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Dolphin Sanctuary & Ships Graveyard

Suitable for all ages. No experience necessary.
Catch a train to Pt. Adelaide- get a free transfer to the launch site.
Gift vouchers available.

The Dolphin Sanctuary is a wetland of national significance and one of Adelaide's "secret spots". It is home to a fascinating array of marine life, birds and the Port River Dolphins. The Ship's Graveyard has over 20 "wrecks" to view. All of this makes for a great adventure and is just 30 minutes from the Adelaide CBD! Kayaking is the environmentally sensitive way to explore and interact with the dolphins. If you want to try kayaking our tours are the best way to begin... be aware you will want to come back for more! Our tours are easy paced with plenty of stops along the way for sightseeing, photos and storytelling by your guide. A briefing on skills and safety is included. Tours are conducted throughout the year, Wednesday to Sunday where demand permits. The general starting time is 10am however we do vary this to get the best conditions for paddling and to see dolphins. See the  TOURS CALENDAR for available dates/times. Other dates/times may be available for groups and private tours. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Call us or book on-line. Recently our Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard tour features on SA Life and we had a sensational day...see the footage by clicking on the SA Life logo to the left!

The Sanctuary is home to 30 or more bottle nosed dolphins and thanks to the works of researcher Mike Bossley they are being given increased protection. Mike was drawn to the area by a story about a young dolphin swimming with a race horse at Port Adelaide...

Your Tour options

Three hours of fun with your guide;designed for adults and older children(12 yrs+). The tour explores stunning mangroves creeks, the Ships Graveyard & searches for dolphins.
Adults $70 Concession $60 Child (12-16yrs) $40 Family Special $180(2A+2C)

Two hours of fun with your guide; designed for families with younger children (4-12yrs),even the grandparents. This tour explores sheltered mangrove creeks & searches for dolphins.
Adults-$50 Children (4yrs+)-$25 Family Special $130(2A+2C)

For those who want their own special adventure. We regularly conduct tours for family, business, social and school groups. This is a great option for special occasions and birthdays. 

Where to meet  
Garden Island public boat ramp, Garden Island Road, Gillman. This can be hard to find and don't be put off by the "industrial landscape" on the gets better...a lot the end of the road!
View Garden Island Boat Ramp in a larger map
What to bring  
  • Wear light coloured clothing to suit the temperature of the day
  • Be sun smart- shady hat & sunscreen
  • Old joggers or sandals are best; thongs not advised, please no bare feet!
  • Insect repellent
  • Drink and snack
  • A CAMERA- We can supply a waterproof container

Come kayaking with us and you may just see these amazing dolphins and their incredible antics!
Full details will be forwarded on booking. The tour is weather dependant. Tour fees are as of 1/1 /13 and may change without notification.


"This activity went over and beyond our expectations. From friendly staff to an unforgettable experience it was a day of lasting memories. To have the dolphins come right up to our kayak was a once in a lifetime kodak moment! I will recommend this activity to others of all ages visiting Adelaide."
Leisl, Jun 20

"We thought the Dolphin Adventure Tour today was first class. Andrew and Tom were great guides who offered a wealth of information and some engaging anecdotes. The pace and duration of the tour was just right although I am sure we would have enjoyed more paddling! Thank you so much for a great experience and we will definitely recommend this tour to others." 
Sharon, Tess and Lachlan Robinson.(Jan.13)