Port Noarlunga Jetty access
Update February 2020: Work on the jetty stairs has started, with a projected completion date early March. Watch our Facebook page for photos of the work in progress and notices of closures and exclusion zones during the installation of the stairs.
November 2019: Onkaparinga Council have issued a media release announcing that work on the stairs should commence mid-December. The media release details the work to be done, the need for partial closure of the jetty (middle stairs should still be accessible) and exclusion zones in the surrounding waters. Click on the link for the full media release: https://www.onkaparingacity.com/Council/News-articles/Port-Noarlunga-Jetty-Divers-Stairs-Project-Update.
Update September 2019: The old stairs at the end of the jetty were torn off in storms in November 2018. These have been removed and placed to the north of the jetty to create an artificial reef and provide a further home for the marine life. SDFSA is working with the Onkaparinga Council, who manage the jetty, on replacing the stairs. Currently the new stairs have been designed and manufactured, however installation is on hold until a spate of good weather is on the horizon.
The Port Noarlunga Reef Aquatic Reserve is one of the most popular dive and snorkeling sites in the state. It is home to Port Jackson shark aggregations as well as a wide variety of marine life. It is used for dive training, night dives, and is one of the sites regularly monitored by ReefWatch SA for the health of habitat, fish and invertebrate populations.
There is a set of steps along the middle of the jetty, but these are more difficult to use and cannot be used for exiting the water at low tide. The jetty is managed by the District Council of Onkaparinga.
No work is planned for the foreseeable future to extend the middle stairs to allow safer entry and exits for divers and snorkelers.