Nine maritime heritage trails can be found along the South Australian coast and River Murray. Some of these trails explore the ships' graveyards and their abandoned vessels, while others explore a diverse mix of both above-water and underwater shipwreck sites.

Depending on the location, the trails can be discovered by land, boat or underwater, and provide an insight into the history of the state's maritime industry.

Interpretive signs along the trails next to each wreck site - either on shore or underwater - highlight the history and archaeological significance of the vessels, and tell the story of the region where the vessels now lie.