South Australian Outback

5 POPULAR SOUTH AUSTRALIA CAMPING SPOTS YOU JUST HAVE TO VISIT

South Australia is a picturesque paradise waiting to be discovered. Although there are hundreds and hundreds of campgrounds in this part of the country, campers looking for a quick getaway prefer places that are just a couple of hours away from Adelaide. Here are five popular South Australia camping spots you can visit.

SAUNDERS GORGE SANCTUARY, ADELAIDE HILLS

Just over an hour from Adelaide, Saunders Gorge Sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills is a good spot for bush camping. You can hike or take scenic walks and see what the natural Australian landscape has to offer. The Saunders Gorge Sanctuary features rocky gorges, red gum trees, rugged hills, native grass and shrubs as well as a variety of flora and fauna. This campsite also a four-wheel drive track.

There are only six campsites available. Since it’s close to the city, campers are advised to book in advance. Amenities include toilets, but because the campground is located within a conservation area, generators are not allowed so as not to disturb the animals. Campfires are allowed, except when fire restrictions are set in place. Overall, this campsite is ideal for a quick getaway.

DEEP CREEK CONSERVATION PARK, FLEURIEU PENINSULA

Deep Creek Conservation Park has the largest remaining natural vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It’s located about two hours from Adelaide. While making your way through the park, you can spot kangaroos, foxes, echidnas, rabbits and over 100 species of birds.

There are five campgrounds, and you need to book online before heading to the campsite. Depending on the campsite, there are several amenities such as flush toilets, drop toilets, showers and a rainwater tank.

MORGAN CONSERVATION PARK, MURRAY RIVER

Morgan Conservation Park on the Murray River features lagoons, swamps and creeks. This makes the campsite a good spot for fishing and other water-themed activities. It’s about a two-hour drive from Adelaide. The park is inhabited by parrots, pelicans and herons, among other birds. There are no designated spots, so you can set up camp anywhere in the area. There are also no facilities, so campers will have to bring what they need. Campfires are permitted at certain times, but you’ll have to bring your own firewood as well.

CABLE BAY CAMPGROUND, INNES NATIONAL PARK, YORKE PENINSULA

Campers who want to explore Innes National Park in York Peninsula can try Cable Bay Campground. It’s about three and a half hours from Adelaide. You’ll enjoy picturesque ocean and island views as the campsite is walking distance from the beach. Some of the activities you can enjoy are bushwalking, swimming, fishing, snorkelling and surfing.

There are nine campsites in total. There is no water source nearby, and you’ll have to bring your own firewood for a campfire.

WILPENA POUND, IKARA-FLINDERS RANGES NATIONAL PARK

Wilpena Pound is located about five hours from Adelaide. The campsite features a natural amphitheatre, gorges and rock formations. You can bushwalk through 13 different paths and enjoy the rugged mountain landscapes that this area has to offer. You can go early to catch the sunrise or at dusk to get a clear view of the star-filled night sky. There are 40 powered campsites and over 300 unpowered bush campgrounds at Wilpena Pound. It offers several amenities including showers, toilets, laundry and a general store.

These five favourite camping spots come with their own unique features and can offer campers a variety of experiences. I think they are great destinations to fully appreciate what South Australia has to offer.

 


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.