- Picnic areas
- Bird watching
Tolderol Game Reserve is a protected area of 428 hectares on the north-western side of Lake Alexandrina.
The game reserve was proclaimed in 1970 and consists of a series of man made open and shallow basins with connecting channels and levee banks. These levees enable the manipulation of water levels to create rich foraging habitat for migratory wader birds.
Tolderol is a well-regarded bird watching location, reed beds along the lake shore, grassy banks and shallow basins attract a wide variety of water fowl and migratory wader bird species.
Being a game reserve there is a short duck hunting open season permitted in a designated area of the reserve and adjacent lakeshore (depending on seasonal conditions).
Visitor information, bookings and park management:
National Parks Wildlife Service South Australia Berri office
Phone: (+61 8) 8580 1800
Booking enquiries please email
Medical, fire (including bushfire) and police emergency situations
Phone: Triple Zero (000)
Phone: 131 444 for non-urgent police assistance
Within the park
Please contact National Parks Wildlife Service South Australia Berri office on (08) 8580 1800
Outside of the park
Please contact a local wildlife rescue group
When to visit
To make the most of bird watching opportunities, visit during late spring and summer to see the migratory wader species flock to the area.
The reserve is approximately 11km south-east of the township of Langhorne Creek between Milang and Wellington.
Follow the Langhorne Creek to Wellington Road, turn right onto Dog Lake Road (unsealed). At the end of this road (approximately 9 kilometres), travel through the gate (please ensure you leave the gate as you found it). Follow the track to the left, then through another gate and into the reserve.
The road is suitable for conventional vehicles. The main track inside the reserve is also suitable for all vehicles.
Please stick to the main vehicle tracks and avoid driving on the levy banks.
Dogs allowed (during duck hunting season only)
Retriever (hunting) dogs are allowed in game reserves during gazetted duck season times. Dogs must be kept on a leash and allowed off for retrieving purposes only.
Assistance dogs are permitted in most public places and are therefore welcome in South Australia’s parks and reserves. Assistance dogs must be appropriately restrained on a lead and remain under your effective control at all times while in a park or reserve.
As per the dogs in parks and reserves policy, if the dog is not an accredited assistance dog, they must be trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate that disability and meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for a dog in a public place. However, refusal may be given if the person with the disability is unable to produce evidence the dog is an assistance dog with the appropriate training.
Before taking your assistance dog into a park that does not normally allow dogs, it is highly recommended that you contact us so we can provide you with the latest information on any potential hazards within specific parks that may affect your dog. Please contact the park via the contact details provided under the contact tab or contact the visitor service centre via email or on Facebook, or you can live chat with a customer service representative on the website Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Please ensure that you are self sufficient when visiting this park. Other than a picnic table at the end of the main track, on the edge of the Lake, there are no facilities.
Plants and animals
Flora and fauna species lists
To download flora (plants) and fauna (animals) species lists for this park, use the 'Create Simple Species List' tab under 'Flora Tools' or 'Fauna Tools' in NatureMaps.
Aboriginal peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state.
There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations. At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.
In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.
Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia.
Stay in the park
Camping is permitted within the designated sites available on the banks of Lake Alexandrina.
Please prepare to be self sufficient when camping in this park as there are no facilities.
There are no designated walking trails in this park.
Please be aware snakes are common, be sure to wear appropriate footwear.
This park is something of a mecca for bird watchers with almost 150 different bird species recorded in the area.
A wide variety of water birds can usually be found here including: ducks, spoonbills, egrets, herons, ibis, swans, geese, grebes, darters, pelicans, dotterels, plovers, lapwings, crakes, rails, stilts and avocets.
Other species recorded include hawks, harriers, eagles, kites, terns, gulls, sandpipers, stints and other small wading birds.
There are extensive areas of samphire, reed and sedges with large open areas of water. A series of seventeen ponds have been constructed, some of which are flooded to provide habitat for the waterbirds which use the reserve. Additional areas primarily covered with common reed can be found along the edge of Lake Alexandrina up to Tolderol Point.
Duck hunting (seasonal)
Duck hunting is permitted in South Australian Game Reserves during declared duck hunting open seasons. Please refer to Game Reserves opening times and exclusions for information about duck hunting in Tolderol Game Reserve.
The Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is working together with Conservation and Hunting Alliance of South Australia (CHASA) to promote ethical and responsible hunting. Each year an assessment is conducted using data from the Bureau of Meteorology, the annual DEW wetland and waterfowl survey, CSIRO ‘Pastures from Space’ landscape modelling, PIRSA agronomic data and the Eastern Australian Aerial Waterbird Survey (EAAWS) to determine the abundance of waterfowl.
The duration, bird species and daily bag limit varies from season to season based on the annual assessment, so it is important to keep up to date through the Duck & Quail Open Season webpage.
