National Parks

It’s easy to get off the beaten track and explore this relatively untouched environment.

Especially in the national parks and protected areas that include long stretches of river, wetlands and large areas of mallee. Riverland parks represent some of the most visually spectacular and environmentally important areas in the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin and wonderful opportunities for camping, canoeing, fishing and bushwalking.

Parks SA

To plan your Riverland nature escape visit the Parks SA website at or call the DEWNR Information Line (08) 8204 1910. You’ll find national park passes and permits for purchase, a full range of free guides and maps for download and the latest fire and safety information.

Explore by Canoe

Explore the picturesque flood plains of Murray River National Park. The lush habitat of Murray River National Park has three areas for you to discover – Katarapko, Lyrup Flats and Bulyong Island. This archipelago (group of islands) park is a favourite breeding ground for southern Australian waterfowl and a paradise for birdwatchers. See how many of the site’s 140 native bird species you can spot. Soak in the tranquil surrounds of the magic Murray as you bushwalk and canoe, or wet a line at Katarapko Creek – a popular fishing spot for Golden perch and yabbies. 

Camp by still waters at Chowilla Game Reserve and Regional Reserve with an Aboriginal name meaning ‘place of good spirits’, or ‘good camping place’, Chowilla is the perfect spot to pitch a tent or power up a caravan. The park’s peaceful billabongs and creek systems support an abundance of native birds and aquatic life, making it a great destination for birdwatching, canoeing and fishing. Photographers are in for a treat with Chowilla’s stately river red gums providing a backdrop for the park’s spectacular sunsets. 

Marvel at the vastness of Danggali Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area. Immerse yourself in nature at Australia’s first Biosphere Reserve. With its abundance of native birds and aquatic life, and diverse ecology ranging from mallee wilderness to arid wetlands, it is little wonder Danggali has been sanctioned by the United Nations for its international conservation significance. If remote camping is your thing then you will relish Dangalli’s woodland campsites in the cooler months where you can sleep under a blanket of stars in places untouched by the crowds. The Park also houses some fascinating relics of pastoral history that you can explore. 

Paddle to spot parrots and pelicans at Morgan Conservation Park. A canoe is your key to exploring the lagoons, swamps and creek systems of Morgan Conservation Park. Glide past stately river red gums and keep your eyes peeled for some pretty amazing birdlife, including colourful Regent parrots, pelicans and White-faced herons.

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