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May 21 2014 | kelly

Caravan & camping veterans reveal their favourite spots

Lately we’ve had lots of requests about free camping in the Adelaide region. So we’ve got some experienced caravanners and campers together to share their favourite locations and online resources. As usual, please contact us if you’d like to suggest a topic for the next edition of RV Life e-magazine.


Ann“Burra Gorge, great spot, has toilets, no showers.”
Louise“Love Burra Gorge. Have stayed there before. Also Langhorne Creek and Kuipo. Have discovered Mallala: Oval through free camps app.”
Terry“Try the wiki camps app it’s free & got plenty !”
Kay“Check out wiki camps Australia”
Lionel“Try Wikicamps Australia. Greatest app available.”
Cecelia“Look up There are lots of free camps in any area posted there”
Jenny“This site is good…..”
Mike“Depends on how close, Mannum, Martins Bend @ Berri, Langhorne Creek, Kuitpo Forrest.”
Chris“Morgan or mannum opposite side of town but need to get in early”
Rob“Head up to Barmera & camp around lake Bonney, heaps of free camps there and it’s a beautiful place.”
Deborah“Port Parham is great and close to beach and towns”
Leon“Port Parham would be closest”
Blaster“There’s a couple of free campgrounds at Walker Flat. Swamp Hen reserve & Hettner Landing.”
Billy“Check deep creek”
Sue“Mt Crawford is good but closed in fire season”

Did we miss anywhere? Please let everyone know in the comments below.

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  1. Try Graeme Clacton Reserve @ Cadell next to ferry…Grass area facing Murray & cliffs, flushing toilet with hand soap & dryer….Bowling club within walking distance if you want a great meal, raffles, concrete fire pits in front of vans, enough spaces for about 10 vans…..absolutely fantastic council area lite up at nite to reflect water against the cliffs, free BBQ & seats, can’t say enough good things about it.

  2. H for people travelling with pets wiki camps lets you filter using your requirements so you can look through sites that meet your needs we found plenty free or low cost camps in small towns north of the Barossa

  3. Several have recommended the wikicamps app. I agree. Tells you whether it’s pet-friendly, facilities, pricing, enjoyability etc. iphone or ipad, hopefully android too.

  4. wikicamps is available for android phones.
    Love Burra Gorge and have camped opposite Mannum township as well (the one on NE side of ferry is not free though – you have to pay small amount per night for spot).
    Thanks for other tips.

  5. Cost of wiki camps app is only 4.95 and they have all information require we also travel with our dog and found this app great can also be used if you have no service

  6. All Dog Friendly, have a German Shepherd Granson

    Walkers Flat

    Swan Hill

    Lyrup (not free but $10 night, long drop toilet available)

    Further afield

    Meriden (20km from Mildura)
    River front, dogs OK, generators discouraged, private, one long drop, and free. Fort in best dressed

    Hogwash Bend, all free, one long drop, crowded at desirable times

  7. Consider Clarendon oval (SA) via Kangarilla Rd, Clarendon. While its not promoted, council has removed ‘No Camping’ signs and overnight stays tolerated, esp if $pending at general store or local pub. Suitable only for small self-contained set ups.

  8. Is there anywhere free for maybe a small van or tent even ,south of Adelaide ,Christie’s beach way ,the van and camp site there at Christie’s is ridiculously exspensive! I’m an Aussie and can’t afford these Price’s they charge,not on the pension anyway !

    1. In Aldinga on the esplanade there is a car park area next to a 24 hour toilet block with a covered picnic table and a small kids playground. Also a pizza place behind you that stays open late. Lots of joggers and dog walkers in the morning as there is a footpath and stairs down to the sea. There is a pooch park a couple blocks away. This is not a camp site, as in pitching tents, but no one has hastled me when I sleep with my pooches in a pop-top land cruiser. I only do one night at a time but it is a great free spot right on the sea when I am heading to or from Adelaide. Also Aldinga has an Ontherun for petrol and food (Hungry Jacks and Subway) that is open 24/7.

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