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Top 5 Camping Sites near Adelaide

Top 5 Camping Sites near Adelaide

Amenities - We considered camping sites that can offer a comfortable camping experience to campers with their facilities and other amenities. 
Activities - We chose campsites where campers can enjoy various activities like mountain biking and hiking.
Price - Enjoying nature shouldn’t be expensive. So we chose the campsites that charge a reasonable fee for the value of the experience they're providing.
Location - We picked campsites near Adelaide that are easily accessible to the public.

1. Pink Gum Campground, Onkaparinga River National Park

Pink Gum Campground, Onkaparinga River National Park Homepage

Amenities: Facilities, flushing toilet, wash-up facility, and campfires fire pit per site

Where to book: https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/parks/onkaparinga-river-national-park

Address: Onkaparinga River National Park, Blewitt Springs, SA 5171

Contact Details: (+618) 83360901, EW.​NPWSSouthMetro@​sa.​gov.​au

Operating Hours: Open daily

Google Reviews score4.3/5
Total reviews4/5
Score consistency 4/5


  • Rock climbing facilities
  • Mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking
  • Each site comes with their own fire pit
  • Has toilet
  • Can accommodate caravans


  • Toilets are far from the campsites
  • Ground is too hard
  • Unpowered

Pink Gum Campground is a camping site in Onkaparinga River National Park, just 41 minutes from Adelaide CBD.

We like that each of the 11 sites has its own fire pit. Unlike other campgrounds with limited fire pits, Pink Gum makes it easier for visitors to start fires and cook.

The campground can also accommodate caravans if you don’t want to camp in a tent. 

The price is also not that different from other campgrounds near Adelaide. A night stay costs $27, and each site can accommodate up to eight people.

Moreover, there are a lot of nature activities that you can enjoy around the area. Those fond of rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking will enjoy their stay in the campsites.

Another essential thing for campers is a toilet. Luckily, Pink Gum has clean restrooms around the area.

It’s just a pity that they are far from the campsites, which can be inconvenient, especially at night.

The ground is also too hard. Using tent pegs may get frustrating because of the hard surface, and you’ll need thicker bedsheets to be comfortable.

In addition to that, if you’re looking for a powered campsite, this isn’t the place for you. Pink Gum is unpowered and best for those willing to let go of their gadgets.

2. Chookarloo Campground, Kuitpo Forest

Chookarloo Campground, Kuitpo Forest Homepage

Amenities: Picnic areas, timber shelters, toilet, rainwater and free fire pits

Where to book: https://www.forestrysa.com.au/camping/chookarloo-campground/

Address: B34, Kuitpo SA 5172, Australia

Contact Details: (08) 8391 8800, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Open daily

Google Reviews score4.4/5
Total reviews4/5
Score consistency 4/5


  • Great place to hike and bike
  • Clean and fresh air


  • First-come-first-served firepits
  • Only a few sites can be accessed with a vehicle
  • Can get flooded

One of our favourite camping sites in Adelaide is Chookarloo Campground, which is just 48 minutes away from the city.

Our favourite thing about this campsite is its clean and fresh air. This helps you relax more and recharge after long weeks of working.

The place also serves as an excellent escape from the busy city. You can enjoy hiking or biking with your loved ones and enjoy beautiful nature.

On top of that, Chookarloo has available fire pits for visitors. Campfires are essential for campers and complete the overall camping experience, so we’re happy that the place took this into consideration and offered fire pits.

Just note that the fire pits are used on a first-come-first-served basis, so you need to get them early if you need one.

If you’re coming with a vehicle, call first to ensure that your site can be accessed with a vehicle. This is because not all areas can accommodate cars or vans.

The sites can also get flooded when there’s heavy rain. Check the weather forecast before coming to ensure you won’t waste your time driving to the place.

Overall, we think this is perfect for those who want to escape the busy city and enjoy a peaceful time with nature.

3. Waitpinga Campground

Waitpinga Campground Homepage

Amenities: Toilets, communal gas BBQ, picnic shelter and tables, and rainwater tank

Where to book: https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/parks/newland-head-conservation-park/

Address: Newland Head Conservation Park, Waitpinga, SA

Contact details: (+618) 85520300, DEW.​FleurieuOnlineBookings@​sa.​gov.​au

Operating Hours: Open daily

Google Reviews score4.6/5
Total reviews4/5
Score consistency 4.3/5


  • Has flush toilets
  • Walking track to the beach
  • Spacious campground
  • Has BBQ facilities
  • Great place for walking
  • Wide parking space


  • Sites are not assigned per camper group
  • Only accommodates tents and swags

Waitpinga Campground is nestled in the midst of the stunning beaches of the south coast. 

