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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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Little Para River Trail – City of Salisbury

Walking  |  Cycling
16.5km

The Little Para Trail is the most significant trail in the City of Salisbury which allows riders to follow a predominantly flat 10km trail (apart from a short on road detour at Porter st) from Carisbrooke Park (next to Main North Rd) to Port Wakefield Rd. There is also an opportunity to follow the trail […]

Walking 1 Day Easy
Cycling 4 Hours Easy

Willichum Lookout Hike – Canunda National Park

Walking
0.42km

Willichum Lookout Walk offers splendid panoramic views of the bay, the park and rocky cliffs from a viewing platform. Discover a spectacular coastline of cliffs and long stretches of surf beaches in Canunda National Park. Featuring a diversity of coastal habitats, Canunda offers great opportunities to enjoy bushwalking, observe local birdlife, surf the waves or […]

Walking 6 Minutes Intermediate

Seaview Hike – Canunda National Park

Walking
3.41km

The Seaview Walk features spectacular rock formations, sandy beaches, seabirds and a myriad of plants, while offering stunning scenic views of the coastal environment. The blue-green coastal daisy bush may be found along the walk and is usually smelled before it is seen as the leaves have a pleasant aroma. Evidence of wombat and echidna […]

Walking 51 Minutes Intermediate

Coola Outstation Historical Hike – Canunda National Park

Walking
6.92km

The Coola Outstation Historical Walk is located 20km south west of Millicent. The walk features the Coola Lookout which offers a fantastic view of the lake, dunes and farmland surrounds. Across the boardwalk is an area of dryland tea-tree known as the ‘singing forest’ with picnic facilities available. Examples of early farm machinery may be […]

Walking 1.73 Hours Intermediate

Cape Buffon Walk – Canunda National Park

Walking
2.47km

The Cape Buffon Walk highlights how the forces of wind and waves have shaped the limestone cliffs, sea stacks, reef platforms and vegetation along the coast. A variety of plants can be found along the trail. Discover a spectacular coastline of cliffs and long stretches of surf beaches in Canunda National Park. Featuring a diversity […]

Walking 34 Minutes Easy
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