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Birdwatching on the Murray River

Go birdwatching - see more than 450 species 

Take a birdwatching tour around Adelaide or explore regional birdwatching spots such as Bool Lagoon and Hacks Lagoon.

Heaven for birdwatchers

South Australia has many beautiful destinations ideal for birdwatching. Adelaide is the gateway to fantastic, easy-to-reach birdwatching areas right near the city, as it boasts over 250 recorded species within a one and a half hour radius of the city centre.


The Samphire Coast stretches from Port Gawler, north of Adelaide, along the eastern side of Gulf St Vincent around to Ardrossan. It is one of 10 priority sites under the World Wildlife Fund Australia Shorebird Conservation Project. Playing host to over 60,000 migratory shorebirds each year, it forms part of the recently developed International Bird Sanctuary. 

See some of our rarest birds

With so many bird species to spot all around our state, South Australia is a haven for birdwatchers.


Bool Lagoon Game Reserve
Alternatively, head to the amazing Bool Lagoon Game Reserve, one of the largest and most diverse freshwater systems in Southern Australia. Located between Adelaide and Melbourne, and just 21 kilometres south of Naracoorte, the reserve is home to a wide range of wetland wildlife and provides essential drought refuge for many rare and endangered bird species. Many rare and unique bird species are found here, including some highly endangered, sensitive and endemic species. Specially developed boardwalks and bird hides offer ideal close observation spots.

You can do self guided walks on many of the boardwalks and there are picnic spots scattered around the area as well as basic facilities for camping near the shores of Hacks Lagoon.

There are also birdwatching tour companies that can tailor trips to your needs.

Bellbird Birding Tours
Bellbird Birding Tours Specialises in top quality small group birding trips throughout South Australia and is led by passionate and experienced professional tour leaders. They offer a selection of scheduled tours as well as the option to tailor-make a private tour to suit your needs. 

Bird Tours SA
Whether you wish to target particular species or just want an enjoyable day out, Bird Tours SA can look after you. They offer full day and half day tours around Adelaide as well as multi-day tours throughout South Australia that can be tailored to suit your South Australian bird watching requirements.

With over 450 species of bird, South Australia is an outstanding bird watching destination.

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