Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes Open Day | 15 Oct 2023

Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes Open Day 2023

Go along for walking tours, displays and events for children to learn more about the amazing natural ecology of this important coastal dune ecosystem. A group of people concerned for the future of the Tennyson Dunes formed the Tennyson Dunes Group in 1995 as a volunteer coastcare organisation. The group meets regularly in an effort to protect the Tennyson Dunes by restoring native habitats and minimising threats against them. They promote community education through tours and presentations.

Held on the last Sunday of the October school holidays, the Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes Open Day activites include:

  • Free guided tours
  • Kids activities, including Animals Anonymous and Bugs ‘n’ Slugs
  • Native coastal plant sale
  • Fun and fact-filled information stands
  • Local craft

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Tour List:

Visitors are encouraged to sign up to free expert-led guided tours taking place throughout the day to learn about the fascinating and important ecosystem.

  • Coastal Birdlife with Andrew Herron – 10am
  • Connecting with Coastal Nature with Prof Chris Daniels – 10am
  • Climate Change and Coastal Erosion with Dr Murray Townsend – 10:30am
  • Microplastics Survey with Dr Michelle Blewitt (AUSMAP) – 10:30am
  • Flora and Fauna of the Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes with Dr Tim Milne – 11am
  • Formation of SA’s Coast with Assoc Prof Victor Gostin – 11am
  • Beachcombing with the Marine Discovery Centre Team – 11am
  • Lunchtime Presentations – Open event, no need to book
  • Dune Pollinators with Jenna Draper – 1pm
  • SA Marine Life with Anne Jacobs – 1pm
  • Coastal Bushtucker with Leanne Williams – 1:30pm
  • In Search of Dragons with Peter Matejcic – 1:30pm

Places are limited so make sure to book.


Top tips to enjoy the Conservation Reserve:

  • Enjoy the 1.5km Discovery Trail through the dunes. Download a free app to hear about the dune’s history, stories from Kaurna elders and expert insights about the dune’s native plants and animals.
  • Listen and look out for Singing honeyeater birds, Painted Dragon lizards and Nankeen Kestrels.
  • Smell the beautiful perfume and enjoy the vibrant colours of native plants.
  • Keep to the paths to protect the delicate ecosystem.
  • Take only memories (and rubbish/litter) home with you. Please leave flowers, plants and animals in their home where they belong.
  • Buy the popular book Tennyson Dunes: too good to lose. Funds raised will help conserve the dunes.

Read our review on the Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail

Getting There:

Parking is available at the Conservation Reserve and at Oarsmen Reserve near the rowing club. The event is also accessible by public transport and can be found between bus stops 32A – 32B on Military Road.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Tennyson Dunes website

What:  Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes Open Day

When:    Sunday 15 October 2023 | See times above

Where:   Tennyson Dunes, Tennyson

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: photos by Play & Go and poster supplied by Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes


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