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Nature and outdoors

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South Australia has an incredible diversity of living landscapes, providing a rich array of leisure, tourism, cultural, educational and scientific opportunities for you to visit and enjoy.

There are clear links between the natural environment and our health and wellbeing physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually, with research showing that spending time in nature is good for us.

Our state’s national parks are a vital part of connecting all South Australians (especially those living in urban areas) with nature.

Find a park, tourist destination, walking trail or reserve:

There are also plenty of other parks and green spaces within our community for people to enjoy.

One of SA's iconic walkways is currently getting a $2.45 million revamp to enable all South Australians to enjoy this beautiful and geologically-significant site. The boardwalk will be repaired, reopened and extended, with a new section of the trail sensitively designed and built from Heron Way Reserve to the Field River mouth. The sections of boardwalk which span the Grey Road and Kurnabinna Terrace gullies will be entirely rebuilt.

Visit your local council website to find parks and green spaces within your local area.

The Rockpool

The Rockpool hub connects people, schools and communities with information on South Australia’s coastal and marine environments. For information on education pieces about SA recreational sites and activities, visit the Rockpool website.

Need more information about what to do in nature?

Have a look at the SA is amongst it website

The SA is amongst website aims to connect people to everyday nature and celebrate the wonderful nature that forms part of South Australia’s identity. This factsheet includes a range of ideas about what can be done in nature.

You could also subscribe to SA’s Good Living Blog, where you can check out stories on 4 ways to relax in national parks, how forest bathing can bring you closer to nature or try one of these 5 great walks in Adelaide that aren’t the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty Trail.

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are an easy way to improve mental wellbeing no matter where you are or what time it is and in a way that suits you. Getting a regular dose of nature is a great way to achieve this.

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