This summer book online and relax
As many South Australians prepare to head for the beach or the bush this summer, they can now book online for entry, camping and accommodation at two at the state’s favourite holiday destinations.
Dylan Strong, Community, Planning and Support Manager with Natural Resources Northern and Yorke (NRNY) is encouraging visitors to book ahead this summer before setting off on their holiday to Innes and Mount Remarkable national parks.
During peak holiday times, camp grounds often fill to capacity quickly, on a first come first served basis. Campers may be turned away or end up camping outside designated areas, putting pressure on natural areas and park amenities.
"Using this system visitors have the reassurance of knowing that there will be a campsite there for them when they arrive at the park", Mr Strong said.
"We’ve been using the system for 3 months now and like any new initiative there have been some teething problems, but the benefits far outweigh the shortcomings."
Interstate and overseas visitors have been making good use of the online booking system which allows visitors to book 12 months ahead.
"Even if you decide at the last minute to go camping for the weekend, just pick up your smart phone or tablet and book", Mr Strong said. "Your booking will be confirmed immediately and you can have a relaxing journey, knowing your camping spot is secure."
With its stunning scenery, great beaches and recreational opportunities, Innes NP is a favourite holiday destination for many South Australians and interstate visitors who will head to the tip of Yorke Peninsula over Christmas, New Year and during January.
Visitors can book on arrival, using a stand-alone computer facility at the Innes park office.
Mount Remarkable NP does not have an on-park booking facility, but there are agents in most Southern Flinders centres, Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Port Germein.
However, by booking ahead using personal devices visitors can go straight to camping areas, or, if visiting for the day, enter the parks without the need to find a booking agent.
Parks Pass holders must also book online using their Parks Pass number to secure a campsite.
Visitors to Innes and Mt Remarkable national parks are no longer required to display park entry permits on their vehicles.
"This is a first for the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)", Mr Strong said. In the coming months, the online booking system will be rolled out to other South Australian parks.
To book online for entry, camping and accommodation at Innes NP and Mount Remarkable NP visit www.parks.sa.gov.au