Which South Australia National Parks to Visit

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From rugged coastlines to dramatic desert landscapes, the South Australia National Parks offer a glimpse into the heart of Australia’s beauty.

Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates the tranquillity of the outdoors, South Australia’s National Parks have something for everyone.

Take a look at the unspoiled landscapes and untamed beauty that define this state and see if you can choose the best national parks in South Australia.

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South Australia National Parks

Join us as we embark on a journey through these parks, exploring the unique features that make each one special.

Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara

A view out to sea with some swans

Nestled along the northern Adelaide coast, this park offers a tranquil haven for migratory birds, some of whom have come as far as Alaska or Siberia.

Wander along boardwalks, explore salt flats, and gaze at tidal pools that teem with avian visitors. It’s a true paradise for birdwatching enthusiasts, where the beauty of these winged creatures takes centre stage.

For a fun way to experience the area, join in on a kayaking tour.

Why: Migratory bird haven, dolphins, mangroves, shipwrecks
This coastal sanctuary spans across the northern Adelaide metropolitan coast, encompassing regions such as St Kilda and Port Adelaide.
When: The ideal time to visit is during the migratory bird season, which occurs from September to April. This is when you can witness the beauty of migratory birds in their full splendour.
Dog Friendly: Yes, on lead
Camping: No
Park Fees: No

Belair National Park

An arch that says "The National Park"

A mere stone’s throw from Adelaide’s city centre, Belair National Park provides a calm retreat with lush forests, picturesque picnic spots, and walking trails that wind through its tranquil landscapes.

Immerse yourself in the soothing embrace of nature, listen to the rustling leaves, admire the waterfalls and perhaps even spot some of the array of wildlife that call this park home.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Old Government House, a testament to the region’s history in the most convenient of the Adelaide national parks.

Kids will love the fantastic adventure playground.

Why: Serene forests, picnic spots, koalas
Located just 13 kilometres southeast of Adelaide’s city centre, Belair National Park is a great escape for locals and visitors alike.
When: With its temperate climate, Belair National Park is wonderful to explore year-round. However, spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) offer pleasant temperatures and the chance to enjoy the changing colours of the foliage.
Dog Friendly: Yes, on lead
Camping: No (although there is a caravan park right there)
Park Fees: Parks Pass or $13/vehicle

Canunda National Park

A rocky coast line

Along the stunning southeast coast, Canunda National Park unveils a dramatic tapestry of natural wonders.

From its striking coastal cliffs that stand as sentinels against the Southern Ocean’s waves to its pristine beaches and ever-shifting sand dunes, this park invites adventure seekers to explore its unique beauty.

Marvel at awe-inspiring rock formations sculpted by the ocean’s power, immersing yourself in an environment of raw natural grandeur.

Why: Dramatic coastal cliffs, pristine beaches, great hiking.
Situated on the Limestone Coast near Beachport in the southeast of the state, Canunda National Park covers a stretch of coastal landscape.
When: The best time to visit is during the cooler months of autumn (April to June) and spring (September to November). The weather is milder, making it more comfortable for exploring the rugged coastal landscapes.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: No

Cleland National Park

Just up the freeway from Adelaide, Cleland National Park offers you a great way to engage with Australia’s unique wildlife.

Discover the wonders of Cleland Wildlife Park, where you can walk among kangaroos and wallabies, feed colourful lorikeets, and even share a quiet moment with iconic koalas in their natural habitat.

It’s a remarkable opportunity to forge a connection with these native animals and experience the essence of the Australian bush.

Why: Up-close wildlife encounters, hiking, views.
A mere 20-minute drive from Adelaide’s city centre, Cleland National Park offers a convenient gateway to Adelaide’s natural beauty and an opportunity to engage with local wildlife.
When: Anytime is great for visiting, but spring (September to November) and early summer (December) offer pleasant weather for exploring the park and getting up close to the wildlife.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: No (but there is a cottage available to stay in)
Park Fees: No

Coffin Bay National Park

For those with a penchant for seafood and coastal beauty, Coffin Bay National Park is a true gem. It’s perfect for a spot of fishing, boating or windsurfing.

