Encounter Marine Park offers some of Australia’s best-preserved ocean wilderness, from amazing dive sites, spectacular reefs to vitally important fish breeding and shelter areas.

Stretching from the base of the Fleurieu Peninsula to the north-eastern coast of Kangaroo Island and the Coorong, the park provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the diverse marine life, including one of the state’s best dive sites, Aldinga Reef, and popular surf breaks along the coast.

Fishing is very popular within the park. Fishing access has been maintained at key fishing destinations such the Murray Mouth, Waitpinga Beach, Antechamber Bay and off Wirrina.

Remember to watch out for the leafy sea dragons, the Australia sea lion colony on Page Islands, and the southern right whales that visit the region each spring to breed.

Access to the Encounter Marine Park is from Port Noarlunga, Aldinga, Rapid Bay, Cape Jervis, Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Bashams Beach, Antechamber Bay, Penneshaw, American River and Kingscote. You can also visit the park via the Deep Creek Conservation Park and the Coorong National Park.

Important information

  • All vessels must keep a distance of 300 m from any marine mammal within the Encounter Bay whale calving and nursery area.

More information

Watch the videos to see what Encounter Marine Park has to offer:

Encounter Sanctuary Zone

Aldinga Reef


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