Where to invest in national parks
South Australia has more than 340 national parks, which cover more than 20% of the state across 8 tourism regions.
Each one provides the perfect setting for tourists to connect with our unique natural environment.
Learn more about the tourism market and business opportunities for each of these regions, including the region’s performance and visitor profile, as well as the performance of parks and nature based opportunities within those regions:
The Adelaide region is the top destination for international visitors to South Australia. As part of its regional tourism strategy, it aims to promote its accessibility to nature-based tourism and urban parks. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks in Adelaide (PDF).
The Adelaide Hills region, nestled in the scenic Mount Lofty ranges, aims to capitalise on its proximity to Adelaide through collaboration and partnerships, as well as convert more visitors to stay overnight and increase visitor spend. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks in the Adelaide Hills (PDF).
Barossa and Clare valleys
The Barossa Valley and Clare Valley regions lie within South Australia’s Mid North and Yorke agricultural district. Both are characterised by their unique mix of gourmet food, boutique wine experiences, breathtaking scenery and rich heritage, and both are aiming for increased overnight stays. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks in the Barossa and Clare valleys (PDF).
With 2000 kilometres of coastline, the Eyre Peninsula region aims to capitalise on its pristine nature, immersive wildlife experiences and coastal lifestyle to drive increased overnight stays. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks on the Eyre Peninsula (PDF).
The Fleurieu Peninsula is the place to go for coastal thrills, secluded beaches, adventurous tours and unspoilt wildlife. The region aims to increase the spend of day-trippers and convert some into overnight stays, as well as encourage year-round visitation and drive visitor yield. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks on the Fleurieu Peninsula (PDF).
Flinders Ranges and Outback
Five hours north of Adelaide is the Flinders Ranges and Outback region, home to some of SA’s most wondrous landmarks. The region’s tourism strategy is to increase overnight visitation via greater regional and cross-regional collaboration around touring routes and events. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks in the Flinders Ranges and Outback (PDF).
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island and is home to unique natural beauty, an abundance of wildlife and plenty to keep visitors busy. Work is underway to improve and expand visitor services and allow the island to recover from the devastating 2019-20 summer bushfires that swept across the island. The island’s tourism strategy aims to deliver on its brand proposition, grow visitor yield and dispersal, and manage the sustainable development of tourism. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks on Kangaroo Island (PDF).
As SA’s most easterly tourism region, the Limestone Coast is a drawcard for South Australians and Victorians alike. One of the goals in the region’s tourism strategy is to develop hero tourism experiences and events, and convert existing day-trippers to stay overnight. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks on the Limestone Coast (PDF).
Murray River, Lakes and Coorong
South Australia’s Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region stretches from Murray Bridge in the west to the Victorian border in the east. The region is predominantly a self-drive visitor market and its tourism strategy is to leverage existing touring routes and promote and develop events and hero tourism experiences to increase overnight visits. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks in the Murray River, Lower Lakes and Coorong (PDF) region.
Centring on the majestic River Murray, the Riverland region aims to grow its events, create new visitor experiences, increase business collaboration and support operators, all in an effort to increase visitation and length of stay. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks in the Riverland (PDF).
Yorke Peninsula is the ultimate weekend getaway, renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and laidback lifestyle. The region’s tourism strategy is to increase its tourism market by promoting existing experiences and developing new ones that play to the strengths of its coastal lifestyle, wildlife and nature. Download the visitation snapshot for national parks on the Yorke Peninsula (PDF).
Visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service website for more information.