Tallaringa Conservation Park

  • Campfires Permitted
  • Camping
  • 4WD
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For a four-wheel driving adventure, travel along the Anne Beadell Highway, a rough bush track which starts on the eastern edge of the park and ends at Laverton in Western Australia over 1,300km away. A great taste of wilderness!

About

On the western side of Mabel Creek Station, about 100km from Coober Pedy, lies Tallaringa Conservation Park. This vast wilderness of vegetated dunes and gibber rises is home to an incredible array of wildlife species uniquely adapted to their arid environment.

This park is particularly impressive in the months following rain that produces an abundance of bird-attracting flowering annual plants. There are at least seven species of mulga found co-existing in the park, which is rare.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A tourist access permit is required to access this area from the Department of Defence. Pleas note that access to the park may be restricted due to local road conditions, the Desert Parks Bulletin provides important and current information on access and road conditions.

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 Resource Centre - Port Augusta

Phone: (+61 8) 8648 5300
Email: DesertParks@sa.gov.au

Desert Parks Information

Phone: (+61 8) 8648 5328
Email: DesertParks@sa.gov.au

Outback Road Report

1300 361 033 (24-hour automated service)
Northern and Western South Australian Outback Roads Temporary Closures, Restrictions and Warnings Report

Getting there

Tallaringa Conservation Park is located 615km north west of Port Augusta. Access is via Stuart Highway, Coober Pedy or Mabel Creek Station.

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 campsites where campfires are permitted within this park. 

Useful information

Access to the park may be restricted due to local road conditions or according to requirements by the Department of Defence. The Desert Parks Bulletin provides important and current information on access and road conditions.

It is also important that you know about tourist access permits required by the Department of Defence.

  • There is no mobile phone coverage in the park.

  • 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

There is currently no bushwalking information available for this park, please contact the park office for more information. 

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Camping

Self-sufficient bush camping is permitted within 50 metres of the Anne Beadell Highway (there are no facilities). Please note you must book prior to arrival and a tourist access permit is required to access this area from the Department of Defence.

4WD

For a four-wheel driving adventure, travel along the Anne Beadell Highway, a rough bush track, which commences on the eastern edge of the park and ends at Laverton in Western Australia over 1,300km away.

Volunteering

Want to help?

To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please contact Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara.

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.

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:

  • keep to defined walking trails and follow the trail markers
  • wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • carry sufficient drinking water
  • be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
  • 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 15 October 2017 to 31 March 2018.
  • 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, 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.

Maps

Parks maps

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos and drop placemark pins. 

How to get it working on your device:

1. Download the Avenza PDF maps app from the app store whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shopping cart icon.
3. Click ‘Find’ and type the name of the national park or reserve you are looking for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Avenza app.
6. Use our maps through the Avenza PDF map app while in the park and never take a wrong turn again.

Fees

Entry fees

Please note you must pay vehicle entry prior to arrival and a tourist access permit is required to access this area from the Department of Defence.

Vehicle entry fees

Vehicle entry: $10.00
Vehicle entry (concession): $8.00

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

Alternative booking and payment options

Cash payments for this park can be made at:

Birdsville

Birdsville Visitor Centre
Address: 29 Burt Street, Birdsville, QLD, 4482
Phone: (+61 7) 4656 3300

Birdsville Fuel Station
Address: 65 Adelaide Street, Birdsville, QLD, 4482
Phone: (+61 7) 4656 3236

Hawker

Hawker Visitor Information Centre
Address: Corner of Wilpena and Cradock Roads, Hawker, SA, 5434
Phone: (+61 8) 8648 4022

Marree

Marree Oasis Cafe
Address: Marree, SA, 5733
Phone: (+61 8) 8675 8352

Mt Dare

Mt Dare Hotel
Address: Mt Dare, Alice Springs, NT, 0872
Phone: (+61 8) 8670 7835

Port Augusta

Natural Resource Centre - Port Augusta
Level 1, 9 Mackay Street, Port Augusta, SA
Phone: (+61 8) 8648 5300

William Creek

William Creek Hotel
Address: Oodnadatta Track, William Creek, SA, 5710
Phone: (+61 8) 8670 7880

Wilpena Pound Visitor Information Centre

Open daily from 8am to 6pm
Hawker-Wilpena Rd, SA
Phone: (+61 8) 8648 0048

Park pass

Desert Park Pass

Heading to the outback? Purchase a Desert Parks Pass which entitles you to 12 months vehicle entry into seven selected desert parks. 

The pass also allows you to camp for periods of up to 21 nights at a time in the desert parks (excluding Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park, where camping is not permitted). 

Camping and accommodation

A tourist access permit is required to access this area from the Department of Defence.

Campsite fees (per night)

Vehicle (max 8 people) - $12
Hikers/cyclists/additional vehicle occupant (per person) - $6.50
Group camping (20+ people - per person) - $6

If you are planning a trip for a school group or other large group, please ensure you let the park know of your intentions.

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

Alternative booking and payment options

Cash payments for this park can be made at:

Birdsville

Birdsville Visitor Centre
Address: 29 Burt Street, Birdsville, QLD, 4482
Phone: (+61 7) 4656 3300

Birdsville Fuel Station
Address: 65 Adelaide Street, Birdsville, QLD, 4482
Phone: (+61 7) 4656 3236

Hawker

Hawker Visitor Information Centre
Address: Corner of Wilpena and Cradock Roads, Hawker, SA, 5434
Phone: (+61 8) 8648 4022

Marree

Marree Oasis Cafe
Address: Marree, SA, 5733
Phone: (+61 8) 8675 8352

Mt Dare

Mt Dare Hotel
Address: Mt Dare, Alice Springs, NT, 0872
Phone: (+61 8) 8670 7835

Port Augusta

Natural Resource Centre - Port Augusta
Level 1, 9 Mackay Street, Port Augusta, SA
Phone: (+61 8) 8648 5300

William Creek

William Creek Hotel
Address: Oodnadatta Track, William Creek, SA, 5710
Phone: (+61 8) 8670 7880

Wilpena Pound Visitor Information Centre

Open daily from 8am to 6pm
Hawker-Wilpena Rd, SA
Phone: (+61 8) 8648 0048

Other fees and permits

A tourist access permit is required to access this area from the Department of Defence.

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