Witchelina Nature Reserve is in the arid zone of the far north of South Australia and showcases an impressive variety of mountain, rangeland and desert landscapes, rich biodiversity and spectacular geology.
Rocky outcrop on Witchelina Nature Reserve; photo Patrick Mentzel
Witchelina and Hiltaba Nature Reserves are open between 1 April and 31 October to day visitors, campers and visitors staying in accommodation. The reserves are closed during the summer months.
This 4,200 square kilometre former pastoral property is managed for conservation by Nature Foundation and we engage with a wide community including members, corporate partners, government, researchers, scientists, local communities, the Kuyani Adnyamathanha and Arabana Traditional Owners and the general public to make Witchelina a leader in conservation, sustainable land management, threat abatement and visitor experience.
Find out more about what we do on Witchelina Nature Reserve to protect this important habitat.
Experience Witchelina’s unique ecosystem via the Nature Drives or take a stroll around the historic Homestead precinct. You can view some images of our most recent member tour to Witchelina here!
Recently some details about Witchelina's early non-Aboriginal history has come to light. Read about it in our Latest News stories!
You can explore the Witchelina Homestead precinct on foot. Several dams and a bird hide where a diverse range of birds can be seen throughout the year are a great destination for birdwatchers.
Multiple Nature Drive loops are a great way to explore Witchelina. These follow former station tracks from when the Nature Reserve was a pastoral property. These re-purposed tracks are suitable as self-drive tours so that visitors, with suitable vehicles, can enjoy the different landscapes and views offered by the reserve. Track notes available from the Rotational Managers. Off track driving is strictly prohibited.
More details on the Nature Drives are available.
Witchelina has plenty of accommodation options. Find them on the Witchelina Homestead precinct map.
Witchelina has two bush campground options at the Homestead and Old Mt Nor'West (remote and a 1 hour drive from the Witchelina Homestead). All sites are unpowered and unallocated.
Accommodation is available at:
- Shearer’s Quarters for a maximum of 20 people across 11 rooms
- Old Mt Nor’West Homestead (remote and a 1 hour drive from the Witchelina Homestead) for up to 6 people across 3 rooms
- The Cottage for up to 4 people across 2 rooms
- Overseers House for up to 8 people in 4 rooms
Click the Accommodation tab to add accommodation to your cart, click the Activities tab to add your nature drive pass to your cart before you checkout.
Accommodation and tours are subject to operational requirements (researchers on site are given accommodation priority).
The fees you pay for Nature Drives and accommodation help fund the on-going management and conservation for our Nature Reserves.
Please read the conditions of entry to the Nature Reserve and the Terms and Conditions before making a booking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any questions about visiting or staying at Witchelina Nature Reserve? Check our Frequently Asked Questions.