The campground is spacious, so you won’t have to worry about it being too crowded when there are a lot of campers.

On top of that, they have a vast parking space. As it is outside the city, most visitors will be bringing their own cars, so this is an excellent perk for them.

Just note that the sites are not allocated. You can set up camp anywhere you want or feel comfortable.

But this also means that if you come late, you may have to set up in a disadvantageous place.

On a more positive note, they have picnic shelters and barbecue facilities in the area, making it easier for campers to prepare dinner.

We also really like that there’s a walking trail to the beach. The walk helps destress visitors, and the beauty of the beach helps them relax even more.

However, they only accommodate tents and swags. If you plan camping using a caravan, this isn’t what you’re looking for.

Considering all of this, we think this is best for those looking for a campsite where they can enjoy the beach.

4. Belair National Park Holiday Park

Belair National Park Holiday Park Homepage

Amenities: Tents, cottages, cabins, powered caravan, unpowered campsite, and more

Website: https://belairnpholidaypark.com.au

Address: 101 Upper Sturt Rd, Belair, SA 5052

Contact Details: 8278 3540 | 61 08 8278 3540, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Open daily

Google Reviews score4.5/5
Total reviews5/5
Score consistency 4.5/5


  • Offers different accommodations
  • Has powered and unpowered sites
  • Wide range of amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Hiking and walking trails


  • Can get crowded and noisy at night
  • Poor signage on the trails

Belair National Park Holiday Park is a dream come true for anyone who enjoys being surrounded by the wilderness.

Our favourite thing about this campground is its accessibility. It’s easily accessible by public transport and only 19 minutes away from Adelaide CBD if you’re using a private vehicle.

We also really appreciate that they have both powered and unpowered sites, giving the visitors a wider range of choices with their camping experience.

Aside from this, the park offers different accommodations like tents, cottages, cabins, and caravans. This allows every visitor to have a camping experience that matches their comfort preferences.

Another advantage is they have a lot of amenities to offer. They have playgrounds, TV rooms, a laundry shop, barbecue facilities, ice, and a camp kitchen.

There are also lakes, biking trails, and waterfalls near the area. You can also enjoy hiking and walking while sightseeing.

In addition to that, there is an abundance of animals like koalas, kangaroos, and lorikeets in the area.

Campers with pets can also bring them and let them enjoy the place, as Belair is a pet-friendly park.

However, it can get crowded and noisy at night. This may irk some campers, especially those looking for a peaceful and quiet night.

Another thing we were disappointed about was their poor signage on the walking trail. It can be hard to follow the trail or go back because of them.

All in all, we believe this is the perfect place for those who want to camp near the city but still want to experience as much nature as possible.

5. BIG4 West Beach Parks

BIG4 West Beach Parks Homepage

Amenities: Cabin, tents, powered sites, swimming pool, playground, and more

Website: https://www.westbeachparks.com.au

Address: West Beach Parks, Military Road, West Beach, SA 5024

Contact Details: (+61 8) 8355 7320 | 1800 444 567, [email protected]

Operating Hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 8 am – 7 pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm
Google Reviews score4.4/5
Total reviews5/5
Score consistency 4.5/5


  • Offers different accommodations
  • Offers a wide range of amenities
  • Helpful staff
  • Near the beach
  • Powered


  • Not suitable for those looking for traditional camping experience
  • Some facilities need better maintenance care

For the past 60 years, BIG4 has served as a destination for couples and families who want a relaxing vacation outside the city.

Depending on the camping the visitors want, cabins, caravans, and tents are available to suit their needs.

They also have the most comprehensive range of amenities among the entries on this list. They have pools, playgrounds, go-karts, games rooms, gyms, and more.

We also appreciate how helpful the staff members are. They’re always polite, friendly and willing to help you with your concerns.

The staff has no problem answering questions regarding the place, especially those from first-time visitors. They also maintain their smiles even when there are a lot of customers.

Some facilities, however, need more maintenance care, especially budget cabins. 

Also, we think this isn’t the best place for those looking for a traditional camping experience. 

BIG4 is better suited for those who are fond of glamping and want to experience resort-like amenities.

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