Have you signed up for the first-ever Time for Kids Camp Out? Unsure where to head on the long weekend?
South Australia has an array of awesome camping destinations and beautiful landscapes, from the picturesque Yorke Peninsula, to the sun-kissed Flinders Ranges. So, it’s easy to see why it’s hard to choose!
Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of our top spots. These can also be found in our new Guide Book.
Here are our top spots per region…
Located in the southern Adelaide Hills, Kuitpo Forest has walking trails, creeks, and woodlands to explore and camp in. Chookarloo Campground has 23 sites, surrounded by eucalypts and nothing but the sound of rustling leaves and birdsong. For a more serious hike, trek the Heysen Trail and check out the remote Rocky Creek Campground.
Rocky Paddock Campground
Among the top 10 campgrounds in Australia, Rocky Paddock is located in Mount Crawford Forest. It provides 30 designated campsites, a hybrid toilet system with disability access, fire pits, and picnic tables. When you get there, get amongst the rocky outcrops and explore nature at this beautiful campground. You can even bring the dog! (Providing it’s on a leash.)
Deep Creek Conservation Park Campgrounds
There are five campgrounds available here. Four are accessible by car, and one is a hike-in-only site. There are toilets at each site, some with showers, and all have seasonal campfire facilities. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rugged coastline and dense bushland valleys – nature at its absolute best!
Gawler Ranges National Park
Offering six campgrounds, Gawler Ranges National Park is a special place. It is steeped in Aboriginal culture and history and brightly coloured wildlife. Catch a glimpse of the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby or the Superb Fairy-wren, or visit the Organ Pipes or Yandinga Falls. Make sure you take lots of drinking water and supplies as facilities are minimal. Located seven hours out of Adelaide, this diverse terrain is the outback at its best! Note that some parts of the Gawler Ranges are accessible by 4WD only.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
Located about five hours from Adelaide is the incredible Flinders Ranges. There 10 campgrounds dotted around the park, all with toilet facilities. Explore the spectacular Brachina Gorge, Aroona ruins or the iconic Ikara (Wilpena Pound) that lies in the heart of the park. Or perhaps you’d like to experience the culturally significant ochre and charcoal paintings at Arkaroo Rock. These depict the Adnyamathanha People’s Dreamtime story of the creation of Ikara – amazing!
Yorke and Mid North
Stenhouse Bay Campground – Innes National Park
The beaches of Yorke Peninsula are great for swimming, surfing, fishing, or enjoying a picnic lunch. Located on the south-western tip, around three hours from Adelaide, enjoy spectacular views of the cliffs and sandy beaches, or go for a walk and explore the coastal vegetation.
Who doesn’t like exploring ancient caves? Only 3.5 hours from Adelaide, the camping area has 10 powered sites surrounded by tall shady trees. There is a big, grassed area for the kids to play in, and a tennis court if you feel inclined. Hot showers and toilets with disability access, a free BBQ, and a communal fire pit area are provided. BYO wood, as it’s illegal to gather wood in the park.
Murray and Mallee
Situated near Berri, this 9,500-hectare park features a fantastic array of birds, wildlife, and flora. There are a number of trails for walkers and bike riders to explore. Katarapko has three entrances: Lock 4 entrance (Draper Road, via Berri), Eckert’s Creek entrance (via Lower Winkie Road), and Katarapko Creek entrance (via Katarapko Crescent). You can access any area of the park from these entrances. There are also 55 campsites in this section of the park.
There you have it! There’s some of our top picks for this October’s TIme for Kids Camp Out. For the full list, register now to receive a printed Camp Out Guide Book.
Discovery Parks also have a range of accommodation options available for the October long weekend. Check them out here.
Haven’t signed up for the Camp Out yet? Here’s your chance – it’s super easy! Simply head here to learn more and register now.
Enjoy exploring our wonderful state and don’t forget to use the hashtag #TimeforKidsCampOut!