South Australians love visiting the State’s regions to relax and unwind in the great outdoors.
In the summertime, families flock to beautiful coastal and riverside areas to enjoy the many activities these hotspots have to offer.
Kids get to swim and play on pristine sandy beaches or dig out the cricket set or beach ball and let the days slide by. Young people might prefer surfing or fishing, and many head up the river for fun in the boat or on water-skis. Of course, many of us just want to spend our holidays resting, and these areas are perfect for taking time out to relax and reflect while enjoying the views.
Many regional areas are popular tourist destinations year-round.
The Flinders Ranges offer a wide variety of camping, hiking and four-wheel driving options. The wineries, cellar doors and gourmet kitchens of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale are always open for wine lovers and foodies alike.
Our small towns are bursting with history and character and you will often find bookstores, antique stores, galleries from traditional ice-creamery to museums to surprise and delight any visitor.
Have you ever considered how many of these activities are supported by the work of local councils?
South Australian councils maintain many open spaces, including parks and reserves, walking and hiking trails, barbeque facilities, camp-grounds and coastal and riverside areas. They also provide amenities to support their use such us public toilets, decking and seating, and drinking fountains.
In regional areas councils provide tourism infrastructure such as visitor information centres, decking and viewing platforms, and jetties and boat ramps. For businesses seeking to attract visitors, councils maintain retail and hospitality hubs like main streets and city squares.
If you holiday in South Australia’s regions, it’s hard to imagine spending your day in a way that doesn’t make use of council infrastructure! And it’s especially hard to imagine your holiday without it…
SA councils, for the views, trips and dips
Parks and gardens
Councils provide and maintain many parks, gardens, reserves and open spaces in local areas to provide ways for communities to be active and connected.
Walking and hiking trails
Many councils provide walking and hiking trails, including decking, handrails and viewing platforms, for use by locals and visitors alike.
In regional areas, councils provide and maintain infrastructure such as visitor information centres, campgrounds, jetties and boat ramps.
Many of the facilities councils provide are made more comfortable by a range of other amenities such as barbeques, public toilets, seating and tables and drinking fountains.