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

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 begin­ners, camp­ing dos and don’ts, essen­tials to pack and easy camp­fire recipes.

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


This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living