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Hop online to lock in your Easter escape

Campers are encouraged to book their low-cost Easter getaway soon as campsites in the state’s magnificent parks and reserves are filling up fast.

Hop online to lock in your Easter escape

There are campgrounds in more than 50 National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) parks and reserves, with prices starting from as low as $11 a night for a site.

While sites in ever-popular parks such as Dhilba-Guuranda Innes and Deep Creek are all but booked out, there are still spots available in many other areas including:

  • Coffin Bay National Park and Lincoln National Park.
  • Ngarkat Conservation Park in the Murraylands district, near Pinaroo.
  • A number of sites in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and Coorong National Park.

South Australia’s stunning national parks and reserves are proving popular with local holidaymakers and interstate travellers alike.

More than half of the people who booked NPWS campsites in the Limestone Coast and Flinders and Outback regions over the past nine months were from interstate.

Kangaroo Island and the Eyre and Far West regions were not far behind, with 43 per cent of bookings from interstate.

NPWS Acting Tourism and Commercial Services Director Meg Barker said the state’s parks were a wonderful and popular place to spend a long weekend.

“We are so lucky to have some of the world’s best natural environments right on our doorsteps, and the Easter long weekend is a great time of year to explore our beautiful parks and reserves,” Ms Barker said.

“No matter if you want to relax near the beach, explore our desert landscapes or trek through gorgeous areas full of native vegetation, South Australia has it all for you.

“Make sure to go online soon to see where there is availability so you don’t miss out on a fantastic holiday.”

To book a stay at a national park or reserve campground, visit: parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park

This comes as a number of NPWS desert parks and the internationally acclaimed Nilpena Ediacara National Park are set to reopen on Saturday 16 March after summer closures.

In the Northern Flinders, visitors to Nilpena Ediacara can experience pre-booked world-class tours, which include an innovative audio-visual display - taking people on a journey back in time to the earliest evidence of living organisms on our planet - through to guided fossil exploration tours.

Further north, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park and Munga-Thirri–Simpson Desert National Park will also be re-opening. However, Warburton Crossing on the eastern side of Munga-Thirri–Simpson Desert National Park remains closed due to flooding caused by recent cyclone activity in the Northern Territory and south-west Queensland.

The opening of some other desert parks – including Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park and Innamincka Regional Reserve – will be indefinitely delayed due the flooding.

This flooding has also heavily affected some local roads, while others are only accessible with a 4WD.

People planning to visit desert parks and the Far North should check outback road conditions and the Desert Parks Bulletin before starting their journey: parks.sa.gov.au/know-before-you-go/desert-parks-bulletin