Upgraded Kangaroo Island camping at Murray Lagoon and D'Estrees Bay

A rare Rosenberg's goanna walks in front of tourists at D'Estrees Bay on Kangaroo Island's south coast. Photo Stan Gorton

A rare Rosenberg's goanna walks in front of tourists at D'Estrees Bay on Kangaroo Island's south coast. Photo Stan Gorton

Upgrades are complete at some of Kangaroo Island's most beautiful camping spots at Murray Lagoon and D'Estrees Bay campgrounds, just in time for the September school holidays.

The Murray Lagoon campground will reopen to the public with brand new facilities offering a family friendly camping experience accommodating camper trailers and caravans, with seven large camp sites and a purpose-built group camping area for large school groups.

At D'estrees Bay there are six new large campsites, including the new Tea Trees campground, which offers a premium camping experience with ocean views and magnificent access to the bay itself as well as a new accessible toilet and picnic shelter located on-site.

The Murray Lagoon upgrade cost $400,000 and will open from the start of the school holidays on Friday, September 24.

D'Estrees campground upgrades, also including road upgrades, cost $1.2 million, and will be open from Sunday, September 26.

Upgrades are part of the state government's $52 million investment in rebuilding essential parks infrastructure to support and rejuvenate Kangaroo Island's visitor economy.

"Projects such as these help with the rejuvenation of the $140 million a year Kangaroo Island tourism industry and rebuilding of key visitor infrastructure essential for the economic, social, and environmental recovery of the island and its community," state environment minister David Speirs said.

"These works are helping to highlight and encourage visitors to experience Kangaroo Island's spectacular landscapes, enabling both the community and visitors from afar to better enjoy our national parks."

With school holidays starting this weekend bookings are flowing in for National Parks and Wildlife Services' (NPWS) most popular spring campgrounds across SA, the minister said.

The state goverment was investing a record $130 million in national parks to boost conservation, improve experiences and increase visitor numbers, he said.

Campers looking for last-minute bookings can also still secure spots at parks across South Australia. To book your spot in a campground visit www.parks.sa.gov.au

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