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Scuba Diving

With countless shipwrecks off the coast of South Australia the State offers a wide range of fascinating diving trails. They can be found in many areas of the State – from near-city locations such as Port Adelaide to far-flung regional spots on the Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.

The Adelaide Underwater Heritage Trail includes four shipwrecks off the Gulf of St Vincent – the Grecian, Zanoni, Star of Greece and Norma. The wrecks represent a variety of vessels associated with trade and development in South Australia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with the vessels all being built in Britain between 1841 and 1893. The trail extends from Port Willunga, around one-hour’s drive south of Adelaide, to Ardrossan on the Yorke Peninsula, and the wrecks are marked by underwater plaques.

More diving trails can be found on Kangaroo Island, where over 60 shipwrecks have been recorded. Many, such as the Portland Maru, offer fascinating and rewarding experiences for divers.

Safety and Permits

Potential divers should note that diving to and around shipwrecks requires careful planning and an appropriate level of experience and training. Before embarking on a diving trip to a shipwreck, assess the conditions and requirements of diving on a particular site. In many cases, you’ll need a boat to transport you to the dive site. It’s vital to ensure your vessel has all the appropriate safety equipment and that someone stays in the boat at all times. When taking one of the shipwreck trails feel free to dive, photograph and explore the wrecks. Do not interfere with them by disturbing or removing anything or anchoring on top of their remains. Shipwrecks are protected by legislation.

On the Limestone Coast, both Piccaninnie Ponds and Ewens Ponds offer great diving for experienced divers, while the Edithburgh jetty on Yorke Peninsula is a good spot for the less-experienced. Some diving locations, such as Piccaninnie Ponds, require permits or diving qualifications.

There are many reputable diving tour operators in South Australia, and they’re a great way for both locals and visitors alike to take a dive trail.

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Weirs Cove Hike – Flinders Chase National Park

Walking
1.41km

Experience the park’s maritime heritage and the challenges faced to deliver supplies to this remote location. Access: this trail starts at the Cape du Couedic day visitor area, or at Weirs Cove. The park’s coastal scenery includes Admirals Arch, a beautiful natural rock arch shaped by the powerful Southern Ocean, and the sculptured granite boulders […]

Walking 21 Minutes Intermediate

The Barossa Trail – Barossa Valley

Walking  |  Cycling
40km

The Barossa Trail is a high quality sealed 40 km cycling and walking path between the Northern and Southern Barossa, linking Gawler and the Stuart O’Grady Way. The trail explores the natural beauty along the North Para River and the agricultural landscapes between the Barossa Ranges and the Adelaide Plains. Extending from Angaston to Gawler […]

Walking 2 Days Easy
Cycling 1 Day Easy

Stuart O’Grady Bikeway

Cycling
23.0km

The Stuart O’Grady Bikeway is a shared use trail that runs parallel to the Northern Expressway, officially named the Fatchen Northern Expressway. The trail is primarily focused on cycling, but is just as suited to walking. The majority of the trail is flat with a gentle climb as you head into Gawler. The path is wide […]

Cycling 3.33 Hours Very Easy

Yangie Island Hike – Coffin Bay National Park

Walking
5.0km

Via Yangie Lookout. On this trail you’ll have a close-up view of Yangie Island from the adjoining beach. The trail starts from the Yangie Bay camping area Known for its remote coastal scenery, the bays and coastline around the Coffin Bay National Park are ideal for boating, fishing, sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing. You can […]

Walking 1.45 Hours Intermediate

Crafers Bikeway

Cycling
8.8km

The Crafers Bikeway starts in Glen Osmond alongside the Tollgate at the bottom of the Freeway. The Bikeway is a fully bituminised path running parallel and safe distance away from the Freeway. The path follows the curvature of the gully as well as a small creek on the northern side that rarely flows but often features […]

Cycling 1.5 Hours
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