The Best Spots To Go Camping In South Australia

The Best Spots To Go Camping In South Australia

South Australia has some of the most incredible hidden gems to explore. From glorious and epic coastlines to rural and outback experiences. For much of the world, South Australia is somewhat undiscovered but locals will assure you it certainly holds its own in it offering some of the most incredible places to visit in Australia.

Read on to find out the best spots to go camping in South Australia for your next Aussie camping trip!

Kangaroo Island

When it comes to camping spots in South Australia, Kangaroo Island sets the bar! Located 3 hours south of Adelaide, KI (as the locals call it) is a paradise for outdoor lovers and campers! 

In order to get there, you will need to drive down to Cape Jervis to take the ferry. Once you are on Kangaroo Island, you can start exploring! There are so many things to do on Kangaroo Island!

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The most popular natural landmarks are Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, both located in Flinders Chase National Park. Another great thing to do is check out the beautiful beaches. Vivonne Bay, Stokes Bay, Hanson Bay and Seal Bay are stunning!

You can camp pretty much anywhere on the island. If you are looking for a luxury caravan park, make sure to check out the ones near Kingscote. They will offer the best amenities and are located near the restaurants and shops.
If you’d prefer cheaper options, you can opt for one of the campgrounds in the national park or near the beaches. 

Big Sand Dune, Vivonne Bay and Emu Bay campground are very good places to stay. They are all located on the seaside, perfect to enjoy the beautiful views! They offer powered sites, barbecues and are pet-friendly.

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Innes National Park

Located on the southwestern tip of Yorke Peninsula roughly 3 ½ hours from Adelaide, is Innes National Park, one of South Australia’s most popular camping destinations. Known for having some of the best coastal views in the country, the park offers up gorgeous sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and crystal clear water. 

There are lots of popular activities available which include boating, snorkeling, surfing, and fishing. Bushwalking is another popular activity, with hiking trails ranging from leisurely 30-min routes to more intense multi-hour treks. Take the time and explore the park’s many shipwrecks, lighthouses, or the ruins of an old mining town. Whether you want to relax at the beach or take on a major excursion, there’s something to interest all visitors.

The park itself has 8 campsites, all of which are located close to or on the beach, and can accommodate tents caravans, and trailers. All the campsites have toilet facilities, while some also have fire pits and a public phone.  Keep in mind that campsites and heritage accommodations must be booked before arrival. You can book online or through several booking agents across the state. It is a great place to camp which we would recommend to anyone in the area!

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Wilpena Pound Campground

Camping at Wilpena Pound is a great way to explore the beauty of outback South Australia against a backdrop of spectacular mountain ranges and gorges.

Wilpena Pound is four hours north of Adelaide in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. The campground is in the Wilpena Pound Resort. There is access to everything from amenities to a good sized general store and fuel. There are over 300 unpowered sites starting at $14 a night.

The best part about the campground is its location. First, there is Wilpena Pound itself. This oval-shaped range has lots of walks, wildlife and history. The hike to the Pound’s highest point – St Mary Peak – is one of South Australia’s toughest and most popular walks.

Wilpena Pound is also a great base for exploring more of the Flinders Ranges.  Brachina Gorge has great scenery, a fascinating geological trail and is home to yellow footed rock wallabies. 

A day trip to Parachilna Gorge lets you explore the historic mining town of Blinman and the famous Prairie Hotel. Wilpena Pound is just over an hour from Quorn which is home to the Pichi Richi Railway and a wonderful silo art display.

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Beachport Camping

Located just over the border from Victoria is the lovely little seaside town of Beachport. The little sister to the popular holiday destination Robe, Beachport offers a more quiet location and is one of the best places to go camping in South Australia.

Located along the Limestone Coast, the views are magnificent. The long sandy beaches around Rivoli Bay offer great walking opportunities, fishing, safe swimming and a range of other water activities.

Beachport town centre has a relaxed feel, great cafes, restaurants, a central playground with secure fencing around for the kids to run and the parents to relax. Families can enjoy cycling on the shared pathways throughout the town and can even ride to and from the beach. Outside Beachport there are lots of other towns to visit within close proximity including the Coonawarra wine region, Robe and Mt Gambier.

There are great camping choices in Beachport. There is the Southern Ocean Tourist Park and Beachport Caravan Park. The Tourist Park is centrally located, just a street back from the beach and offers good protection from the natural bushland. The Caravan Park is located on the beachfront, close to popular fishing spots and also within close proximity to the town centre. If you are looking for something a little more quiet, you can also camp at Beachport Conservation Park.

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