Your guide to the best new picnic spots in South Australia’s national parks

Your guide to the best new picnic spots in South Australia’s national parks

Search­ing for the per­fect loca­tion for your next pic­nic lunch? Look no fur­ther than South Australia’s nation­al parks.

Here’s our top picks of new pic­nic shel­ters and facil­i­ties in parks across the state. 

Mark Oliphant Conservation Park
Mark Oliphant Con­ser­va­tion Park

Mark Oliphant Con­ser­va­tion Park, Ade­laide Hills

Mark Oliphant Con­ser­va­tion Park is just a short dri­ve from the city, locat­ed in the spec­tac­u­lar Ade­laide Hills.

From the new entrance and car park off Scott Creek Road, you can grab your pic­nic bas­ket and take the short acces­si­ble path to the recent­ly refur­bished pic­nic shelters. 

Top tip: while you’re tak­ing in this spe­cial piece of nature, keep an eye out for the native birds com­mon­ly seen in the area, includ­ing the scar­let robin, gold­en whistler and the Ade­laide rosellas.

Goon­dooloo Ridge Look­out
Goon­dooloo Ridge Lookout

Deep Creek Nation­al Park, Fleurieu Peninsula 

Enjoy the best of the bush and the beach at Deep Creek Nation­al Park. Less than 2 hours’ dri­ve from Ade­laide, this park is per­fect for your next day trip and picnic.

There’s been a range of vis­i­tor improve­ments made to the park, includ­ing the cre­ation of the new Goon­dooloo Ridge precinct. 

When you arrive, you have the option to enjoy your lunch at the new pic­nic tables in the Goon­dooloo Pic­nic Area, imme­di­ate­ly adja­cent to the refur­bished car park. This tran­quil spot is sur­round­ed by trees and offers acces­si­ble toi­let facilities. 

For those seek­ing coastal views, why not try the all-new Goon­dooloo Ridge Walk. This 4.2km Class 2 loop trail is acces­si­ble from the pic­nic area and leads through wood­land and for­est to a spec­tac­u­lar look­out with views over Back­stairs Pas­sage to Kan­ga­roo Island. There are addi­tion­al pic­nic tables at the look­out, but you may choose to enjoy your lunch on a pic­nic rug on the grass instead. 

Don’t for­get to book and pay for vehi­cle entry in advance.

Coffin Bay National Park
Cof­fin Bay Nation­al Park

Cof­fin Bay Nation­al Park, Eyre Peninsula

Locat­ed on the south­ern tip of Eyre Penin­su­la, we think Cof­fin Bay Nation­al Park is one of South Australia’s best-kept secrets.

After a morn­ing spent explor­ing the park’s vast coastal wilder­ness, wildlife and pris­tine sandy beach­es, it’s time to enjoy a pic­nic lunch. 

Vis­it the Gold­en Island Day Vis­i­tor Area and relax under 2 new pic­nic shel­ters with wheel­chair-acces­si­ble pic­nic tables. The oceans views are unrivalled! 

Top tip: Cof­fin Bay oys­ters are world famous. Why not buy some in town at the start of your day to add to your pic­nic lunch?

Check out park ranger Elly Schultz’s tips to make the most of your next trip to Cof­fin Bay Nation­al Park.

Ikara-Flinders Ranges Nation­al Park, North­ern Flinders Ranges 

Ikara-Flinders Ranges Nation­al Park is one of SA’s icon­ic destinations.

For your next trip, be sure to add Akur­ra Adnya (Arka­roo Rock) to the list. This impor­tant Abo­rig­i­nal art site fea­tures ochre and char­coal images depict­ing the cre­ation of Wilpe­na Pound. 

When arriv­ing, you’ll notice a refur­bished car park and brand new toi­let facil­i­ties. To help you enjoy the sur­round­ing views, there’s also new pic­nic facil­i­ties that make the most of all the avail­able shade. 

Your guide to the best new picnic spots in South Australia’s national parks

Com­ing Soon: Glen­thorne Nation­al Park — Itya­mai­it­pin­na Yarta, Ade­laide

Locat­ed in Adelaide’s south­ern sub­urbs, Glen­thorne Nation­al Park — Itya­mai­it­pin­na Yarta is one of SA’s newest nation­al parks. 

The park will have new pic­nic and bar­beque facil­i­ties, as well as shared trails for walk­ing and cycling, new look­outs and inter­ac­tive cul­tur­al and her­itage experiences. 

In part­ner­ship with the City of Mar­i­on and with input from local schools, a new Nature Play is under­way for peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties to enjoy.

Stay up-to-date with the progress of the park’s trans­for­ma­tion by sub­scrib­ing to the eNews via the Glen­thorne Nation­al Park web­site.

If you’re look­ing for more inspi­ra­tion on how to spend time out­side this spring, be sure to check out what’s new and com­ing soon in South Australia’s nation­al parks.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living