12 of the best views in South Australia’s national parks
Want to capture the perfect landscape photo? Head to these spots and you’re bound to snap a beauty.
From the serene bushland of the Adelaide Hills, to the rugged cliffs of Kangaroo Island and the outback beauty of the Flinders Ranges, the diverse landscapes of South Australia’s national parks are what make them so special.
Our parks really are a photographer’s dream, with stunning views around every corner.
Here’s where to go for some of the best of them:
1. Razorback Lookout, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
The dirt track weaving across the top of the ridgetop with the impressive Heysen Range as its backdrop is an iconic scene of the Flinders Ranges in outback SA. It's been captured from Razorback Lookout, which can be found on the Bunyeroo Road in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.
Top tip: Share your Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park images on Instagram using #ikaraflindersrangesnationalpark
3. Cape du Couedic, Flinders Chase National Park
Cape du Couedic in Flinders Chase National Park is a photographer’s dream, as the rugged south coast of Kangaroo Island provides the perfect canvas for stunning landscape photography. Also located nearby are the famous landmarks of Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks.
Top tip: Share your Flinders Chase National Park images on Instagram using #flinderschasenationalpark
4. Mount Lofty Summit, Cleland Conservation Park
Mount Lofty Summit, in Cleland Conservation Park, stands 727 metres above sea level and provides the best view of Adelaide because of its uninterrupted outlook. On a clear day, you might even spot Yorke Peninsula on the other side of Gulf Saint Vincent.
There are plenty of walking trails nearby and lots of facilities, including an information centre, café and restaurant. Why not make a day of it and visit the nearby Cleland Wildlife Park where you can see a huge variety of Australian wildlife and even hold a koala!
Top tip: Share your Mount Lofty summit images on Instagram using #mountloftysummit
5. Cape Spencer, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park’s Cape Spencer is the most southerly point of Yorke Peninsula and is one of our favourite vantage points. The park itself is renowned for its rugged coast, pristine beaches and abundant wildlife, and this headland provides nearly 360-degree views of the towering sea cliffs, Investigator Strait, Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park and Kangaroo Island.
Top tip: Share your Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park images on Instagram using #innesnationalpark
6. Blowhole Beach, Deep Creek Conservation Park
Deep Creek Conservation Park is located only 100km south of Adelaide and has so much to offer. The pristine Blowhole Beach is a perennial favourite of landscape photographers. It’s located at the bottom of a steep 4WD track and is a popular fishing and surfing spot.
If you don’t have a 4WD, you can park at the Cobbler Hill Picnic Area and take the Blowhole Beach Hiking trail. This hike may seem easy on the way down, but on the return climb the incline is steep.
Top tip: Share your Deep Creek Conservation Park images on Instagram using #deepcreekconservationpark
9. Escarpment Lookout, Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park
This remote park, located north of the opal mining town of Coober Pedy offers dramatic scenery that seems out of this world. When the sun sets and rises over the harsh desert landscape, the colours of the Kanku Breakaways Conservation Park come to life.
Top tip: Share your Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park images on Instagram using #thebreakaways
10. Black Hill Summit, Black Hill Conservation Park
Located on the edge of Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs, Black Hill Conservation Park boasts an extensive network of walking trails, with the 4.2 km Black Hill Summit Hike offering spectacular views over Adelaide.
The trail is steep in sections and it is rated as a hard hike, so be prepared. And you’re your eye out for kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and native birds.
Top tip: Share your Black Hill Conservation Park images on Instagram using #blackhillconservationpark
11. Waitpinga Cliffs, Newland Head Conservation Park
Located about 15km south-west of Victor Harbor, Newland Head Conservation Park offers spectacular scenery and pristine beaches. The park is popular with campers, surfers, fishers, bushwalkers and rock climbers.
The dramatic Waitpinga Cliffs, with their near-vertical drop-off, are a stunning sight. The 8.6km Coastal Cliffs Loop Hiking Trail that leaves from the Waitpinga Campground offers views of these cliffs as well as the Encounter Marine Park and Encounter Bay. If you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of a white-bellied sea-eagle.
Top tip: Share your Newland Head Conservation Park images on Instagram using #newlandheadconervationpark
12. Cullen Bay, Canunda National Park
Located near the Limestone Coast township of Southend, Canunda National Park’s Cullen Bay delivers amazing views coastal rock formations created through the powerful wave action of the Southern Ocean.
Top tip: Share your Canunda National Park images on Instagram using #canundanationalpark
About the photographers
All of these stunning photographs have been taken by park visitors who shared their snaps on Instagram.
Next time you post a photo on Insta from your visit to a national park in SA, make sure you tag #nationalparkssa and the relevant park, as well as #yesnpsa to allow your pic to be featured on the National Parks SA website and social media channels (Facebook and Instagram).
Want some pointers for taking photographs in nature? Check out our blog for some insider tips.
(Main image courtesy of Nick Dunn – @ndunn)
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