Upgrades to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park

Upgrades to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park

Upgrades at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park

Three sites at the ever-popular Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula are undergoing upgrades to improve visitor experience.

The new Gulawulgawi Ngunda Nhagu – Cape Spencer Lookout has now been constructed to give visitors a dedicated place to take in the amazing views of Investigator Strait and the Althorpe Island group, as well as Kangaroo Island in the distance.

Improvements are also underway at Stenhouse Bay and Shell Beach, including constructing new picnic and toilet facilities, improved camping areas and upgraded carparks.

The Department for Environment and Water is working with the park’s Traditional Owners and Friends of Parks volunteer group to ensure the best outcome in creating new visitor facilities at this iconic park.

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Gulawulgawi Ngunda Nhagu – Cape Spencer Lookout

Construction of the new Gulawulgawi Ngunda Nhagu – Cape Spencer Lookout is now complete and open for visitors to enjoy.

Located on the southern edge of the park, the new lookout offers unrivalled views of the sweeping coastline below.

It boasts 360-degree views of the Southern Yorke Peninsula, has multiple viewing platforms and interpretative signage along the way.

Work at this site also included the construction of a sealed, two-way access road, a new car park for up to 25 vehicles, an accessible and pram-friendly path from the car park to the lookout, and other minor infrastructure and signage updates.

Snapshot of upgrades

  • Creation of a 360-degree lookout with separate viewing nodes
  • Construction of a sealed two-way access road and a new car park for up to 25 vehicles
  • Construction of an accessible path linking visitors from the car park to the new lookout
  • Installation of new signage and visitor information

Project timeline

  • July 2021

    Concept plans created

  • October 2021

    Construction commenced

  • February 2022

    Project completed and open for visitors

Works at Stenhouse Bay

Stenhouse Bay, at the entry to the park, is home to the heritage-listed jetty and is popular for fishing and diving.

Facilities at the day-visitor area will be boosted with the construction of a new picnic shelter, installation of a new barbeque and picnic tables, construction of stone fencing and a major upgrade to the car park to accommodate approximately 17 vehicles.

The large Stenhouse Bay Campground, which services visitors in tents, caravans, campervans and camper trailers, will have 2 new toilet blocks constructed, 2 new barbeques installed, and upgraded camping areas.

While works are underway, the Stenhouse Bay jetty and nearby walking trails will still be accessible on most days, however car parking may be limited and the site may need to be closed completely on some days during construction to manage visitor safety.

For further details about specific closure dates, contact the Dhilba-Guuranda Innes National Park Visitor Information Centre on (08) 8854 3200 between 10 am and 3 pm, 7 days a week.

Visitors who have booked to stay at Stenhouse Bay Campground during the construction period will be contacted soon about whether their stay will be impacted, as some bookings will still be able to be honoured with minimal disruption.

Artist impression of the new picnic shelter
Artist impression of the new picnic shelter

Snapshot of upgrades

  • Day-visitor area: upgrade of the car park to accommodate approximately 17 vehicles
  • Day-visitor area: construction of a new picnic shelter with a new bbq and picnic tables
  • Campground: construction of 2 new toilet blocks
  • Campground: upgrade of camping areas
  • Campground: installation of 2 new bbqs

Estimated project timelines

  • July 2021

    Concept plans created

  • February 2022

    Construction commenced

  • July 2022

    Estimated project completion date

Works at Shell Beach

Upgrades at Shell Beach, on the western side of the park, will benefit day-visitors to this stunning beach and swimmers at the popular Blue Pool.

Works will include the construction of a new car park to accommodate approximately 20 vehicles and new toilet facilities in the day-visitor area.

The campground and existing car park area will be closed while work is underway. This means visitors will not be able to access Shell Beach itself.

For further details about specific closure dates, contact the Dhilba-Guuranda Innes National Park Visitor Information Centre on (08) 8854 3200 between 10 am and 3 pm, 7 days a week.

Snapshot of upgrades

  • Construction of a new car park to accommodate approximately 20 vehicles
  • Construction of a new toilet block

Estimated project timelines

  • July 2021

    Concept plans created

  • February 2022

    Construction commenced

  • Mid-April 2022

    Car park upgrades complete and campground re-opens

  • End of May 2022

    Remaining works complete

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For more information about the works underway at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, contact the project team.