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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 3 October to Monday 5 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 Innes National Park, Murray River National Park, Ikara Flinders Ranges 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

Naracoorte Caves National Park

Murray River

Chowilla Game Reserve

Danggali Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area

Karte Conservation Park

Ngarkat Conservation Park

Eyre Peninsula

Coffin Bay National Park

Fowlers Bay Conservation Park

Gawler Ranges National Park

Lincoln National Park

Yellabinna Regional Reserve

Yumbarra Conservation Park

Fleurieu Peninsula

Newland Head Conservation Park

Flinders Ranges and Outback

Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Innamincka Regional Reserve

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park

Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park

Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

Witjira National Park

Kangaroo Island

Lashmar Conservation 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 Thursday 17 September, 2020.

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.

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