Upper Spencer Gulf

The Upper Spencer Gulf marine parks protect some of the most important fish nurseries in South Australia, including significant mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and areas where whiting, squid and snapper gather to spawn. Dolphins also congregate here to feed and breed.

With rugged coastline, sheltered bays and significant wetlands, the Upper Spencer Gulf parks have something for everyone. The region is a firm favourite with recreational fishers from South Australia and interstate, with thousands of people visiting to catch King George whiting, garfish, crabs and snapper. Sunset cruises in the upper reaches of the gulf are also a tourism drawcard.

The gulf’s sheltered waters make the area popular with sailors and other small boat operators. Fishing from both shore and boat will continue to be a popular pastime. School holiday camping trips are an institution for many families, with swimming, snorkelling and cooking the day’s catch over a beach fire all on the must-do list.

View the 2012 Upper Spencer Gulf regional brochure

Significant species

Giant Australian cuttlefish
The giant Australian cuttlefish is an iconic species in the Upper Spencer Gulf. Point Lowly has traditionally seen an annual aggregation of the cuttlefish, which make a spectacular display by changing colour as they swim.

Blue swimmer crab
The blue swimmer crab, a seasonal favourite with many South Australian fishers, has vital breeding grounds in the area.

Weedy sea dragons
With their long bodies and leafy appendages, weedy sea dragons come from the same family as sea horses and pipe fish. They are usually found in seagrass meadows and on reefs.

Parks in the Upper Spencer Gulf region: