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Recreation in SA and at the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing

What is Active Recreation?

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing currently defines active recreation as activities engaged in for the purpose of relaxation, health and wellbeing or enjoyment with the primary activity requiring physical exertion, and the primary focus on human activity.

Recreation at ORSR

Through the Sector Capability Branch, the ORSR aims to work alongside other government departments and organisations to increase the quantity and quality of active recreation opportunities in SA through improving spaces, places, accessibility and capacity building. Got an idea? Like to partner with us? Get in touch at ORSR.Enquiries@sa.gov.au.

Opening the Reservoirs

In an exciting development for South Australia, in April 2019 the Myponga reservoir was opened for land based activities with water based opportunities to be available by the end of 2021. In October 2019, access to Warren and Bundaleer reservoirs was expanded with opportunities for cycling, walking, kayaking and fishing, and in December 2019 South Para Reservoir was opened. Further reservoirs will be opened by the end of 2021 providing opportunities for land and/or water-based activities, including Happy Valley, Hope Valley, Little Para and Barossa.

Glenthorne Park

The South Australian Government accepted a once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve and revitalise a large area of existing open space in the southern suburbs and to convert it into a thriving environmental and recreational precinct. This provides exciting possibilities for a wide range of recreational activities. Head to the website to discover current and future opportunities.

Trails SA

Trails SA is a website assisting residents and visitors to South Australia experience the State's numerous recreational trails, and to build environmental awareness, fitness levels and social interaction. It is also designed to create economic opportunities for the communities of South Australia. Find a trail in SA to walk, run, bike-ride, horse-ride, canoe, snorkel or scuba.


VACSWIM is a South Australian Government supported initiative which provides primary school aged children with opportunities to develop a range of skills and positive experiences in the areas of water safety, confidence and competence in the water, personal survival activities and basic aquatic emergency procedures..

Recreation SA

Recreation SA is an independent, member-based organisation with a vision to increase the participation and profile of active recreation in South Australia. They are the peak body for Aquatics, Outdoor Recreation, Community Recreation Centres, Fitness and Health Industries.

Nature Play SA

Nature Play SA aims to make unstructured outdoor play in nature an everyday part of childhood. They provide resources, run events and work with other organisations to help prioritise nature play.

Active Ageing SA

Active Ageing Australia is a registered charity promoting physical activity for a lifetime of health and well-being. They are the peak body supporting active ageing information, programs, training, resources, advocacy, policies, practices and collective action.

South Australian Tourism

South Australia is home to award-winning wine, events and festivals. Find places to go, things to do, where to stay and travel ideas on the official tourism website.

National Parks SA

National Parks SA provides information about SA parks, camping and other accommodation, park experiences and ways to get involved in our beautiful land and marine parks.