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Where last-minute October long weekend campsites are available in South Australia’s national parks

There’s still time to book a camping trip for the long weekend. Here’s what’s available in SA’s national parks.

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the trails are waiting – it’s almost time for the October long weekend (Saturday 2 October to Monday 4 October).

Haven’t made plans yet? Look no further than a national park.

Campsites in South Australia’s national parks can be booked up to 12 months in advance and the most popular sites sell out quickly around holiday times.

This means that almost all sites are now booked out at parks such as Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, Murray River National Park, Mount Remarkable National Park and Deep Creek Recreation Park.

But don’t despair, there are still plenty of options to camp in a national park, particularly if you’re willing to try a lesser-known park and campground or travel a little further afield.

We’ve rounded up a list of places where you can still book in:

Limestone Coast

Canunda National Park

Coorong National Park

Murray River

Karte Conservation Park


Ngarkat Conservation Park

Eyre Peninsula

Chadinga Conservation Park

Coffin Bay National Park

Fowlers Bay Conservation Park

Gawler Ranges National Park

Laura Bay Conservation Park

Lincoln National Park

Nullarbor National Park

Point Bell Conservation Park

Wahgunyah Conservation Park

Wittelbee Conservation Park

Yellabinna Regional Reserve

Yumbarra Conservation Park

Flinders Ranges and Outback

Acraman Creek Conservation Park

Innamincka Regional Reserve

Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park

Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park

Tallaringa Conservation Park

Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

Witjira National Park

Kangaroo Island          

Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area


Flinders Chase National Park

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.

Availability at these campgrounds for the October long weekend is correct as of Monday 27 September, 2021.

Top tip: Campsites can be booked 12 months in advance, so if you’ve missed out this year you can always book ahead for next year.

New to camping? You might be interested in reading these blogs: tips for beginnerscamping dos and don’tsessentials to pack and easy campfire recipes.

This story was originally posted in September 2020 and has been updated with details for 2021. 

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