Scrumptious seafood, renowned fishing, famous haystacks, gorgeous camps on coastlines and national parks, a koala sanctuary and historic pubs! On SA’s Eyre Peninsula we even found a farm stall with fresh bread! Here are some amazing (and tastebud worthy) experiences and camps on this gem in South Australia – west to east.
Spectacular Point Brown Campground is south of Smoky Bay, via a dirt road, where you can catch your supper.
We stopped at Discovery Holiday Parks Streaky Bay and you couldn’t get much closer to the water!
Views at Streaky Bay Islands Caravan Park was so good it made cover on our Caravan Parks 5 guide.
Just 16 km south is budget campground Speeds Point – what views!
Murphy’s Haystacks are amazing rock formations on a farm – just sitting in a paddock! And you can camp at the carpark here for a small fee.
We had to stop for these beautiful views of Venus Bay.
You expect to collect some vege and fruit along the way – but it was the first time we had ever seen roadside bread. Colton Bread Stall delivered on the delicious factor!
We lunched at Elliston in a great park – we really appreciated the powerpoint, op shop, book exchange and hot chips! The weather was miserable but the day was not. Hot chip sangas really were the ultimate treat to warm up the whole family – on a budget.
Our daughter wrote, “It was really cool because there were massive waves and we saw all these statues along the drive.” We saw the Cummings Monument, sculptures along the Elliston Cliff Drive and Locks Well Beach – a favourite surfing and salmon fishing location.
You’ll find heaps of budget campsites on the Peninsula, including Point Drummond, Greenly Beach and Farm Beach – many of these are council run.
Coffin Bay Caravan Park had kangaroos and galahs everywhere! We had a yummy dinner at the community run yacht club across the road.
Camp at farmstay, Shelley Beach Lodge for views over Coffin Bay National Park, where you will find a load more campgrounds.
Did you know you can camp on a koala sanctuary? Mikkira Station looks amazing, and the owners are full of recommendations on what to see and do nearby.
Stop at Sleaford Bay, to spot Southern Right Whales in winter – you can also budget camp at Whalers Way and Fishery Bay.
Lincoln National Park has so much camping including budget priced Engine Point Campground on Australia’s largest harbour.
Port Lincoln is the fishing fleet capital of Australia – we watched enthralled as tuna was unloaded.
Of course, a photo with Melbourne cup great, Makybe Diva and a fish and chip meal are essential here.
The Port Lincoln Tourist Park is right on the ocean, the playground views could not be beat! And we really, really appreciated the camp kitchen oven!
It is funny what the kids put in their diary, it is often about filling their stomachs: “We had fish and chips for lunch where they were doing a cooking class. What the bloke made looked delicious. We found the caravan park we were staying in and in the camp kitchen was a working oven so we bought a lasagne and some garlic bread and that’s what we had for tea.”
We’d been stung before – having been so excited the camp kitchen has an oven, buying up big. Coming back to find the oven was broken. Crumbed chicken and chips, and apple pie don’t taste too good, barbequed. Hence the focus on a “working” oven.
Town also has budget campsites – including two at boat ramps. You can swim with sea lions and great whites sharks! Local wine and restaurants are also recommended.
Before we left the island for the ferry to the Yorke Peninsula, we stopped at four playgrounds along this magnificent east coast. Our picnic was next to the lovely pub at Cowell – so much history here to absorb.
We also popped into Tumby Bay and walked the jetty at Arno Bay.
South of Tumby Bay, you can swim, fish and bring your pet to campgrounds at Second Creek Beach and Red Cliff Beach.
Camp at Lipson Cove for white sandy beach and kangaroos, seals, dolphins, maybe even penguins! Budget priced but million dollar views!
Arno Bay Caravan Park also comes highly recommended.
There is plenty more to discover inland on this peninsula – like camping beside Darke Peak Hotel (free for patrons) and admiring and exploring the ranges.
This is only a snapshot of what you can experience on the Eyre Peninsula, and a fraction of the camping opportunities here. Find the lot in the CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App and guides – including all the free and budget sites in the brand new CAMPS 12. Caravan Parks 6 holds all the holiday parks or bring your SA book from CAMPS Pendium – it has the lot!
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