Adelaide Coastal Sanctuary Explorer

Glamp under the stars in the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary on this fully guided and immersive 2 day 1 night eco adventure. With 60 kilometres of shoreline this National Park offers a unique opportunity to witness and observe many rare migratory birds that travel from as far as Alaska.

Visit the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary where 30 resident wild dolphins call home. They are believed to be the only wild tail walkers in the world! With wildlife spotting, nature walks, Aboriginal culture, stargazing, exclusive access and so much more this tour will ignite a sense of wonder in the natural world.

  • Spot rare and migratory shore birds in the Adelaide Bird Sanctuary

  • Kayak through mangroves in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

  • Exclusive site access to a national park

  • Camp in style in our canvas bell tents

  • Enjoy expert presentations about wildlife behaviours

  • Learn about Aboriginal bush tucker on a cultural walk

  • Catch your own seafood lunch with a crab raking experience

  • Be a stargazer and admire the night sky through our own telescope

  • Tantalise your tastebuds with local produce food and wine

  • Give back to the environment with included conservation donations

2 Day 1 Night Eco Adventure
Exclusive National Park Access
Unique to South Australia
Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary
Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

2019 Tour Dates
22-23 October 2019
19-20 November 2019
17-18 December 2019

15-16 January 2020
14-15 February 2020
16-17 March 2020
1-2 April 2020

Small Group Tour
Maximum 12

from AUD $129
9 per person


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Tour Inclusions

Experienced pureSA guides
National park fees
Luxe camping
Transport in 4WD vehicles
Expert wildlife presentations
Kayak in Dolphin Sanctuary
Bird watching
Aboriginal bushtucker walk
Crab raking
Star gazing
Locally sourced meals
2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinners
Sanctuary Donations

  • Itinerary Day 1

    Meet your guide and fellow travellers in central Adelaide for a delicious cooked breakfast at a local, sustainable café. Over breakfast awaken your mind with fascinating presentations about the native environment and wildlife you might encounter over the next 2 days. Presented by experts in the field, you are sure to start your journey satisfied in both stomach and mind.

    All aboard your adventure ready 4-wheel drives and journey to Port Adelaide, the maritime hub of the city. Take to the water in a 2-person kayak and explore the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary! Paddle through 10,000 year old mangrove forests and past many wrecks in the ship’s graveyard. Keep your eyes peeled for the 30 resident bottlenose dolphins that call this area home. They are the only wild dolphins in the world known to “tail walk”.

    After your kayaking voyage fuel up with a light picnic lunch before continuing on to your next stop. Discover the Bush Tucker and Cultural stories from the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the land. Stroll through the bush with your Aboriginal guide and gain a deeper understanding of the usefulness of the natural surrounds and the rich history of the area. End your cultural experience with a light afternoon tea showcasing the native flavours.

    Enjoy the short drive through the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary to our final stop of the day – your beachside campsite. Your large canvas bell tent has been styled with both comfort and aesthetic in mind. Enjoy some free time and absorb the coastal scenery before sitting down to a gourmet BBQ dinner. Gather around the campfire (seasonal) and taste the local wine as you take a breath and just relax. Toast a few marshmallows or try your hand at stargazing before tucking yourself in for the night.

  • Itinerary Day 2

    The early bird gets the worm! Awaken to the lapping sounds of the coast and fuel up with a cooked breakfast before we head to the shoreline for some bird watching. Using binoculars and a specialist birding scope scan for the rare and migratory birds that frequent this core conservation area. This sanctuary encompasses over 60km of coastline and some of the birds fly from as far as Siberia and Alaska through the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Flying through as many as 22 countries to feed and roost here each summer. Over 27,000 individuals and 50 species of migratory birds have been recorded. Some of the rare and threatened species seen include the Curlew sandpiper, Ruddy turnstone, Red knot and Eastern Curlew. How many can you spot?

    After our morning birdwatching head off for a leisurely bushwalk with your guide and soak up the terrestrial environment that this National Park offers. Maybe spot a sleepy lizard basking in the sun or just enjoy the sounds of the native bush birds as you stroll along the trails.

    Now it’s time to discover the local secrets of catching a blue swimmer crab. The infamous “crab raking” technique involves using a specialised rake to encourage the crab out of the sand and latch on to the end. There’s sure to be plenty of laughs with this one. After this eventful activity dry off in the sun while the camp manager cooks your seafood lunch. Yum! Soak up the final moments in the Bird Sanctuary before a restful drive back to the city centre and say your farewells as the tour comes to an end.

Travel Information

Departure | 7.30am - Central Adelaide

The start location for this tour is at the pureSA office at The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time for check in and loading of luggage. Pickup on request from selected Adelaide city hotels may also be available and will be confirmed by email following receipt of your booking.

Return | 4.00pm the following day - Central Adelaide

On arrival back to Adelaide, you will be returned to the main departure point or hotel.


Important Tour Notes

  • Bring your sense adventure. This is an outdoor activity and you will be subject to the elements including some of nature's small creatures!
  • Your beach side camp is beautifully setup and ready for your enjoyment, however you are camping in a National Park. Camp facilities are basic and include a camp style kitchen, toilet and shower.
  • Please bring adequate clothing including enclosed walking shoes. Don’t forget a small day pack to carry personal items, your camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunhat, sunglasses and raincoat!
  • This tour is not available for children under the age of 15
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a fare paying adult
  • Please note: A luggage limit of 1 bag per person applies

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