Camping in South Australia
Northern South Australia
Northern South Australia covers a vast area of land, including desert, rugged mountains, mallee country and sandy ridges. Only a sample of possible places to camp have been included here.
The Gawler Ranges are often overlooked as a holiday destination. Situated at the top of Eyre Peninsula there are a number of attractive camping grounds, and some fascinating country to explore. Mt Ives station is one place which offers a camping ground and basic facilities. The owners can also give you advice on where to go in the region.
Camping in the Flinders Ranges is extremely popular with families during school holidays. The region offers stunning scenery, walking trails and 4WD tracks. There are excellent facilities at a number of locations, but if you would prefer, there are many designated camping areas which less heavily populated. Telowie Gorge, Mambray Creek, Warren Gorge, Aroona Valley and Wilpena Pound are just a few of the diverse camping areas within the Flinders Ranges region. Chambers Gorge in the north eastern section also has facilities for setting up your tent.
The red hues of the rocky Gammon Ranges are a brilliant contrast to the purples, browns and blues of the Flinders. Exploring this region is worth the effort, and there are many opportunities for camping. There are good facilities at Arkaroola, but most other camping spots are not serviced.
Danggali Conservation Park
Although Danggali is not well-known, it is worth visiting, particularly if you are interested in birds. There is a camping area with no facilities, but plenty of wildlife and bird life. This park is part of the Bookmark Biosphere Reserve and preserves some valuable mallee and scrubland habitat to the north of Renmark.
Innamincka Regional Reserve
Near Innamincka there are a great number of designated camping sites. Most are situated on the banks of the Cooper Creek and offer very basic facilities. Coongie Lake to the north is another remote region which has some sites where you can really feel that you are camping out. A Desert Parks Pass is required. For details about where to camp in this region, you can use the information in your Parks Pass. Please visit the feature story on Innamincka and the Coongie Lakes for more ideas.
Oodnadatta Track - Birdsville Track - Simpson Desert
A trip across the Simpson Desert needs to be well planned and should be done in convoy after a great deal of research. There are some wonderful camping spots in this amazing desert, but you need to take everything with you and leave nothing behind. A Desert Parks Pass is required.
A recent trip across the Simpson via the Oodnadatta Track and the Birdsville Track is chronicled in a Feature Story. Find out more about this trip by going to the Feature Stories link or just click here: Simpson Desert Feature
Lake Eyre National Park
Lake Eyre is Australia's largest salt lake. Its enormous size can only be appreciated from the air, and a scenic flight over its salty expanse is highly recommended. There are camping areas on the south west corner at ABC Bay and Halligan Bay. There is also camping at Muloorina Station to the north of Marree. There is also caravan park facilities in Marree and at William Creek.
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