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The park includes several offshore islands and takes in the deep waters of Investigator Strait and the rugged north coast of Kangaroo Island. The mixing of cold and warm waters in the park produces dynamic ecosystems and contributes to the rich marine life, with the park hosting many known spawning, nursery and feeding grounds, particularly for King George whiting.
Fishing is very popular within the park and can be undertaken in the majority of the park, including all jetties and most beaches, but is prohibited in sanctuary zones. Sanctuary zones are the core conservation areas, created in key locations such as Gleeson’s Landing, Chinaman’s Hat, Orcades Bank and Waterfall Creek. Sanctuary zones protect all animals and plants from harm.
There are plenty of opportunities to fish, both on shore and further out by boat, while divers can explore the important habitats for reef fish including the colourful harlequin fish, western blue devil and western blue groper.
Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals often bask in the sun in the Althorpe Islands Conservation Park that sits within the park. Bird enthusiasts should look out along the cliffs where osprey and white-bellied sea eagles nest and feed, or along the remote beaches where hooded plovers breed,
There are numerous access points for the Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park including Hardwicke Bay, Point Turton, Corny Point, Gleeson’s Landing, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park (Browns Beach, Pondalowie and Stenhouse Bay) and Marion Bay.
Watch the video to see what Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park and Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park has to offer.
There are a number of resources to help you find where the marine parks are and to locate the zones in each park, whether you’re on land or out in your boat. Used in combination these products, devices and Apps provide you with approximate real-time location display in accordance with your communication network or GPS capabilities.
It is recommended any geo-referenced pdf maps or GPS files and the appropriate apps are downloaded and installed prior to leaving home due to lack of network connectivity in remote areas.
SA Recreational Fishing Guide app
The SA Recreational Fishing Guide app provides your location in the waters or on beaches in relation to the zones, and keep a look out for signage at nearby boat ramps.
Online interactive map
Explore the marine parks and their zones with our find a park map.
Regional marine parks and zones maps
Marine park management plan maps with zones and coordinates
Downloadable detailed pdf maps of Encounter Marine Park showing legal zone coordinates. It is important to read the pdf map capability statement and disclaimer before using these maps.
You can print maps or use your smartphone or tablet to view them using the free Avenza App.
Please be aware that the landward boundaries of Marine Parks are defined as the median high water (unless otherwise specified). Mapped shoreline is representative only.
Marine park zones GPS coordinates
You can download GPS files for all marine park zones in a number of formats. It is important to read the GPS data capability statement and disclaimer before using these maps.