South Australia is leading the country with travel bans eased state-wide to allow outdoor enthusiasts to go camping!
Premier Steven Marshall announced today that Caravan and Camping sites will be open in South Australia from Monday, 11th of May.
After weeks of lockdown, many outdoor enthusiasts have been chomping at the bit to get out and about, in particular, bush camping.
Stuart Livingstone, the CEO of the Caravan & Camping Industry Association of SA (CCIASA) said “we recommend that you call ahead to the campground, Station Stay, or caravan park, to ensure that you are fully aware of any ongoing restrictions or amendments to the service provided, given that we are still under COVID-19 restrictions”.
To help get you mobile, The Dirt Off Road Campers is sharing a few of their personal favourite bush camps within 2-6 hours of Adelaide. If you like off grid camping, you’ll love these. Fees apply.
Lakeside Campground, Caurnamont
A private campground on the backwaters of the Murray River about 90 mins east of Adelaide. Enjoy unpowered, free-range camp sites on a large grassed area facing the water. Basic facilities are available including showers. Dogs on leash. $20/night. Book via Facebook only HERE.
Cordola Campground, Morgan
A private campground on the Murray River, behind an Orange Grove, near Morgan. Choose from river or lagoon campsites. Some sites have eco-toilets which are available at no cost, but not all sites have them. Request one when booking.
You do get some road noise near the river from the surrounding roads that echo over the cliffs.
Basic facilities, no showers, dogs allowed on leash. Two hours north east of Adelaide. Book via Facebook or 0427 716 560.
Bring your paddlecraft for action on the lagoon, backwaters of the Murray or the river itself. $15/night
Burra Creek YouCamp, Bundey
Forget the overcrowded Burra Gorge Worlds End, this private campground is super-serene – you’ll be lucky to see another person all weekend, as they limit entry to just four campsites. The 4×4 access camping area on the creek is the best. Collection of firewood is permitted. Limited facilities. Plenty of wildlife. Two hours north of Adelaide. $17/adult, $8/child per night. More information HERE.
Mount Remarkable National Park, Mambray Creek
Nestled in the foothills of the southern Flinders Ranges, four hours north of Adelaide, this campground offers easy access and good facilities including solar showers. Popular with bush walkers and mountain bike riders. There are better options available if social isolation is your goal, but as far as natural surroundings go, it’s hard to beat. Put it on the bucket list! Park entry and overnight camping fees apply. More details HERE.
Murray River National Park, Berri
Who doesn’t like a riverside camp spot? Katarapko is as good as it gets in SA on the Murray, but the problem is, the word is getting out. Located 3 hours north east of Adelaide, near Berri, the Murray River National Park is quite diverse, with a range of places to camp. We checked it out back in 2014 and enjoyed a few days discovering the sights by kayak as part of a broader Murray River tour.
Some sections of this national park are closed until the end of May, but check HERE for more information. Vehicle entry is free, but camping fees apply.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Hawker
One of our favourite go-to locations – East Brachina campground off the Geological Trail in the Flinders Ranges National Park, about 5.5 hrs north of Adelaide. Been here many times before – perfect for escaping the rat race and reconnecting with nature.
It’s a bumpy, dusty access trail winding through the gorge, but with spectacular scenery, it’s worth every second.
There’s lots to see and do in the national park – some of the photos are below. We also like the Moralana Scenic Drive, outside the park – best enjoyed at dusk; just watch for wildlife. Like the Geological Trail, it’s more enjoyable running dirt road tyre pressures. Contact us if you need advice.
Bring your own firewood and book online. Park entry and overnight camping fees apply. More information HERE.
Edeowie Station, Flinders Ranges
Welcoming hosts make this Station Stay a delight to visit, about 5 hours north of Adelaide. Quicker to get to than the national park, choose from bush campsites, some with shade, Shearers Quarters or Edeowie House, a self-contained house.
Arguably home to one of Australia’s best long drop loos – concrete base, quality construction and of course the long drop, the property backs onto Bunyeroo Gorge of the national park.
Less people to share it with, makes it a highlight for those seeking to escape civilisation. And the Prairie Hotel of Parachilna is only a short hop down the road to sample a Roadkill Platter – sounds inviting eh? $10/adult, $5/child per night. For more information see HERE.
Track Trailer Hire
If you don’t have your own camper, Roam Hire in the Adelaide Hills has you covered with a range of campers available. This includes a Track Tvan and Topaz hybrid camper, providing a try before you buy opportunity.
Neighboring Track Trailer Dealer, The Dirt Off Road Campers can help with your purchasing decision, with many years owning Track products. Keep an eye out for their Tvan Buyers Guide coming soon.
They also offer a discount off all new Track Trailer orders for those who have hired or have owned a previous Track Product. Contact Us for more information.