Explore endless stretches of long white beaches and towering sand dunes. Check out the stunning ocean views that stretch to the horizon, and treat your taste buds to an indulgent journey with oyster tastings that leave an unforgettable impression.

Why: Seafood lover’s paradise, ocean views.
On the Eyre Peninsula, Coffin Bay National Park showcases the stunning coastal scenery and oyster-rich waters of the region.
When: Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are the optimal times to visit. These seasons provide milder temperatures and are perfect for enjoying the coastal beauty and oyster tastings.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: Parks Pass or $13/vehicle

Coorong National Park

A group of pelicans standing on a beach near a body of water.
Some of the Coorong pelicans, as featured in the movie “Storm Boy”

Discover the hauntingly beautiful landscape of the Coorong, where wetlands, lagoons, and dunes merge in a mesmerising dance between water and land.

Witness the spectacular display of birdlife that graces these unique ecosystems, especially the numerous pelicans the area is known for.

This park is a haven of tranquillity, a place where the ethereal beauty of the natural world takes centre stage.

Enjoy Coorong National Park with a kayak tour.

Why: Haunting wetlands, birdlife spectacle.
Stretching along the Coorong coastline, this park spans from the Murray Mouth southward, offering a unique blend of water and land ecosystems.
When: The best time to experience Coorong’s beauty is during the cooler months of autumn (April to June) and spring (September to November). These months offer comfortable weather for exploring wetlands and spotting birdlife.
Dog Friendly: Allowed on lead in designated areas only
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: No

Deep Creek National Park

A haven for hiking enthusiasts, Deep Creek National Park is home to stunning coastal cliffs, meandering bushwalks, and rugged landscapes that invite exploration. The trails here make up the first leg of the iconic Heysen Trail.

Visit in the winter during the migration season and you might spot Southern Right Whales as they make their majestic journey along the coast. Watch in awe as these gentle giants breach the surface, adding a touch of magic to your wilderness adventure.

Why: Coastal cliffs, whale migrations, hiking.
Found on the Fleurieu Peninsula, this park’s stunning coastal cliffs and lush landscapes are around a 90-minute drive from Adelaide.
When: Winter (June to August) is a fantastic time to visit as the weather is cooler, making hiking more comfortable. Also, the Southern Right Whales are often spotted during their migration from June to September.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: Parks Pass or $13/vehicle

Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park

Along the southern tip of the Yorke Peninsula, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park is a coastal paradise.

Bask on stunning beaches that stretch towards the horizon, where the crashing waves tell tales of shipwrecks and maritime history.

Explore the ethereal beauty of Ethel Beach, where the sands seem to meet the endless expanse of the ocean.

Uncover the history of Inneston, a former gypsum-mining town, and let the past whisper its stories in the wind.

Why: Stunning beaches, shipwrecks, emus.
Situated at the southern tip of the Yorke Peninsula, Innes National Park is renowned for its coastal beauty and historical sites.
When: Autumn (April to June) and spring (September to November) are the prime times to visit. The weather is pleasant, and you can enjoy the beaches and historical sites without the peak summer crowds.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: Parks Pass or $13/vehicle

Flinders Chase National Park and Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area

A large rock formation on the edge of a cliff

Kangaroo Island’s Flinders Chase National Park is home to iconic landmarks like the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch, creating a landscape that is both breathtaking and humbling.

The rugged coastline and pristine wilderness showcase the quintessential beauty of Australia.

In the Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area, you’ll find a sanctuary for native flora and fauna, an ecosystem that embodies the untamed spirit of the land.

Look out here for the elusive platypus – this is one of the few areas in South Australia they can be spotted.

Why: Remarkable Rocks, rugged coastline, maritime history.
On Kangaroo Island, you’ll find Flinders Chase National Park at the western end.
When: Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are the best times to explore Kangaroo Island’s natural wonders. The mild temperatures make it ideal for outdoor activities.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply. Cottages also available
Park Fees: $13/vehicle (not included with the Parks Pass)

Gawler Ranges National Park

Visit to experience ancient landscapes in the heart of the Gawler Ranges. Encounter the dramatic Organ Pipes, unique rock formations that seem like nature’s own cathedral pipes.

