Wara Wayingga-Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve

Wara Wayingga-Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve

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Free entry
15km from Adelaide
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Formed over thou­sands of years, these dunes were host to vibrant nat­ur­al ecosys­tems and played a crit­i­cal role in pro­tect­ing inland areas from storm-caused sea intru­sions. Left to their own devices, the dunes nat­u­ral­ly erod­ed and replen­ished through a sea­son­al cycle dri­ven by wind and wave action. This process served the area for eons until hous­es and indus­try began to cov­er the big peaks. Now we mim­ic nature, by replen­ish­ing our beach­es, in order to sus­tain the beach-side lifestyle we have come to love. Every­where, that is, except for here at Ten­nyson where nature con­tin­ues to do what it does best. 

This area is the Coun­try of the Kau­r­na (pro­nounced Gar-na’) peo­ple. Kau­r­na peo­ple are the Tra­di­tion­al Own­ers and cus­to­di­ans of the Ade­laide Plains, an area that stretch­es from Cape Jervis in the south, Crys­tal Brook in the north, Mount Lofty Ranges to the east and Gulf St Vin­cent in the west.

We acknowl­edge the Tra­di­tion­al Own­ers and Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties of the Ten­nyson area and ask that you show respect for Coun­try dur­ing your vis­it to the Ten­nyson Dunes.