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Lake Gairdner, Eyre Peninsula

About national parks and reserves in South Australia

More than twenty per cent of South Australia is dedicated to national parks and three of them are right on Adelaide’s doorstep.

You’ll love our parks
A short drive from the city centre are two great parks the family will love: Belair National Park and Cleland Conservation Park. Cleland is home to the internationally-acclaimed Cleland Wildlife Park – Australia's oldest open range wildlife sanctuary – as well as Mt Lofty Summit and Waterfall Gully. 

Belair National Park is home to an adventure playground and lots of bushland just waiting to be explored. Morialta Conservation Park has great picnic spots, beautiful waterfalls and cliffs for abseiling.

Cleland Wildlife Park

Cleland Wildlife Park is part of the larger Cleland Conservation Park, which is a short drive from Adelaide.

Iconic parks

We have awesome national parks in our two 'National Landscape' regions (recognised areas of significance to Australia). These regions are Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges.

Kangaroo Island's Flinders Chase National Park covers western Kangaroo Island and includes the inspiring Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Seal Bay, where you can walk among a colony of Australian sea lions.

Ancient volcanoes and seas have created the amazing Brachina Gorge and Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges National Park. The Organ Pipes rock formation in the Gawler Ranges National Park, on the Eyre Peninsula, is just as dramatic.

Lakes and caves

There’s more ancient history in the Naracoorte Caves National Park. You’ll find one of the world’s premier fossil sites and South Australia’s only World Heritage Listed caves.

Flooding rains transform the salt pan in Lake Eyre National Park into Australia’s largest salt lake. There are impressive wetlands in Coongie Lakes National Park and the bird life is breathtaking.

Whale watching

Each year, around 80 majestic southern right whales migrate from Antarctica to rear their young off the South Australian coast. The Head of Bight Marine Park in the Nullarbor National Park is the place to see this natural wonder.

World Heritage-listed

You can walk everywhere in our national parks. The 42 Mile Crossing walk in the Coorong National Park and the trails around Deep Creek Conservation Park are great bushwalks.

Inspiring coastal views dominate Innes National Park and Coffin Bay National Park. You’ll love the camping, surfing, swimming, stunning bird life and wildlife.

Take your four-wheel drive (4WD) through some true mallee wilderness in the Ngarkat Conservation Park.

South Australia’s national parks are simply breathtaking.

Explore South Australia on the trails less travelled

Explore winding trails, ancient ranges and be consumed by a land of flavour. Dive with predators of the deep or rise above Adelaide Oval.

Ecotourism in South Australia: for nature lovers

Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges are rich ecotourism destinations. There are lots of attractions closer to Adelaide you'll love as well.