Combine your love of camping with doing a good deed by becoming a volunteer campground host in one of South Australian’s national parks.
If you’re an avid camper, you might have come across one of our campground hosts in our national parks – they’re the people who greet you in the park, generously volunteering their time to make your stay more enjoyable.
Whether it’s being on-hand to answer questions about the park, reminding you that it’s a total fire ban day, or looking after the upkeep of facilities like barbeques or toilets, campground hosts help look after the place and help you feel at home while you’re far away from yours.
Sound appealing? Here’s all you need to know about being a campground host.
What am I in for?
A campground host is a volunteer who stays at a national park either for a specific peak period, like the Easter break or a long weekend, or an extended period of time (up to a few months) to support park rangers.
They’re not responsible for making sure visitors comply with the rules of the park – that’s the ranger’s job. But their job is to provide information to visitors that will help them enjoy their stay, and make it a safe one.
Campground hosts operate in selected parks across the state, from Witjira in the far north to the Naracoorte Caves in the south east, it’s a great way to explore our parks while giving a little bit back to the community.
Some parks suit another type of volunteer – caretaker hosts. These hosts have a bit more responsibility around general maintenance, and can be involved in a wide range of activities like flora and fauna surveys. Caretaker hosts stay in a park for between two and six months.
Who does it suit?
If you are passionate about the environment, a keen camper, like to meet people from all around the world, and are a happy to help, then hosting could be right up your alley.
Campground or caretaker hosts need to bring their own caravan, camper trailer or tent, and stay in the park for an agreed amount of time. They get fully trained, which includes first aid and four-wheel drive training, and have a host supervisor just a phone call away.
What’s in it for me?
As a campground or caretaker host you get the best of both worlds. You get to wake up every morning to the stunning landscapes of our parks, and do a good deed by volunteering. Win win! Your park entry and camping fees are taken care of, and you can delight in the physical and mental health benefits that come from spending time in our beautiful natural environments.
Hosts may also get to tag along with rangers and explore the more unusual and remote areas of the park. And all while ticking another wondrous park off your wish-list.
Which parks are involved in the program?
The following parks currently participate in the Campground Hosts Program:
Easily accessible parks
- Coffin Bay National Park
- Coorong National Park
- Deep Creek Conservation Park
- Flinders Chase National Park
- Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park
- Lashmar Conservation Park - Antechamber Bay
- Lincoln National Park
- Mount Remarkable National Park - Mambray Creek
- Murray River National Park - Katarapko and Lyrup Flats
- Naracoorte Caves National Park
Geographically remote parks
- Gawler Ranges National Park
- Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
- Innamincka Regional Reserve
- Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park
- Witjira National Park - Dalhousie Springs