Swimming and surfing


Long and short board riders, boogies boarders and body surfers will find quality waves offshore in South Australia's popular coastal national parks. The combination of good breaks, clear water and well-established camping facilities set in natural bushland make a great weekend escape.

The striking beaches and offshore winds of Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula provide some of the state's most challenging breaks and best locations for surfing.

Located on the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, within an easy drive of Adelaide is Newland Head Conservation Park. Popular with skilled surfers, try the challenging beaches of Waitpinga and Parsons.



Take the plunge in South Australia's national parks. Swim in a secluded bay, take a dip in a desert hot spring or float in salt water pools. Our parks provide opportunities for swimmers at all levels of ability.

Here are some of our favourites:

Lincoln National Park
Sheltered, secluded bays along the northern coast of the park attract many swimmers. Wade into the clear blue water or laze about in the sparkling shallows.

Beachport Conservation Park
Five Mile Drift provides a sheltered white sandy beach with shallow waters ideal for swimming.

Canunda National Park
Long stretches of beaches suitable for experienced swimmers only.

Rivers and lagoons

There are also many safe spots for swimming in Murray River National Park, along the Coorong National Park.

Outback oasis

You wouldn't expect to swim in the middle of the desert, however, Witjira National Park and Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park provide an oasis where you can relax and rejuvenate in the ancient waters.

Please note that beaches in national parks are not patrolled. Beware of rips and take appropriate precautions when swimming or surfing.