Nature Festival | South Australia | 1-15 Oct 2023

Nature festival 2023 

Nature Festival 2023

Nature Festival returns to South Australia in 2023 full of creative ways to connect with nature and each other.

Nature Festival will be running during the Spring school holidays from the 1-15 October with over 350 events, encounters, and experiences to celebrate our love of nature in South Australia.

Families can celebrate nature with over 65 ticketed and free or low cost activities including guided night walks, creative workshops, nature tours, concerts and much more.

The 2023 Nature Festival theme is ‘the Nature of Home’.

Our sense of home is formed early, but evolves over a lifetime. We are all made of a patchwork of memory and unconscious connections to place: scraps of colour like muted greens, soft yellows and fiery reds, or a clamour of sounds from the almighty screech of a cockatoo to a cacophony of cicadas.

This year they invite events, experiences, and encounters with the nature of home. This might be the landscapes we carry, the relationships we build or the memories we hold of nature and place. They might revolve around food, art, adventure, music, or culture. They might be about large, metaphorical homes, or the simple beauty of a pot plant and own back gardens.

Family Friendly Highlights

This year’s Nature Festival has some amazing family friendly events from Virtual Reality to river tours, nature festivals to exploring parks at night. 

Festival Opening Picnic

Nature Festival 2023 welcomes you to our Festival Opening for a day of arts, wonder, and adventure at Carrick Hill. The 2023 theme, ‘The Nature of Home’ invites you to explore and find home in the beauty of the natural world.

Step into creativity, adventure and culture for a memorable experience and have a sneak peak into the enriching festival program ahead.

Opening with a Welcome to Country by Ngangki Warra, meet artists and enjoy free sample events and workshops by our festival hosts, including weaving with Kaurna Elder Elaine ​​Magias.

Delight your senses with live music from Kaurna Cronin, Naomi Keyte and other local talents, and of course, indulge a little with tasty culinary treats from Fork on the Road and the Carrick Hill Cafe.

Pack your picnic blanket and we look forward to welcoming you and creating some springtime bliss.

This event is free but registration is essential.


Ocean Odyssey – 360 Exploration of the Great Southern Reef

Hosted by Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries

Dive in and get fully immersed with 360 videographer Carl Charter, EMS and UNISA 360 lab staff for a VR360 video Marine Life of the Great Southern Reef experience at the Adelaide Planetarium (or should that be Oceanarium?). Sit back in comfort and experience the breeding aggregation of the giant Australian cuttlefish, playful sea lions, dive under Rapid Bay Jetty, swim with the puppies of the sea Port Jackson sharks, and if you look closely spot a camouflaged pregnant male leafy seadragon! Learn about the First Nations connection to Sea Country and the science behind the Marine Parks sanctuary zones and the Virtual Reality technology.

This event is made possible by the support of Inspiring South Australia, UniSA and the Adelaide Planetarium.


Nature and art at the Marine Discovery Centre

Hosted by Marine Discovery Centre

Join the team at the Marine Discovery Centre for a morning of marine-based interactive fun, art and craft activites and a beach marine trail on Henley Beach.

During the session, children will have access to a variety of interactive discovery stations including Kaurna learning, sea aquariums, virtual reality headsets, hands-on games, and nature and recycled craft activities


Nature Play Festival

Hosted by Barossa Bushgardens (The Barossa Council)

Explore our beautiful environment and connect with nature at the free Barossa Bushgardens Nature Play Festival, suitable for children 0 – 10 years.

Go for a scavenger hunt, explore our nature trail and different kinds of labyrinths and create your own, have a play in their newly expanded Nature Play Area or get dirty in our mud kitchen and muddy puddle.

Get creative with nature-based craft activities, read a book in the story nook and get close to native animals with Animals Anonymous.

People vs. Coffee will provide parents with sustenance and families are welcome to bring a blanket and picnic.

They share the Barossa Bushgardens with wildlife, like our friendly Kookaburra’s and Bearded Dragons but ask everyone to not try and pick them up.


Light for the Bight

Hosted by The Wilderness Society SA

Light for the Bight is a free, family friendly, celebration of the incredible Nullarbor and Great Australian Bight brought alive through story by lantern-light at sunset.

Head to Semaphore Foreshore as we wait for the sun to set and for the magnificent lanterns to commence their spectacular parade from the jetty to the reserve and then on to the beach.

Grab a bite to eat from the delicious Staazi & Co and OMG Decadent Donuts stationed on Semaphore Foreshore or from the local eateries and have a picnic before the theatrics get started.

Other Family Friendly Highlights:

Follow the Nature Festival SA Facebook page or Instagram page for updates.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Nature Festival SA website

What:   Nature Festival – South Australia

When:    1 – 15 October 2023

Where:   South Australia

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Nature Festival Facebook 


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