Parks

National Parks SA online booking system is now available

All campsites in the South East now need to be booked online.

This applies to campsites in the following parks:

There is often high demand for camping areas during peak periods such as long weekends and school holidays. To avoid disappointment visitors are encouraged to book early. You can now book your favourite campsite 12 months in advance. Please be aware you will not be able to pay camping fees in cash at the park entrance including Bool Lagoon Game Reserve.

It’s best to book and pay before you leave home as some locations have limited mobile coverage.

Download a fact sheet here.

 

There are many ways to experience our parks, including camping or getting hands on with conservation efforts as a volunteer.

 

Park safety

As with visiting any natural environment, your safety is an absolute priority. Before embarking on any wilderness activities, be sure to check for any park closures or fire bans and closures that may affect you.

Park management

Parks and reserves in South Australia are established and protected by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. This protected area system includes all reserves proclaimed under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, the Wilderness Protection Act 1992 and conservation reserves dedicated to the Minister under the Crown Land Management Act 2009.

A number of plans and strategies have been developed to guide how we look after our natural spaces and how people visit, use and enjoy South Australia’s national parks, marine parks and reserves. These strategies also aim to encourage more people to enjoy our state’s parks, learn about nature and get involved in conservation activities within, and beyond, park boundaries.

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is celebrated each year to acknowledge and celebrate the great work Park Rangers do in managing our many parks which we all enjoy and benefit from.

In South Australia, rangers are employed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) to manage the state’s 19 million plus hectares of protected areas, almost 20% of the state’s total area. In the South East, 68 parks and reserves cover nearly 113,000 hectares, and are home to thousands of species of plants, animals and birds. Some, like the Orange-bellied Parrot, are critically endangered.

In 2015 we interviewed Natural Resource Management Officer and alumnus from DEWNR's graduate ranger program Aiden Laslett, read more here. 
In 2014, Senior Ranger Lower South East, Don Mount, took some time out to tell us what he loves about being a Park Ranger.