Keen to get out of the city and explore something new this summer?
There is no better time to explore the underwater world of the Port Noarlunga Reef than this weekend.
The water is warming up and South Australia’s premier guided snorkel tour organisation – Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries (EMS) – is set to show you a whole new world whilst celebrating 100 years of the Port Noarlunga Jetty and 50 years of protection of the Port Noarlunga Reef.
A three-day celebration is being planned by the Port Noarlunga Business and Tourism Association from 10-12 December to commemorate the jetty’s centenary. The colourful events across the festival will showcase how the community has used the jetty through the decades.
Tall ship STV One and All will anchor at the end of the jetty on 10 December weather-permitting. Its arrival at the celebration represents the change in transportation in the state from sea to road.
Around the town, there will be art, photography, film, snorkelling, SCUBA diving, virtual reality, fishing, history classes and exhibitions. Local cafes, restaurants and clubs will host ticketed decade-themed dinners on 11 December, with attendees encouraged to dress in the costume of the era.
Cheffy Chelby’s Café on Saltfleet Street will be hosting the EMS VR Experience of the Great Southern Reef on 11th and 12th December.
Whilst you’re there grab a coffee and entertain the kids with a virtual snorkel with sea lions, port Jackson sharks, seadragons and fiddler rays!
To commemorate the 100th anniversary, 100 divers (skin and scuba) will explore the underwater wonderland.
The Scuba Divers Federation of SA and EMS will aim to have 100 scuba divers and snorkelers exploring the jetty and reef on Sunday 12th. Divers will be entering the water during a window of 3 hours – from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and snorkelers between 10 am to 3.30 pm.
The Reef is home to more than 200 species of marine plants and animals and more than 50 species of fish. Some of the marine life that call this haven home include Boarfish, Cowfish, Octopuses, Blue devils, Morwongs, Wobbegongs. Bullseyes and Perch.
Port Noarlunga Reef also provides an easy access point for scuba divers and snorkelers to view and experience a temperate reef system, which is very different to the famed reefs of far-north Queensland.
EMS snorkel events are proudly supported by the Green Adelaide Landscape Board, Sustainable Onkaparinga, Department for Environment and Water, National Parks and Wildlife Service, City of Onkaparinga, Suzanne Elliot Charitable Trust, Department of Social Services and our team of amazing volunteers and staff.
Find out more here.