Indulge in the coolness of coastal and underwater fun this January, as Encounter Marine Park celebrates being Park of the Month!
There’s so much on, from Port Noarlunga to Port Elliot.
Take a snorkel tour, plunge into in an underwater world and be amazed at the array of ocean life on show. Ramble along a reef to explore, discover and photograph unique rock pool creatures. Unearth the intertidal zone where the land meets the sea, an area rich in microscopic sea life that provides a feast for birdlife.
Brenton Grear, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Regional Director, said the month of activities provided a great opportunity for the community to explore and enjoy life in the marine park.
“Encounter Marine Park offers some of Australia’s best-preserved ocean wilderness, from amazing dive sites and spectacular reefs to vitally important fish breeding and shelter areas,” he said.
“And January’s events make it a wonderful opportunity for people to join in an activity, connect with nature and see the park in a different light.
“It’s also a great time to visit Granite Island and the newly installed sculptures in this park.”
Granite Island is set to become an art icon, with a clifftop sculpture trail featuring local, national and international artists.
Sculpture Encounters – Granite Island is a partnership between the State Government and arts not-for-profit Sculpture by the Sea Incorporated.
Just around the corner you can meet 'Coral', the marine parks caravan, which will make her mark at the Port Elliot and Second Valley caravan parks as she rolls about with super exciting fun and games for the kids.
During the evening, a local park ranger will be around for an informal chat to answer questions about visiting local marine parks.
But if you’re more interested in an armchair view of marine parks, head to ‘Science at the Surf Club’ at Port Noarlunga.
Dive a bit deeper into the science of managing marine parks. Who are the people managing our marine parks? Why do we have marine parks and what difference do they make? What is citizen science and what do we find through these projects?
Get a full list of activities and book your spot.
Park of the Month is an initiative between Nature Play SA and the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources.