Camping on the Coast
South Australia has thousands of kilometres of stunning coastline. If you want to pitch your tent near the sound of crashing waves, stake out your space at these top camping spots.
Deep Creek Conservation Park is a popular camping location on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Sites are available, from basic campgrounds to others with showers. See wildlife, such as koalas, echidnas, sea eagles and kangaroos.
Part of the 1,200 kilometre Heysen Trail runs through Deep Creek. Hike along the trail or follow other trails for views of Backstairs Passage. It’s the stretch of water that lies between the mainland and Kangaroo Island. On a clear day, you may be able to spot Kangaroo Island on the horizon.
Newland Head Conservation Park is nearby. It’s close to Waitpinga Beach, a perfect location if you want to be near the surf.
Travel to Kangaroo Island and you’ll find great campgrounds in Flinders Chase National Park. The park has views of spectacular coastline. Camp at Snake Lagoon, Rocky River and West Bay. While you are there, visit the 1909 Cape du Couedic lighthouse. You may also camp in other designated areas on the island. Book your campsite ahead of time, as they can be busy.
Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula has seven well-established campsites. Follow the walking trails to the top of rugged cliffs and down to golden sand dunes. Kangaroos and emus roam through Innes and many species of native birds also call the park home.
Lincoln National Park spans 29,000 hectares and covers the tip of the Eyre Peninsula. It’s a short drive from Port Lincoln. The sheltered, open spaces and quiet bays are ideal for camping, fishing and day trips.
Explore lagoons, wetlands and sand dunes at Coorong National Park on the Limestone Coast. The Coorong is largely untouched wilderness. You can pitch your tent on a secluded beach. Visit Camp Coorong on Lake Alexandrina to hear the history of the land through the eyes of the local Ngarrindjeri people.
Before camping in any national park, you’ll need a Parks Pass from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Pick up your pass and go explore South Australia’s coastal wilderness.
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