Explore Gawler Ranges National Park after rain to be captivated by the cascading waters of Kolay Mirica Falls, a hidden gem tucked away in this outback oasis. You will also be treated to wildflowers after rain too.

Don’t miss the Paney Shearing Shed to learn about the farming history of the region.

This park is a testament to the contrasts that define the Australian landscape.

Why: Ancient landscapes, unique rock formations.
Located in the Eyre Peninsula region, this park offers an outback adventure with unique rock formations and vast expanses.
When: Autumn (April) until spring (November) offers comfortable temperatures for exploring ancient landscapes and unique rock formations.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: Parks Pass or $13/vehicle

Glenthorne  National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta

Just outside of Adelaide, one of the newer parks, Glenthorne National Park, welcomes you to a harmonious blend of nature and history.

Wander along walking trails that meander through open spaces and cultural sites, offering a rejuvenating escape from the city’s bustle. It’s a sanctuary that invites you to reconnect with the land and immerse yourself in the stories woven into its very fabric.

Kids will love the huge adventure playground.

Why: Nature and history blend harmoniously, adventure playground for the kids
This urban park is just a short drive south of Adelaide and serves as a natural retreat within the city’s reach
When: You can visit throughout the year, but spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are particularly pleasant for enjoying the walking trails and cultural sites.
Dog Friendly: Yes, in designated areas
Camping: No
Park Fees: No

Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Aboriginal rock paintings inside a cave

The awe-inspiring landscapes of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park beckon you to explore its ancient beauty.

Marvel at the vast expanse of Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre where ancient landscapes meet the sky.

Embark on hikes through winding gorges, where Aboriginal rock art offers a glimpse into history’s pages.

Let the rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges unfold before your eyes, a canvas painted with the colours of the Australian Outback.

Why: Wilpena Pound, ancient landscapes incredible sunsets.
This expansive park covers the ancient landscapes of the Flinders Ranges, with Wilpena Pound as a central highlight.
When: Autumn (April) through to spring (October) provides the best weather for hiking and exploring the stunning Wilpena Pound and gorges. The warmer months (November to March) are best avoided.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: Parks Pass or $13/vehicle

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park

The salt flats of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park are a sight to behold, a canvas that transforms with the changing seasons.

When rain graces the arid land, the dry lake bed becomes a haven for migratory birds, an awe-inspiring spectacle of nature’s resilience.

Witness the union of earth and sky, where the waters of Lake Eyre mirror the endless expanse above in a surreal dance of reflections.

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre is best seen with a scenic flight from either Maree or William Creek.

Why: Mesmerising salt flats, changing spectacle.
Encompassing the mesmerizing salt flats of Lake Eyre, this park is located in the remote northern part of South Australia.
When: The best time to witness the salt lakes teeming with life is during the rare flooding events, which can occur from late autumn to early spring (May to September).
Pet Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: $13/vehicle (not included with the Parks Pass)

Lake Gairdner National Park

Amid the rugged beauty of the Eyre Peninsula, Lake Gairdner National Park protects the surreal beauty of Australia’s third-largest salt lake.

The lake is filled with over 200 small islands, and the white salt contrasts with the red of the surrounding dunes.

This is a great national park for 4WDing, but you will need to be aware of the emus and kangaroos that call it home.

While you may have heard about land speed records being set here on Lake Gairdner, driving on the lake is prohibited without the appropriate permits.

Why: Surreal salt lake, endless expanse.
Found in the Eyre Peninsula region, to the north of the Gawler Ranges, Lake Gairdner is a vast salt lake that’s a wonder to behold.
When: Winter (June to August) is the prime time to visit the salt lake. The cooler temperatures create a surreal atmosphere, and the salt flats are at their most stunning.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, free (no facilities)
Park Fees: No

Lake Torrens National Park

The ephemeral beauty of Lake Torrens reveals itself during rare floods, transforming the dry landscape into a haven for waterbirds and wildlife. It is enjoyed by photographers and geologists studying the landscape.

