Resources: Holiday Destinations
In South Australia, we are lucky to have such beautiful camping spots right at our doorstep. No matter what kind of camping you enjoy, you will be sure to find a perfect camp spot. Whether you want to set your camp up under the stars in the outback, on a beach or in a caravan park, you will be pleased with the choice South Australia has on offer. We are sharing some of our favourite camping destinations, and hopefully this will give you some inspiration to get out and experience more.
Picture of Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island
Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges
Wilpena Pound is located about 5 hours from Adelaide in the Flinders Ranges. This campsite is the perfect place to camp if you are looking to explore the natural rock formation of Wilpena Pound and experience the breathtaking scenery of the Flinders Ranges outback. If you enjoy bushwalking then Wilpena Pound is for you, there are many bushwalking trails available and you will be sure to find one to suit all fitness levels. The Flinders Ranges is the starting point of the Heysen Trail, which is one of the world’s greatest walking tracks. Discover the spectacular Flinders Ranges and visit Wilpena Pound Campsite. For further information: www.wilpenapound.com.au
Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula
Marion Bay is a small town 300km from Adelaide and is located at the Southern foot of Yorke Peninsula. It is a beautiful location that is surrounded by beaches and cliffs and is the gateway to Innes National Park. Marion Bay has some of the best beaches in Australia and is a popular destination for people who love to fish. You will find many activities to do in Marion Bay; with miles of beautiful beaches and reefs there is something for everyone to do. For further information on Marion Bay http://marionbay.com.au
Kangaroo Island, SA
Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia and you can get there by ferry from Kingscote, which is about 1.5 hours from Adelaide. Kangaroo Island has so much to offer, with pristine beaches, native bushland, wildlife and an abundance of tourist attractions, there are activities for the whole family to enjoy. This island remains relatively untouched and there are many unspoilt places for the keen camper to experience. There really is so much to do on this island, you wont be disappointed. For further information on Kangaroo Island - www.tourkangarooisland.com.au
Mannum, River Murray
Mannum is located only a short drive from Adelaide, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away. Mannum is located on the Murray River and you can enjoy some of the best cruising waters the Murray has to offer. Mannum is a popular location because it is a short distance from Adelaide with plenty of watersports and native walks to enjoy and experience. Mannum is set on a picturesque river setting with water sports, houseboats, fishing, exploring and dining on offer. It also makes a great base to discover other regions that are close by such as Barossa Valley or Adelaide Hills. For further information on Mannum or the Murray River www.murrayriver.com.au/mannum/
Streaky Bay, Eyre Peninsula
Streaky Bay is located on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula and is 720 kilometers from Adelaide. It is a small picturesque town and is one of South Australia’s most scenic ones. There is more than 360km of spectacular coastline on the Great Australian Bight to explore, and is a great place to camp and discover the hinterland region. You will find spectacular beaches, great beach camping sites, surfing, plus an abundance of fishing spots. You are also close to Baird Bay, where you can enjoy an Eco Experience and swim with sea lions and dolphins in their natural environment. Streaky Bay is a must see destination. For further information www.streakybay.sa.gov.au
Camping and caravanning are a national pastime in Australia, with many people regularly heading out to the coast for a relaxing weekend, towing their camper trailers packed with everything at hand. Others choose to go further inland during the cooler months, to the geographical heart of this vast country, but whether you want a beachfront holiday, a trek across national parks and forests, or just to spend some time exploring some of Australia’s heritage towns and river locations, there is a spot to suit all tastes and requirements.
Broome in Western Australia is a popular attraction for campers all year round due to its temperate climate and excellent large caravan parks that are situated in and around the town. The former gold port of Esperance, bordering on a scenic bay with great views of the headlands, is a great place to set up your trailer for one or more days of camping. There is also great bush camping to be had in Cape Le Grand National Park so head over to Lucky Bay, which is home to a large colony of kangaroos. If you want to explore Australia’s only fringing reef then aim for Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef. Snorkelling and swimming are very accessible for the whole family within this marine park, and from November to February you’ll even get to see the turtles nesting.
New South Wales
If you want to do a spot of whale watching, June or July is when the humpback whales start their migration to the warmer waters of Queensland, and Jervis Bay is the place to be. There is good camping at Booderee National Park, and with stretches of pristine white sandy beaches nearby, this has to be one of the most beautiful places to set up your camper trailer in Australia.
One of the “must see” sites in Australia has to be the trip to watch the sun rise and set over the sacred Uluru, which towers over the desert at 348 metres high. Best visited during the cooler months, you can take your pick of designated camping spots in the National Parks, but aim to fit in a visit to the ancient rock formations in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
You can also pack up your camper trailer and drive to Darwin, which is the tropical capital of the Northern Territories, if you are looking for a holiday with more of a cultural feel. There are a number of outdoor festivals that take place, excellent camping facilities, and you can go swimming in the crystal clear waterholes in the Litchfield National Park. There are opportunities for cruises and crocodile spotting, or bush walks through the monsoon forests a well.
If you are going to be fully self-sufficient, which is easy with a camper trailer, and you are looking to really get away for some peace and quiet, then the Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula is the top destination for fishermen and surfers alike. The national park is a haven for wildlife, and has eight designated camping spots that offer wilderness camping at its best. All the sites have access to sandy beaches and have basic facilities. For those who are keen on diving, there are around 40 shipwrecks that attract a lot of interest from divers, and at Pondalowie Bay there are often surfing events taking place.
So pick your destination, hook up your camper trailer, and head off to the holiday of your choice.