South Aus­tralia has had a proud tra­di­tion of estab­lish­ing parks and reserves since 1891 when Belair Nation­al Park was first cre­at­ed. Since then, there are now over 350 parks and reserves which cov­er more than 20 per­cent of South Australia.

These beau­ti­ful and valu­able pro­tect­ed areas con­serve impor­tant ecosys­tems, habi­tats, flo­ra and fau­na, unique land for­ma­tions, and cul­tur­al­ly sig­nif­i­cant places. They help ensure we con­tin­ue to have clean air, soil and water, and con­tribute to glob­al efforts to con­serve bio­di­ver­si­ty against the impacts of cli­mate change. For Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, pro­tect­ed areas are invalu­able in main­tain­ing con­nec­tions to their Country.

Pro­tect­ed areas are essen­tial spaces to enjoy nature in all its forms, and pro­vide a wide range of envi­ron­men­tal, social and eco­nom­ic ben­e­fits to peo­ple and communities.

Find out more on the Depart­ment for Envi­ron­ment and Water’s website: