Booking campsites easier online

Posted 03 April 2017.

Would-be campers are embracing the new online booking system for campsites in SA National Parks with high numbers of people booking campsites over Easter in the SA Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB) region. 

Natural Resources SAMDB Acting Riverland District Manager Sarah Kuchel said while some are taking time to adjust to the innovative new online booking system, others have quickly embraced it.

“We want to encourage people to come to our parks and experience the great outdoors and have a good time, and this new online booking system helps people do just that,” she said.

“People in Victoria and Queensland are already using this system very effectively, so we are catching up with other states.

“People can book 12 months in advance so once you have picked the site you like, you can book your site immediately for the following year, meaning your travel plans are already in place.

“We have a refund policy as we understand people’s travel plans change - as long as you cancel your booking five days in advance, you will receive a full refund.

“We have been working with the community since last year to promote the new system and will continue to do so. 

“We know people are familiar with placing cash in the self-registration box and driving along until they come to a particular camp site and putting up their tent.

“This has been problematic, as over the years some people haven’t paid and there has been persistent vandalism or theft of the self-registration boxes, resulting in more spending on maintenance and replacement.

“The new system is fair for everyone and helps us place our staff more strategically in areas where the greatest numbers of campers are staying.” 

The new online booking system is a state-wide initiative which commenced in January. It replaces the old self-registration stations for National Parks campsites throughout the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin region. 

People who do not have access to a computer or mobile device, can drop into a Natural Resources Centre or a booking agent who can assist with bookings.   

Information and an instruction video on how to book online is available here: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/entry-fees/online-booking-information

For more information about South Australian parks, or to book online, visit http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/entry-fees/online-booking-information

To speak with one of our friendly staff about the online booking system, phone the Natural Resources Centre, Berri on 08 85801800 or Murray Bridge on 08 8532 9100 or email DEWNR.OnlineBooking@sa.gov.au


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