Canunda National Park

  • Picnic Areas
  • Campfires Permitted
  • Toilets
  • Camping
  • 4WD
  • Scuba / Snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Canunda offers fishing, bushwalking, birdlife, surfing, snorkelling, four-wheel driving and more along its rugged coastline of cliffs and long stretches of surf beaches. And at the end of the day you can relax in one of the campgrounds and listen to the waves rolling in!

Canunda SA map

Canunda offers fishing, bushwalking, birdlife, surfing, snorkelling, four-wheel driving and more along its rugged coastline of cliffs and long stretches of surf beaches. And at the end of the day you can relax in one of the campgrounds and listen to the waves rolling in!

About

Discover a spectacular coastline of cliffs and long stretches of surf beaches in Canunda National Park. Featuring a diversity of coastal habitats, Canunda offers great opportunities to enjoy bushwalking, observe local birdlife, surf the waves or snorkel among the fish.

The northern section of the park is characterised by limestone cliffs, sea stacks, offshore reefs and low dense scrub, whereas the southern section is dominated by mobile sand dunes and stretches of beach which are backed by low foredunes. Evidence of the Boandik Peoples, who regularly camped along the coast, can be seen throughout the park.

The 40km coastline offers great fishing opportunities. Depending on the season and ocean conditions, mulloway, salmon, sharks or rays may tempt a bite. Try your luck off the rocks where sweep, abalone and crayfish may be caught.

Four-wheel driving is possible along the full length of the park by following the marker posts through the dunes and along Geltwood Beach.

While you're in the area, why not visit the Lower South East Marine Park.

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 Resources Centre - Mount Gambier

Phone: (+61 8) 8735 1177

Getting there

Canunda National Park is located 18km north west of Millicent or 428km south east of Adelaide. Access is via Millicent, Southend or Carpenter Rocks. Two-wheel drive access is possible in the northern and central sections of the park and Cape Banks campsite in the southern section.

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted within this park. There are however, a number of South Australian National Parks where you can take your dog on a lead. 

Facilities

There are picnic areas, toilets and campsites available in this park.

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

Bushwalking

There are a number of walking trails in the northern coastal section of the park and around the Coola Outstation and Lake Bonney area. Bushwalking is a fantastic way to connect with nature, keep fit and spend time with family and friends. 

Bushwalking is a fantastic way to connect with nature, keep fit and spend time with family and friends. 

South Australia's national parks feature a range of trails that let you experience a diversity of landscapes. Our trails cater for all levels of fitness and adventure and our classification system makes it easy to select an experience suitable for you.

Walks

  • Cape Buffon Walk

    The Cape Buffon Walk highlights how the forces of wind and waves have shaped the limestone cliffs, sea stacks, reef platforms and vegetation along the coast. A variety of plants can be found along the trail.

  • Coola Outstation Historical Walk

    The Coola Outstation Historical Walk is located 20km south west of Millicent. The walk features the Coola Lookout which offers a fantastic view of the lake, dunes and farmland surrounds. Across the boardwalk is an area of dryland tea-tree known as the 'singing forest' with picnic facilities available. Examples of early farm machinery may be seen along the walk.

  • Seaview Walk

    The Seaview Walk features spectacular rock formations, sandy beaches, seabirds and a myriad of plants, while offering stunning scenic views of the coastal environment. The blue-green coastal daisy bush may be found along the walk and is usually smelled before it is seen as the leaves have a pleasant aroma. Evidence of wombat and echidna burrows and scratchings are often visible.

  • Willichum Lookout Walk

    Willichum Lookout Walk offers splendid panoramic views of the bay, the park and rocky cliffs from a viewing platform.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Canunda National Park has campsites near sandy beaches, rock pools and lagoon beaches. 

There are six different camp grounds to choose from: 

  • Cape Banks Campground 
  • Geltwood Beach Campground
  • Kotgee Campground
  • Nalawort Campground
  • No. 2 Rocks Campground
  • Oil Rig Square Campground

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:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • 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

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are permitted outside the annual Fire Danger Season.
  • You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
  • Gas fires are permitted through the year, other than on days of Total Fire Ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Water

Strong currents and rips can make swimming dangerous in this area.

Do not climb on, or fish from slippery rocks. 

4WD

When 4WDriving in the park, it is important to be aware of the following:

  • Standard road rules apply when driving anywhere in the park, including the laws for speed limits, drink driving, vehicle registration and seat belts.
  • Take extreme care when driving in the park – be aware of blind corners, crests and narrow two-way tracks.
  • Observe all track and safety signs, especially 'No public access' signs.
  • Do not take your vehicle off the designated tracks. Wildlife can be threatened and precious habitat and indigenous sites can be damaged by off track driving.
  • Make sure you know what to do in the event of getting bogged and always carry a shovel.
  • When driving on sand, deflate your tyres as appropriate for your vehicle. Don’t forget to reinflate your tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure before leaving the park. Take care when lowering tyre pressure as there is risk you could roll the tyre off its rim. Also, remember that lower tyre pressure can mean a change in how the vehicle handles.

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.

Fees

Entry fees

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

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 and optional camping not just for this park, but up to an additional 58 parks as well!

Camping and accommodation

Fees apply to camp in this park.

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

The fees for camping vary from campground to campground, check the online booking page for more details about individual campgrounds and fees.

Fees collected are used for conservation and to maintain and improve park facilities for your ongoing enjoyment.

Camping and accommodation information

If you experience any problems while booking online, please contact:

Natural Resources Centre - Mount Gambier
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm  
Phone: (+61 8) 8735 1177
Email: DEWNR.SEOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

Alternative booking and payment options

Cash payments for Limestone Coast Parks can be made at the following agents:

Other fees and permits

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