Park of the Month – Encounter Marine Park & Granite Island Recreation Park | Aug 2020

National Parks & Wildlife Service South Australia Park of the Month for August 2020 – Encounter Marine Park and Granite Island Recreation Park

With each Park of the Month there will be a variety of events for everyone to enjoy, with many of them free to attend. You can learn more about a park direct from the park ranger, enjoy a family adventure and explore a park in a different way with activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking.  You may like to chill out in nature with yoga and forest bathing, hear about the cultural history and join in community conservation efforts to protect and conserve national parks for future generations.

In August 2020 they are celebrating Encounter Marine Park and Granite Island Recreation Park as their Park of the Month. Stretching from Adelaide’s southern beaches to the northern coast of Kangaroo Island and the Murray Mouth, Encounter Marine Park is home to a diverse range of significant marine environments and species including southern right whales who visit the park in winter as part of the annual migration.

August 2020 Events

Pop-up Ranger Stations

Meet the marine park rangers and get insider tips on what to do in this park. The rangers will even have spare binoculars on hand to help you spot a whale or two while you’re there.

  • Tuesday 4 August – Olivers Parade, Hayborough
  • Saturday 8 August – Basham Beach Carpark
  • Tuesday 18 August – Basham Beach Carpark
  • Saturday 22 August – Basham Beach Carpark
  • Sunday 23 August – Chapman Road Carpark, Middleton Beach

Location of Pop-up Ranger Station may change depending on location of whales on the day.

Aldinga Reef Ramble

Join friends from Reef Watch SA for a guided tour of an intertidal reef! A great opportunity for all ages to learn about the amazing marine life.

  • Sunday 9 August, 11:00am – 12:30pm and 1pm to 2:30pm
  • Meet at carpark corner of Morgan Street and The Esplanade, Aldinga Beach
  • This event is free, however bookings are essential – BOOK HERE

granite island causeway

Beach Guardians Beach Clean up

  • Sunday 9 August, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Victor Harbor Causeway
  • This event is free. Contact SA Whale Centre on 8551 0750 to register your interest

Guided ranger walk of Granite Island

Join the Volunteer Rangers for a 1-hour walk. Take in the spectacular views of Encounter Bay and learn about the island’s history, wildlife and sculptures.

  • Saturday 15, 22 & 29 August, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Sunday 16, 23 & 30 August, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • This event is free, however bookings are essential – BOOK HERE

SA Whale Centre Science Night

  • Wednesday 19 August, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • 2 Railway Tce, Victor Harbor
  • This event is free, however bookings are essential. Tickets available soon.

middleton surf lessons

Learn to Surf

  • Sunday 23 August, 10:00 – 12:00pm
  • Middleton Beach
  • $19 per person, bookings are required. Use Promo Code ‘PARKS20’ when completing checkout to receive the special discount price
  • *Special discount price only applies to 10am session, Sunday 23 August 2020
  • Read our surfing review here

Introduction to Hooded Plovers

  • Saturday 29 August, 9:30am – 11:30am, followed by a 30 minute beach walk
  • Maslin Beach Community Hall, 7 Parkway Drive, Maslin Beach
  • This event is free, however bookings are essential – BOOK HERE
  • *Bookings for this event close on Monday 24 August 2020

Cosmic Whale Song

Victor Harbor to life through the projecting of digital art works “Cosmic Whale Song” onto the exterior Facade of the Victa Cinema. Every night after dusk.

Special Offers

Murray Mouth Cruise – Spirit of the Coorong Cruises

  • Cruise departs 10:30 am every Monday, Thursday and Saturday
  • Main Wharf, Goolwa
  • Receive 20% discount during August 2020 when you use the promo code ‘PARKS-SA’

Seal Island Cruise – The Big Duck Boat Tours

  • Cruise departs 1:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Victor Harbor-Granite Island Causeway, Victor Harbor
  • Receive 20% discount during August when you use the promo code ‘PARKS-SA’

things to do in Adelaide for families


For more information and all enquiries please visit the National Parks & Wildlife Service South Australia website.

What:   Park of the Month 

When:    August 2020

Where:  Encounter Marine Park and Granite Island Recreation Park

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.

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