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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Heatley and Michelle @Fern Pool, Karijini

Check out these NEW camps this winter!

If you are following our Across the Centre Roadtrip, you’ll see we’ve been loving Karijini National Park and the Pilbara. The best bit was finally getting into some waterfall hopping, and icy cold Karijini swims, like Fern Pool. Not only have we been updating new sites (we’ve found a few newbies around Newman) we’ve also been making sure we remove or don’t list camps that are no longer available. You can check out more NEW sites from around the country below and in the CAMPS App! PILDAPPA ROCK REOPENS AND A NEW CAMPGROUND South Australia’s Pildappa Rock reopens after upgrades

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RV Stopover at Naracoorte Golf Club, SA

Naracoorte Golf Club, new RV stopover, South Australia

Naracoorte Golf Club is a budget campsite situated just a short distance north of the township.  Set in shady parkland, it is convenient for a quick trip to town or a meal at a local restaurant. Sam and his friendly team are offering unpowered camping to self contained RVs.  You’ll need to have your own facilities, though the toilets are available during club opening hours.   There are fire pits provided and rainwater is also available.  You’ll find a good restaurant in walking distance and the club does a Friday Pizza night during daylight saving times.   The site is pet

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Pildappa Rock image courtesy Overland Exposure

Pildappa Rock reopens and a new campground

Image courtesy Overland Exposure SA’s Pildappa Rock reopens after upgrades and you can now camp nearby at NEW Pildappa Park Campground. The new site is on private land close by and was unable to open sooner due to the dry dusty conditions.  The owners have waited patiently for a drop of rain to settle the area down so they could get the road ready, and it is now open. Pildappa Rock Surrounds Image @beccy_g_photography Access is via the Rock Reserve.  There is a loop around the Rock and the road to the campground leads off that loop. The camp is

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Arkaringa Station

Camp at these Station Stays from our Across the Centre Roadtrip

Thanks to everyone who gave us a heartwarming review on google! Remember to email us with screenshots of your kind review – that way, we can post out our Camps playing cards as a thank you. Be quick – they are for the first 25 emails we receive. Here’s the link … Our adventures continue north to the Pilbara region. Here’s a selection from our last few days – a little sneak peek!           We’ve been so remote, about 180km west of the hottest place in Australia. Look out for this week’s ‘Where am I Friday?’…or

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Heatley viewing the painted desert, SA

The Painted Desert a hidden gem of South Australia

I couldn’t believe that we had never heard of the painted desert before we took our across the Centre road trip. This is a road that is seriously underrated.  If you have a four-wheel-drive and you’re travelling near Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy or Cagney Park in South Australia, take that turn. This little roadtrip is one that we definitely recommend. The road quality conditions can vary – and some of the road goes through some very sandy creek beds. However, the views make it so well worth it. Lookout You can stop off at the lookout and you get such a

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Arkaringa Station Views

5 reasons to visit Arckaringa station on our across the centre of Australia adventure

One of the prettiest spots we visited was Arckaringa station in South Australias outback.   Here is why we loved it and why we think you will too. Arckaringa station  is the closest campground and accommodation to the magnificent painted desert. Just the painted desert road is an amazing one to travel through. The views at the campground are beautiful. You are just looking out to the outback and I was pretty wrapped with what we could see. However at sunset I realised that the station campground also has views to the painted desert! You are just off the Oodnadatta

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