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Innes National Park – the place to be in January

Innes National Park will be a hive of activity throughout January, as it is celebrated as Park of the Month – an initiative encouraging children and families to get into South Australia’s parks.  

West Cape in Innes National Park. Photo courtesy of SATC Peter Fisher.

Innes National Park Ranger Mark Davison said a number of fun ranger guided and self-guided activities are planned to provide children and families with an opportunity to explore the environment and discover why it’s so important to protect it. 

“Innes National Park is home to kangaroos, Tammar wallabies, emus, Mallee fowl, pygmy possums, hooded plovers and a whole host of weird and wonderful marine species that live within the waters of the Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park,” Mr Davison said. 

“We have developed a special program of activities that showcase these creatures to coincide with Park of the Month, the school holidays and the Christmas and New Year break. 

“Innes National Park rangers and subject experts will lead a variety of exciting activities for the community. 

“Visitors can join a twilight walk on Friday 4 and Saturday 12 January through the historic Inneston township to hear the fascinating story of the Tammar wallaby and get to see them come out to graze after the sun goes down. 

“Children’s author and illustrator Paul Rutter will teach participants how to draw local shipwrecks from around the coast of Innes National Park and Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park on Saturday 5 January. 

“On Monday 7 and Monday 21 January, join our rangers for an informative talk and learn about the importance of Marine Parks and then travel to Pondalowie Bay for a reef ramble. 

“Visitors can explore the inter-tidal reef zone at low tide and discover the vast array of creatures and plants that call these important ecosystems home. 

“BirdLife Australia will lead a beach walk on Friday 11 January focussing on Australia’s most threatened beach-nesting bird, the Hooded Plover, the efforts to improve breeding success and their quirky breeding behaviours.” 

Innes National Park offers something for everyone, with beaches ranging from sheltered coves to exceptional surf breaks, extensive native wildlife and bushwalks, the historic Inneston township, and accommodation options including seven campgrounds spread across the park and six heritage houses. 

For more information about the activities on offer throughout January, call the Innes National Park Visitor Information Centre on 8854 3205 or visit National Parks South Australia website.

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