South Australians are being encouraged to visit our state's parks during this school holiday season, through the launching of a new campaign.
The campaign, called 'You can... in parks" launched on Sunday, coinciding with the public reopening of Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island following the summer bushfires.
Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said recent visitor statistics showed SA parks have proven very popular throughout COVID-19, and as restrictions have started to lift.
"Our latest visitor statistics show a 43 per cent year on year increase in national parks camping and accommodation bookings since travel restrictions were lifted on May 11," he said.
"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."
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.
Mr Speirs said the campaign will target families and individuals who enjoy the outdoors, with the campaign also helping to provide 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," he said.
"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, which offer an ideal choice for families looking to holiday without leaving the state.
"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?
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"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."
Entry to Flinders Chase National Park will be free until further notice.
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