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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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Yangie Bay to Long Beach Hike – Coffin Bay National Park

Walking
20km return

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 explore the park’s coastal landscapes of high windswept cliffs and massive dunes, pounding surf beaches and sheltered sandy bays. At the southern end of the park is […]

Walking 7 Hours Intermediate

Bararranna Hike – Arkaroola

Walking
7.0km return

The scenery is always changing along this winding route, as it crosses shaly hills and passes between the high walls of Arkaroola Creek. There is plenty to interest geologists. There are massive Merinjina Tillite deposits from the glaciation which started about 700 million years ago; there is the distinctive wedge shape of Bararranna Hill in […]

Walking 3.5 Hours Intermediate

Sturt River Linear Park

Walking  |  Cycling
13.50km

This shared use trail has been developed across a number of council areas. More information can be found: City of Onkaparinga City of Mitcham City of Marion  

Walking 3.94 Hours Intermediate
Cycling 2.16 Hours Intermediate

The Dutchmans Valley Hike – The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park

Walking
10.0km return

The Dutchmans Valley Hike (5 hrs return, 10km return) This track takes you west of the Dutchman range to two lookouts with spectacular views down Spencer Gulf and north-west towards Lake Torrens. Follow the Northern Boundary Track for 1.8 km before turning south along the Valley Track. Trail markings end where the Heysen Trail leads […]

Walking 5.0 Hours Intermediate

The Dutchmans Stern Hike – The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park

Walking
10.5km return

The Dutchmans Stern Hike (5 hrs return, 10.5km loop) Explore the scrubland, gorges and open woodland that this park is known for. The bluff known as the Dutchmans Stern, located 10km north east of Quorn, is a prominent landmark. Home to a host of plants and animals, the Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park has plenty of […]

Walking 5.0 Hours Intermediate
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