Enjoying our parks responsibly
We are lucky to have some large parks (9.6 million hectares in total) set aside for conservation and visitor enjoyment, without the crowds!
Catch a fish, go four wheel driving, take in the views, set up a tent and enjoy the night sky full of stars, go for a hike, snorkel, surf or just simply chill out in our parks. These are just some of the things you can do in our local parks.
You get as much space to yourself as you need and lots of places and activities to choose from.
Local Natural Resources Officer Kate Brocklehurst says our parks are special places and while people are encouraged to get outside and enjoy nature, there are certain behaviours expected of visitors so that we can all stay safe, enjoy our parks and ensure our natural assets are protected now and into the future.
Rangers regularly patrol our local conservation parks and reserves - including marine parks, "Miss Brocklehurst added.
To help you enjoy your visit, there are a few simple things to remember:
Whyalla and Munyaroo Conservation Parks
- Leave your pets at home, pets are not permitted in national parks and reserves. 1080 lethal to dogs is used in many parks and reserves to manage foxes for conservation purposes.
- Drive only on designated tracks
- Four-wheel drive tracks have areas of soft sand. Please remember to reduce tyre pressures to aid traction and to minimise track damage. The four-wheel drive tracks are for two-way access. Remember to take care on crests and bends.
- Drivers are reminded to exercise caution and check tides as soft sand and changing coastal conditions may create challenges.
- Normal road rules apply on all National Park roads and tracks including beaches.
- Unregistered cars, quad bikes, trail bikes etc. are not permitted on any public land including national parks and reserves.
- Bring your own firewood, it is illegal to take firewood from national parks and reserves.
- Only gas/liquid fires are permitted within designated campsites during the fire ban period unless it’s a day of Total Fire Ban, in which case all fires are prohibited. Some national parks have additional campfire restrictions, take note of park signs or enquire at your local NREP Office.
- Park visitors can find out about fire ban notifications by listening to broadcasts on 891 AM ABC, 1485 AM ABC, 5LM, 765 AM 5CC, and 89.9 MAGIC FM or ring the Natural Resources Centre on 8688 3111 (weekdays). It is the responsibility of park users to be aware of fire bans.
- On days of elevated fire danger parks may be closed.
Take only photographs - do not feed or disturb animals and plants (including dead plant material)
Camping and Entry fees apply in some National Parks on Eyre Peninsula
- Camping sites are available on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, and permits are purchased and displayed on your vehicles dash prior to setting up camp.
- Camp only within designated campgrounds.
Firearms, fireworks and chainsaws are prohibited
The National Parks and Wildlife Regulations apply in National Parks and Conservation Reserves, failure to comply with the Regulations can result in on-the-spot fines being issued. You can view SANPWS Regulations from this webpage. http://www.legislation.sa.gov.au
Marine Parks – Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park and Cowleds Landing, Cuttlefish Coast and Fairway Banks Sanctuary Zones
- Cowleds Landing Aquatic Reserve has now been changed into a Sanctuary Zone so no crabbing or bait worm collecting at Eight Mile Creek. Dogs must be on leads.
- For maps and further information go to visit our website.