Chowilla Game Reserve and Regional Reserve

  • Picnic Areas
  • Campfires Permitted
  • Caravan Sites
  • Toilets
  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Dogs on Lead
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
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Chowilla Game Reserve's majestic gums and tranquil waterways can be enjoyed with walking shoes, a canoe, a tent, a caravan or at a picnic spot. Get away from it all, but be sure to bring your camera and binoculars for rare glimpses of protected Australian birdlife.

About

Explore Chowilla Game Reserve and Regional Reserve and the great stands of the majestic river red gum and the hardy black box. Discover the peaceful waterways of the Murray River by canoe and observe the diverse birdlife. Due to its remote nature Chowilla provides great opportunities for secluded camping and disconnecting from the world (with limited phone reception).

The Game Reserve is an integral part of the Riverland Biosphere Reserve and comprises 18,000 hectares of floodplains and wetlands. The Regional Reserve features vast stands of mallee woodland, black oak and bluebush shrublands that stretch from the floodplain through to Danggali Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area to the north.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Contact details

Natural Resource Centre - Berri
Phone: (+61 8) 8580 1800

For booking enquiries please email:

DEWNR.SAMDBOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

Getting there

Chowilla Game Reserve is located 305km northeast of Adelaide. Access is via Old Wentworth Road north of Renmark (48km). Please take care driving on the Old Wentworth road as there are many kangaroos and environmental conditions compromise the quality of the road.

Pets in parks

You and your dog can enjoy this park providing you keep your dog on a lead and under your control at all times. Don't forget to bring your disposable 'doggie-doo' bag to clean up after your dog.

Facilities

There are picnic areas, caravan sites, toilets and camp sites available in this park.

Useful information

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Traditional-owners

Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state. 

Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.

See and do

Stay in the park

Wake up to peaceful sounds of the River Murray and its water birds.

There are two campgrounds at Chowilla Game Reserve available, check the book before you go links for more information on each site.

Border Cliffs Campground

Chowilla campground

Canoeing and kayaking

For information on how to purchase detailed, independently produced canoe trail maps please contact the Berri Barmera Visitor and Information Centre or the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre.

Bushwalking

There is currently no bushwalking information available for this park, please contact the park office for more information. 

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Flora

Chowilla Game Reserve comprises flood plain and wetland environments. Chowilla features great stands of majestic river red gum and hardy black box gums, as well as lignum and river cooba.

The Regional Reserve comprises vast stands of mallee woodland and bluebush shrublands that stretch from the flood plain to Danggali Conservation Park in the north.

Fauna

Large numbers of waterbirds can be seen in Chowilla Game Reserve making this the perfect destination for bird watchers and nature photographers. 

Volunteering

If you think you might be interested in volunteering opportunities within this park please contact our Volunteer Support Unit.

Safety

Bushwalking

The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • keep to defined walking trails and follow the trail markers
  • wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • carry sufficient drinking water
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

Camping

When camping in a National Park, it's important to remember the following:

  • Always let someone responsible know your travel plans, especially when travelling in remote areas. It's a good idea to let them know when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave, including overnight temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology. Even during very mild weather, the nights can get very cold. 
  • The quality and quantity of water cannot be guaranteed within parks. Please bring plenty of water and food to be self-sufficient.
  • Always camp in designated sites (where applicable) - do not camp beneath trees with overhanging branches, as they can drop without warning. It's also a good idea to check that there no insect nests nearby.
  • Check to make sure you're not camping in a natural waterway, flash floods can happen anytime.
  • If camp fires are permitted, you must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Extinguish your camp fire with water (not sand or dirt) until the hissing sound stops.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Fire restrictions

  • In the Game Reserve section of the park wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 15 November 2016 to 13 April 2017.
  • In the Regional Reserve section of the park wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 15 November 2016 to 15 April 2017.
  • Gas fires are permitted, other than on days of total fire ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • leave your pets at home
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators (except where permitted), chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Maps

Park maps

Canoeing trails

For information on how to purchase detailed, independently produced canoe trail maps please contact the Berri Barmera Visitor and Information Centre or the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre.

Fees

Entry fees

Vehicle entry to this park is free, however fees apply for camping.

Camping and accommodation

Fees apply to camp in this park.

You must book and pay for your campsite before you arrive, as cash self-registration stations are no longer in use in this park.

If you are planning a trip for a school group or other large group, please ensure you let the park know of your intentions.

Alternative booking and payment options

Cash payments can be made at the following agents:

For booking enquiries please email:

DEWNR.SAMDBOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

Park pass

Holiday Park Pass and Multi Park Pass

Want to explore SA’s parks all year round? Purchase a Multi Park Pass (12 months), or a Holiday Park Pass (for 2 months) which entitles you to vehicle entry not just for this park, but up to an additional 10 parks as well!

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park. 

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