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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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Chowilla – Slaney Creek

Canoeing
14km return

Slaney Creek is in the Chowilla anabranch system running between River Murray and Chowilla Creek. There are at least 3 major snags that must be negotiated in Slaney Creek. One day round trip of approx 14 kms. 1. Commence at the Customs House boatramp and paddle downstream to the junction with Slaney Creek (approx 1.5 […]

Canoeing 6 Hours Easy

Chowilla – Salt Creek Murray Loop

Canoeing
45km return

This loop trail in the anabranch creek system you are paddling against the flow most of the distance (approx. 21 kms). When you reach the Murray River you will paddle downstream. On this trail you cover the upper third of the anabranch creek system and entering into NSW. 1. Start at Boarder Cliffs Customs House […]

Canoeing 4 Days Easy

Chowilla – Salt Creek 3 day Loop

Canoeing
62km return

1. Start at Border Cliffs boat ramp (Lat: 33974532 S, Long: 140.958220 E) 2. Paddle upstream to portage point at 399 River miles portage into Hypurna Creek (approx. 75 m) and then paddle down to the junction with Salt Creek. Passing the “Chute” on the LH side approx. total distance = 2.2 kms + 75m […]

Canoeing 4 Days Easy

Chowilla – Salt and Hypurna Creek Loop

Canoeing
33.5km return

1. Start at Boarder Cliffs Customs House boat-ramp (Lat: 33974532 S, Long: 140.958220 E). 2. Paddle downstream to the “Shute” (approx. 150m) a fast-flowing, narrow creek (leaving the main river on the RH side) joining Murray River and Hyperna Creek. (If the “Shute” is considered hazardous for the skills of the group the alternative is […]

Canoeing 3 Days Easy

Chowilla – Pipeclay Creek

Canoeing
7.5km return

Pipeclay Creek is a anabranch creek of the Murray River in the Chowilla Creek system. 1. Launch at Border Cliffs Customs House boatramp (or from the NPWSSA campsites just downstream from the boatramp) and paddle downstream for approx 3.5kms. 2. Find the entrance to the oxbow lake around the “Isle of Man” and follow that […]

Canoeing 3 Hours Easy
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