Top five summer marine park activities

There are many fun, low-impact ways that you can get out and experience Kangaroo Island’s marine parks this summer.

Natural Resources Kangaroo Island Project Officer for Coasts Danny Male said the coastal waters around KI were home to a remarkably diverse mixture of temperate and sub-tropical marine species.

“Scientists suggest that the diversity of life found here is likely to be equal to or greater than that found at the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Male said.

“The four marine parks around KI have been established to help conserve this astonishing marine biodiversity.

While most recreational and commercial activities are still permitted in marine parks, fishing is not allowed in sanctuary zones.

“These zones protect areas of high conservation value and allow natural ecological processes to continue without interference from humans,” Mr Male said.

“While no forms of fishing are allowed in sanctuary zones, low impact recreational activities like snorkelling, surfing and sailing are welcome.”

Why not take the time to explore these areas this summer and collect a copy of the Things to do in Kangaroo Island marine parks brochure. Here are our top five summer marine park activities:

  1. Snorkel with a blue groper at Western River Cove
  2. Hike the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
  3. Build a sandcastle at Antechamber Bay
  4. Kayak on Pelican Lagoon
  5. Track little penguin footprints in caves at Ravine des Casoars beach

For more information on marine parks, including maps and GPS coordinates of sanctuary zones please visit http://www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/kangarooisland/parks-and-places/marine-parks or drop into the natural resources centre at 37 Dauncey St, Kingscote.

Make the most of your local marine park this summer and immerse yourself in SA’s incredible underwater world to see nature at its best.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas, from the team at Natural Resources Kangaroo Island.


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