Piccaninnie Ponds Karst Wetlands

Piccaninnie Ponds
Diver at the top of The Chasm in Piccaninnie Ponds
Divers descending into The Chasm in Piccaninnie Ponds











Piccaninnie Ponds, 32 kilometres south-east of Mount Gambier, joined the Western District Lakes in the Lakes & Craters Precinct of Kanawinka on 21st of December 2012 by becoming a Ramsar Wetlands site.

Located in the Craters & Limestone Precinct of Kanawinka, Piccaninnie Ponds is a system of permanent, freshwater springs and clear-water limestone caves that are now deemed as wetlands of similar importance to the wetlands floodplains found in the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory.

Two divers approaching the top of The Chasm in the clear water of Piccaninnie Ponds

Ramsar Wetlands sites are wetlands from all around the world that are acknowledged as being of international significance. The term ‘Ramsar’ is derived from a convention on wetlands that was held in the small town of Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. World Wetlands Day is held annually on February 2nd as that was the date when the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was adopted.

The Ramsar Convention aims to both retain and preserve wetlands of international significance. Ramsar Wetlands sites are also of National Environmental Significance under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, thus providing additional protection to Piccaninnie Ponds.

A video about diving Piccaninnie Ponds (also Piccaninni Ponds or Piccininni Ponds)  sinkhole  is able to be viewed on the Natural Attractions page of this website under the Visiting Kanawinka button. The You Tube video is titled Diving Piccininni Ponds, Mount Gambier, South Australia

For further information on The Western District Lakes Ramsar Wetlands site in the Lakes & Craters Precinct please visit the Victorian Government Department Of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) website

For further information on World Wetlands Day please visit the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website