Camping near Adelaide: top spots for a holiday

Camping is such a great family experience. You don’t have to be a Leyland Brother loaded up with expensive equipment to do it either. You don’t need a 4WD, you don’t need a lot of money, you don’t need a lot of time and thanks to the Scout Outdoor Centre’s Hire Department……you don’t even need your own tent!

If you’re new to camping and not sure if it’s going to be your idea of fun yet you can pop into the Scout Outdoor Centre on Rundle Street and hire 1, 2 or 3 person tents for as little as $8 per day! It’s a great way to try camping with your family before you make the commitment to buy your own tent. Give them a call on (08) 8223 5544 or click here for more information.

Next step is to make sure you’ve got your camping “essentials”. I wrote a post last year about camping with kids, and the things we recommend you take. You can read it here.

And then, you need to work out where to go. Of course South Australia is FULL of amazing places to go camping. From the beautiful coastline of the Yorke Peninsula to the rugged outback of the Flinders Ranges, but if you don’t have enough time to venture out that far we’ve put together a list of spots for camping near Adelaide, within 2 hours drive, that you can try these school holidays. Just make sure you check for availability before you go.
Environment SA has a great website where you can find lots of information about South Australia’s national parks –
Also check out – a great online resource where you can find a campsite in just about any area of Australia.

Woodhouse Activity Centre

CAMPING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT WOODHOUSE ACTIVITY CENTRE! Only a short trip up the freeway, Woodhouse provides a safe and convenient space for the experienced camper, or those just starting out.

There are numerous un-powered camping areas, complete with shared campfire circles (seasonal use) and adjacent Basecamps which have been fitted with deluxe creature comforts including toilets, hot showers, hand dryers, vanity mirrors and power points for your hairdryer.

And, your camping fee also includes access to the awesome onsite activities including an obstacle course, giant maze, slides, bouldering wall and disc golf! Find out more at

Rapid Bay – around 2 hours from Adelaide

A really pretty inlet with an unpowered campground located right near with toilets and COLD showers (be warned) A great spot for fishing, swimming and diving. A site will only cost you around $10 per night

Stringybark Camp Ground – Deep Creek Conservation Park

Set amongst a beautiful Stringybark Forest this camp ground is around 90 minutes drive from Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula. There are toilets and hot showers available on site and seasonal campfires (in pits) are allowed. There are 16 unpowered sites available that are large enough for caravans. Great walking trails and lots of native flora and fauna for the kids to spot.Book your site online here

Brownhill Creek Caravan Park – only 7kms from Adelaide CBD!

Unlimited shady unpowered camping sites available at Brownhill Creek Caravan park where your nightly fee includes use of the park facilities.

Only 7kms/20mins from CBD. Set on 25 acres but only 5 minutes from The Parade. There are powered sites and grassed camping/unpowered sites. And you can even stay in a cabin if you chicken out of tenting. Powered and unpowered sites available. Visit their website here

Mannum – around 90 mins from CBD on the Murray River

pitch the tent at Bolto Reserve for $10.00 per vehicle per night situated right on the banks of the river.

Newland Head Conservation Park Waitpinga Campground – 70 minutes from Adelaide

A short walk to the beach there are 15 unpowered sites available. Toilets and a large communal gas barbecue area are provided

Burra Creek Gorge “World’s End Gorge” camping area – normally a smidge over 2 hours drive.

Plenty of room and FREE! We’re talking starry starry nights, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, plenty of places to explore, fresh running water. A true camping experience! More info here

Hindmarsh Island Caravan Park – 90 mins from Adelaide

Lots of room to find your perfect camping spot at Hindmarsh Island Caravan Park

Powered and unpowered sites available from $18 a night.  The park is spread across 22 acres of land, so there is plenty of camping ground to explore.

Coorong – might take you a little bit over 2 hours from Adelaide, depending where you go

Stretching for 100km along the coast from the Murray River entrance there are 3 camping areas in the Coorong National Park.

42 Mile Crossing Camping Area – Large, easily accessable campground with walking (or 4wd) access to the beach.
Loop Road Camping Area – Comfortable. 2wd accessible campground with toilet facilities.
Mark Point Camping Area – A number of smaller sites around this area, suitable for self sufficient campers.

Victor Harbor Holiday Park

Offering spacious, grassed powered and unpowered sites for all-sized caravans, motorhomes, RV’s, camper trailers and tents and private ensuite sites coming in early 2018. Amenities and BBQ’s a short stroll away and just 5 minutes walk to the beachfront.
Kids will love the swimming pool (waterslide coming late 2019), jumping pillow, pump track, playground, giant inflatable maze, go-karts, games room and the park is also only a 5 minute walk to the beach.
Visit their website at