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Brooklyn Ave

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  • The Patawalonga Lake receives runoff from 230 square kilometres of mixed land use.

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Please help our wildlife

Do not feed

Dolphins, birds and other wildlife need their space. Approaching, touching and feeding wildlife can be very harmful to them.
• Please dispose of fishing line and rubbish properly.
• Do not throw fish scraps in the water.
• Reel in fishing lines if dolphins are close.

Dispose of rubbish properly

Fishing line and litter can be dangerous for dolphins, birds and other wildlife.
• Please use the bins or take rubbish with you.
• Do not feed dolphins and other wildlife.


Summer used to regularly visit the Pat with her mum Tiffany until 2019, just before Tiffany had her new calf Galaxy.

Sometimes we would see Tiffany and Summer travelling up and down the Pat with another mum and calf pair, Lartelare and June. Summer is still occasionally seen in the Pat, but spends most of her time around Outer Harbour and in the Port River.

In 2020, we noticed Summer had sustained injuries to her dorsal fin. We do not know what caused these injuries. They may have come from a shark or being hit by a boat. She did lose part of the top of her fin and has a few notches in the middle of the trailing edge of her fin, but fortunately the injuries were not too severe.

Educational resources

Fact sheet: Marine Mammal information

Activity: Marine Animals of SA bookmarks

Activity: Protect Our Dolphins bookmark

NPWSSA Respecting Marine Mammals safety sticker

NPWSSA Marine Mammal Strandings

Useful links

Feeding dolphins disrupts their natural feeding patterns

Boats pose risk of injury to dolphins

Pollution harms dolphins

Fishing line harms dolphins

Station 4

at the Patawalonga boat ramp


Station 5

at the Diversion Basin


Nearby Trail Stations

Picnic Shelters

Wigley Reserve

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Newhaven Ave

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BMX Park

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Stanley St

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Keep in mind when watching dolphins

Please call the Marine Mammal Emergency number (0427 556 676)

if you see:

  • people feeding or harassing dolphins 

  • a sick, injured or deceased dolphin

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