Meet at the Garden Island Dolphin Sanctuary
The best way to visit the Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard is by kayak. Take a tour with Seven Senses Adventures to get the story behind the wrecks and to guide you safely around, over and on the shipwrecks.
Each tour date is selected to see the shipwrecks at low tide for the best viewing and to safely negotiate the creek with minimal tidal movement.
The 26 vessels known to have been abandoned in the North Arm section are a varied group of steamers, sailing ships, paddle steamers, dredges, barges, pontoons and ferries. They represent a significant chapter in SA’s maritime history and provide valuable insights into Port Adelaide and its maritime past.
The Garden Island area is also a Dolphin Sanctuary, so there is a very high chance of spotting some of the 30 resident Port River Bottlenose Dolphins, or pods of the 400 transient dolphins. Your guide will take you to secluded and very peaceful creeks covered by a 10,000 year old mangrove forest, where you will see schools of fish swimming past your kayaks.
Unfold your adventure by assisting to assemble the amazing Oru folding kayaks before embarking on an adventure that will activate all seven senses. Before departing, you will receive a kayaking brief and tips to prepare you for the shipwrecks, dolphins and 10,000 year old mangrove creek paddle.
The tour duration is between 4 to 5 hours depending on kayaking skill level of the group.
There will be stops to stretch your legs.
Maximum 10 clients
Minimum number required for trip to proceed
Kayaks have a maximum height and weight limit (please check FAQs)
Children aged 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult (3 spots available per tour)
What to bring:
Please note, secure booking platform Rezdy is used and charge a 2% booking fee.
Set up kayaks and gear selection
Kayaking tips if needed
Kayak amongst the numerous shipwrecks abandoned
Commentary on history of the wrecks
Drinks and nutritious snacks supplied during the tour
Explore secluded and very peaceful mangrove creeks where you will see schools of fish swimming
Spot some of the 30 resident Port River bottlenose dolphins, or pods of the 400 transient dolphins swimming past, at times they get curious and swim amongst the kayaks.
We then make our way back to the boat ramp
Change and leave with great memories
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