Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes

Open Day Sunday 26th September 2021

Tennyson Dunes Open Day programSeptember is Biodiversity Month and this year we are again planning a huge event in the Tennyson Dunes. We hope you can join us on Sunday 26th September 2021.

Our lineup of special guests includes Ali Ben Kahn, Dr Sarah Telfer, Dr Murray Townsend, Peter Matejcic, Assoc Prof Victor Gostin, Dr Tim Milne, Peter Hunt and Dr Michelle Blewitt. There will also be children's activities, talks by dune volunteers, dune gift sales, local environmental group information stalls and a BBQ lunch.

Copies of our ever popular plant booklet, "Tennyson Dunes: too good to lose", will be on sale along with a host of other great dune related gifts.

For covid safety, tour places are limited, so book your spot now.

9:00 am - 10:00 am Birds of the Coast with Ali Ben Kahn Book a tour with Murray Townsend
10:00 am - 11:00 am Natural History of the Tennyson Dunes with Assoc Prof Victor Gostin Sorry, Natural History of the Dunes
is fully booked
10:00 am - 11:00 am Climate Change and Coastal Erosion with Dr Murray Townsend Book a tour with Murray Townsend
10:30 am - 11:30 am Flora and Fauna of the Tennyson Dunes with Dr Tim Milne Sorry, Flora and Fauna of the Dunes
is fully booked
10:30 am - 11:30 am AUSMAP's Microplastics Survey with Michelle Blewitt Book a spot on the Microplastics Survey
11:00 am - 12:00 pm In Search of Dragons with Peter Matejcic Sorry, In Search of Dragons
is fully booked
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Beachcombing Guided Eco Tour with Peter Hunt Sorry, Beachcombing Ecotour
is fully booked
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Welcome Unlimited Places  
  BBQ & Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes Fair
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Flora and Fauna of the Tennyson Dunes with Dr Tim Milne Book a tour with Murray Townsend
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm In Search of Dragons with Peter Matejcic Book a tour with Peter Matejcic
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Beachcombing Guided Eco Tour with Peter Hunt Book a tour with Peter Hunt
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wild Flora of the Dunes with Dr Sarah Telfer Book a tour with Murray Townsend

We look forward to seeing you there.

Tennyson Dunes Open Day 2021

Linear Park Stage 1 Submission

The South Australian Government propose to construct a Linear Park both north and south of the Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve. Stage 1 looks at the northern end, linking the Conservation Reserve to Semaphore Park. More about this project can be seen here.

The Tennyson Dunes Group support the idea to link with northern coastal trails and the location of the proposed path (ie not in the dunes). However, we see the potential to improve the design. Instead of a wide, straight concrete path we would rather see a meandering ecologically sensitive trail such as already exists within the Conservation Reserve (the Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail).

By incorporating these aspects in the design, the trail would achieve multiple benefits:

  • help to protect the biological corridor for animal and plant movement
  • provide a fantastic opportunity for environmental education
  • serve to thematically link the Conservation Reserve with the northern dunes

We encourage you to read our full submission.

Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes

The Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes are 22 hectares of remnant coastal dunes with natural grass and shrub land being the last true remnant of the Adelaide metropolitan coastal plains. It is a coastal conservation reserve 12 kilometres north-west of the city near the locally historic Estcourt House. It displays a large diversity of flora with the presence of rare and regionally significant plants, bird life, reptiles and invertebrates, making it a truly unique area as an island in an urban area.

The dune's resilience is being tested with many competing factors and the Tennyson Dunes Group, a dedicated volunteer conservation group, has a prime objective to provide a safe sanctuary for all the flora and fauna and improve and share this valuable asset with the community.

This website has been produced by the Group to assist in raising the importance of the dunes for its natural values, as well as its heritage and educational significance.


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