Eco-friendly Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail open for walkers

News release
09 February 2018

An eco-friendly pathway through Tennyson Dunes opens today, with an accompanying app offering visitors an audio tour of the highlights of one of Adelaide’s last remaining coastal dune systems.

Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter together with Member for Lee Stephen Mullighan officially opened the low-impact, meandering walking trail.

“The Discovery Trail complements the intrinsic values of the dunes while still offering improved access to the wider community,” Minister Hunter said.

“Tennyson Dunes is a hidden treasure and a wonderfully unique environmental asset right here on Adelaide’s doorstep. One that we hope visitors will take the time to really immerse themselves in at their own pace.

“I congratulate everyone involved in seeing this trail upgrade come to fruition and to all those dedicated to protecting this irreplaceable dune system, he said”

The trail predominantly follows existing paths and uses materials and surface treatments specially selected to ensure it blends in with the surrounding natural environment.

Learning about this special place will now be even easier with the development of the Apple and Android ‘Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail audio tours’ app, which features the voices of local experts bringing the dunes to life.

Member for Lee, Stephen Mullighan said the Discovery Trail will give everyone the opportunity to experience one of Adelaide’s last remaining coastal dune systems without compromising its sensitive ecosystem.

“One of the best things about living in the western suburbs is how close we are to the beach and the Tennyson Dunes is one of the most beautiful parts of our coastline.

“The new mobile app will only add to that experience by giving everyone who comes to this part of our area the chance to learn more about the birds, plants, reptiles and other species which live here,” he said.

Tennyson Dunes covers 22 hectares of coastal dunes vegetated with natural grasses and shrubs. The site’s ecological value was recognised in 2015 when it was declared a Coastal Conservation Reserve.

The dunes provide vital habitat for coastal reptiles such as the colourful painted dragon and coastal bearded dragon, plus 16 conservation-rated plant species, including the rare cushion fanflower.

To ensure the ongoing integrity of the site, the Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve Working Group has been formed with representatives from the Tennyson Dunes Group, City of Charles Sturt and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. The group has developed a plan to guide the reserve’s future conservation and management.

Design and construction of the Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail will be completed in two stages with the most appropriate trail route for the southern section (stage two) to be investigated by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in consultation with residents and other stakeholders.

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