Bird Watching in South Australia

The Fleurieu Peninsula


This peninsula, south of Adelaide, is a popular region within an easy day's drive from the city.  It is a delightful area with attractive seaside towns, scenic beaches and a number of very good bird watching destinations.

Deep Creek Conservation Park

Tolderol Game Reserve

Waitpinga Beach and Newland Head Conservation Parks


    Deep Creek Conservation Park

Situated along the southern coast of the peninsula, Deep Creek is a large park with wonderful coastal scenery and diverse flora and fauna.  There are shady camping areas, and for those wanting extra comfort there are also fully self-contained cottages within the park boundaries.  The bird-life is prolific and it is worth exploring this area over a couple of visits.

Australasian Gannet

Crescent Honeyeater

Singing Honeyeater

Crested Tern

White-faced Heron

Superb Blue Wren

Scarlet Robin

Hooded Robin

White-browed Scrubwren

Brown Falcon

Black-shouldered Kite

Wedge-tailed Eagle

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    Tolderol Game Reserve

Tolderol Game Reserve is a small region situated north-east of Milang.  This small wetland and its surrounding bush attracts a large variety of bird species and can be especially good in the summer when migratory waders gather.  A couple of bird hides give the bird watcher an opportunity to observe the waders comfortably.

Pink-eared Duck

Blue-billed Duck

Musk Duck

Red-capped Plover

Long-toed Stint


White-winged Tern

Blue-winged Parrot

Elegant Parrot

Marsh Harrier

Little Grassbird

Golden-headed Cisticola

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    Waitpinga Beach and Newland Head Conservation Park

Newland Head is popular with surfing fanatics, with limited camping facilities located close to the beach.  For the bird watcher the park is mainly low coastal shrub, but Waitpinga Creek might hold some interesting waterbirds.  The real challenge is to walk to Newland Head in bad weather for the possibility of sighting uncommon pelagic species.  It is a walk of at least thirty minutes, and you will need to rug up.  

Australasian Gannet

Black-browed Albatross

Shy Albatross

Red-capped Plover

Hooded Plover

Black-fronted Plover

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Little Grassbird

Elegant Parrot

Tawny-crowned Honeyeater

White's Thrush

Red-browed Firetail


    Other Parks of interest

Cox Scrub Conservation Park

Kyeema Conservation Park

Lake Alexandrina, Goolwa and Milang

Ferris-McDonald Conservation Park

Myponga Conservation Park

Kuitpo Forest


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