Get hills and bush wise

South Australia’s scrublands are brimming with biodiversity. Whether you hike, bird watch or simply soak in the magic sounds of the bush, follow these tips to make your experience a safe and happy one. 

  • Note park closures - from time to time we need to close sections of our parks for track repairs, prescribed burns and other maintenance. Check out the park closures listings for the latest information. Always check closing times to make sure you don’t get locked in.
  • Stay on the right side of barriers - we’ve put barriers around waterfalls, mine shafts and other cool stuff in our parks to keep you safe. When viewing these marvels make sure you enjoy them from behind the barriers. 
  • Choose your adventure - choose a walk, hike or other activity that suits your ability and fitness level. Our trails are marked using Australian Standards. If you plan to get adventurous or take on a longer hike inform a responsible person of your intentions.
  • Stop the spread of root rot fungus - clean your footwear before you leave an area to prevent the transfer of infested soil. Find out more about phytophthora and how you can help.
  • Wear the right gear - choose footwear with decent grip and comfortable clothes for your parks adventure. Be sun smart by wearing sunscreen and a hat.    
  • Stay hydrated - make sure you carry enough drinking water as not all of our parks have this resource. We cannot guarantee the quality and availability of drinking water in our reserves.   
  • Keep to tracks and trails - Protect the bush and keep yourself safe by sticking to designated walking trails and vehicle tracks. Surfaces can be slippery, particularly after rains. In steep terrain or dense vegetation it is easy to become disorientated. For longer hikes, let someone know before you go.
  • Take care at creek crossings - some advanced hikes include creek crossings. Only attempt these if you are an experienced trekker with appropriate footwear. 
  • Vehicle safety - take care on windy roads and observe speed limits. Always lock your vehicle as car parks can be a target for thieves - don’t tempt them by displaying valuables. 
  • Keep wildlife wild - enjoy observing native animals but don’t try to interact with them or feed them as this can affect their natural behaviour. 
  • Snakes and other creepy crawlies - snake bites are serious and require medical assistance. Refer to the St John’s fact sheet on snake bite. Spiders are unlikely to launch an attack on a predator bigger than themselves but will bite if threatened. Refer to the St John’s fact sheet on spider bite.
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