When it comes to planning a trip outdoors, there’s no better option than camping and no better state in which to do it than South Australia. There are incredible landscapes to pitch your tent in – from rugged outback plains, to pristine coasts that stretch into the sunset.
Big night skies in Deep Creek Conservation Park
Located within 100 kilometres of Adelaide, this park is the largest portion of remaining natural vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with lots of animals roaming free and wild. Stringybark Campsite is the most well-known and is set in a tall stringybark forest, which provides plenty of protection from the elements. There are 15 walking trails, which offer stunning vistas of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek Valley.
Ancient sights in Wilpena Pound
Also known by its Adnyamathanha name ‘Ikara’, which means ‘meeting place’, Wilpena Pound is often referred to as the jewel of the Flinders Ranges. It resembles a perfectly formed geological bowl, which covers nearly 8000 hectares. These mountain ranges are as old as time, and the 800-million-year-old Wilpena Pound bears huge cultural significance to the Adnyamathanha people. This terrain is made for bushwalking, with beautiful sights and inspiring views along 13 walks in the pound.
Sublime experiences in Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park
Three hundred kilometres west of Adelaide, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park is replete with wildlife, appealing coastlines, and hidden beaches with weathered lighthouses and shipwrecks to admire. Discover the park via bushwalking, with trails ranging from 30-minute strolls to four-hour treks. Head to the lighthouses or drop by the shipwreck of the Ethel for some insight into South Australia’s rich maritime history. You can also admire the coastal views, breathe in salty ocean air, or watch ospreys dive into the surf as they hunt for their dinner.
Coastal memories in Lincoln National Park
Overlooking Boston Bay, this park boasts granite headlands, serene bays and beautiful offshore islands. If you’re game for an adventure, go hiking or fishing, or hit the terrain in a four-wheel drive. Make a beeline for September Beach, pick up a beachcombing guide and look for treasures, as well as weird and wonderful plants and animals. When it comes to picking a spot, Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area offers a secluded and peaceful camping experience.
Glamping on the Limestone Coast
Fall asleep surrounded by 400-year-old red gum trees in the luxurious settings of Bellwether Wines in the Coonawarra region. This adds a new layer of glam to camping – showers, toilets and even a claw-foot bath! Camping at a winery has its own unique experiences – see the wine being made or join in the vintage experience. Taste wines between 4 pm and 5 pm, an exclusive experience for camping guests.
Read more about South Australia’s iconic camping spots in the Summer 2021–2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!