Unless you’re talking about some forced school trips, and a two-night stay in a swag at Schoolies, I’ve never really camped. So you can imagine my nerves when I started dating a classic outdoorsy type of guy.
Turns out that I’ve been missing out for years, and literally overnight I became camping’s number ONE fan. It’s an incredibly simple way to remember that the greatest things in life are the people you’re with, and the natural world that we live in — it doesn’t hurt to add a glass of wine and some chilled music… bliss! Waking up to a sunrise over the ocean was one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever had and I’ll remember it forever — so you can see why I’m suddenly an addict.
To feed this new-found obsession, we’ve been throwing around ideas of places to visit. I figured while doing my own research, I’d make YOUR research a little easier too.
Here are all the beautiful places to camp and glamp (you can’t take the glamp out of me that easily) in SA that caught my eye, and found a place on my bucket list. Now I just need another 47 free weekends to explore them all!
Scott’s Creek Retreat
Byrne’s Vineyards — Scotts Creek Riverland
Seafront Eco Glamping Tents
Wilpena Pound Resort
Conowarra Wine Region, Limestone Coast
Tent on a Hill
Flinders Bush Retreats
Tanunda Discovery Parks
Cable Bay Campground
Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula
Coorong National Park
Coorong, Limestone Coast
American River Campground
Eastern Cove, Kangaroo Island
Brown Beach Campground
Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island
Emu Bay Campground
Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island
Moonta Caravan Park
Moonta Bay, Yorke Peninsula
Coulta Memorial Park Rest Stop
Cohen Rest Area
Penonga, Eyre Peninsula
Lake Leake Campground
Mount Gambier, Limestone Coast
Mallee Fowl Restaurant and Camp
Woodhouse Activity Centre
Rapid Bay Campground
Deep Creek Conservation Park
Little Dip Conservation Park / Old Man Campsite
Robe, Limestone Coast
Big 4 Holiday Parks
Check out all the SA options HERE.
Check out all SA options HERE.
- Research your campsite, so you know what to expect — you don’t want to leave the toilet paper at home and then discover there are no onsite bathrooms!
- Check whether the campsite is pet-friendly before packing the dog, cat and turtle.
- Do some reading on the area you’re in, so you know whether to look out for natural dangers, like a poisonous plant… or snake. Eek.
- Don’t have a fire if you’re unsure of the fire bans in the area.
- Run through an itinerary of what you’re planning… a fire, dinner, drinks… and then pack accordingly. It can be SO annoying to arrive and realise you don’t have a bottle opener, or a pack of matches.
- Leave only your footprints behind. We’re so lucky in SA to have such pristine and naturally beautiful landscape to explore — let’s keep it that way, by respecting the environment and taking your rubbish with you.
- Always be prepared for mosquitoes — they can ruin your trip if you get bitten in the first hour.
- Keep some clean drinking water with you, just in case you get caught out.
- Before you hit the road, check out registered campsites and any associated fees — you can check HERE.