SA is full of hidden gems without the holiday crowds. From eerie salt lakes to the sheer cliff edge of the Great Aussie bight- South Australia is pleasantly surprising.
- The perfect destination away from crowds, can book online for $14.
- Avocet campground at Parnka Point has shade from low-lying gums and is right opposite beach. No water or toilets here so sure you are self-sufficient.
- 130km section of limestone coast protecting saltwater lagoons sheltered from the Southern Ocean by sweeping sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula.
- Approx 192km SE of Adelaide.
- Spot emus on the beach, migratory birds and pelicans.
- 4WD beach access on designated tracks.
- Eerie atmosphere of salt water lakes, islands and beach inlets left largely untouched.
- If you only have time to do 1 of South Australia’s Peninsula’s we recommend the Eyre 13km south west of Port Lincoln SA, 634km from Adelaide.
- See flocks of emus, the odd snake, and pods of dolphins from the campground at Lincoln NP
- Lincoln NP has a variety of campgrounds with extensive 2WD access
- The death defying cliffs of the Great Aussie Bight form part of the Eyre Pen coast – a must witness! Stand on the bottom edge of Australia and overlook the breeding ground of the Southern Right whales on their journey from Antarctica!
- This place is magnificent, a must visit for all Aussies! Red and rugged 540 million year old landscape, it’s like the backdrop to a movie set!
- The most direct route is via Highway 1 (A1) to Port Augusta (about 300 kilometres). Melrose, 275 kilometres from Adelaide, is the gateway to the Flinders Ranges.
- Camping in the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound offers great facilities, many walks leaving from here. Info centre at the entry has all the info.
- This place is popular so make sure you book online or call the info centre in advance.
Cactus beach, Penong
- Ancient surfing mecca at the entry to the Nullarbor plain in SA, 21km south of Penong via road to Point Sinclair.
- $15 per adult, per night payable to the private owner who comes around to collect fees- no bookings.
- Authentic stonework toilets and 1 cold shower, no fresh water available.
- Camping is amongst the scrubby sand dunes, watch surfers until sunset from the beach and sand board down the giant dunes.
- Awesome surfing spot but not so great for swimming – beware of currents and sharks.