Little Dip Conservation Park

  • Picnic Areas
  • Toilets
  • Camping
  • Disabled Toilets
  • 4WD
  • Swimming
  • Scuba / Snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Opportunities abound for four-wheel driving, bushwalking, fishing, diving, camping and birdwatching amongst the lakes, sand dunes, and pretty beaches of Little Dip Conservation Park.

About

Little Dip Conservation Park conserves a number of small lakes found throughout the park. Each lake has its own unique character, ranging from the open, marshy and shallow Lake Eliza to the very salty Big Dip Lake, and the deep Fresh Water Lake.

The area features a ruggedly beautiful coastline including a large area of coastal sand dunes. The foreshore of Lake Eliza was home to the Boandik people some 10,000 years ago - large numbers of middens (shellfish remains) can still be seen in the park today.

The coastal scrub that gives way to thick groves of melaleuca, dense rushes and samphire flats surrounding the lakes is a haven for birdwatchers. The beaches provide good opportunities for beachcombing and surf fishing.

Access to the Upper South East Marine Park is also available from this 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

For online bookings enquires please email:

DEWNR.SEOnlineBookings@sa.gov.au

Getting there

Little Dip Conservation Park is located 341km south east of Adelaide and only 2km south of Robe township. Access is via Alternate Highway 1 to Robe and other park entry roads. 

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. 

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

Bushwalking

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.

Easy walks

  • Fresh Water Lake Walk

    Take a quiet stroll through a canopy of coastal mallee. Small bush birds and waterbirds such as black ducks, swans, musk ducks and white-faced herons can be seen along the walk.

Hikes

  • Lake Eliza Hike

    To discover different habitats of salt tolerant vegetation take a walk along the Big Dip Lake to Lake Eliza Hike which rewards you with views of the Woakwine Range. The water levels of the park's lakes vary seasonally with the rainfall. Some years much of the lake bed is exposed to the air, other times the lake is full of water, providing waterbirds with ideal breeding conditions.

Stay in the park

Little Dip Conservation Park has four secluded campgrounds nestled among dune fields and natural bushland:

  • Long Gully Campground
  • Old Man Lake Campground
  • Stony Rise Campground
  • The Gums Campground

4WDriving

This park offers great 4WD opportunities along the coast with the chance to see lagoons and inland lakes along the way.

Please contact the park office for up to date weather and road conditions.

Natural Resources Centre - Mount Gambier

Phone: (+61 8) 8735 1177

Volunteering

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources South East – Volunteering.

Want to join others and become a Park Friend?

To find out more about Friends of Parks groups please visit Friends of Parks South Australia.

You could join others to help look after a park. You can take part in working bees, training and other events.

 

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

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
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • 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 prohibited between 22 November 2017 to 30 April 2018.
  • Ocean beach foreshores:  wood fires or solid fuel fires are permitted between high water mark and low water mark other than on days of total fire ban.
  • 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.

4WD

When 4WDriving in the park and on the beach, 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.
  • Check tide times before driving on beaches and avoid driving on beaches at high tide.
  • Expect varying road conditions along beaches, with sandy, boggy and rocky patches.
  • Getting bogged in sand is common. 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.

Maps

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 not just for this park, but up to an additional 10 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:

Millicent

Millicent Visitor Information Centre
Phone: 1300 045 373

Penola

Penola Visitor Information Centre
Phone: 1300 045 373

Beachport

Beachport Visitor Information Centre
Phone: 1300 045 373

Goolwa

Goolwa Visitor Information Centre
Phone: 1300 466 592

Hindmarsh Island

The Marina

Other fees and permits

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

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