Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

About the bird sanctuary

The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is a unique safe haven for shorebirds, many migrating each year between Australia and the northern hemisphere. It is now officially recognised as a globally significant site as part of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway network.

The bird sanctuary offers a landscape where local communities, volunteers, government, non-government organisations, and land managers can work together towards shorebird conservation, enhancing community and ensuring that tourism is also protecting this valuable place.

For many years activity in this area has ranged from traditional Aboriginal land use practices to salt production and farming alongside landscape conservation.

A northern section of the bird sanctuary has recently been proclaimed and is the state’s first new national park in a decade. Learn more about Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara on our national parks page or download the interim management statement.

Visiting the bird sanctuary

Just a 30 minute self-drive from Adelaide, one of the best things about visiting the bird sanctuary is the ability to immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness of the northern Adelaide coastline. So pack a picnic, put on your walking shoes and download our visitor map to find out all best self-guided experiences in the Bird Sanctuary.

For ideas on what else you can do and see in the bird sanctuary, including printable leaflets and maps, visit Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara.

Need activities for the kids? We’ve got you covered with our 20 fun things to do activity list.

Events and opportunities

Future Tourism Challenge

Win up to $25,000 in funding and take the Future Tourism Challenge. 

We are looking for creative, funky, innovative ideas to unlock the nature-based tourism potential of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.

For more details and to enter your idea visit the YourSAy website.

New Partnerships

We are always looking to partner with people interested in the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary from the local area and across the globe.

If you would like to become a partner, and discuss how your work can align or support the bird sanctuary there are many avenues for participation. Email us for more information.

Read about the bird sanctuary’s history in our story so far.

Have your say

Management plan consultation is now closed. Work on drafting the management plan is now underway.

The preliminary consultation on drafting the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary’s management plan has closed and responses are now being reviewed. This report shows who we engaged and what we learnt from the community. 

Work on drafting the management plan continues and will be available for comment in Spring 2017.

Community consultation is an important aspect of the process and we thank all those who provided their feedback.

Further information will be provided on the YourSAy webpage and the report sent to those who have already been engaged in this process.

You can also sign up to our monthly e-newsletter.

Feedback report:Public drop-in sessions and online results summary February – May 2017.

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