Home' Trade Holiday Planner : South Australian Holiday Planner 2013 Contents Experiences and Special Interest 145
With more than 4800-kilometres
(2893-miles) of varied coastline, and
the Murray River weaving through
650-kilometres (404-miles) of the state,
South Australia provides a great range
of coastal, marine and water-based
South Australia has a large number of
tourism operators who can show the best
of South Australia's lengthy coastline. Many
tours allow visitors to get into the water
to encounter sea lions, dolphins, sharks,
cuttlefish, tuna and more. Spencer Gulf
cruises are available with Flinders & Outback
Water and Day Cruises (see page 104).
Swim with Australian sea lions and watch
dolphins tagging alongside the boat with
Baird Bay Charters And Ocean Eco Tours on
the Eyre Peninsula.
At Port Lincoln visitors can swim with
sharks and sea lions with Adventure Bay
Charters (see page 91) and Rodney Fox Shark
Expeditions (see page 92). Get up close and
personal with rare Australian sea lions at Seal
Bay Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island
(see page 112), or sign up with Temptation
Sailing in Glenelg for a cruise and swim
to meet a group of dolphins off Adelaide's
metropolitan coastline (see page 59).
South Australia's beaches are widely
regarded as being some of the best in the
country, with Kangaroo Island's Vivonne Bay,
once voted Australia's best beach. Adelaide's
metropolitan coastline offers safe swimming
beaches, and there are many 'footprint
free' beaches along the Limestone Coast,
Fleurieu, Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas.
The seaside towns along the Fleurieu
Peninsula are well worth a visit and are very
popular with many South Australians. In the
warmer months, visitors might like to try
their hand at surfing. Holidaymakers can also
take the Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram
across to Granite Island and watch the daily
ritual of Little Penguins returning to their
nests after a day fishing out at sea.
The Limestone Coast townships of
Robe and Beachport are well-known for
exceptional seafood, where visitors can
buy crayfish from The Fish Factory in
Beachport and Seafood Temptations or
Robe Seafood and Takeaway in Robe. The
145 kilometre (90 mile) long Coorong is a
wetland of international importance offering
excellent camping sites, fishing, beaches
and birdwatching. See Spirit of the Coorong
cruises listing on page 98.
Diving and Snorkelling
South Australia, with its pristine, temperate,
uncrowded waters and unique marine
environment, is undoubtedly a diver's
paradise. The marine life is unique -- the
Leafy Sea-dragon, Australian sea lions and
Giant Cuttlefish are among the stars. Then
there are the magical caves below ancient
limestone, and countless shipwrecks off its
coast and marine heritage trails between
Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.
Discover the shipwrecks of the Investigator
Strait Shipwreck Trail on the Yorke Peninsula.
26 vessels are known to have been wrecked
in these waters while a number of wrecks
still await discovery. Many are a haven for
aquatic life and attract diving enthusiasts
worldwide. Six land-based interpretive signs
are located along the coastline to assist in
the interpretation of the wrecks.
Adelaide's Underwater Heritage Trail takes in
four excellent wrecks in Gulf St Vincent: the
Grecian; Zanoni; Star of Greece; and Norma.
For a real adrenalin rush, try cage diving with
Great White sharks in the waters off the
Eyre Peninsula (see page 91-92).
One of South Australia's most famous
dive sites is on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The ex-HMAS Hobart in Yankalilla Bay was
scuttled in 2002 and, unlike other scuttled
ships around Australia, the majority of the
former battle ship is accessible to divers.
The Limestone Coast is home to some of
the finest freshwater sinkhole and cave
diving in the world, and attracts enthusiastic
cave divers from many countries. The Tank
Cave, at over seven-kilometres (four-miles)
long, is one of the most spectacular water-
filled caves in Australia, while Piccaninnie
Ponds is considered one of the world's
premier cave-diving experiences. Permits are
required to cave-dive in some areas.
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