Desert Parks Pass

This pass gets you 12 months of unlimited vehicle entry and camping, to the desert and outback parks listed below. The pass also allows you to camp for periods of up to 21 nights at a time in these desert and outback (excluding Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park). 

It is mandatory to have a Desert Parks Pass if you are visiting Simpson Desert Conservation Park or traveling east of Dalhousie Springs in Witjira National Park. For any of the other desert parks below, you can choose to purchase a Desert Park Pass or purchase individual vehicle entry and camping as you go.

Desert Park Passes can be purchased up to 60 days in advance

Please read the full terms and conditions for important information about your pass.

Park Desert Parks Pass requirement
Innamincka Regional Reserve Optional 
Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park    Optional    
Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park    Optional    
Simpson Desert Conservation Park and Regional Reserve     Mandatory 
Tallaringa Conservation Park     Optional    
Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park     Optional    
Witjira National Park    Optional* 

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Buy in person at one of these park pass agents.

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* Renewals of Desert Park Passes can only be done at the DEWNR outback regional office in Pt Augusta.

For Desert Parks Pass enquiries, please call (+61 8) 8648 5328.

For more information about passes, contact our DEWNR Information Line (+61 8) 8204 1910.

Desert Parks Pass FAQs

What do I get with my Desert Park Pass?

This pass gets you 12 months of unlimited vehicle entry and camping to selected desert and outback parks. Included with your pass, you will receive a handbook and maps to help you on your journey. You are required to travel with your handbook at all times whilst visiting.

Are camping fees included in a Desert Park Pass?

Camping fees are included in a Desert Park Pass, however campsites must be booked in advance prior to arrival. When booking you will be asked to enter your park pass number.

How many people does the pass cover?

The Desert Park Pass entitles park entry and camping for visitors within private vehicles up to eight seats. They are not valid for taxis, buses or mini-buses.

If I don’t use my Desert Park Pass can I get a refund?

Refunds for unused Desert Parks Passes are only available in specific circumstances. These are explained in the terms and conditions.

If I do not have a Desert Park Pass, do I need to pay a vehicle entry fee for each day I am camping in a park?

If you are camping in a park that has a vehicle entry fee, you only need to pay the vehicle entry fee once for the duration of your stay. Remember, if you do have a Desert Park Pass, your vehicle entry and camping fee’s is already covered and will be waived when you book online.

How do I find out about current road conditions?

It is recommended you monitor weather, river and outback road conditions leading up to your departure. View the latest outback road warnings or read the latest version of the Desert Parks Bulletin.

Are there any park closures? 

Entry to parks, reserves and campgrounds may be restricted from time to time due to safety, conservation or operational requirements including days of Total Fire Ban. For information on closures read the latest version of the Desert Parks Bulletin and visit the National Parks South Australia website to check for park alerts.

Can I transfer my Desert Park Pass from my vehicle to another vehicle?

Park passes are not transferable and are only for private vehicles. If the nominated vehicle is being sold, please contact the Port Augusta Natural Resources Centre on (+61 8) 8648 5328 or email desertparks@sa.gov.au