Don’t miss out on these popular campsites in South Australia’s national parks – book in advance

Don’t miss out on these popular campsites in South Australia’s national parks – book in advance



Plan your next camp­ing trip like a pro with this guide to pop­u­lar camp­sites in SA nation­al parks to book ahead for.


Plan­ning hol­i­days is a skill that comes so nat­u­ral­ly to some peo­ple, and then there are oth­ers who real­ly strug­gle with it.

Add to the mix that some places are so pop­u­lar to go to that you real­ly need to be organ­ised if you want to secure a spot to stay.

That’s the case for many of South Australia’s nation­al parks. Some camp­sites are fill­ing up more quick­ly while the nation is hol­i­day­ing at home, while oth­ers have loy­al vis­i­tors who keep com­ing back year after year.

All that means is that if you want to vis­it one of these pop­u­lar spots, you prob­a­bly need to think about it ahead of time.

While you can book online to reserve your nation­al park camp­site up to 12 months in advance, here is a list of the most pop­u­lar camp­sites in South Australia’s nation­al parks – and some of their busiest times – that will need to be booked at least a few months in advance to secure your spot:

In and around Adelaide

Onka­paringa Riv­er Nation­al Park

Pink Gum camp­ground: Sur­round­ed by tow­er­ing gum trees and locat­ed just 45 km south of Ade­laide, Onka­paringa River’s Pink Gum camp­ground is usu­al­ly booked out dur­ing win­ter school hol­i­days, week­ends and around Christmas.

Para Wirra Con­ser­va­tion Park

Heli­pad Large group camp­ground: Ide­al for larg­er group book­ing, this camp­ground can accom­mo­date up to 60 peo­ple. It is gen­er­al­ly booked out most week­ends and long weekends.

Wirra Camp­ground: Locat­ed among pink gum, grass trees and hop bush, sites on this camp­ground are on flat ground and are acces­si­ble by wheel­chair. These book out ear­ly for most week­ends and at Christ­mas time.

Fleurieu Penin­su­la

New­land Head Con­ser­va­tion Park

Wait­pin­ga Camp­ground: This is a stun­ning camp­ground with Wait­pin­ga beach only a short walk away. It’s gen­er­al­ly very busy dur­ing pub­lic hol­i­days, school hol­i­days and Christ­mas time. Please book your spot for Christ­mas time by Octo­ber to secure a booking.

Deep Creek Nation­al Park

Stringy­bark camp­ground, Tapanap­pa camp­ground and Trig camp­ground are well equipped and are pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies and peo­ple who like hik­ing. These gen­er­al­ly book out ear­ly for long week­ends, school hol­i­days and Christ­mas time.

Eyre and Far West Coast

Mem­o­ry Cove Wilder­ness Pro­tec­tion Area

This stun­ning beach camp site has only 5 allo­cat­ed camp­sites and books out ear­ly dur­ing spring and sum­mer. Make your book­ing at least a few months in advance to get your pre­ferred camp spot.

Lin­coln Nation­al Park and Cof­fin Bay Nation­al Park

Both of these nation­al parks are real­ly pop­u­lar in sum­mer, espe­cial­ly from mid-Decem­ber to end of Jan­u­ary, and camp­sites in these nation­al parks gen­er­al­ly book out weeks in advance.

Flinders Ranges and Outback

Ikara-Flinders Ranges Nation­al Park

With ancient and rugged moun­tain land­scapes, peace­ful tree-lined gorges and a sea­son­al wealth of wildlife, Ikara-Flinders Ranges Nation­al Park is the per­fect spring camp­ing des­ti­na­tion. So it’s no sur­prise that camp sites in Ikara-Flinders Ranges Nation­al Park are busy, par­tic­u­lar­ly in ear­ly spring (August – Sep­tem­ber) when the weath­er is pleas­ant and the wild­flow­ers are aplen­ty. Acra­man camp­ground is par­tic­u­lar­ly busy dur­ing this period.

Mount Remark­able Nation­al Park

Mam­bray Creek camp­ground and Baroo­ta camp­grounds are espe­cial­ly pop­u­lar with trav­ellers in ear­ly spring (from the end of August to mid-Sep­tem­ber). Make your book­ing at least a few months in advance to get your pre­ferred camp spot.

Eyre Penin­su­la

Wah­gun­yah Con­ser­va­tion Park

This is a won­der­ful fish­ing spot with spec­tac­u­lar sandy beach, so it is no sur­prise that the near­by Dogfence Beach Camp­ground is quite pop­u­lar for beach camp­ing dur­ing sum­mer months and week­ends around the Christ­mas period.

Gawler Ranges Nation­al Park

Gawler Ranges Nation­al Park is a spe­cial place where his­to­ry, con­ser­va­tion and Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture come togeth­er. The camp­sites in this nation­al park are par­tic­u­lar­ly busy dur­ing win­ter school hol­i­days and ear­ly spring months.

Kan­ga­roo Island

Lash­mar Con­ser­va­tion Park

A favourite for beach lovers, Lash­mar Con­ser­va­tion Park adjoins the long sandy beach at Antecham­ber Bay. Both camp­sites in this nation­al park are busy in sum­mer, from the Christ­mas hol­i­day peri­od all the way up to February.

Cape Gantheaume Con­ser­va­tion Park and Wilder­ness Pro­tec­tion Area

With stun­ning, seclud­ed coastal views and only 5 allo­cat­ed camp­sites, it’s no sur­prise that the D’Estrees Bay Camp­ground books out ear­ly in sum­mer, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day period.

Lime­stone Coast

Beach­port Con­ser­va­tion Park

3 Mile Bend camp­ground: There are only 7 camp­sites in this camp­ground that fringe the lake edge. They book out ear­ly in sum­mer, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day period.

Lit­tle Dip Con­ser­va­tion Park

Lit­tle Dip Con­ser­va­tion Park has 4 seclud­ed camp­grounds nes­tled among dune fields and nat­ur­al bush­land. Most of the camp­sites book out ear­ly in sum­mer, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day period.

Coorong Nation­al Park

Expe­ri­ence camp­ing under the night sky along­side salt lagoons and white sandy beach­es at one of the park’s camp­grounds. All camp­ground at this nation­al park are real­ly pop­u­lar in sum­mer, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day period.

Canun­da Nation­al Park

Canun­da Nation­al Park has camp­sites near sandy beach­es, rock pools and lagoon beach­es. All camp­ground at this nation­al park are real­ly pop­u­lar in sum­mer, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day period.

Yorke and Mid-North

Dhil­ba Guu­ran­da-Innes Nation­al Park

Dhil­ba Guu­ran­da-Innes Nation­al Park is a favourite for camp­ing, fish­ing and surf­ing. Camp­sites at this nation­al park are real­ly pop­u­lar dur­ing spring and sum­mer weekends.

So what are you wait­ing for? With online book­ing for camp­sites avail­able up to 12 months in advance, it’s nev­er too ear­ly to plan your next camp­ing trip in SA’s nation­al parks.

Plan­ning your next camp­ing trip? Make sure you check out our blog8 ways to stay safe while camp­ingbefore you go.


This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living