South Australia’s creatures and plants are protected at four levels, each with their own level of protection. There are general managed use zones, habitat protection zones, sanctuary zones and restricted zones and each one is designed to achieve a different outcome.

Sanctuary zones make up only about six per cent of our state waters, leaving plenty of places to wet a line.

What do the zones mean?

General managed use - no change to existing use, but managed as part of the park. All recreational activities, including fishing, are allowed.

Habitat protection - protects the sea floor. All recreational activities, including fishing, are allowed. Prawn trawling is prohibited from March 2013.

Sanctuary zones -areas of high conservation value set aside for conservation and low-impact recreation. No fishing is allowed in these zones from 1 October 2014, but diving, surfing, swimming etc are welcome.

Restricted access - areas that are off limits to the public (no entry).

Where are the zones?

There are a number of resources to help you find where the zones are in each marine park, whether you’re on land or out in your boat.

You can view detailed zoning maps and sanctuary zone coordinates or download GPS data to help navigate your way through each park. Our updated My Parx smart phone app also provides you of your location in the waters in relation to the zones, and keep a look out for signage at nearby boat ramps.

Download the GPS files and maps for each marine park through the regional links below: 

Further information on the GPS coordinates can be found in the Marine Parks GPS data fact sheet (138kb pdf).

Commercial users can download spatial layers for the marine park zones from NatureMaps.