This national park is not one to visit without planning. Permission must be sought before visiting, from both the National Parks personnel and the owners of the private property you will need to travel through to get there.

Why: Salt lake, dramatic transformations.
Situated north of Adelaide, Lake Torrens is a salt lake that comes to life during rare floods.
When: The best time to witness the transformation of the landscape is during the rare flooding events, which can occur from late autumn to early spring (May to September).
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: No
Park Fees: No

Lincoln National Park

Bright blue sea water

Coastal beauty awaits in Lincoln National Park, where rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and opportunities for fishing and wildlife spotting define the landscape.

Follow trails wind through woodlands and take in the panoramic views from Stamford Hill. See the Cape Donnington Lighthouse and, during winter, watch out for whales in Sleaford Bay from the Wan­na and Lone Pine look­outs.

Entry into the Mem­o­ry Cove Wilder­ness Pro­tec­tion Area is restricted to just a few vehicles a day and needs to be booked well in advance.

Why: Rugged cliffs, coastal wonderland.
This coastal gem is located on the foot of Eyre Peninsula and boasts stunning cliffs, sandy beaches, and a variety of outdoor activities.
When: Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) offer pleasant temperatures for exploring the coast, hiking, and wildlife spotting.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: Parks Pass or $13/vehicle

Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park

In the northeastern corner of South Australia lies the oasis of Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park.

Here, ancient river red gums stand as sentinels, surrounding interconnected lakes that invite exploration and reflection.

Coongie Lakes are a listed Wetland of International Significance. The birdlife is abundant, their calls blending with the gentle rustling of leaves as you navigate the Outback waterways.

Boating becomes a journey through serenity since motorboats are prohibited to preserve the stillness.

Why: Wetland paradise, ancient red gums.
In the far northeast of the state, access via the Strezlecki track 100km from Innamincka.
When: Autumn (April to June) and spring (September to October) are the optimal times to explore the wetland paradise and enjoy boating in the interconnected lakes.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes
Park Fees: $13/vehicle (not included with the Parks Pass)

Mount Remarkable National Park

For those seeking to challenge themselves amid the rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges, Mount Remarkable National Park offers a haven of hiking trails that lead to panoramic vistas.

Ascend Mount Remarkable and the vast landscape will unfold before your eyes, a tapestry of hills, valleys, and the iconic rugged beauty that defines the region.

Alligator Gorge is also a must, with dramatic red cliffs rising high above the creek that runs far below. Encounter the native wildlife that thrives in this environment, a testament to the resilience of life in the Outback.

Why: Hiking vistas, rugged Flinders beauty.
This park’s rugged landscapes and hiking trails can be found in the Southern Flinders Ranges region near Melrose and Wilmington.
When: Autumn (April to June) and spring (September to November) provide the most comfortable weather for hiking and enjoying panoramic vistas.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply. Cottage also available
Park Fees: Parks Pass or $13/vehicle

Munga-Thirri–Simpson Desert National Park

Intrepid explorers find their match in the remote allure of Munga–Thirri–Simpson Desert National Park. Venture deep into the heart of the Simpson Desert, where endless sand dunes stretch to the horizon in an unbroken chain.

Here, isolation takes on a new meaning, as the beauty of the desert envelops you in a symphony of silence. This is a place where time seems to stand still, and the vast expanse is a canvas for the soul to wander.

Visit to stand on the spot where three states meet.

Why: Remote desert exploration, endless dunes.
Spanning the remote Simpson Desert, this park showcases the unique desert landscape of the region.
When: The cooler months of autumn (April to June) and spring (September to November) are the best times for venturing into the remote desert landscape.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, free (no facilities) but if you camp in the QLD part of the park a permit is required.
Park Fees: Desert Parks Pass required

Murray River National Park

Follow the gentle meander of the Murray River as it winds through serene landscapes, offering an invitation to camp, fish, and canoe in a setting that embraces the rhythms of river life.

Wetlands and red gum forests offer havens of biodiversity, where the tranquillity of nature’s beauty is punctuated by the soft sounds of water and the whispers of leaves.

It’s a place where the connection between land and river becomes a symphony of life.

