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New and improved campgrounds as demand surges

The site will support visitors to South Para and Warren Reservoirs, which are now open for land and water-based activities including hiking, cycling, kayaking and fishing.

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A new walk-in campground will be built over the coming months in the Adelaide Hills near the South Para Reservoir Reserve as demand for campsite bookings surges across South Australia.

Located in Old Kersbrook Forest near Kersbrook, the site is expected to cater for up to 20 people and includes tent campsites, a toilet block, picnic facilities and a rainwater tank.

“Our campgrounds are more popular than ever with visitor numbers booming across the state,” said Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs.  

“We know how much South Australians value the natural environment which is why the Marshall Liberal Government is investing a record $130 million in our national parks to boost conservation, improve experiences and increase visitor numbers.”

Campground bookings across South Australia, as well as national park and forest visitor numbers, have surged since the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has seen a 66 per cent increase in reservations at camp spots in SA’s national parks in comparison with 2020.

The site will support visitors to South Para and Warren Reservoirs, which are now open for land and water-based activities including hiking, cycling, kayaking and fishing.

It will also be an exciting addition to the range of activities available for visitors to the Williamstown area, exploring the existing trail routes between the Mount Crawford Forest and the Para Wirra Conservation Park.

“With school holidays and the October long weekend coming up, there’s no better time to get out and explore some of our fantastic national parks, reservoirs and forests,” said Speirs.

“It continues to provide a significant economic boost to our regions and support local jobs at a time when it is needed most as we continue to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Further details regarding the Old Kersbrook Forest campground are expected to be available next month, following the completion of the project’s early planning process.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said ForestrySA campgrounds have also been extremely popular.

“ForestrySA forest reserves have continued to increase in popularity since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with international and interstate travel restrictions leading to a focus on local and regional areas of South Australia as a place to visit,” said Basham.

“ForestrySA is developing a Mount Lofty Ranges Recreation and Tourism Strategy 2021-2026, which will guide future recreation and tourism initiatives, including camping opportunities.”

Popular sites for the October long weekend include Kuitpo Forest, Mount Remarkable National Park, Deep Creek Conservation Park, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, and Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park.

Visitors who have missed out on camping and are looking for a last-minute long weekend national parks experience should visit Cleland Wildlife Park or take a day trip to a park or reservoir near them.

You can find out more by visiting the National Parks and Wildlife Service website.

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