National Parks in South Australia.
Camp by wild beaches, desert plains, and rocky mountains in South Australia’s national parks.
Whether you want to hike through soaring mountain gorges, explore vast desert sand dunes in a 4WD, or camp along windswept headlands with views across the Great Australian Bight, South Australia’s 19 national parks pack in plenty of variety. The southern state’s temperate climate and small size make it ideal for short camping trips and weekend getaways, and many nationalRead more...
Whether you want to hike through soaring mountain gorges, explore vast desert sand dunes in a 4WD, or camp along windswept headlands with views across the Great Australian Bight, South Australia’s 19 national parks pack in plenty of variety. The southern state’s temperate climate and small size make it ideal for short camping trips and weekend getaways, and many national parks lie within a short drive of Adelaide. Almost all of the parks offer camping, and campers have plenty of options, including caravan and motorhome sites, glampsites, cabin rentals, and hike-in bush campsites.
Adelaide & the South Coast
Fringed by rolling vineyards and sandy beaches, Adelaide makes a strategic basecamp for exploring some of the state’s most popular national parks. Camp on the outskirts of the city at Onkaparinga River National Park, head to the coastal campgrounds of Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park along the Yorke Peninsula, or spot wild kangaroos and wallabies at Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island.
Flinders Ranges and the Outback
North of Adelaide, the rugged mountains and forested gorges of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park serve up some of South Australia’s most dramatic hikes (most notably Wilpena Pound), plus 10 campgrounds to choose from. Further north, the vast arid landscapes of the outback stretch up to the borders of Queensland and the Northern Territory, where you’ll find the salt lakes and bird migration sites of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park, and the huge Munga-Thirri–Simpson Desert National Park, Australia’s largest national park.
West of Adelaide, the rustic campgrounds of Lincoln National Park and Coffin Bay National Park afford unbeatable ocean views, but you’ll need a 4WD to access them. Inland, Gawler Ranges National Park combines Aboriginal history with wildlife-watching opportunities, while far-west Nullarbor National Park has free camping for self-sufficient motorhomes and campervans.
Riverland & the Southeast
East of Adelaide, the Murray River runs through the heart of the aptly named Murray River National Park, where you can cycle, canoe, and fish from the two riverside campgrounds. Further south, Canunda National Park and Coorong National Park are the highlights of the Limestone Coast, with a mix of bush camping, beachside sites, and boat-in tent campsites.