Cool activities for a hot summer

Cool activities for a hot summer

There’s plen­ty of ways to embrace the warm weath­er in South Australia’s nation­al parks.

Sum­mer is all about get­ting out and enjoy­ing the glo­ri­ous weath­er syn­ony­mous with South Aus­tralia – and the state’s nation­al parks are an absolute mec­ca for beachy fun. Here’s some ideas to get you started:


Novice or sea­soned pro­fes­sion­al, if you enjoy a good old-fash­ioned swim there’s options for every­one. Five Mile Drift at Beach­port Con­ser­va­tion Park is a shel­tered beach with shal­low waters – ide­al for fam­i­ly vis­its – and the stun­ning bays along the north­ern coast of Lin­coln Nation­al Park are always a pop­u­lar destination.

Boat­ing and canoeing

If you like to spend your time on the water rather than in it, head to Coorong Nation­al Park and explore 150 kilo­me­tres of coast­line and lagoon by boat or canoe.

For a scenic option take a leisure­ly trip through the gorge at Onka­paringa Riv­er Nation­al Park and Recre­ation Park flanked by spec­tac­u­lar 50-foot cliffs.


Surfers can find great waves at Lit­tle Dip Con­ser­va­tion Park on the Lime­stone Coast. If you’re after a real chal­lenge, check out Dhil­ba Guu­ran­da-Innes Nation­al Park on the Yorke Penin­su­la, or Wait­pin­ga and Par­sons Beach­es at New­land Head Con­ser­va­tion Park on the south­ern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula.


Pre­fer to admire the water from a dis­tance? Try a scenic walk or hike. Cape Gantheaume Con­ser­va­tion Park pro­vides trails at Mur­ray Lagoon, plus the unmarked Coastal Trek for expe­ri­enced hikers.

For utter­ly spec­tac­u­lar scenery, head to Flinders Chase Nation­al Park on Kan­ga­roo Island to check out Admi­rals Arch and Remark­able Rocks, or con­sid­er sign­ing up for the new Kan­ga­roo Island Wilder­ness Trail.

There are a mul­ti­tude of oth­er beach­side activ­i­ties to enjoy such as bird watch­ing, fish­ing, snorkelling and beach­comb­ing. What are your favourites? Share your tips in the com­ments below.

Please note beach­es in nation­al parks are not patrolled. Beware of rips and take appro­pri­ate pre­cau­tions when swim­ming or surfing.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living