Cuttlefest 2018

12 June 2018 until 09 July 2018

A series of four events celebrating the coast and marine environment of Whyalla.

Pop-up Marine Discovery Centre @ the Whyalla Library

June 16 until July 6

The marine discovery centre allows you to discover Whyalla’s unique marine life without getting wet. The display includes a touch table with skulls and shells, a microscope to get a closer looks at things like sand and coral, discovery sand pits for the little ones as well as information about local marine life such as cuttlefish, samphire and dolphins.

School groups welcomed. Children visiting outside of school hours can bring their Children’s University passbook to be stamped.          

Self-drive idea 

While you are at the Library loan a book on marine life and further your discovery experience. If you have time take a drive to the marina, to discover dolphins that call Whyalla home, or head to Eight Mile Creek, Cowleds Landing Sanctuary Zone.

Guided Community Snorkels @ Stony Point 

Sat June 30 | Sun July 1 | Sat July 7 | Sun July 8 | Mon July 9.

Guided snorkels are popular safe and supervised events that give your whole family the opportunity to experience the natural colour show of the Australian giant   cuttlefish and witness this special breeding part of their life-cycle literally metres away from them.

Snorkels hosted by Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries and supported Whyalla City Council, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula, Department for Environment and Water Marine Parks and the Eyre Peninsula NRM Board.

On site facilities and equipment include:

  •      Hot food and drinks avaliable from the Royal Flying Doctors Service and Mobile Coffee Cafe.
  •      New shelter, seating and toilet facility funded by the State Government, EP NRM Board, Whyalla City Council and Port Bonython Fuels.
  •      CORAL the caravan with staff available to chat about how you can continue to enjoy SA's Marine Parks.
  •      All equipment (wetsuits, fins, snorkel and mask) and experienced snorkeling guide included in your heavily subsidised ticket price.

Tickets are selling fast. Please book today to avoid disappointment by following [this link to book through Eventbrite]:  

Self-drive idea

Take a self-guided journey to discover the stranded shingle ridges at Fitzgerald Bay. It’s just a 20 minute drive to see the geological feature unique to Whyalla and it really gets you thinking about climate and the marine environment.

Just like their name suggests, these stranded shingle ridges were formed millions of years ago, when the sea levels were up to three metres higher than today and they’ve since become stranded high and dry, the result of Quaternary ice ages and ancient climatic events.

'Blue The Film' @ the Middleback Arts Centre

July 4

Join us for a free screening of the highly acclaimed Blue The Film brought to you by the Inspiring SA Regional Science Hub and Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula. Blue The Film is a marine conservation documentary film about the hidden crisis lapping on our shores.

We've organised a panel of expert speakers, including Barngarla descendants, so you can ask questions after the film.

Learn what can you do in your everyday life to help protect our blue heart, the ocean.

  •      School groups session starts 10:00am
  •      Open to all session starts 7:00pm

To book your school group in, or for more information, please email barbara.murphy2@sa.gov.au otherwise arrive at 7pm, first in best seated!

Curious Cuttles event @ South Whyalla Football Club

July 7 

A free, limited tickets, Curious Cuttles information night. Join local experts, researchers and artists will present the life and science of the Australian giant cuttlefish.     

Hosted by Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries. Starts 7pm, until approximately 9pm. Bookings and more information [visit this link please].


Multiple locations in or around Whyalla, South Australia.

More information

  • Marine Parks Regional Coordinator Southern and Eastern Eyre Peninsula
    86 Tasman Terrace (PO Box 22), Port Lincoln SA 5606