Budget camping sites in South Australia

Camping and caravanning has to be the BEST way to experience Australia. If you want to travel longer, then seek out budget camp sites that are easy on the wallet.

Thankfully, private campgrounds are abundant and often council owned or community run by volunteers. The camp site might be next door to a business or in their carpark – close to a town centre and facilities. Alternatively, you could find yourself at a bush camp, or beside a river. They may even offer power, toilets and showers. 

Selected grey symbol PAID camp sites are more expensive. These tend to have more facilities or may be located in amazing places. 

Just use the symbols or the filters to find them in our comprehensive guide books and Camps Australia Wide App!

Here’s a preview of campsites and caravan parks we have found with 30 years of research! Happy camping…

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Coober Pedy SA - Gilmore Lap 2013

Bucket List: Coober Pedy, South Australia

A lap of Australia generally includes The Red Centre, and an outback pilgrimage to “the opal capital of the world”, where living underground is the norm. Coober Pedy attractions in South Australia are a must see – here is where to camp! 

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Rawnsley Park - image John and Sue Shiphard

See Flinders Ranges: Rawnsley Park Station, SA

Have you experienced the Flinders Ranges? Camping at Rawnsley Park Station, you’ll have those views to die for at this historic sheep station in the bucket list region of South Australia. A big thank you to John and Sue Shipard for sharing your photos. We met them on their way here, via a paddleboat cruise on the Murray River. Rawnsley Park Station has been catering to tourists for more than half a century! However, it was settled in 1851 – part of Arkaba Station, and traditional lands of Adnyamathanha people. It looks over the southern side of South Australia’s Flinders

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Rapid Bay SA by CAMPS Ambassadors Overland Exposure

Best beach side camping in South Australia

Looking for the the best beach side camping in South Australia?  The tip is to arrive early to Rapid Bay Camping Area in South Australia. Located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, it is only 100 km south of Adelaide. Our CAMPS Ambassadors called it a “little beauty”! Manda said, “We had one and a half days of sunshine and we made the most of every minute.  We contemplated snorkelling the old jetty however Dan did a water temp test and was way too cold for Aria and I. He had a look around but didn’t see too much.  “We wandered down

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New sites for Port MacDonnell, South Australia

Eight Mile Creek & Birdhide – images courtesy District of Grant Council The Grant District council in SA have changed a day use only in the Port MacDonnell area to camping for self contained vehicles, as well as an extra bonus … The Day Use at Eight Mile Creek is now 72 hour free camping for self contained vehicles. There are now two sites here on either side of the inlet, the other is called Birdhide and is also 72 hours. Dry Creek Campground has river access A further spot closer to Port MacDonnell at Orwell Rocks is for 24

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Yorke Peninsula Bush Camping

Fee rise for Yorke Peninsula Bush Camping, South Australia

The gorgeous 19 bush camping sites along the Yorke Peninsula had a steep price rise from $10 to $20 per site per night.   Council explained that their bush camping has never had a price increase since camping commenced and had been running at a loss for quite some time. With the significant increase in the arrival of campers along this stretch of coastline, there has been some environmental damage that council is addressing.  They have installed new and improved toilets in all but 2 of the smaller campgrounds, and have employed an extra ranger to help monitor the environmental impact. 

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