- 3.4 km return
- 1 hour
- Suitable for
- Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
- Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara
- Adelaide City & Suburbs
- Download maps & GPS files
- 1 map PDF
- 2 GPS files
- 14 photosJump to Photos section
- Travel options
- Travel time from Adelaide
- 1-2 hours
About the Walking Trail
The Third Creek Trail is one of the Samphire Coast Shorebird Trails at Thompson Beach.
Follow the trail to learn about the lives of shorebirds and the samphire smorgasboard. Look for up to 40 spieces of shorebirds and waterbirds.
The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is a unique safe haven for shorebirds, many of which are truly remarkable – migrating each year between Australia and the northern hemisphere on the East Asian – Australiasian Flyway network, one of the world’s greatest migration flyways.
The Third Creek Trail starts from the southern end of the Esplanade. Brochures and maps are often available at the Third Creek Trail trailhead, or you can download the brochure.
The Samphire Coast Shorebird Trails are named after samphires – an edible herb that grows on low lying saline areas. The plants remove excess salt, often storing it in their leaf tips which dry up and break off. They come in a variety of colours including green to pink, red and purple.
The other trail that is part of the Samphire Coast Shorebird Trails at Thompson Beach is the Bakers Creek Trail, which is located at the northern end of the Esplanade. However, the Bakers Creek Trail has not been upgraded, the trailhead and paths are not easy to identify.