Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

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The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary provides a home to one of Adelaide's best-loved creatures, the Bottlenose Dolphin. These wild dolphins come here to eat, play, socialise and live and can be seen most days from both water and land look outs. The sanctuary is one of the gems of metropolitan Adelaide. Including the Port River, Barker Inlet, Outer Harbour and North Haven marinas, reaching as far north as Port Gawler.

Located only 20 minutes from the city, the area features a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest and over 40 resident bottlenose dolphins, while another 300 dolphins visit the area regularly. The area is also popular for its natural wonders, making it one of the easily accessible Dolphin Sanctuaries in the world. Other wildlife that can easily be spotted are sting rays, long nosed fur seals and endangered Australian sea lions.

The area is also a popular bird watching site and shares most of its northern coastal habitat with Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary. Why not come along and try your hand at fishing, dolphin watching, bird watching and paddle boarding.


  • Sight-seeing
  • Watching wildlife


  • Picnic area with barbecues
  • Viewing platforms
  • Carpark
  • Toilets

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for up to date information on the current opening and closing times.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements..
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.

Photo credits: National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia

Location & Supplier

Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

Address: Lot 204 Garden Island Rd, Port Adelaide SA 5015


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