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WILDLIFE & NATURE
Sea lions, Eyre Peninsula
One of South Australia’s best attractions is its wildlife. Most can be found in
natural habitats, in environments that vary from coastal and river waters,
arid deserts and native forests to majestic mountains.
Award -winning sanctuaries enable visitors
to learn about a number of protected
and threatened species, unique breeding
programs and world-recognised conservation
Visitors don’t have to travel far for unique
wildlife experiences: there are sanctuaries
and parks in Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills
and Fleurieu Peninsula.
Adelaide Zoo is home to many
native animals. See page 58 for details.
Temptation Sailing offer cruises to watch
or swim with the dolphins that inhabit
Adelaide waters. See page 61 for details.
Dolphins and other marine wildlife can be
seen on a kayaking tour of the Port River.
Cleland Wildlife Park has many friendly
native animals including kangaroos,
wallabies and emus. Koala cuddling
is available daily. See page 71 for details.
At Head of Bight, on the western coast, up
to 100 majestic Southern Right whales and
their calves can be seen swimming as close
as 20 metres from the cliffs during the
breeding season from May to October.
Swim with sea lions at Port Lincoln
and sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay.
Great White shark cage-diving.
See page 89 for details.
In Gawler Ranges National Park there are
140 species of birds including the Wedge-
tailed eagle and Major Mitchell cockatoo.
Also found in the Ranges are the Red and
Western Grey kangaroos, Euro, Southern
Hairy-nosed wombat, pygmy possums
and hopping mice. Tours of the area are
available with Gawler Ranges Wilderness
Safaris. See page 89 for details.
Victor Harbor is a prime whale-watching
spot from June to September. The SA
Whale Centre provides whale -sighting
information for the area.
Coorong National Park is a 145 kilometre
(90 mile) long narrow stretch of lagoons,
wetlands and sand dunes. It is one of
the most important waterbird habitats in
Australia, especially for Australian pelicans.
Spirit of the Coorong Cruises operate tours
that depart from Goolwa. See page 97
See New Zealand fur seals on a kayaking
tour with Canoe the Coorong.
FLINDERS RANGES & OUTBACK
The rare Yellow-footed Rock wallaby can
be found in deep gorges and waterholes
in the Flinders Ranges.
The Wedge-tailed eagle, Australia’s largest
bird of prey, can be spotted at Wilpena
Pound and throughout the region.
Desert wildlife is attracted to the wetlands
in Innamincka Regional Reserve.
At Seal Bay Conservation Park visitors
can take a guided beach tour to observe
Australian sea lions. See page 110 for details.
Numerous tour operators take visitors to
known animal habitats to obser ve wildlife
such as koalas, platypus, goannas, Glossy
Black cockatoos, wallabies and the Island’s
own species of Kangaroo.
Bool Lagoon is one of the largest and
most diverse freshwater lagoon systems
in southern Australia, and is home to
a wide range of wildlife including the
Possums can be hand -fed at dusk at
Umpherstone Cave in Mount Gambier.
At Valley Lake Wildlife Park and Boardwalk
in Mount Gambier, guests can explore
the natural beauty of the lakes district
and see kangaroos, koalas, emus and
There are more than 300 species of
waterbirds and thousands of migratory birds
that live around the Murray River.
Birds Australia Gluepot Reser ve is a
birdwatchers’ paradise. It is home to
18 nationally threatened species of birds.
Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre
has an eight-kilometre (five mile) boardwalk
through river wetlands inhabited by many
endangered waterbirds. See page 124
Ecotourism cruises to view extensive
birdlife and diverse flora and fauna are
available along the Murray River.
Innes National Park offers visitors plenty
of wildlife including emus, Western Grey
kangaroos and White Bellied sea-eagles.
Wildlife & Nature
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