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New guide explores nature in Holdfast Bay

Tuesday 3 March 2020

EVENT CANCELLATION : Due to new government advice regarding mass gatherings, the City of Holdfast Bay and Nature Play SA have decided to cancel this weekend’s Down by the Sea community event.

The community event was scheduled to take place at the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club Plaza on Sunday 15 March between 10am – 12pm.

The free Down by the Sea adventure booklet will still be made available for people to collect from Monday at the following locations;

  • Brighton and Glenelg Libraries
  • Brighton Civic Centre
  • Bay Discovery Centre at Glenelg Town Hall
  • Or download a Down By The Sea E-Booklet today.

    The booklet has a range of fun, creative and inspiring outdoor adventures, and the activities encourage people to take in their surroundings, be present and observe nature. It also shares some fun facts and insight into the history, culture, local plants and wildlife located throughout the area.

A new guide that promotes beach combing and mandala drawing is being launched to encourage people to improve their wellbeing while rediscovering natural spaces within the City of Holdfast Bay.

Created in partnership with Nature Play SA, the Down by the Sea booklet is a free community resource that highlights natural spaces, local plants, wildlife, history, and things to do along the City of Holdfast Bay coastline, which stretches almost 10km from Glenelg North to Seacliff.

Featuring popular spots like the Brighton and Glenelg jetties along with hidden treasures such as Gilbertson Gully, the guide highlights historically-significant locations such as Kingston Park, the Tjilbruke Monument and the Old Gum Tree and explores Kaurna language and culture.

The guide is aimed at all ages and includes activities that encourage people to explore the Holdfast Bay habitats and connect with nature including drawing sand mandalas (sandalas), spotting local birdlife like the endangered Hooded Plover, and understanding how native plants were used by the traditional owners of the land.

“We’re so proud to offer this guide in partnership with Nature Play SA, which highlights the amazing natural experiences we have within the City of Holdfast Bay,” Mayor Amanda Wilson said.

“It also aims to raise cultural awareness and encourage more sustainable behaviours.

“The guide is for all ages and the adventures can be completed by individuals, groups and families.”

The Down by the Sea guide will be launched at an event on Sunday 15 March, from 10am to 12noon, next to Somerton Surf Life Saving Club. The free event will include activities such as beach combing, cultural walks, sand mandalas, beach exploring and more.

From Monday 16 March, the free guide will be available to collect from both the Brighton and Glenelg Libraries, Brighton Civic Centre and Bay Discovery Centre at Glenelg.