Park management

Parks and reserves in South Australia are established and protected by the Department for Environment and Water. This protected area system includes all reserves proclaimed under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, the Wilderness Protection Act 1992 and conservation reserves dedicated to the Minister under the Crown Land Management Act 2009.

A number of plans and strategies have been developed to guide how we look after our natural spaces and how people visit, use and enjoy South Australia’s national parks, marine parks and reserves. These strategies also aim to encourage more people to enjoy our state’s parks, learn about nature and get involved in conservation activities within, and beyond, park boundaries.

Park management details specific to Long Beach, Coffin Bay National Park.

The Department for Environment and Water has received feedback from community members, revealing some community misconceptions on the rules that apply to Long Beach, in Coffin Bay National Park.

The Department is managing Long Beach to achieve an appropriate balance in environmental, safety and social needs.

It is important that people recognise and respect the Coffin Bay National Park boundary, if people use the beach responsibly and adhere to the signs and national park regulations, people and wildlife can sustainably co-exist on Long Beach.

The sheltered bay and shallow sand-flats of Long Beach provides an important refuge for resident and migratory birds and other wildlife. Shorebirds congregate during the summer to feed and roost on the beach, some species need enough food to acquire the energy reserves needed to fly to the Arctic and raise their next generations.

Download your copy of the Long Beach access map HERE (625kb) Please note: the map has been updated 22/03/2019. The seaward boundary of Coffin Bay National Park is legally defined as “Mean Low Water Spring Tide Level (MLWSTL)”. Recent photogrammetric mapping (2018) re-defines the States coastline, the new mapping provides a more definitive representation of the MLWSTL for Coffin Bay National Park.

Regular road rules apply to Long Beach

  • A 25 kp/h speed limit applies
  • Take extra care when driving near beach pedestrians and young children
  • Drivers must follow the guide posts
  • A sign posted vehicle free zone exists (see map)
  • Avoid driving along the beach during high tide periods to minimise disturbance to roosting shorebirds.

Dogs are NOT permitted within Coffin Bay National Park, including the Long Beach section.

  • Pets are permitted between the National Park boundary and the northern carpark (see map).

For further information or to report an offence please contact Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula phone 8688 3111 or email


Related links

More information

  • National Parks and Wildlife Manager - Eyre and Far West
    86 Tasman Tce (ground floor), Port Lincoln | Via post: PO Box 22, Port Lincoln, SA 5606
    8688 3111