South Australia’s national parks are a great place to connect with nature. The diverse landscapes have so much for you to explore, marvel at and enjoy.
We’ve compiled some tips to help make your parks experience a safe and happy one. Most importantly, do your research on the places you’ll be visiting so you can be best prepared - and always take direction from our park rangers as they have the greatest knowledge of local conditions. Your safety is our concern but ultimately your responsibility.
- Check the Bureau of Meteorology for weather forecasts and warnings and our park closures listing.
- Check the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) website or contact the CFS hotline on 1300 362 361 for current fire ban and bushfire information.
- Keep well hydrated. Aim to drink one litre of water per hour of exercise. Make sure you carry enough drinking water as not all of our parks have this resource. We cannot guarantee the quality and availability of drinking water in our reserves.
- Be sun smart. South Australia is the driest state in the driest continent on Earth and sunburn strikes fast. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and plenty of sunscreen.
- If you’re planning to do some remote trekking you’ll need to complete a trip intentions form (184kb pdf) in advance of your visit and let a responsible person know before you go. Tell them where you’ll be travelling and your expected return time.
- Be aware that mobile phone coverage is not reliable in all our parks, particularly in remote areas and where there is steep terrain.
- Choose the right gear for your parks experience. If bushwalking, wear protective clothing and footwear and prepare for weather changes. Carry insect repellent and first aid supplies.
- Stick to defined walking trails and avoid closed sections. Areas are closed for safety reasons such as unstable surfaces, flood or fire risk.
- Keep wildlife wild. Observe animals from a distance and avoid touching and feeding them as this may alter their natural behaviour and cause harm to them - or you!
- Service your vehicle and check road conditions. Ensure your ride is in excellent condition before hitting unsealed roads.
- If you plan to have a campfire, make sure you check any restrictions for the park you’re visiting. For your safety, some parks do not allow campfire fires, and all fires (including gas appliances) are prohibited on days of total fire ban. Always use existing fire pits and bring your own wood to conserve native timber and habitats. Never leave a campfire unattended - extinguish it with water until it is cool to touch before you leave the area.
- Check Alert SA for the latest updates from South Australia’s emergency services. For fire updates tune to your local emergency broadcast radio station.
- In emergencies, contact Police/Fire/Ambulance by dialling 000.