General information for visitors to South Australian parks

Fire bans

In most parks, the fire ban season extends from 1 November to 30 April, depending on seasonal conditions. No wood fires are permitted in parks during this time. All open fires, liquid fuel and gas stoves are banned in all parks on days of extreme fire danger as declared by the Country Fire Service (CFS) and broadcast on ABC radio 891 on the AM frequency. Parks may be closed to visitors on Total Fire Ban days. Contact the CFS Hotline on 1300 362 361 or visit the CFS website for more information.

Camp fires

To help conserve trees and vegetation litter which are home to precious wildlife, gas and liquid fuel stoves are preferred in parks. If a camp fire is important to you, the following safety rules apply:

  • check if camp fires are permitted and observe all fire bans
  • always use existing fire places
  • make only small camp fires, adequate for warmth/cooking
  • never leave a fire unattended
  • extinguish the fire with adequate water and dirt before you leave and make absolutely sure the fire is out. Even a small amount of glowing embers can start a devastating bushfire.

As native timber in arid and semi-arid areas of South Australia is in short supply, firewood is generally not supplied in South Australian parks. You may therefore be required to bring your own wood – enough for a small fire.

If in doubt, call the park you plan to visit before you leave home. Please note fines apply for the removal, disturbance and damage of native plants in South Australian parks, which includes the collection of living or dead wood.

Be self-sufficient with drinking water

Please be aware that drinking water is not available in the majority of South Australia’s national parks and reserves.

Although some parks may have rainwater tanks or creeks, this water cannot be relied upon due to the sporadic nature of rainfall. To be safe you should always carry sufficient drinking water when walking or touring and know how to make untreated water safe for drinking.

For more information call the DEWNR Information Line on (08) 8204 1910.

Road conditions

Many roads leading to and within parks are sealed. Some roads however are unsealed, but suitable for a conventional 2WD vehicle. Road conditions in the Far North and Outback can change dramatically depending on the weather. For an update on road conditions for the Far North and Outback, please refer to the Desert Parks Bulletin (181kb pdf) or contact Transport SA on 1300 361 033 or the Port Augusta DEWNR office on (08) 8648 5300.

Using generators in parks

To make sure that parks are quiet places to visit, generators are not allowed in most parks. If you need to use a generator for medical reasons you should contact the DEWNR District Office responsible for the park you plan on visiting and inform them of your medical condition and that you require the use of a generator.

Please advise the District Office of the specifications of your generator and that you have a medical letter/certificate verifying your condition. The District Ranger may grant permission after consideration of your request, the park regulations, and individual logistical considerations of each site.