Boating enthusiasts will find much to explore in South Australia's national parks. A variety of coastal and river parks present wonderful opportunities for casting a line, cruising at your own pace or a relaxed exploration of the shoreline. Here are some of our favourites:
Coffin Bay National Park
Known for its roaring Southern Ocean coastline, this park is a drawcard for small boat owners seeking to enjoy the sheltered bays, channels and inlets.
Coorong National Park
A distinctive landscape of coastal dunes, lagoons and wetlands also makes this park ideal for exploration by boat.
Innes National Park
A mecca for anglers and divers, this park is not to be missed. Launch your boat and spy a pod of dolphins or migrating southern right whales.
Murray River National Park
Marvel at the steep sandstone cliffs or try your luck at fishing. For a relaxing holiday hire a houseboat and explore our most popular waterway.
Canoeing and kayaking
Canoeing and kayaking is a great way to explore the backwaters, lagoons and wetlands of the Murray River. Follow one of the established trails or take your equipment with you for a weekend of bush camping. Popular spots include Loch Luna Game Reserve, Chowilla Game Reserve and Katarapko Creek in Murray River National Park.
Wildlife enthusiasts will love the open coastal wetlands of Coorong National Park. Closer to Adelaide, at Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, the river flows through a magnificent gorge with 50 metre high cliffs and large permanent rock pools on its journey to the sea.