the water for diving and snorkeling is not permitted and permits are not being issued. Details

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.

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