IT will be easier for visitors to Eyre Peninsula national parks to find and pay for a campsite under the new online booking system.
The booking system comes into effect on Eyre Peninsula from February 27.
While the introduction of the new online booking system means camping passes need to be purchased separately, there has been no fee increase.
The changes to the park pass system are part of a Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) push to stimulate more tourism activity in parks through a review and abolition of park entry fees where possible.
DEWNR parks and partnerships program manager Chris Thomas said where the system had been introduced already it was working well.
He said the introduction of the online booking system was a response to customer feedback from visitors who carried less cash or wanted to be able to pick a campsite ahead of time.
Mr Thomas said the system allowed visitors to see a layout of the campground and pick a site suitable for their needs as well as alleviating the rush to get a campsite at popular times.
"The new system will be fairer for everyone and it will be a benefit for people who want to pick their campsite before they leave home," Mr Thomas said.
"It will also be a benefit to our rangers as they won't have to be collecting and dealing with cash."
He said while the move to an online booking system was a more modern approach but there were still options for campers to pay for their sites in cash at local agents or DEWNR offices.
Mr Thomas said after the booking system was introduced there would be an education phase for compliance.
‘It’s not about making criminals out of people, there will be signs to remind people of the change and our rangers will help people do the right thing,” he said.
“We can also help people make a booking if they aren’t familiar with it, our intent is to educate.”
Mr Thomas said the online booking system would be located on the Parks SA website, where users could also find a video clip about how the system worked and how to make a booking.
“It is easy to find and it’s a simple process, you do it once and it’s a walk in the park.”
For more information on online booking visit www.parks.sa.gov.au