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.

Click on the map to download a PDF.
Click on the map to download a PDF.

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) 88543200 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 includ­ed the con­struc­tion of a new car park to accom­mo­date approx­i­mate­ly 20 vehi­cles and new toi­let facil­i­ties in the day-vis­i­tor area.

The new car park at the day-visitor area
The new car park at the day-visitor area

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.