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Wildlife and Nature 135
Award-winning sanctuaries enable visitors
to learn about a number of protected
and threatened species, unique breeding
programs and world-recognised conservation
programs. 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.
• Temptation Sailing offer cruises to watch
or swim with the dolphins that inhabit
Adelaide waters. See page 59 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 73 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
(see page 91) and sea lions and dolphins
at Baird Bay.
• Great White Shark cage-diving.
See page 91-92 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 91 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.
• Granite Island (connected to Victor Harbor
by a wide causeway) is home to a small
colony of Little Penguins.
• 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 98 for details.
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 112 for
• Numerous tour operators take visitors to
known animal habitats to observe wildlife
such as koalas, platypus, goannas, Glossy
Black cockatoos, wallabies, Little Penguins
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 abundant
• There are more than 300 species of
waterbirds and thousands of migratory
birds that live around the Murray River.
• Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve 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 126 for details.
• Ecotourism cruises to view extensive
birdlife and diverse flora and fauna are
available along the Murray.
• Innes National Park offers visitors an
abundance of wildlife including emus,
Western Grey kangaroos and White
Wildlife and Nature
One of South Australia's best attractions is its wildlife. Most of it can be found
in its natural habitat, without fences and cages, in environments that vary from
coastal and river waters, arid deserts and native forests to majestic mountains.
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