Note that this national park has six separate sections that do not necessarily join up. Each section may have different requirements.

Why: Serene river life, camping, canoeing.
Following the course of the Murray River, this park stretches along the river’s banks in various locations around Loxton and Berri.
Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) offer pleasant weather for camping, fishing, and canoeing along the river.
Dog Friendly: Yes, on leash in designated areas only
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: No

Naracoorte Caves National Park

Journey underground into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves, where ancient stories are etched into the walls and the fossil record reveals the secrets of prehistoric megafauna.

Explore the labyrinthine chambers that tell tales of a time long past, where the echoes of history resonate in the cool depths. It’s a journey through time, where every step unveils a new layer of the Earth’s narrative.

Why: Fossil-rich caves, ancient megafauna.
Located in the southeast of the state, this park is home to the impressive Naracoorte Caves and their fossil treasures.
When: Anytime is suitable for visiting the caves, but autumn (April to June) and spring (September to November) provide pleasant temperatures for exploring above ground.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: Free but tour fees apply

Nilpena Ediacara National Park

Embark on a journey through ancient history in Nilpena Ediacara National Park, a place where some of the world’s oldest and most mysterious fossils were discovered.

The fossils, dating back millions of years, provide a window into a time when complex life was just beginning to emerge.

As you explore this hallowed ground, let the whispers of the past guide your steps, igniting your curiosity and connecting you to the ancient roots of existence.

This is South Australia’s newest National Park and access is only available with a tour

Why: Mysterious fossils, ancient history.
Situated in the Flinders Ranges region, this park holds significance for its ancient fossil discoveries.
When: Autumn (April) until spring (October) offers the most comfortable weather for exploring ancient fossils and historical sites.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: No
Park Fees: Free but tour fees apply

Nullarbor National Park, Wilderness Protection Area and Regional Reserve

Venture into the vastness of Nullarbor National Park, a place where the arid landscape stretches as far as the eye can see filled with below-ground karst caves. Dramatic sinkholes occur when the ceilings collapse.

The national park culminates in the dramatic Bunda Cliffs, perhaps the best place in Australia for whale watching at the Head of the Bight Whale Centre.

The Nullarbor Plain is a testament to the resilience of life in the face of challenging conditions.

Amid the arid beauty, unique flora and fauna have adapted to this land of extremes, creating a tapestry of survival that thrives against all odds.

Why: Vast arid plain, unique flora and fauna, whale watching.
Covering the vast Nullarbor Plain, this park is in the far west of the state near the Western Australia border.
When: Autumn (April) and spring (October) provide milder temperatures for experiencing the vastness of the Nullarbor Plain. To see the whales, visit from May to August.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: No

Onkaparinga River National Park

Unwind in the embrace of nature as you wander through woodlands, cliffs, and riverbanks in Onkaparinga River National Park.

The panoramic views from the Onkaparinga Gorge offer an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the land, a symphony of earth and sky.

Whether you choose to hike, bike, or simply find solace by the river’s edge, this park offers a moment of respite amid the natural splendour.

Why: Gorge views, woodlands, riverbanks.
Just south of Adelaide, this park follows the path of the Onkaparinga River, offering scenic trails and waterways.
When: Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) offer pleasant temperatures for hiking, biking, and enjoying the stunning gorge views.
Pet Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply
Park Fees: No

Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

Embark on a journey through the rugged landscapes of Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park. Pack up the 4WD and spend time here exploring.

Deep gorges, unique rock formations, and stunning vistas await those who dare to explore. Lake Frome takes up a good portion of the park, showing off its salt-lake glory.

Whether it’s the challenge of a hike, the thrill of discovering a hidden oasis, or the serenity of the open spaces, it all defines this extraordinary land.

Why: Rugged ranges, stunning vistas.
In the state’s far north, this park’s rugged landscapes and unique rock formations are a sight to behold.
When: Autumn (April) until spring (October) provides the most comfortable weather for hiking through the rugged ranges.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply. Cottages & shearers’ quarters are available.
Park Fees: No

Wapma Thura – Southern Flinders Ranges National Park

In the heart of the Flinders Ranges, Wapma Thura (Telowie Gorge) invites you to discover hidden gorges, towering peaks, and ancient landscapes that showcase the raw beauty of the region.

