Upper Spencer Gulf

Come and watch the annual marine spectacular when thousands of giant cuttlefish migrate to the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park coastline for spawning.

View a simple recreation map for this marine park. (257kb pdf)

View the detailed zoning map for this marine park. (1.25mb pdf)

The park lies between the Flinders Ranges and the great expanse of the Eyre Peninsula, with its warm waters, tidal mangrove forests and expansive seagrass meadows providing just the right conditions for the cuttlefish to head to each year.

The park also includes wetlands of national importance and is home to a vital nursery area for a large range of fish and crustaceans.

These fertile seas also make fishing a popular activity, with snapper, King George whiting, garfish and prawns, as well as blue swimmer crab the catches synonymous with the region.

Divers and snorkelers alike shouldn't miss the amazing display of the cuttlefish between May and August as the species change colour and patterns to try to impress their potential mate.

Access to Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park is from Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Lowly and Port Pirie.

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