13 incredible National Park events to enjoy this January

Let’s take a closer look at this lineup of fantastic events that will make your January an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature.

In January 2024, South Australia’s national parks are gearing up to offer a range of exciting outdoor experiences for nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers.

These events provide a unique opportunity to start the year by connecting with the natural world, exploring marine sanctuaries, and immersing yourself in the beauty of the Australian landscape. With specific dates and times available, planning your outdoor adventure is simple.

From encounters with marine life to tracking elusive wildlife and discovering the wonders of beach-nesting birds, these events are designed to provide fun and educational experiences suitable for all ages.

Let’s take a closer look at this lineup of fantastic events that will make your January an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature.

  1. Adventure Quest at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park
    • Date and Time: Saturday 16 December 2023 to Monday 29 January 2024
    • Description: Embark on an unforgettable adventure in Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. Download the Adventure Quest activity sheet and answer five mind-boggling questions about brush-tailed bettongs to uncover the secret word. Explore locations marked X on the map for clues. Participating also enters you into a draw for a chance to win a family pass to Adelaide Zoo.
  2. Ranger-Guided Pondalowie Bay Reef Ramble
    • Date and Time: Monday 8th Jan 2024, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm ACDT
    • Description: Join park rangers for an educational talk about the Great Southern Reef and the importance of marine parks. Explore Pondalowie Bay’s intertidal zone to discover diverse marine flora and fauna. Learn about the area’s unique ecosystem and perhaps even practice being a marine biologist.
  3. Beach Walk to Explore a Marine Sanctuary
    • Date and Time: Monday 8th Jan 2024, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm ACDT
    • Description: Join a beachwalk at Chinamans Hat Beach and participate in beachcombing activities. Learn about marine park sanctuaries and the creatures inhabiting the Chinamans Hat Sanctuary Zone.
  4. Junior Beach Explorers
    • Date and Time: Tuesday 9th Jan 2024, 9:00 am – 10:30 am ACDT
    • Description: Kids can explore marine parks with rangers, learn about marine life, and even try their hand at marine biology with underwater writing.
  5. Introduction to Nature Journaling
    • Date and Time: Tuesday 9th Jan 2024, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ACDT
    • Description: Enjoy quiet reflection time with Nature Education Coordinator Jessica and learn how to draw different aspects of Dhilba-Guuranda National Park in your nature journal. Basic drawing materials and watercolors are provided.
  6. Junior Nature Detectives – Animal Scats and Tracks
    • Date and Time: Wednesday 10th Jan 2024, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm ACDT
    • Description: Join rangers for a walk to detect animal traces, including footprints and animal scats. Kids will receive worksheets to document their detective work.
  7. Movies in the Park – Sea Lions: Life By a Whisker
    • Date and Time: Wednesday 10th Jan 2024, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm ACDT
    • Description: Enjoy an evening of adventure and education with a screening of “Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker.” Dive into the world of sea lions and learn from Dirk Holman, the star of the film, about these fascinating creatures.
  8. Journaling Your Personal Nature Story
    • Date and Time: Thursday 11th Jan 2024, 8:00 am – 10:00 am ACDT
    • Description: Capture your personal connection to nature through nature journaling, drawing, and reflection. Basic drawing utensils and journals are provided.
  9. Welcome to Narungga Country and Cultural Talk
    • Date and Time: Thursday 11th Jan 2024, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ACDT
    • Description: Experience a Welcome to Country and traditional Narungga stories with Narungga Elder Lynette Newchurch and park rangers at Cape Spencer Lookout.
  10. Create Your Own Nature Calendar
    • Date and Time: Thursday 11th Jan 2024, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ACDT
    • Description: Join the park team for a creative session to make your own nature calendar. Document what nature is doing in the park over the summer and take your calendar home.
  11. Yoga on the Beach
    • Date and Time: To be determined based on weather conditions.
    • Description: Enjoy a 45-minute beginner-friendly yoga flow and meditation session on the beach, surrounded by the beauty of Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park.
  12. Wallabies After Dark – Ranger-Guided Night Walk
    • Date and Time: Saturday 13th Jan 2024, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm ACDT
    • Description: Explore the historic Inneston Township on a ranger-guided night walk and spot tammar wallabies.
  13. Learn about Hoodies: Beach Walk, Presentation, and Supper
    • Date and Time: Tuesday 23rd Jan 2024, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm ACDT
    • Description: Learn about Australia’s threatened beach-nesting bird, the Hooded Plover, and enjoy supper at the Marion Bay Community Centre.

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