Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, Port Adelaide: Address, Phone Number, Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary
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The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is located only 12 km from the City of Adelaide, offering a majestic wildlife experience like no other. This busy industrial and commercial port is home to exuberant wildlife, including many rare bird species, fish, a 10,000-year-old mangrove forest, and a community of bottlenose dolphins, with over 400 dolphins visiting over the years.
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Emma Biggar
3 contributions
Kayaking fun.
Jun 2021 • Couples
A great way to spend 3 hours. Excellent value for money. Friendly, knowledgeable guides, gorgeous scenery and lots of dolphins!
Written June 4, 2021
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crockery
washington49 contributions
Amazing guided kayaking trip
Mar 2021 • Solo
I’ve done lots of kayaking tours but this one beats them all. Wild dolphins playing, hunting and mating right in front of us. You’re not allowed to chase them but they can come quite close on their own - they got as close as three or four meters several times.
The dolphins are only one highlight. Kayaking up a mangrove creek and inspecting a huge shipwreck were really cool too. Super nice and knowledgeable guide. Just an outstanding day.
I recommend hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and maybe moxie spray (for when you’re in the creek)
Written March 28, 2021
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Nichole
Adelaide, Australia73 contributions
Amazing experience!
Apr 2019 • Friends
If you are in Adelaide this is a must! It’s beautiful kayaking around the area. The dolphins are very friendly and come very close to you. There is a shipwreck and mangroves you can paddle through.
Great day out for family or solo.
Staff are helpful
Written February 13, 2020
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Food coma!
Mount Kuring-Gai, Australia23 contributions
Well done to the Sanctuary
Jul 2019 • Couples
Stopped by and saw dolphins playing around in the water. Met a local who genuinely cared about the dolphins well being. He and the local community keep a watch over the wild dolphins ensuing they are healthy and unharmed. Previously one of the dolphins got caught in fishing line and was all cut up. The community got together and managed to cut him free. That dolphin is now healthy and safe... well done!

Great to see that people care about the wildlife! Please try and minimise plastic waste and follow the water speeds. Some dolphins have died in the past due to Jet skiers going faster than the recommended limits and hitting them!
Written July 30, 2019
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OldRocker3
Grimsby, UK113 contributions
Highlight of our Aussie Holiday
Apr 2019 • Family
Kayaking with the dolphins at The Adelaide Dolphin Sacturary was our Christmas present from our family in Adelaide. My husband & I went with our grandson, daughter & husband so you are never too old to try this new experience. We had a guide called Mark who was very knowledgeable about the area, he told us about the area being cleaned up in 1980, all about the dolphins, the mangroves and the area in general.
We did see the dolphins, they were just popping up a few feet away front us, we have never been so close to a dolphin before
This place is a hidden gem, so close to Adelaide, only a 20 minute car ride, we would love to visit the sancturary again, maybe next year.
Written April 15, 2019
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Ducatibabe
Cheltenham, UK824 contributions
Several signposted places to see the Port dolphins.
Mar 2019 • Friends
We found a different location right up by the container port - & having just dropped in there to be nosy spent a happy half an hour watching a big male dolphin playing in the small marina there.
Garden island is also good - we saw 2 smaller dolphins playing around - they seemed to be teasing the kayakers by drawing them in one direction then swimming the other way! Don’t bother at the weekend as all the boats & jetskis can keep them away
Written March 30, 2019
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Rodney S
Greater Adelaide, Australia27 contributions
See Port Adelaide Dolphins
Mar 2019 • Friends
Saw three Dolphins race ahead front of moving tug's bow passing the port river
Need car to visit four dolphin sanctuary sites of Outer Harbor, Point Pelican, Snowdon beach and Garden Island because dolphins are moving anywhere following to small flock of fish or go to their feeding grounds of four places. I saw them was at Point Pelican but Garden Island is best place because of playground, plenty of tree shades, some of picnic equipment and toilet house also big of car park enough for two hundred cars
Need few hours with patience search to find dolphins
Written March 27, 2019
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John Le Raye
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia21 contributions
A must do on any tourist list
Oct 2018 • Family
There are several locations in the sanctuary, but the Garden Island area is best. There is a walkway, where you can watch the dolphins play
Written November 6, 2018
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Paul M
84 contributions
If you look you will find them
Oct 2018 • Family
There are definitely many dolphins in the Port Adelaide river but don't expect to just stroll up alonside the river and see them straight away. You will need to spend a little time around there awking them out.

I suggest going kayaking from garden island or doing the circuit walk around the Port Adelaide wharf.

But in saying that I have been just driving over the bridge at times, looked out to the rivers and saw some fins sticking out.
Written October 31, 2018
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CAM
Adelaide, Australia705 contributions
Saw a Dolphin
Oct 2018 • Couples
This place is sign posted off Victoria Road and I have passed it many times. Its kind of a hard spot to find and we just drove until we located it. There are heaps of car parks available and places to have a picnic. I think I saw a Sailing Club nearby. Not far up is a spot where the big ships berth. The water is right in front of you - you don't even have to get out of the car. There are a few spots where there is sand for the kids to play. I also noticed a few guys fishing off some rocks. And right there in front of us came a dolphin casually swimming along. It was wonderful.
Written October 4, 2018
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