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Looking for some fantastic camping spots in South Australia that won't break the bank? We've got you covered!

(You'll find all these spots on Wikicamps)

Like this list? You can also find our favourite FREE camps in South Australia here + our favourite QLD free camps here

Perlubie Beach This fantastic spot just north of Streaky Bay, South Australia, Australia costs just $10/night and you can camp right on the beach! Obviously 4wd only if you want to head out on the the sand, but there is also a carpark where people with non 4wd set ups were camped. Expect it to be windy, it's on the beach after all. But it's a beautiful spot complete with clean flushing toilets

Bushland Camping Southend The small beach town of Southend, South Australiais just south of Beachport, South Australia and has this fantastic bush camping spot nestled in behind the dunes. It was lovely & sheltered with green grassy sites, fire pits, bins & just the one toilet which was a fair way from our site so we used our own. This will set you back $8 per person, per night, with kids

costing the same as adults - so if you've got a few kids this can quickly move from low cost to overpriced unfortunately.

Clayton Bore

Found on the Birdsville Track not far north ofMarree, South Australia is this little oasis in the desert! It's on private property (Clayton Station) and costs just $10/night in an honesty box. And for that you can camp & use the flushing toilet, but the best bit is you can soak away in this bath that's fed directly from a hot artesian bore! There's also a hot shower fed from the same bore, making this one particularly good value. Update: the name on WikiCamps seems to have changed - it's now on there as 'Clayton Wetlands Campground'

Coffin Bay National Park There's a few campsites in the Coffin Bay National Park, all of which will set you back $12/night. Most of them are 4wd only with no facilities. But theYangie Bay Camping Area is 2wd/big rig accessible and has drop toilets + limited non potable water. So you can camp there then go exploring in this stunning area with your 4x4 for day trips. If you're lucky you'll have the beach all to yourselves like we did!

Memory Cove Located adjacent to the Lincoln National Park, South Australia you'll find Memory Cove. This exclusive camping area has only 5 (fairly small) camp sites & is 4wd only. Plus there's a locked gate to get it - you need to pay a $50 refundable deposit to the tourist information in Port Lincoln, South Australia to gain access, so you're not going to get any unwanted visitors (well other than the occasional snake in the drop toilets). At $20/night this is at the higher end of the price scale on this list, but it's well worth the money. It's a beautiful beach!

Brown Beach Found on Authentic Kangaroo Island this is one of a few council run spots that will set you back $15/night. It's right by the beach, has flushing toilets, coin operated hot showers, bbqs & bins, plus a good selection of shady sites to choose from.

Len Barker Reserve The Yorke Peninsula has a range of bush camping spots that will set you back $10/night (or cheaper if you stay longer), including this magic spot. It's got limited space & no facilities but is perfectly situated right on the beach.

Rapid Bay One of our faves is the camping area in Rapid Bay, South Australia not far from where you take the ferry to Authentic Kangaroo Island. This beautiful but popular spot has tons of space, including a few spots right on the beach. Plus it's got flushing toilets, non potable water, bins, bbqs & outdoor cold showers. This gorgeous spot will set you back $7 per adult per night.

Western River Cove Another council run campsite on Authentic Kangaroo Island that costs $15/night. This spot is right by a beautiful secluded creek & beach spot, and has toilets, bbqs & a great covered picnic area.

Farina Station Up there with the best is this amazing spot! Farina Station is private property that has a bunch of ruins from the former town of Farina that are being meticulously restored by a group of volunteers who also run the campsite. The ruins are well worth a visit even if you're not camping, and in June/July every year a subterranean bakery that was unearthed by the volunteers is fired up & volunteers bakers from all over Australia come to Farina to cook tasty delicacys, which are sold to raise money for further restoration works.The campsite itself is huge, with plenty of sheltered sites, flushing toilets, limited water, a donkey shower, and absolutely stunning sunrises & sunsets.You'll find Farina just south of Marree, and it's a must visit if you're travelling through outback South Australia!

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