Our Top Destinations for this October’s Time for Kids Camp Out

Our Top Destinations for this October’s Time for Kids Camp Out

Have you signed up for the first-ever Time for Kids Camp Out? Unsure where to head on the long weekend?

South Australia has an array of awesome camping destinations and beautiful landscapes, from the picturesque Yorke Peninsula, to the sun-kissed Flinders Ranges. So, it’s easy to see why it’s hard to choose!

Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of our top spots. These can also be found in our new Guide Book.

Here are our top spots per region…

Adelaide Hills

Kuitpo Forest

Located in the southern Adelaide Hills, Kuitpo Forest has walking trails, creeks, and woodlands to explore and camp in. Chookarloo Campground has 23 sites, surrounded by eucalypts and nothing

but the sound of rustling leaves and birdsong. For a more serious hike, trek the Heysen Trail and check out the remote Rocky Creek Campground.

Image credit: Jack Brookes, Kuitpo Forest, Fleurieu Peninsula.


Rocky Paddock Campground

Among the top 10 campgrounds in Australia, Rocky Paddock is located in Mount Crawford Forest. It provides 30 designated campsites, a hybrid toilet system with disability access, fire pits, and picnic tables. When you get there, get amongst the rocky outcrops and explore nature at this beautiful campground. You can even bring the dog! (Providing it’s on a leash.)

Fleurieu Peninsula

Deep Creek Conservation Park Campgrounds

There are five campgrounds available here. Four are accessible by car, and one is a hike-in-only site. There are toilets at each site, some with showers, and all have seasonal campfire facilities. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rugged coastline and dense bushland valleys – nature at its absolute best!

Image credit: John Montesi, Deep Creek Conservation Park, Fleurieu Peninsula.

Eyre Peninsula

Gawler Ranges National Park

Offering six campgrounds, Gawler Ranges National Park is a special place. It is steeped in Aboriginal culture and history and brightly coloured wildlife. Catch a glimpse of the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby or the Superb Fairy-wren, or visit the Organ Pipes or Yandinga Falls. Make sure you take lots of drinking water and supplies as facilities are minimal. Located seven hours out of Adelaide, this diverse terrain is the outback at its best! Note that some parts of the Gawler Ranges are accessible by 4WD only.

Far North

Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Located about five hours from Adelaide is the incredible Flinders Ranges. There 10 campgrounds dotted around the park, all with toilet facilities. Explore the spectacular Brachina Gorge, Aroona ruins or the iconic Ikara (Wilpena Pound) that lies in the heart of the park. Or perhaps you’d like to experience the culturally significant ochre and charcoal paintings at Arkaroo Rock. These depict the Adnyamathanha People’s Dreamtime story of the creation of Ikara – amazing!

Image credit: Tourism Australia, Wilpena Pound Resort – Brachina Gorge, Flinders Ranges & Outback.

Yorke and Mid North

Stenhouse Bay Campground – Innes National Park

The beaches of Yorke Peninsula are great for swimming, surfing, fishing, or enjoying a picnic lunch. Located on the south-western tip, around three hours from Adelaide, enjoy spectacular views of the cliffs and sandy beaches, or go for a walk and explore the coastal vegetation.

Limestone Coast

Naracoorte Caves

Who doesn’t like exploring ancient caves? Only 3.5 hours from Adelaide, the camping area has 10 powered sites surrounded by tall shady trees. There is a big, grassed area for the kids to play in, and a tennis court if you feel inclined. Hot showers and toilets with disability access, a free BBQ, and a communal fire pit area are provided. BYO wood, as it’s illegal to gather wood in the park.

Image credit: South Australian Tourism Commission, Naracoorte Caves National Park, Limestone Coast. 

Murray and Mallee


Situated near Berri, this 9,500-hectare park features a fantastic array of birds, wildlife, and flora. There are a number of trails for walkers and bike riders to explore. Katarapko has three entrances: Lock 4 entrance (Draper Road, via Berri), Eckert’s Creek entrance (via Lower Winkie Road), and Katarapko Creek entrance (via Katarapko Crescent). You can access any area of the park from these entrances. There are also 55 campsites in this section of the park.

There you have it! There’s some of our top picks for this October’s TIme for Kids Camp Out. For the full list, register now to receive a printed Camp Out Guide Book.

Discovery Parks also have a range of accommodation options available for the October long weekend. Check them out here.

Haven’t signed up for the Camp Out yet? Here’s your chance – it’s super easy! Simply head here to learn more and register now.

Enjoy exploring our wonderful state and don’t forget to use the hashtag #TimeforKidsCampOut!