Port Adelaide’s dolphins

The environment of thick mangroves, mud and mosquitoes didn’t endear the Port Adelaide area to the early settlers and they named it Port Misery. Today this environment is known as a haven for birdlife and home to many animals including the playful Port River dolphins, a species exclusive to the area. Visitors can drive along the Dolphin Trail to the six hot spots where dolphins are commonly sighted (maps are available from the visitor centre) or take a cruise from Queens Wharf near the lighthouse – the dolphins often swim alongside the boat. For a special outing, book a cruise on one of the tall ships docked at the wharf. Port Adelaide Visitor Centre, 66 Commercial Rd. (www.portenf.sa.gov.au)

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