South Australia’s parks are special places, teeming with unique natural beauty and cradling vital biodiversity.
Through careful stewardship, these places are enjoyed by so many South Australians, benefiting our wellbeing and driving us to conserve our environment for future generations to enjoy.
Recently, the South Australian government announced a new strategy that would see further investment in our parks, creating more opportunities for conservation outcomes and sensitive investment that will strengthen regional communities and increase tourism opportunities.
Parks 2025 is a collection of investment initiatives designed to help build the capacity of parks across our state to conserve our natural landscapes and wildlife, boost the state economy, and strengthen local communities.
This investment at a statewide level will also help build resilience for nature-based tourism and broaden the attraction of South Australia to visitors from around the globe.
The strategy will be further refined through working with conservationists, tourism advocates and local communities.
This initial $22 million investment will go towards upgrading some iconic South Australian sites, building on the millions invested in the last two budgets.
Below is a summary of the distribution.
Kangaroo Island ($7 Million)
- Enhanced visitor experience and facilities at Seal Bay.
- New visitor precinct at Antechamber Bay.
- Upgraded visitor facilities at Murray’s Lagoon.
- A signature camping experience at D’Estrees Bay.
- New visitor experiences at Cape Willoughby.
The Southern Flinders Ranges National Park ($5 Million)
- Developing an international mountain bike destination at Mount Remarkable.
- Upgraded trails for hiking, cycling and horse riding, including a new iconic multi-day hike.
- Improved visitor facilities across the precinct.
Ediacara Fossil Experience ($3 Million)
- Create a major visitor experience at Nilpena to showcase our unique Ediacaran fossils.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park ($1 Million)
- Renew visitor infrastructure and experiences in partnership with traditional owners.
Cleland Wildlife Park ($1 Million)
- Build a new purpose-built koala hold facility.
Nature-Based Tourism Co-Investment Fund ($5 Million)
- Create new or expanded sensitive nature experiences, working with the conservation and tourism industry sectors and local regional communities. Nature-based tourism proponents will be required to provide a conservation dividend, contributing to local conservation programs such as restoring damaged habitats, revegetation and rewilding projects.
For more information on the Parks 2025 initiative, visit www.parks.sa.gov.au.
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