Embark on hiking trails that lead to breathtaking vistas, where the panoramic views take your breath away and the grandeur of nature is revealed in every detail.

It’s a landscape that awakens the explorer within, beckoning you to immerse yourself in the untamed beauty that defines the Flinders Ranges.

Why: Hidden gorges, ancient landscapes.
Located north of Port Pirie in the Flinders Ranges region, this park’s hidden gorges and peaks await your exploration.
When: Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) offer pleasant temperatures for exploring hidden gorges and ancient landscapes.
Dog Friendly: No
Camping: No
Park Fees: Free

Witjira National Park

Amid the remote desert landscapes of Witjira National Park, the salt pans, ancient rock formations, and endless horizons create a tableau of surreal beauty. It features many mound springs, including the Dalhousie Hot Springs which is perfect for a warm desert swim.

As the sun sets over the vast expanses of sand, a mesmerizing display of colours paints the sky, offering a moment of tranquillity in a land that seems to stretch to infinity.

Here, time takes on a different rhythm, inviting contemplation and a connection with the untouched essence of the desert.

Why: Desert landscapes, mesmerising sunset colours, desert hot springs.
In the far northwest, this park showcases the remote desert landscapes and salt pans of the region.
When: The cooler months from autumn (April) until spring (October) are ideal for visiting the desert landscapes and witnessing the sunset colours over the sand expanses.
Pet Friendly: No
Camping: Yes, fees apply.
Park Fees: $13/vehicle (not included with the Parks Pass). A Desert Parks Pass is required for some areas.

Tips for Visiting the South Australia National Parks

Here are some valuable tips to ensure you make the most of your visit to South Australia’s National Parks

  1. Parks Pass Requirement: Before you set out, remember that many of the national parks require a Parks Pass for entry. This pass not only supports conservation efforts but also grants you access to the landscapes and experiences that these parks offer.
  2. Plan Ahead: Research the specific national park you intend to visit and check their official website for important information such as entry fees, opening hours, and any park-specific regulations.
  3. Camping Opportunities: Many national parks offer camping facilities, providing the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty under the starlit skies. Remember to book your campsite in advance, especially during peak seasons.
  4. Pack Essentials: Be prepared for your adventure by packing essentials such as water, sunscreen, insect repellent, a first aid kit, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Sturdy footwear is a must if you plan on exploring hiking trails.
  5. Leave No Trace: Embrace the “leave no trace” philosophy. Respect the environment by taking your rubbish with you, using designated facilities, and leaving the natural beauty untouched for others to enjoy.
  6. Wildlife Etiquette: South Australia’s national parks are home to a diverse array of wildlife. Maintain a safe distance and avoid feeding animals, as this can disturb their natural behaviours and lead to potential dangers.
  7. Dog-Friendly Considerations: While some parks welcome furry companions, it’s important to note that dogs are not always allowed due to conservation efforts and to protect native wildlife. Check the park’s regulations regarding pets before planning your visit.
  8. Weather Awareness: South Australia’s weather can vary, so check the forecast before heading out. Be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions, especially if you plan to explore remote areas.
  9. Respect Cultural Sites: Some national parks hold cultural significance to Aboriginal communities. Show respect by staying on designated paths and avoiding touching or disturbing cultural artifacts.
  10. Photography Delights: Capture the beauty of the landscapes with your camera, but also take moments to appreciate the scenery without the lens. Sometimes the most memorable moments are the ones that stay in your heart.
  11. Stay Informed: Keep yourself informed about any park alerts, road closures, or fire bans that might affect your visit. These updates can be found on the national park’s official website or social media channels.
  12. Be Mindful of Regulations: Different parks have varying regulations, such as restrictions on collecting firewood or fishing. Familiarise yourself with these rules to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

As you venture into the national parks in SA let the untouched landscapes and natural wonders flood you with awe and wonder. With a little planning and respect for the environment, you’re sure to create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Before you go…read these posts next
The Ultimate South Australia Itinerary
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