Beach activities

Surfing

Long and short board riders, boogies boarders and body surfers will find quality waves offshore in South Australia's popular coastal national parks. The combination of good breaks, clear water and well-established camping facilities set in natural bushland make a great weekend escape.

The striking beaches and offshore winds of Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula provide some of the state's most challenging breaks and best locations for surfing.

Located on the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, within an easy drive of Adelaide is Newland Head Conservation Park. Popular with skilled surfers, try the challenging beaches of Waitpinga and Parsons.

Swimming

Take the plunge in South Australia's national parks. Swim in a secluded bay, take a dip in a desert hot spring or float in salt water pools. Our parks provide opportunities for swimmers at all levels of ability.

The sheltered, secluded bays along the northern coast of Lincoln National Park attract many swimmers. Wade into the clear blue water or laze about in the sparkling shallows.

In Beachport Conservation Park, Five Mile Drift provides a sheltered white sandy beach with shallow waters ideal for swimming.

Canunda National Park has long stretches of beaches suitable only for experienced swimmers.

Please note that beaches in national parks are not patrolled. Beware of rips and take appropriate precautions when swimming or surfing.

There are many safe spots for swimming on the River Murray, along the Coorong National Park - even in the outback in the Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park.

You wouldn't expect to swim in the middle of the desert, however, Witjira National Park provides an oasis where you can relax and rejuvenate in the ancient thermal waters of Dalhousie Springs.