- Map of Tolderol Game Reserve - Hunting zone
- Duck and quail open season
- Duck hunting open season information
- Game Reserves opening times and exclusions
Know before you go:
- Please respect all users of the area.
- Hunting on Game Reserves is managed to be sustainable.
- Hunters, through CHASA, contribute money and volunteer time to maintain habitat for all wetland birds.
- Behave and hunt in a responsible manner.
- Obey all laws and regulations.
- Carry a current hunting permit.
- Hunt only in the designated hunting area.
- Do not set up within 100m of another hunter without consent.
- Leave no litter and pick up spent cartridges and wads.
- Dress your game away from camping areas.
- Keep camping areas clean.
- Remember to fill in your season bag survey forms and send them to CHASA.
Visitors are recommended to stay on the main tracks.
4WD vehicles can access the narrow levi banks for bird watching, however be aware that opportunities to turn around are very limited.
Want to help?
To find out how you can help in this park or nearby, please visit Natural Resources South East.
Want to join others and become a Park Friend?
To find out more about Friends of Parks groups please visit Friends of Parks South Australia.
You could join others to help look after a park. You can take part in working bees, training and other events.
The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.
Ensure that you:
- keep to defined walking trails and follow the trail markers
- wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
- carry sufficient drinking water
- be aware of weather conditions and avoid walking during the hottest part of the day
- Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?
When camping in a National Park, it's important to remember the following:
- Always let someone responsible know your travel plans, especially when travelling in remote areas. It's a good idea to let them know when you expect to return.
- Check the weather forecast before you leave, including overnight temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology. Even during very mild weather, the nights can get very cold.
- The quality and quantity of water cannot be guaranteed within parks. Please bring plenty of water and food to be self-sufficient.
- Always camp in designated sites (where applicable) - do not camp beneath trees with overhanging branches, as they can drop without warning. It's also a good idea to check that there are no insect nests nearby.
- Check to make sure you're not camping in a natural waterway, flash floods can happen anytime.
- If camp fires are permitted, you must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Extinguish your camp fire with water (not sand or dirt) until the hissing sound stops.
- Ensure that you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.
Can I have a fire or barbecue?
- Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited between 15 November 2020 to 15 April 2021.
- You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within national parks is prohibited.
- Gas fires and liquid fuel fires are permitted through the year, other than on days of total fire ban.
- Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.
Closures and safety
This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may also be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.
You can determine the current fire danger rating by checking the Fire Ban District map on the CFS website.
Check the CFS website or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline 1800 362 361 for:
- Information on fire bans and current fire conditions
- Current CFS warnings and incidents
- Information on what to do in the event of a fire.
Listen to your local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety.
Know before you go
Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.
- hunting is permitted during declared open season only, obtain permits
- dogs are permitted during declared hunting season only
- do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
- be careful of snakes, they are common in the area
- do not bring generators or chainsaws into the park
- leave the park as you found it - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you
- abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
- respect geological and heritage sites
- do not remove native plants
- are considerate of other park users.
- important: collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
If your dog is off lead, it is more likely to impact on native wildlife and other visitors in a park and be at risk itself.
Risks to wildlife:
- Dogs off tracks will leave a scent in the bush that will keep wildlife away.
- Uncontrolled dogs may frighten wildlife and disrupt their natural behaviour.
- Some dogs will kill or injure wildlife.
Risks to other park visitors
- Dogs may be aggressive to other park visitors.
- Even friendly dogs can knock people over causing injury.
- Some people want to enjoy parks without dogs.
Risks to your dog
- Poison baits may be laid to control foxes. Baits can be fatal to dogs.
- Even if your dog is friendly, other dogs may not be.
- Your dog can catch parasites (such as fleas and ticks) from wildlife.
- Snake bites are a real risk in natural areas such as parks.
- Wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas will defend themselves if threatened by a dog and can cause significant injury to or the death of your dog.
Maps on your mobile
If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.
The app uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos and drop placemark pins.
How to get it working on your device:
1. Download the Avenza Maps app from the app store (iOS/Android) whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shopping cart icon.
3. Click ‘Find’ and type the name of the national park or reserve you are looking for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Avenza Maps app.
6. Use our maps through the Avenza Mapa app while in the park and never take a wrong turn again.
Entry to this park is free, however fees apply for camping.
Campsites need to be booked prior to arrival.
Click through to the online booking page for more details about individual campgrounds and fees.
If you are planning a trip for a school group or other large group, please ensure you let the park know of your intentions.
Book online to reserve your campsite up to 12 months in advance.
Where can I book and pay in person?
If you are unable to book and pay online you can do so, in person, at these booking agents across the state.
For online bookings enquiries please email: