Whether you’re looking for the perfect
place to park your van or prefer to
simply roll out a swag, there are
plenty of options around the state.
The beauty of a Caravan park is that no matter which site you book, you will still have access to all amenities including showers and toilets, laundry (coin operated) and play equipment. Caravan parks generally have an undercover campers’ kitchen with refrigeration, cooking and dishwashing facilities, and tables and chairs – often a television. Some welcome dogs.
Powered sites are ready to hook up to your caravan or camper and normally also have a water tap. Unpowered sites mean you are self sufficient for power and water, but still allow access to park facilities. An ensuite site has exclusive use of a shower, toilet and basin. A drive through site means there’s no need to reverse or manoeuvre to park, and a slab site ensures you will be on level ground – but do consider the dimensions of your vehicle and anything you may wish to peg out.
South Australia’s network of parks can be accessed at park.sa.gov.au/find-a park#/list. With National Parks stretching from coast to the Outback there are a broad range of landscapes and experiences to explore.
Campsites must be booked in advance and there will be entry and permits fees. This can all be done online where you will also find details of any relevant closures and alerts. At a minimum, campsites will have a long drop toilet but some offer flushing toilets and showers. Dedicated campfire sites are often available for use outside the bushfire season. Naturally, you should take all your waste with you, so ensure you have plenty of rubbish bags.
Being within a National Park you can be pretty sure to see local wildlife (so best leave your pets at home) and there will be plenty of opportunities for hiking, fishing, swimming or even rock climbing.
Register for free to join an extensive community offering advice and reviews of pubs throughout the regions that offer sites for self-contained vehicles on their grounds or close enough to enjoy relaxing country hospitality after a long drive.
The information at countrypubcamping.com is provided by travellers and, in some instances, by the hoteliers themselves, so it’s best to check details directly with the pub prior to setting off.
Enjoy a cold beer and a hot meal with the locals who are sure to have lots of tips and ideas on must-see attractions and experiences around their hometown, and they will certainly appreciate your support of their community.
Not so long ago, pastoralists welcomed the occasional weary traveller to the sheep and cattle stations that have been a mainstay of South Australia for more than 150 years. These days visitors are encouraged to stay on a station to experience life in the Outback and share their hosts’ love of their region.
Station Stays offer homestead, self-contained or camping accommodation but many also welcome day trippers for experiences such as self-drive tours, 4WD tracks, self guided walks, and guided bus, car and quad bike tours.
If unrestricted travel outside the confines of reservations appeals to you, overnight free camping allows you to make your own agenda. Just ensure you check signage to confirm the legality of your parking and length of stay. You will need to be self-sufficient with your own water and make sure you take all rubbish with you. Free camping ideally suits those with a self-contained camper.
There are a number of smartphone apps available for download that list and rate various free camping sites around the country.
A network of private farms across the country is listed on youcamp.com where you will find a description of the property and the host. The description also lists activities, amenities, accessibility and any rules that may apply to your stay.
Reviews from previous guests are handy when looking for a suitable location and this platform is a great way for farmers to earn income from protected environments on their property – you can even arrange a gift voucher for a friend.