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Mt Lofty Botanic Garden, Cleland reopen


Mt Lofty Botanic Garden and other State Government-run tourism sites have reopened to the public, as COVID-19 restrictions are eased following shutdowns.

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Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide Gaol, Seal Bay and the Naracoorte and Tantanoola Caves have also reopened, but with social distancing measures in place.

A self-guided tour of Adelaide Gaol will be available from today along with private operator tours, but with a 10-person limit.

The Naracoorte Caves Wonambi Visitor centre and self-guided tour of the Stick Tomato Cave and diorama will be available from today, with more tours coming online there on June 8.

The Caves café will reopen on Monday, as will tour options at the Tantanoola Caves.

The Naracoorte Caves caravan and camping ground has already reopened, and the Naracoorte Caves bunkhouse will re-open for bookings from Monday.   

On Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay’s self-guided boardwalk will reopen today, with beach tours to resume later this month.

It comes after campsites in South Australia’s national parks and reserves reopened earlier this week as restrictions on regional travel were lifted.

“Earlier this week we saw a huge response to our reopening of campgrounds in South Australia’s national parks with nearly 900 people making bookings in the first 24 hours, and I expect there will be the same enthusiasm to revisit our iconic tourism sites,” Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said.

“It’s really heartening that from today South Australians are once again able to visit our much-loved Cleland Wildlife Park and other iconic tourism sites across the state. You’ll be able to visit the gift shop, get takeaway coffee and food from the café and visit a wide variety of native animals in their enclosures.

“I urge everyone to visit these places responsibly to ensure we don’t undo the good work that’s been achieved in South Australia. So please continue to follow all directives on social distancing, comply with relevant limits on gatherings, wash your hands and download the COVID-Safe app.”

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