14 national parks near Adelaide with toilets

14 national parks near Adelaide with toilets

When you got­ta go, you got­ta go. Find out where you can spend a pen­ny in com­fort in a nation­al park near Adelaide.

Whether you have kids who are always want­i­ng the loo, or you just don’t like hav­ing to resort to the bush pee’ when you’re enjoy­ing a walk or a pic­nic, then this is the list for you.

Here are 14 nation­al parks in and around Ade­laide that have toi­let facil­i­ties – and exact­ly where in the park you can find them:

  1. Ade­laide Inter­na­tion­al Bird Sanc­tu­ary: St Kil­da, Mid­dle Beach, Thomp­son Beach, Webb Beach, Port Parham. (Note that these toi­lets are in the near­by town­ships, not the park itself.)
  2. Anstey Hill Recre­ation Park: Ellis Cot­tage (Gate 1).
  3. Belair Nation­al Park: Play­ford Lake, Main Oval, Gums Oval, Pines 1 & 2, Gov­ern­ment Farm 1 & 2, Adven­ture Play­ground, Joseph Fish­er, Wil­lows Pic­nic Area, Kar­ka Pic­nic Area, Long Gully.
  4. Cle­land Nation­al Park: Water­fall Gul­ly, Mount Lofty Sum­mit, Cle­land Wildlife Park.
  5. Cob­bler Creek Recre­ation Park: Near the play­ground at the Smith Road/​Bridge Road entrance.
  6. Deep Creek Nation­al Park: Park Head­quar­ters, Stringy­bark Camp­ground, Tapanap­pa Camp­ground, Trig Camp­ground and Pic­nic Area, Cob­bler Hill Campground.
  7. Gran­ite Island Recre­ation Park: Near the Horse Tram stop.
  8. Hal­lett Cove Con­ser­va­tion Park: Next to the Boat­shed Café. 
  9. Mori­al­ta Con­ser­va­tion Park: Strad­broke Road Pic­nic Area, Trailhead.
  10. Mount Lofty Sum­mit: Next to the Vis­i­tor Infor­ma­tion Out­let and gift shop. 
  11. New­land Head Con­ser­va­tion Park: Wait­pin­ga Camp­ground, Wait­pin­ga Beach, Par­sons Beach.
  12. Onka­paringa Riv­er Nation­al Park: Sun­dews Trail trail­head, Pink Gum Camp­ground, Chapel Hill Pic­nic Ground.
  13. Onka­paringa Riv­er Recre­ation Park: Per­rys Bend.
  14. Para Wirra Con­ser­va­tion Park: The Gawler View, Lake, Hissey and Heli­pad pic­nic areas, and Wirra Camp­ground (open­ing in May).

But what if you real­ly, real­ly need to go and there isn’t a toi­let nearby?

Ah, the dread­ed bush toi­let. Nobody enjoys it, but it’s a fact of out­door life. When you’re in a park, always be pre­pared by car­ry­ing some toi­let paper or wet wipes in a ziplock bag and some hand sanitiser.

If nature calls, find your­self a pri­vate spot away from creeks and dams, then use a stick or a rock to dig a hole at least 20 cm deep and wide. Do what you need to do, then fill in the hole with dirt.

Just remem­ber, don’t put the used paper in the hole. That’s what your ziplock bag is for – put the paper in the bag and put the bag in a bin when you get home. Toi­let paper can take years to break down in the envi­ron­ment, espe­cial­ly in dry areas, and in some hor­ror-movie sce­nar­ios, it can even end up blow­ing around in the wind. I think you’ll agree that no-one needs that in their life.

Need more information?

To find out if a park has toi­lets and where they are, vis­it the Nation­al Parks SA web­site and use the Find a Park’ tool to search for a park with the facil­i­ties you need.

If you’re inter­est­ed in vis­it­ing parks near Ade­laide, you might like our blog aboutparks you can get to on pub­lic trans­port.

Main image: toi­lets at Water­fall Gully

This sto­ry was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed in March 2018.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living