State's tourism sites re-open as restrictions ease

Naracoorte Caves on display. Photo - Paul Feikema
Naracoorte Caves on display. Photo - Paul Feikema

Some of South Australia's iconic tourism sites are set to reopen today, May 15, as the state begins to see movement as intra-state travel restrictions have been eased.

Tourism sites such as the Naracoorte and Tantanoola Caves, Cleland Wildlife Park, Seal Bay and Adelaide Gaol will also accept visitors with services adjusted for social distancing and gathering restrictions.

National parks and reserves had campsites re-opened on Monday, May 11, as part of the lift of regional travel bans.

State Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said South Australians were eager to get out and explore regional areas.

"Earlier this week we saw a huge response to our reopening of campgrounds in South Australia's national parks with nearly 900 people making bookings in the first 24 hours and I expect there will be the same enthusiasm to revisit our iconic tourism sites," Mr Speirs said.

"I urge everyone to visit these places responsibly to ensure we don't undo the good work that's been achieved in South Australia.

"So please continue to follow all directives on social distancing, comply with relevant limits on gatherings, wash your hands and download the COVID-Safe app."

Some of the tourism sites which are opening are taking bookings and welcoming visitors.

The Naracoorte Caves Wonambi Visitor centre and self-guided tour of the Stick Tomato Cave and diorama will be available from today, with more tours coming online on June 8.

The Naracoorte Caves cafe will re-open on Monday, as will tour options at the Tantanoola Caves.

The Naracoorte Caves caravan and camping ground has already reopened, and the Naracoorte Caves bunkhouse will re-open for bookings from Monday.

Kangaroo Island's Seal Bay self-guided boardwalk will re-open today and beach tours will re-start later this month.

Social distancing guidelines mean that a limited number of people will be allowed on the boardwalk and within the visitor centre at any one time.

For more detailed and up-to-date information on what services are available at State Government tourism sites and the Botanic Gardens, visit: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/our-places

To book a South Australian campsite online visit https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/booking

Taking a rest at Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island

Taking a rest at Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island

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