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South Australia has had a proud tradition of establishing parks and reserves since 1891 when Belair National Park was first created. Since then, there are now over 350 parks and reserves which cover more than 20 percent of South Australia.

These beautiful and valuable protected areas conserve important ecosystems, habitats, flora and fauna, unique land formations, and culturally significant places. They help ensure we continue to have clean air, soil and water, and contribute to global efforts to conserve biodiversity against the impacts of climate change. For Aboriginal people, protected areas are invaluable in maintaining connections to their Country.

Protected areas are essential spaces to enjoy nature in all its forms, and provide a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits to people and communities.

Find out more on the Department for Environment and Water’s website: