Keep your cool while camping this summer with this handy list of 'cool' national parks in South Australia.
When it comes to camping in summer it's all about the location. While some of the state's inland national parks swelter during the hot South Australian summer, the coastal parks offer some relief courtesy of cooling sea breezes.
The Department for Environment and Water's Good Living blog has put together a list of parks that have a cooler average January maximum temperature than Adelaide's average of 28.6 degrees, making them perfect destinations for a summer camping holiday.
Deep Creek Conservation Park
Average January maximum temperature - 23.6 degrees
Located on the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Deep Creek Conservation Park is famous for its spectacular coastline and its views across Investigator Strait to Kangaroo Island.
This park enjoys a much cooler climate than Adelaide, with the average maximum temperature 6 degrees less than the city.
Stringybark Campground, nestled in a stringybark forest, is a favourite for summer campers with extensive shade and facilities that include flushing toilets and showers.
Get the inside scoop with some great tips for visiting the park.
Little Dip Conservation Park
Average January maximum temperature 24.4 degrees
Featuring a ruggedly beautiful coastline and large areas of coastal sand dunes, this park near Robe on South Australia's Limestone Coast is great for a summer holiday.
The beaches offer good surf fishing and the lakes are a haven for birdwatchers.
The local park rangers suggest Old Man Lake Campground - set among a grove of melaluca trees, as the campsites offer shade from the sun and protection from the wind.
Flinders Chase National Park
Average January maximum temperature 24.6 degrees
The park also enjoys a cooler climate thanks to its island location. Harveys Return Campground, near the historic Cape Borda Lighthouse and Scott Cove, offers shady sites, toilets, picnic facilities and walking trails.
There's a lot to do in this amazing park. Check out some top tips for exploring it.
Innes National Park
Average January maximum temperature 25.1 degrees
Rugged cliffs, sheltered bays, excellent fishing and pumping surf breaks make this park perfect for a summer getaway.
There are plenty of campgrounds dotted around the park, all within a short walk of the beautiful beaches.
One of our favourites is Shell Beach Campground, which offers shady and sheltered campsites that are only a short walk away from the stunning Shell Beach and the famous Blue Pool rockpool.
There's lots to see and do in this stunning park - check out How to spend a day in SA's Innes National Park for inspiration.
Coffin Bay and Lincoln National Parks
Average January maximum temperature 26.2 degrees
Located on Southern Eyre Peninsula, these parks are renowned for their stunning beaches that look like something out of a travel brochure.
Cooling sea breezes from the Great Australian Bight offer relief from high temperatures and the azure blue waters are just beckoning you to dip your toes.
Our local park rangers suggest Surfleet Campground in Lincoln National Park, and Yangie Bay Campground, Morgan's Landing Campground (4WD only) and The Pool Campground (4WD only) in Coffin Bay National Park for campsites that offer shade in those parks
To read more great stories about South Australia's environment go to Good Living.
This content was originally written and published on the South Australian Department for Environment and Water's Good Living blog and has been reproduced here with permission.