Where last-minute Easter campsites are available in South Australia’s national parks
It’s almost Easter, and campgrounds in many of SA’s national parks are full. Here’s where you can still book.
Autumn is a great time for camping as the cooler temperatures mean you can comfortably hike during the day and snuggle up in your campsite at night.
The 2021 Easter long weekend (Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April) is a family favourite for gathering together and enjoying nature. Campsites in South Australia’s national parks can be booked up to 12 months in advance and this means that many book out early in holiday times.
If you’re looking for a last minute booking, get ready for an adventure – there are lots of hidden camping spots in lesser-known parks that are further away from Adelaide, and in sites that are accessible only by hiking, cycling, canoeing or boating in.
You’ll need to book online before you go and if you’re after beach camping or secluded spots you’re in luck. Here’s a list of places where you can still book in:
- Acraman Creek – be quick, these sites are selling fast
- Kolay Hut Campground
- Mattera Campground
- Scrubby Peak Campground
- Yandinga Campground – be quick, these sites are selling fast
- Wisemans Shack Campground – you’ll need a 4WD to access it
- Woodcutters Beach Campground – you’ll need a 4WD to access it
- Googs Lake Campground – be quick, these sites are filling fast
- Eagle Waterhole Campground – you’ll need to hike in
Flinders Ranges & Outback
- Grindells Hut Campground – you’ll need a 4WD to access it
- Italowie Gap Campground
- Mainwater Well Campground – you’ll need a 4WD to access it
- Weetootla Gorge Campground, Wiriti Urdla
Note: It’s a mandatory requirement to purchase a Desert Parks Pass if you are travelling east of Dalhousie Springs in Witjira National Park.
- D’Estrees Bay Campground – be quick, these sites are filling fast
Note: ferry bookings to Kangaroo Island can sell out around holiday times, so Kangaroo Island parks might only be an option if you’re a local, if you’ve already booked your ferry, or if you’re happy to fly to the island.
- Danggali Campground – you’ll need a 4WD to access it
- Box Flat Campground
- Bucks Camp Campground
- Comet Bore Campground
- Coxs Windmill Campground
- Doggers Hut Campground – be quick, these sites are selling fast
- Pertendi Hut Campground
- Pine Hut Soak Campground
- The Gums Campground
- The Pines Campground – you’ll need a 4WD to access it
- The Pines Campground (4WD)
- Boating Based Camping (Coorong Lagoon) – you’ll need a boat to access it
- Loop Road, Caravan Sites
- Non-vehicle Based Camping – you’ll need to hike, cycle, kayak or canoe in
- Ocean Beach Camping
- Tea Tree Crossing Campground
Availability at these campgrounds for the Easter long weekend is correct as of Monday 29 March, 2021.
Top tip: Campsites can be booked 12 months in advance, so if you’ve missed out this year you can always get hopping to book ahead for next Easter.
This story was originally posted in March 2018 and has been updated with current campsite availability.
(Main image courtesy of @austravelia, Instagram)