Entry onto SA Water land or waters is subject to the following conditions, unless expressly agreed by SA Water.

Infringement or non-compliance with access conditions may result in enforcement action or penalties up to a maximum penalty of $2500. SA Water may recover from you expenses incurred to fix a breach of the conditions of access or damages for a loss suffered.

(a) When on an SA Water site it is your general obligation to act reasonably and responsibly and be considerate of others.

(b) While on an SA Water site you must comply with any directions given by SA Water personnel or with instructions shown on any signs.

(c) You must look out for hazards, such as uneven surfaces, fallen branches, native fauna or sharp objects.

(d) You may only access SA Water land and waters designated for public access, as gazetted and indicated by signs or other site markers,

(e) You may only enter SA Water land during opening hours. Outside these times, you must not enter or remain on SA Water land and waters. Unless indicated otherwise, opening hours are:

  • 1 October  – 30 March   7.30am – 8pm
  • 1 April – 30 September  7.30am – 5pm

Regardless of signage, SA Water land will be closed in the following circumstances:

  • when the gates are closed/locked
  • Christmas Day
  • total fire ban days (as determined by the Country Fire Service)
  • maintenance, operational and repair activities
  • where necessary to undertake proper land management works
  • in the interest of public safety.

(f) SA Water may instruct you to immediately leave SA Water land and waters, where you have breached the access conditions, where SA Water reasonably suspects access conditions have been breached or for any other safety or operational related reason.

(g) You may only enter or exit SA Water land by the entrance or exit provided unless there is an emergency.

(h) You must leave all areas and facilities as you found them, take all rubbish or place in bins, if provided.

(i) Fishing access is only permitted for the purpose of recreational fishing and is subject to the following:

i. You must only fish at sites and within areas designed for the purpose of fishing.  
ii. A current recreational fishing permit is required to fish at sites where fishing is permitted.
iii. You must comply with conditions of the fishing permit at all times.

(j) Access for water-based activities may only be undertaken in designated reservoirs and within identified areas in accordance with the following:

  • Only passive water craft are permitted, there is to be no motorised vessels (including electric motors), this includes powered model water craft.
  • Water craft may only be launched from designed areas as indicated on signage.
  • Water craft must not be:
    - painted with tar, creosote or other phenolic compounds
    - equipped with a marine or other toilet
    - used in a way that causes undue unduly disturbance or cause annoyance to any person fishing from land or from another vessel
    - used in a way to cause nuisance or disturbance to wildlife
    - used in a dangerous fashion or in a way or at a speed that is likely to cause injury
    used in a manner that that is not intended or that results in deliberate body immersion the water.

(k) You must not do any of the following on SA Water land or waters:

  • swim or enter the water or other infrastructure containing water, unless it is designated as permitted
  • behave in a disorderly, indecent, offensive, threatening or insulting manner or create any disturbance
  • act in a disrespectful way to any SA Water people or other community members
  • cause, directly or indirectly, damage or interference to any SA Water property or property belonging to another person
  • do anything that interferes with the safety of the public or SA Water’s people
  • operate any device at a volume likely to cause a nuisance
  • litter, pollute or discharge substances likely to pollute land or waters
  • damage or interfere with any plants or animals
  • damage, disturb or interfere with sites of cultural or historical significance
  • intentionally disturb the soil, rocks or cause erosion
  • erect any structures
  • collect firewood
  • possess, handle or discharge a firearm or other weapon
  • possess, carry or use explosives or fireworks
  • allow an animal you own or is under your control (except assistance dogs) to enter, remain or be left on SA Water land or waters
  • smoke
  • urinate or defecate other than in designated toilet facilities
  • camp
  • start a fire / or leave a fire unattended (gas BBQs are permitted)
  • allow a vehicle to go at a speed greater than indicated by a sign or in a dangerous manner
  • allow a vehicle to be parked in a place, other than in a designated parking space, where the vehicle may be a nuisance or cause disruption or after you have been requested by SA Water to move the vehicle.

(l) The following activities can only be undertaken on SA Water’s land when authorised by SA Water by lease, licence or agreement:

  • filming, videotaping or taking photographs not personal or use
  • conducting tours for a fee or other commercial purpose
  • conducting any competitive event
  • selling, hiring goods or offering goods for sale or hire
  • conducting research or other scientific surveys or experiments
  • conducting any commercial activity
  • conducting or holding formal events
  • distributing or affixing any written material to SA Water property
  • using any aircraft, including drones or other remotely piloted aircraft
  • rock climbing or abseiling.

Key terms

‘Designated area’ refers to an area defined by SA Water for a particular purpose.

‘SA Water land’ means all land (including fixtures) owned by or under the control of SA Water.

‘SA Water people’ means SA Water employees and people authorised to be on SA Water land or SA Water waters.

‘SA Water property’ means all property owned or under the control of SA Water, whether fixed to the land or not.

‘SA Water waters’ means all water ponded on SA Water land.

‘Permit’ means a permit issued by SA Water or another entity for certain activities.

‘Reserve’ refers to an area of land surrounding a reservoir under the care and control of SA Water.

‘You’ includes a partnership, association, body of persons, corporate or unincorporated or an individual.

‘Vehicle’ is any object designed for movement upon wheels.

‘Vessel’ is any object used or designed to be used on water or in navigation.

‘Passive watercraft’ means non-motorised or non-power-driven water vessels and is limited to paddle sport craft such as canoes and kayaks. It does not include stand up paddle boards or inflatable watercraft or water 'toys'. It does not include sailing or other wind powered vessels.