Yorke Peninsula Bush Camping

South Australia

2019 Best Grey Nomad

Commercial Campsite

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It is the type of holiday usually reserved for the rich and famous - direct access to a pristine beach with stunning views which you are guaranteed to enjoy without the nuisance of crowds or interruption.

The difference is that on this occasion that millionaire's lifestyle is available to you as a grey nomad for a tiny fee thanks to the stunning natural beauty of South Australia's Yorke Peninsula and the Yorke Peninsula Council.

There are 19 "bush camps" in Council's portfolio of offerings, covering 275 sites in locations that take your breath away. Each has something unique and highly appealing, such as a beach-side location high on the cliffs with stunning views.

All are dog friendly, some have toilets, others have bins, while some are simply a clearing in a truly spectacular setting the likes of which you will find hard to replicate anywhere else.

This is not the crowded campsites of some of Australia's other places favoured by mature travellers, thanks to the paid permit process that Yorke Peninsula Council operates with daily, weekly and even monthly options. This ensures that each site remains private, uncrowded and superb, and that permit holders will always be able to find their slice of paradise.  The vast majority of the sites are accessible all-year-round by conventional vehicles and in some the only other person you're likely see will be the friendly Yorke Peninsula Ranger. 

Imagine leaning back and relaxing with a roaring camp fire in front of you warming your toes while you watch the sunrise on the eastern Peninsula coast or sunset on the western coastline. All campers need do is bring their own wood and abide by a simple safety directive.

Location: Along South Australia's Yorke Peninsula - bounded by Gulf St Vincent and the Spencer Gulf. There are 275 sites across 19 bush camps at Wauraltee Beach, Barkers Rocks, Burners Beach, Gravel Bay, Swincers Rocks, Gleesons Landing, Foul Bay, Sturt Bay, Mozzie Flat, Goldsmith's Beach, Wattle Point, Parara, Len Barker Reserve, Foul Bay Boat Ramp, Port Minlacowie, Daly Head, The Gap and The Bamboos. 

Facilities:  Facilities differ between camp sites. Download the printable map here or check out the Council's online one to gain a good understanding of what each campsite offers.

Experiences: In addition to the beaches - all 700 kilometres of them! - the Yorke Peninsula also offers plenty to do and see. Here is just a small sample:

* The Red Devil stands at the entrance to Minlaton and is believed to be the only genuine World War 1 Bristol Monoplan left in the world. More than 6,000 people cheered when Captain Harry Butler landed the plane on the first mail delivery across the sea from Adelaide to the Yorke Peninsula in 1919. Butler was a true blue Aussie flying pioneer who sadly died after a crash in Minlaton in 1922.

* The ghost town of  Inneston, once home to 150 gypsum miners, shopkeepers and their families is now eerily quiet and stunningly beautiful. Located in the heart of the Innes National Park, a two-kilometre stroll around the ruins of the post office, general store, factory, bakery and stables is a great escape from the 21 century. The majestic headlands, sweeping beaches and beautiful bays of the national park will also take your breath away.

* Rake up a feast of Blue Swimmer Crabs. And we do mean rake, literally. Grab an old rake, wear some old sneakers, take a floating tub and set off into the shallow waters from Port Gawler to Stansbury in Gulf St Vincent from September to April to uncover these deliciously sweet crustaceans. Be mindful that crabs have a legal size limit and that females carrying external eggs can’t be taken. The Yorke Peninsula is a seafood lovers's paradise with an abundance of fish species including King George Whiting and Snapper.

* All that seafood searching no doubt has created a thirst, so head to the Watsacowie Brewing Company at Minlaton or Yorke Peninsula’s first commercial winery, Barley Stacks Wines.