Breathe in the new year with beach yoga at Innes National Park

Visitors to Innes National Park can find relief from the busy festive season with a beach yoga session to be held in January.

The family-friendly session led by a local yoga instructor on Saturday 11 January is part of a series of free events staged to celebrate Innes National Park as South Australia’s Park of the Month.

Participants will enjoy a group yoga session with Meg from Meggie Moon Yoga on one of the park’s stunning beaches, with the final location dependent on weather conditions.

Innes National Park Senior Ranger Mark Davison said it was the first time beach yoga had been offered as part of the Park of the Month activities.

“Unspoiled native bushland, the sounds of the ocean and with no other signs of civilisation, you’d be hard pressed to find a more serene place to practise yoga,” he said.

“We welcome people of all ages to join in, including children over five years of age with an adult. All you need is a yoga mat or towel, water and sun protection.”

Beach yoga is one of four free events to be held at Innes National Park during January. The first event, scheduled for 4 January, is an endangered species drawing workshop with children’s author and illustrator Paul Rutter. Paul will teach participants to draw the endangered species that will be reintroduced to the Southern Yorke Peninsula in partnership with the Great Southern Ark Project. Last year’s drawing workshop was extremely popular with participants sketching pictures of the area’s shipwrecks.

Innes National Park’s rangers will also be on hand to help children and families experience the pristine environment and see some of the native wildlife first-hand. A ranger-guided twilight walk on Monday 6 January through the historic Inneston township provides a unique opportunity to learn about the once locally extinct Tammar wallaby and its reintroduction to Innes National Park more than a decade ago, as well as see the shy, nocturnal creature come out to graze after the sun goes down.

On Saturday 11 January, a reef and beach ramble will allow visitors to explore the intertidal reef zone at low tide and discover the vast array of creatures and plants that call these important ecosystems home.

Innes National Park makes a wonderful destination for family holidays, offering something for everyone, with beaches ranging from sheltered coves to exceptional surf breaks, extensive native wildlife and bushwalks, the historic Inneston township, and accommodation options including seven campgrounds spread across the park and six heritage houses.

For more information about the activities and to register, visit www.parks.sa.gov.au/get-inspired/park-of-the-month/january-park-of-the-month-innes or call the Innes National Park Visitor Information Centre on 8854 3200. To book accommodation at Innes National Park, visit www.parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Yorke_Peninsula/innes-national-park

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