Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks



Christ­mas is com­ing – enjoy your hol­i­days in parks with all the crea­ture com­forts of home.


If you’re more into glamp­ing than camp­ing, South Australia’s nation­al parks have short-term accom­mo­da­tion available.

From his­toric min­ers’ lodges and light­house keep­ers’ cot­tages to recent­ly ren­o­vat­ed accom­mo­da­tion with ful­ly equipped kitchens, there’s options per­fect for indi­vid­u­als, cou­ples and groups of up to 10 people.

Here’s a selec­tion you can book online:

Yorke Penin­su­la

Dhil­ba Guu­ran­da-Innes Nation­al Park offers accom­mo­da­tion in the form of sev­en charm­ing for­mer min­ers’ lodges dot­ted around the ruins in the his­toric town of Inneston.

Most of the lodges have been ren­o­vat­ed, but still retain their his­toric exte­ri­or. The Engi­neers and Man­agers lodges are per­fect for larg­er groups, both sleep­ing up to 10 peo­ple. Perched high on a hill, they offer superb sea views and views across Inneston Lake from their wide verandas.

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

For small­er groups, choose the Nor­folk, Min­ers, Gate­house or Mallee lodges. You’ll also get the bonus of pow­er points.

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

Only need to book for two? No prob­lem, the Post Office is per­fect for cou­ples with one bedroom.

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

Kan­ga­roo Island

Flinders Chase Nation­al Park is home to sev­er­al ful­ly-fur­nished his­toric light­house keep­ers’ cot­tages per­fect for a relax­ing getaway.

Imag­ine spend­ing a week­end in her­itage accom­mo­da­tion right beside the Cape Bor­da Light­sta­tion.

Flinders Light Lodge fea­tures three bed­rooms that sleep up to sev­en peo­ple with mag­nif­i­cent sea views.

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

Hart­ley Hut sleeps small­er groups of up to three peo­ple and is your best bet for see­ing wildlife at your doorstep.

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

For a get­away for two, the Wood­ward Hut, a quaint sin­gle roomed stone hut, is our pick.

Also locat­ed with­in the park, towards the south-west­ern end of the island at Cape du Couedic, are three ful­ly-fur­nished, three-bed­room light­house keep­ers’ lodges that each com­fort­ably sleep up to sev­en peo­ple. The Karat­ta, Troubridge and Parn­dana Lodges are in a great loca­tion only a short walk from Admi­rals Arch.

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

In walk­ing dis­tance of the Vis­i­tor Cen­tre at Rocky Riv­er, there are two addi­tion­al her­itage cot­tages avail­able for hire. May’s Home­stead, built in the 1890s, has two bed­rooms suit­able for six peo­ple and Postman’s Cot­tage is a sin­gle room stone hut that sleeps four.

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

You can also hire light­house keep­ers’ cot­tages at Cape Willough­by Con­ser­va­tion Park. Both Sey­mour and Thomas Cot­tages are ful­ly refur­bished and sleep up to nine people.

While you’re there, don’t for­get to book your­self in for a guid­ed tour of Cape Willough­by Light­sta­tion, SA’s first light­house. From here you can occa­sion­al­ly see schools of salmon or hump­back, south­ern wright or killer whales.

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

Want some vari­ety? You can mix your accom­mo­da­tion book­ings to spend time in dif­fer­ent loca­tions on the island.

As an added bonus, if you book five nights or more in any of the her­itage accom­mo­da­tion list­ed above you’ll receive a com­pli­men­ta­ry Kan­ga­roo Island Tour Pass which is valid for the dura­tion of your stay.

Flinders Ranges and Outback

Boast­ing fan­tas­tic bush­walk­ing and camp­ing Mount Remark­able Nation­al Park, locat­ed in Mam­bray Creek, offers two cab­ins for hire.

Alli­ga­tor Lodge, locat­ed on a hill­side in Alli­ga­tor Gorge (Wilm­ing­ton), sleeps up to 10 peo­ple in three bed­rooms and is well locat­ed to explore the park’s scenery, bush­walk­ing trails and gorges.

The lodge offers vis­i­tors love­ly views of the sur­round­ing bush and blue gums from its floor to ceil­ing windows.

Sit­u­at­ed in the main camp­ground Mam­bray Creek Cab­in sleeps up to four peo­ple and offers a more rus­tic camp­ing expe­ri­ence. But you’ll want to know your camp­ing bud­dies quite well – the cab­in is open plan with no bed­rooms. Bring every­thing with you except cook­ing uten­sils, cut­lery and crock­ery which is pro­vid­ed, but leave your hairdry­er at home as there are no pow­er points.

Book holiday accommodation in SA’s national parks

(Main pho­to: May’s Home­stead and Post­man’s Cot­tage, Flinders Chase Nation­al Park)

This sto­ry was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed in Sep­tem­ber 2016.


This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living