Aldinga Reef

Where is it?: Aldinga Reef is within the intertidal zone of the Encounter Marine Park off Snapper Point, Aldinga Beach.

Aldinga ReefAccess and Parking: Parking is available along the Esplanade, Aldinga Beach.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area c. 45 hectares.

Lanscape Region: Green Adelaide

History: The Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve was proclaimed on 30 November 19711. This area became part of the Encounter Marine Park on 29 January 20092.

Habitat: The intertidal limestone reef platform is exposed at low tide and extends approximately 500 metres offshore. The vegetation of the sand dunes in the region above the high tide mark and the base of the cliffs includes Coast Daisy Bush (Olearia axillaris), Coast Saltbush (Atriplex cinerea) and Coast Twinleaf (Zygophyllum billardierei).

More information: PIRSADEW

Total Species Recorded to Date: 44 (non-passerines 39, passerines 5)

Common Species: Little Pied Cormorant, Silver Gull, Singing Honeyeater,  Greater Crested Tern, Red-capped Plover

Less Common Species: Greater Sand Plover, Double-banded Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler


 1 Fisheries Act, 1971. The South Australian Government Gazette. 54: 2263, 2264. (30 November 1971)

 2 Marine Parks Proclamation 2009 The South Australian Government Gazette. 7: 481, 482. (29 January 2009)

Updated: 9/01/2022

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