Be the first to camp at Onkaparinga River National Park

Date posted: 03 October 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

You could be among the first to camp in Onkaparinga River National Park as part of a competition to celebrate the start of bookings for the new Pink Gum Campground.
 
Three lucky groups will get the campground to themselves on Saturday, 28 October, and can take part in a guided ranger walk and other activities.
 
Online bookings are now open for Pink Gum, with campsites available from 1 November.
 
Situated at the eastern end of the park, the new campground is accessible from Chapel Hill Road and has 11 campsites, including three that are suitable for caravans, plus a flush toilet, washing-up facilities and fire pits for use outside the fire ban season.
 
Background
 
Pink Gum Campground is part of $1.7 million in improvements to Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park, including a lookout at the Punchbowl over the Onkaparinga Gorge, a kayak launch at Perry’s Bend, facilities for rock climbers, and trails.
 
The Onkaparinga improvements are part of a 2014 election commitment to spend $10.4 million on projects to increase the number of people visiting metropolitan national parks.
 
To enter the competition to be the first to camp at Onkaparinga, look for the post on the National Parks SA Facebook page.
 
For more information on Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park, including details of how to book a campsite online, visit www.parks.sa.gov.au.
 
Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter
 
When we asked South Australians what they would like to see in their national parks, one of the most common answers was more camping.

Deep Creek Conservation Park on the Fleurieu has always been a popular destination for campers due to its proximity to Adelaide, but that popularity has meant it’s been difficult to get a campsite there at peak times like long weekends and school holidays. 

 The new Pink Gum Campground will help alleviate that, with 11 more sites.
 
It will be especially good for families who are introducing their children to camping, because you can get that wonderful feeling of being in the middle of nowhere and enjoying nature while still being close to home.
 
We are also beginning work on a campground at Para Wirra Conservation Park later this year, so by autumn 2018, there will be camping in parks north and south of the city.
 
Quotes attributable to Member for Kaurna, Chris Picton
 
The opening of the Pink Gum Campground is great news and will help to further showcase our beautiful Onkaparinga River National Park.

Our southern region has some fantastic recreational offerings - and expanding options for camping will be an ideal boost for tourism as well as making our natural environment more accessible. 

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