South Australia

Gateway to the outback

    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.

    Coorong NP

    • 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.

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    Eyre Peninsula

    • 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!

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    Flinders Ranges

    • 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.

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    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.

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