Having grown up in Western Australia, we were hugely excited to cross the Nullarbor Plains and start finding the best of the best camp sites in South Australia. We’ve been travelling on our Lap of Australia for some time now, and will be adding to this post for many months to come.
Our favourite camp sites are pristine, away from civilisation, low cost and require a 4WD to get to, but not everything on this page ticks all of those boxes! We grab what we can, and have found a huge number of camp sites that thoroughly exceeded our expectations.
If you are looking for amazing places to camp in South Australia, grab a drink, kick back and start flicking through the links for each of these great places.
There are few camp sites in South Australia that are more stunning than the Bunda Cliffs, and your choice of camp site is almost endless along these massive towering cliffs. If you want to camp in a truly unique location, check out the Bunda Cliffs Camping options.
Western Australia has seriously good beaches, and are often rated as the best in the country. However, after spending 3 nights at the amazing Scotts Beach, I can see that South Australia easily competes. This slice of coastline has absolutely everything, and is truly picturesque.
If you are after low cost beach or cliff side camping not far from Ceduna, the Wittelbee Conservation Park is a great place to pull up for a stay. We had a magic camp site on the edge of a small cliff, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in a fairly protected area despite the wind howling in onto the beach.
We love free camping, and it doesn’t get much better than pristine camping at Point Brown. This was one of our most scenic camp sites so far, and only upset by Mosquitoes that were worse than I’ve experienced in a long time.
Streaky Bay has some stunning places to explore, and Perlubie Beach is one of the most well known beaches in South Australia. We spent 3 amazing nights beach camping on Perlubie Beach whilst we explored the area, and would happily head back again.
On our way into Whyalla, we decided to stay at a free camp right on the gulf, and it turned out to be one of the best camps we did on the Eyre Peninsula. The Fitzgerald Bay has some truly stunning camping opportunities, and its completely free!
Whilst Caravan Parks aren’t usually our thing, we needed to stock up and get some washing done badly, and quite enjoyed our stay at Whyalla Caravan and Tourist Park. If you want to know more about the park, and what you can do in the area, check this out.
In search of more amazing Eyre Peninsula Camping, we headed south and checked out all of the camp sites between Cowell and Point Gibbon. We ended up spending 3 nice nights at Point Gibbon, and have written a post covering everything you need to know about booking, paying money and a little trap that we nearly got caught out by!
There’s been some real highlights on the Eyre Peninsula so far, and Carrow Wells rates up there with the best. We snagged an amazing camp site right next to the beach, which was turquoise, clean and beautiful. If you want a free/donation camp site that is truly stunning, Carrow Wells might be for you!
Despite getting hammered by a storm at Red Cliff Beach, we thoroughly enjoyed the area, and its completely free. You can also camp at the creek just further north, but this is far nicer
Just further south of Red Cliff Beach lies an even better free camp, called Moonlight Bay. There’s a heap of camping options that overlook a couple of stunning bays, with plenty of little rock pools for the kids to play in, and great views.
If you are chasing a cheap, great camp overlooking the whole of Port Lincoln, you can’t go wrong with Bayview Park. It’s got plenty of room, and we enjoyed 4 awesome nights here, including a massive thunderstorm and 60mm of rain.
Our first camp site in the Lincoln National Park was at Fisherman Point, and its a cracker. The sites are easy to access, the views are fantastic on a couple of them, and the scenery is really beautiful. If you were to pick one, easy 2WD access spot in the Lincoln National Park it would have to be Fisherman Point.
At the furthest point of the beautiful Lincoln National Park lies a very well known camp ground by the name of September Beach. When the sun is out this place is truly stunning, and although we also copped a storm here we had a great stay.
Our favourite campground by a country mile in the Lincoln National Park was Memory Cove, which is a pristine little bay at the end of a long, rough 4WD track. It’s the hardest place to get to in the Lincoln National Park and the reward is completely worth it. We spent 3 amazing nights here, and loved every minute.
Coming from WA, we’d never seen a wild Koala in our life, and being able to camp at Mikkira Station amongst a huge number of wild Koalas, some just metres from our camp was a pretty incredible experience. We found at least 30, and some were within arms reach.
Our first nights stay at Coffin Bay National Park was in Yangie Bay, as a bit of a base to see if we could drag the camper trailer in further. The camp site here is OK, but it doesn’t win any awards for best camping on the Eyre Peninsula. It is however, easy to access and a good base.
Coming from WA, we wondered if Pildappa Rock would be as good as Wave Rock, and we were pleasantly surprised. We didn’t spend a night here, but it looked like a truly fantastic place to pull up and kick back.
South Australia is well known for its coast, but there’s a whole heap of inland camping that is nothing short of exceptional. We had two amazing days exploring the Gawler Ranges and looking at the beautiful rock formations all over the park. There’s a heap of 4WD tracks to explore and if you like Emu’s, you’ll see plenty!
On the way to the Flinders Ranges, we stayed at a stunning free camp not far out of Quorn, right next to the railway. We only spent about 15 hours here after a hectic day in Port Augusta, but thoroughly enjoyed it and would happily stay there again.
Our first station stay in the Flinders Ranges was at Mern Merna, where we did the Burnette 4WD track and enjoyed some truly stunning sunsets over the ranges. Our camp site was a good introduction to the outback, with warm weather, plenty of flies and limited greenery around, but we left having thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
If you are after free camping in the Flinders Ranges, you’ll stumble across Parachilna Gorge. I remember being quite shocked at how stunning the gorge is when we first arrived, and spent a good 30 minutes driving around and looking at the endless camp sites. We ended up with a little stream out the front and had a very enjoyable stay here.
Driving from Parachilna Gorge to Moolooloo Station through Glass Gorge was a great introduction to how green the Flinders Ranges can be with good rainfall. Our stay at Moolooloo was nothing short of stunning, with one of the most picturesque camp sites that we stayed at in the Flinders Ranges. We had a private bush camp and seriously rated it.
I was expecting Arkaroola to be way over hyped, but can firmly say it deserves its reputation as a premiere location in the Flinders Ranges. We had a great camp site, did more incredible 4WD tracks in 3 days than ever before and rated the property and scenery up there with the absolute best that we’ve ever been to.
Keen to keep the cost down, we spent a great night at Chambers Gorge on the way from Arkaroola to Willow Springs. The views from camp in combination with a sunset made for a truly magnificent place, and we all enjoyed a very relaxing afternoon in the shade. If you want another free camp in the Flinders Ranges, this is it!
Time and time again the Flinders Ranges shocked me, and rolling into Willow Springs was no exception. With big green rolling hills and views to die for we were given a stunning bush camp with access to the amenities that are the cleanest I’ve ever seen. In the coming days we got soaked with rain and watched our amazing camp site transform into an island with creeks running everywhere.
There’s some big places in the Flinders Ranges, and rolling into Rawnsley Park Station re-iterated how big of a business it is. We really enjoyed our stay at Rawnsley Park Station, in the bush camping area where we had our own private little stream with views that were nothing short of sensational.
Our final stay in the Flinders Ranges was an unplanned one at Argadells, which finished our trip with the ultimate bang. The views, 4WD tracks and hikes were by far and away the best that we saw in the Flinders Ranges, and on a property that is not very well known or used. If you are going to stay somewhere in the Flinders, make it Argadells!
To wind our Flinders adventure up, we spent a couple of nights at Stony Creek Bush Camp. Caravan parks aren’t normally our thing, and this place is the perfect balance, with the stunning Wilmington area to explore including Alligator Gorge.