Forget hotels or even hostels – go off the beaten track to discover your own piece of paradise in these picture perfect places in South Australia.
BY BRUCE ELDER
The views, the quiet, the sense of being at one with nature; all these elements are offered in abundance at South Australia’s best camping spots. Want the creature comforts of home? Glamping is for you.
1. Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges
Pitch a tent at the Wilpena Pound
campground, just beyond the circle of hills enclosing the natural amphitheatre. There are powered and unpowered campsites, as well as permanent tents and bus bays. Climb the ridge in the early morning and late afternoon and watch the sun rising and setting over the pound. You can also take scenic flights over this wondrous landscape from the nearby airstrip and eat and have a leisurely drink in the friendly comfort of the resort.
Want more from your camping getaway? There are 15 luxury Safari Tents at Wilpena Pound Resort, complete with king size beds and en suite bathrooms, as well as air-conditioning in summer.
Where to find it: Wilpena Pound
is located about 5 hours drive from Adelaide.
The Flinders Ranges is a special place in South Australia to set up camp.
2. Cable Bay Campground, Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula
There is something sublime about Innes National Park
. Located at the southern tip of the Yorke Peninsula
, it is surrounded by perfect beaches, outstanding surf and dramatic cliffs. It is so far away from everything that you can spend a day walking and exploring without seeing another person.
It is wilderness at its most seductive and beautiful. Pitch a tent at the Cable Bay Campground
and watch the sun rise over the Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park. Nearby is the historic Inneston ghost town, the rusty remains of the wreck of the Ethel, and some of the best surfing anywhere in Australia.
Where to find it: Innes National Park
is located about 3 and a half hours drive from Adelaide.
Ethel Beach is close to some great camping spots within Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula.
3. Ocean Beach, Coorong National Park
There are 34 designated camping sites in the glorious Coorong National Park. They are all located so the camper can enjoy the quietness of the waterway or be overwhelmed by the grandeur of the dunes that protect the Coorong from the Great Southern Ocean.
You’ll need a four-wheel drive (4WD) to access this area. There are 16 designated beach campsites and each is suitable for only two four-wheel drives and two tents or swags – but the experience of the stars, the roar of the waves and dawn waking you is unforgettable.
Where to find it: Coorong National Park is located about 1 and a half hours drive from Adelaide.
You'll need a four-wheel drive to access the dedicated beach camping spots within Coorong National Park.
4. Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island
has a large number of excellent campsites, but none compare to Vivonne Bay
where the sands are impossibly white, the waters are turquoise blue and, when the winds are blowing, the full drama of the Great Southern Ocean can be observed from the safety of a bay protected by Point Ellen.
Enjoy a beach many consider the most beautiful in Australia, go fishing from the jetty and know you have pitched your tent in the place many regard as the best that Kangaroo Island offers.
Where to find it: Vivonne Bay
is on Kangaroo Island, a 35 minute flight from Adelaide. From Kingscote Airport, it's a 45 minute drive to the beach.
Kangaroo Island's Vivonne Bay is considered among the most beautiful in Australia.
5. Talia Caves south of Port Kenny, Eyre Peninsula
The beauty of the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula
seems intentionally designed to take your breath away. The rugged sandstone cliffs have been eroded into “caves” or “caverns” known as The Woolshed and The Tub. The lonely beaches - wild and dangerous and edged by mountainous dunes – stretch to the horizon. Among all this passionate beauty is the Talia Caves campground
- without toilets or water, but with 20 sites for bush camping.
You can fish or simply gaze at the beauty of the coastline. As a bonus, you can pitch your tent and watch the sun set over waters which, further west, are pounding against the Great Australian Bight.
Where to find it: Tahlia Caves
is located about 7 hours drive from Adelaide.
Talia Caves is a great place to set up camp and admire the work of Mother Nature.
6. glamping, Limestone Coast
Surround yourself with 400-year-old red gum trees while sleeping in a luxurious bell tent on-site at Bellwether Wines
in the beautiful Coonawarra wine region.
Or choose your own camping spot on the Limestone Coast, or anywhere in South Australia and into western Victoria and Luxe Glamping
will come to you and set up a suite which includes luxury inflatable beds complete with bedding, side tables, floor rugs and decorative pieces.
Where to find it: Bellwether
is located about 4 hours drive from Adelaide.
Luxe Glamping will set up a luxurious bell tent, complete with floor rugs and soft furnishings, at a camping spot of your choice.