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!

GLAMPING 

Scott’s Creek Retreat

Byrne’s Vineyards — Scotts Creek Riverland

https://www.byrnevineyards.com.au/

Seafront Eco Glamping Tents 

Kangaroo Island 

https://seafront.com.au/ki-shores

 

Wilpena Pound Resort

Flinders Ranges

https://www.wilpenapound.com.au/accommodation/ikara-safari-camp/

 

Bellwether Wines 

Conowarra Wine Region, Limestone Coast

https://www.bellwetherwines.com.au/pages/camping 

 

Burkirk Glamping 

Clare Valley

https://bukirk.com.au/

 

Tent on a Hill 

McLaren Vale 

https://tentonahill.com.au/

 

Flinders Bush Retreats

Flinders Ranges

https://www.flindersbushretreats.com.au/

Tanunda Discovery Parks

Barossa

https://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/caravan-parks/south-australia/tanunda-barossa-valley 

 

Glamping Boongarrie 

Barossa

https://www.boongarrie.com.au/

 

CAMPING 

Wilpena Pound

Flinders Ranges

https://www.wilpenapound.com.au/accommodation/camping/

Cable Bay Campground 

Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula 

https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Yorke_Peninsula/innes-national-park 

 

Coorong National Park 

Coorong, Limestone Coast

https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Limestone_Coast/coorong-national-park

 

Vivonne Bay 

Kangaroo Island

https://sacommunity.org/org/199374-Vivonne_Bay_Camping_Ground 

Tahlia Caves

Eyre Peninsula

https://southaustralia.com/products/eyre-peninsula/attraction/talia-caves 

 

Kuitpo Forest

Fleurieu Peninsula 

https://www.forestrysa.com.au/accommodation/

American River Campground

Eastern Cove, Kangaroo Island 

https://www.gocampingaustralia.com/american-river-camping.html

 

Brown Beach Campground

Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island 

http://www.findacamp.com.au/camp-site.php?camp=1093

 

Emu Bay Campground

Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island 

http://www.sa-parks.com.au/caravan_park/8020/discovery_lagoon_caravan_and_camping_grounds

Moonta Caravan Park

Moonta Bay, Yorke Peninsula 

https://www.moontabaycaravanpark.com.au/

 

Coulta Memorial Park Rest Stop

Eyre Peninsula 

https://www.aircamp.com.au/campsite/coulta-memorial-park-rest-stop

 

Cohen Rest Area

Penonga, Eyre Peninsula 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cohen-Rest-Area/213762472556013

 

Lake Leake Campground

Mount Gambier, Limestone Coast

https://www.mountgambierpoint.com.au/attractions/lake-leake/

 

Mallee Fowl Restaurant and Camp

Monash, Riverland 

https://www.aircamp.com.au/campsite/mallee-fowl-restaurant-camp

 

Woodhouse Activity Centre

Piccadilly

https://www.woodhouse.org.au/ 

 

Rapid Bay Campground

Rapid Bay

http://www.freecampingaustralia.com.au/free-camps/south-australia/rapid-bay-campground.html

Stringybark Campground 

Deep Creek Conservation Park

https://www.weekendnotes.com/stringybark-campground-deep-creek-conservation-park/

 

Little Dip Conservation Park  / Old Man Campsite

Robe, Limestone Coast

https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Limestone_Coast/little-dip-conservation-park

 

Big 4 Holiday Parks 

Check out all the SA options HERE

 

Discovery Parks 

Check out all SA options HERE.

 

Tips

  • 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.
Millie Looker

Millie Looker

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