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Our favourite South Australia free camps

We recently crossed over in to WA after spending 10 weeks traveling along the South Australian coast, so we've put together this list of our favourite SA free camps.

South Australia has got to be the most under-rated state in Australia. It is absolutely stunning and has some fantastic free camps, meaning it definitely deserves a decent amount of time. So if you can, try not to just quickly pass through on your way to other places - slow down & give it the time it deserves.

Like our list? You can also check out our favourite low cost camping spots in South Australia here & our favourite free camps in Queensland here

Port Gibbon Free Camping

~ Port Gibbon Camping Area ~ There are tons of great spots along the coast at Port Gibbon, South Australia, Australia on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula. It's a stunning spot, although can be a little windy. But if you're lucky like we were you'll have it all to yourselves! No facilities at this one so you'll need to be self sufficient, but most sites are 2wd accessible.

pildappa rock free camp

~ Pildappa Rock ~ Just north of Minnipa, South Australia you'll find this smaller version of Wave Rock, with a bunch of camping spots all around it. It is about 15km of dirt road, but easily accessible by 2wd/caravans. There are drop toilets, but little else in the way of facilities. You can climb up the rock, and there are some great views & lovely sunsets. There is a donation box so make sure you pop some $$'s in.

frank potts reserve free camp

~ Frank Potts Reserve, Langhorne Creek ~ This popular green & shady camp can be found east of Strathalbyn, South Australia. It has toilets & bins, but is right by the road so there is a little bit of road noise. But the best bit? It's within easy walking distance from a couple of winerys so you can go have a drink (or 6) and not have to worry about driving home 🍷

Nullarbor free camping

~ 10km east of WA border ~ This beautiful spot in the Nullarbor Plain can be found by turning of the road at the 10km marker east of the WA border. It's a few kms from the road so it's nice & quite, but has easy access & stunning water views. Like many free camps on the Nullarbor there are no facilities, so you'll need to be self sufficient.

~ Alford Recreation Park ~ North of Moonta Bay, South Australia on the Yorke Peninsula is the little town of Alford, South Australia, Australia where you'll find this fantastic free camp. There is tons of space and it has a playground, flushing toilets, dump point, bins, bbqs & drinking water. Make sure you leave a donation in the kangaroo like Ryan is doing in the picture.

~ Chinaman Creek ~ Found in the Winninowie Conservation Park just south of Port Augusta, South Australia, Australia this free camp sits right next to an inlet that is a fantastic spot to chuck the crab nets in for some Blue Swimmer Crabs. It has toilets but not much else, and It's 10kms of dirt road with a few corregations but nothing too crazy. The caretaker Doug is super friendly, but beware, if he stops for a chat you may be there a while 😉

Knobbies camping area

~ Knobbies Camping Area ~ Found in the fantastically named town of Iron Knob, South Australia, this is an excellent free camp! It features a large undercover picnic area, a playground, bins, flushing toilets, & an open air (cold) shower, plus an area specifically for tents. There is a donation box so put some well deserved $$'s in.

Kimba recreation reserve

~ Kimba Recreation Reserve ~ This free camp tucked away from the main road inKimba, South Australia is excellent for an overnight stop. It features a playground, bins, drinking water, dump point, and coin operated hot showers ($1 for 2 minutes). It was a bit wet & windy when we were there so we camped next to this building for a bit of shelter. And while you're in town don't forget to check out the beautiful silo art. This one also has a donation box so remember to show your appreciation with a few $$'s

Bunda Cliffs camping

~ Bunda Cliffs, SA ~ We didn't actually camp here, but I rather wish we had because it was beautiful! Search for it on WikiCamps to find the location, as it's not sign posted or marked, but is actually only a short drive off the main road on the Nullarbor Plain. There are no facilities, and it's on top of a cliff in the middle of the Great Australian Bight, so it will be windy. But there are some dunes a short way back from the cliff edge that offer a bit of shelter. Definitely worth popping in to, if only just to check out the view!

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