If you want to experience a different place to camp, volunteers have been adding facilities to both these properties, only in the last few months. Visitors are welcome and fees apply, whilst you are here learn about these special ecosystems, and unique flora and fauna that you will find. Rates start at $5 per person, under 5 free. Showers $10 per vehicle (maximum 5 people). Quarters are also available on both properties. Fees apply for nature drives and tours.
Witchelina Nature Reserve is a former pastoral property and is situated between Marree and Lyndhurst, 4219 square km of the arid zone in the far north of SA. Witchelina has two campgrounds – one along the picturesque redgum lined creeks at the Homestead with shower and toilets, and one at Old Mt Nor West with toilet only. All domestic livestock and the majority of feral goats have been removed, work also includes tackling the degradation caused by rabbits, and monitoring native wildlife numbers.
Hiltaba Nature Reserve is a former pastoral property acquired in 2012 and the 780 square km sits at the western edge of the Gawler Ranges in the north of Eyre Peninsula. Hiltaba has two bush campgrounds – one at Pretty Point with toilet only and one at the Old Shearers Quarters with showers and toilets. Look for the Yellow‐footed Rock Wallaby, the Slender‐billed Thornbill, Australian Bustard and Desert Green-hood Orchid.
Nature Foundation SA is a not for profit nature organisation and the largest South Australian based non-government conservation organisation. They work to Save, Protect and Restore South Australia’s natural biodiversity [flora and fauna] through three core areas:
- Land Acquisition and Management
- Water for Nature
- Research Grants
Pets are not allowed at the Nature Foundation campgrounds. Thanks to volunteers at Hiltaba and Witchelina and the team at Nature Foundation SA for assistance with this article.
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