Image: Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, Stenhouse Bay.
The sun is shining in South Australia, and as we continue to enjoy the warmer weather and great outdoors, the state’s most popular national parks continue to see a surge in visitors.
Because what spells relaxation and recreation then kicking back in SA’s backyard, camping and enjoying the natural splendour of our national parks?
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park has been recognised as South Australia’s most popular regional national park for online bookings in 2021, with more than 85,000 visitors in the past year, a rise of more than 28 per cent.
Located on the picturesque coastline of the Yorke Peninsula, the park is home to spectacular coastal scenery featuring dramatic clifftops, shipwrecks, pounding surf beaches, tranquil bays and rock pools.
Coastal parks took out the top three spots, with Deep Creek National Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula second with 63,719 visitors, a rise of in excess of 38 per cent in` 2020 and Lincoln National Park on the Eyre Peninsula third with 43,871, an increase of more than 32 per cent.
South Australia’s outback also continues to be a major drawcard with visitors with strong growth in regional destinations including the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park that saw a 20.3 per cent growth in online bookings from 30,077 to 36,182.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the summer holidays provided the perfect time for visitors to enjoy what South Australia’s parks had to offer.
“There’s no better time to visit a South Australian national park with your family and friends,” Minister Speirs said.
“To have such a significant increase in visitor numbers to our national parks is an amazing result. South Australia is home to some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world and it’s fantastic to see more and more people getting outdoors and experiencing this.
“This has significant flow-on benefits for regional communities with more people staying the night, spending money and supporting the local economy at a time when it’s needed most.”
Continuing to promote the regions and the best of the best in SA’s outback, $130M investment has been injected into locations stretching from the Ikara-Flinders Ranges to Kangaroo Island.
With 362 parks and reserves to choose from, there is a wealth of experiences and activities for visitors looking to experience South Australia’s beautiful and unique landscapes.
Other popular desert parks included Witjira National Park, Innamincka Regional Reserve, and Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park.
To book your spot, or find out more on where to explore, visit the Parks SA booking page here.