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South Australians encouraged to explore the state’s parks
South Australians are being urged to get out and explore the state’s parks during school holidays and with COVID-19 restrictions continuing to be eased.
The recently launched 'You can… in Parks' digital campaign highlights all of the opportunities that exist for South Australians to enjoy the great outdoors.
The campaign coincides with the start of school holidays and the public reopening of Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island, following the summer’s devastating bushfires.
South Australian Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said recent visitor statistics showed South Australian parks have proved to be very popular throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Minister Speirs noted “the way we go about everyday life has significantly changed but South Australians continue to look for open space to safely exercise and undertake recreational activities.
“South Australians have done an amazing job during the COVID-19 pandemic and as restrictions continue to ease people are very keen to get out and about again. Our latest visitor statistics show a 43% year on year increase in national parks camping and accommodation bookings since travel restrictions were lifted on 11th May.
“Our 'You can… in Parks' campaign is about taking it one step further and really harnessing that same enthusiasm to get people out into the regions.
“With some border restrictions still in place, we can still support the local tourism sector and regional communities by exploring our own backyards and parks offer an ideal choice for families looking to holiday without leaving the state.”
Minister Speirs said the campaign will target families and individuals who enjoy the outdoors to visit and stay in South Australian parks and give a much-needed boost to regional economies.
“We have a real opportunity to connect with park visitors and encourage them to move beyond the experiences they have enjoyed near Adelaide, to parks experiences in regional areas.
“Why not get out and take the kids to experience an iconic site such as Cleland Wildlife Park, Naracoorte Caves or Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island. You can visit Flinders Chase National Park to share in the bushfire recovery journey and witness first-hand the plant life bouncing back and turning the landscape green again.”
In support of the reopening of Flinders Chase National Park, entry will be free until further notice. Visit www.parks.sa.gov.au for more information.
Image: Flinders Chase National Park courtesy of South Australian Department for Environment and Water
1st June 2020 - Victorian national parks closed after social distancing breaches
2nd May 2020 - Western Australia reopens national parks for local camping
16th March 2020 - Free entry announced for Commonwealth National Parks
6th January 2020 - Researchers put a value on national parks’ impact on mental health
13th October 2019 - Concerns over plans for further private development in Tasmanian National Parks
2nd August 2019 - South Australia launches new National Parks and Wildlife Service
21st December 2018 - More than 2,000 hectares added to South Australia’s parks
8th February 2017 - Parks Week to highlight the value of parks and open spaces
1st February 2016 - National Geographic showcases adventure experiences in South Australia
2nd November 2015 - South Australian Government invites public comment on Nature-Based Tourism Plan
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