Our Top Camping in South Australia
Be pleasantly surprised by the fabulous camping in South Australia. Here are our picks of camping spots that are too good not to share, as well as a fun value for money Adelaide option.
For us, a campsite will usually be classed as a favourite due to its natural features or uniqueness. Othertimes we'll find one that stands out simply because it is cheap amongst many expensive alternatives. If you read the description, you'll figure out why we've included it in our selection.
Virtually all of the sites we have listed are readily accessed by your average car and caravan.
Please be aware that any pricing given is indicative only, and was current during 2008.
Rawnsley Park Station, Flinders Ranges, SA
We've broken the listings up into:
- Free Camping
- Cheap Camping (less than $10 per site for a family)
- Good Value for Money
Not less than $10, but good value due to close proximity to towns/cities, attractions or campsite features.
- Unique Camping
This includes sites that may not be cheap, but are worthwhile due their uniqueness or special features.
- Good Roadside Camping
Staying roadside is not generally the goal of a camping trip, but a means to an end. In an effort to save money en-route to a
destination, we often find ourselves camping by the side of a road for a night here and there. Some of these roadside stops are better than others, so here we list some sites that we have actually enjoyed (not just endured!)
- Adelaide - City Camping
Free Camping in South Australia
1. Long Beach - Kingston, SA
- Turn left just after you enter the 110km/h zone as you head north out of Kingston.
- Unique camping experience - enjoy the solitude of your very own stretch of beach.
- Sand is hard for several kilometres along the beach, but obviously use good judgement when choosing to drive and/or camp on it. (Also be aware of incoming tides!)
- Safe swimming and fishing.
Cheap Camping in South Australia
1. Fowlers Bay Bush Camping - west of Fowlers Bay town.
- $5/night per vehicle
- Swimming, fishing, walking.
Good Value for Money Camping in South Australia
1. Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges NP - 52km north of Hawker.
- $19/night unpowered (2 people); $25/night for our family.
- All caravan park facilities (including laundry).
- Pool available - a short walk away.
- Lovely bush setting with own campfires allowed (when no fire ban).
- Beautiful setting to enjoy the best of nature: bushwalking, photography, painting, 4WDriving.
- Amazing scenery including mountains and gorges.
Unique Camping in South Australia
1. Arkaroola - Flinders Ranges - 600km north of Adelaide, 130km east of Leigh Creek.
2. Coward Springs - Oodnadatta Track
- Not easy to get to, but well worth the effort.
- Bushwalking, bird watching, mountain bike riding, interesting geology, native flora and fauna.
- Guided 4WD, astronomy and walking tours.
- Campfires (except during fire bans), swimming pool.
- $15/night unpowered sites (2 people).
- 128km west of Marree, 73km south east of William Creek.
- $8/adult, $4/child.
- Hot showers (if you light a fire to heat the water!)
- Rustic facilities.
- Restored historic buildings. (Coward Springs is the site of an old railway siding).
- The nicest place we've stayed at along the Oodnadatta Track (but beware of the killer mozzies!)
- Natural spa - perfect after a 'hard' day of travelling!
Good Roadside Camping in South Australia
1. South Australia/Northern Territory Border
If you are travelling between South Australia and the Northern Territory, and simply need somewhere to stay without paying anything, this is the spot!
- More facilities then most roadside stopovers: pit toilets, tables, water tank (don't rely on this though!) and bitumen (good for keeping your caravan clean, but not so good for pitching a tent!).
Camping near Adelaide
It is challenging to find good, value for money camping accommodation around Australia's capital cities. When visiting Adelaide, we like to stay at:
Adelaide Shores Caravan Resort (1 military Road, West Beach. Near Glenelg.)
- $34-$44/night for 2 people. Not cheap, but considering location and facilities, good value for money.
- Bus stop by the entrance to take you to Glenelg or Adelaide City.
- Day trips to many "Adelaide and surrounds" attractions possible from here.
- Situated beside a beautiful beach, within walking distance of the seaside attractions of Glenelg.
- Fantastic facilities: BBQ's, 2 large shaded playgrounds, 2 jumping pillows, shaded and heated swimming pools, games room, well appointed camp kitchens, half-court tennis.
Have you stumbled across a wonderful campsite as you've travelled in South Australia? Or do you have a favourite that you keep coming back to? We'd love to hear from you!
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What Other Travellers Have Said
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Point Lowly via Whyalla Not rated yet
You can stay for 14 days limit at $5/night! Close to Whyalla (35 kms) but wonderful views across Spencer Gulf to the Flinders Ranges and beyond. You …
Yacka camp/play grounds South Australia Not rated yet
It's clean & well maintained by community volunteers. It's $15 a night for a powered site (only 8 available), there are toilets, hot showers and a dump …
Murray Bridge Show grounds Not rated yet
Lots of room, clean camping area, $10 a night for power, drinking water available at rain water tanks. It's close to all shopping, walking trails & close …
Milang Not rated yet
2 adults $18/night unpowered
Children under 6 free
Lake Alexandra across the road for swimming …
Davenport Creek, South Australia Not rated yet
Beautiful free camping . We stayed on top of a hill overlooking the ocean where we could see dolphins swimming. Wonderful spot where we walked down sand …
Belair Caravan Park Not rated yet
Allows pets ,cats or dogs etc.
Closest park to Adelaide that allows pets.
Also koalas in the wild, and situated next to a golf club.
Cost $30/night …
Mannum S.A Not rated yet
Mannum is a very picturesque place and a very peaceful spot to get away to the river in the off peak time.
Mannum is about 50 minute drive from Adelaide …
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