The beauty of owning a caravan is that you have the freedom to hit the road and journey to whatever destination you want without having to worry about where you’ll be laying your head down for the evening.
And while South Australia has plenty of well-known places you can head off to and explore with your caravan in tow, if you’d prefer to make your way somewhere that isn’t teeming with other people we’ve got a few options that offer exactly that.
Day trips ahoy
Located within the Adelaide Hills not too far out of Adelaide, Hahndorf’s German heritage shines through as soon as you arrive. It’s almost like stepping into a different world where you can find shops selling wooden cuckoo clocks, candlemakers, a cheese maker, galleries and, for the adults, a craft brewery, gin distillery, cellar doors and German-style pubs.
Just a few hours’ drive south along the South Australian coast is Kingston. Founded in 1861, this quaint little town sits on Lacepede Bay’s shoreline and is home to Larry the 17-metre tall lobster, a nod to the mouth-watering seafood that’s caught in nearby waters each day and available at some of the local eateries. Other sights worth mentioning include the Cape Jaffa lighthouse and anamellatic sundial and sculpture park.
Yorketown (specifically the Yorketown caravan park)
If you’re keen to visit Yorketown with your van, the Yorketown Caravan Park can’t be beat. Full of all the amenities you might need and close to the town centre, it’s ideally located and somewhere you’ll probably feel the need to visit again soon. Yorketown itself has a plethora of landmarks and features to check out; Innes National Park, Watsacowie Brewing Company, Minlaton Chocolaterie and more - plus, of course, the some-200 salt lakes that surround the town.
Travel only an hour out of Adelaide to surround yourself with nature for an unforgettable weekend stay in the Kuitpo Forest. A whopping 3600 hectares of native flora and fauna to experience is ready to be explored, and when you’ve taken in as much as you can handle, you can make your way back to your van to sit by the fire and breathe in some of the cleanest air your lungs have ever felt.
Three-and-a-half hours from Adelaide, the Cable Bay Campground can be found at the very tip of the Yorke Peninsula. Remember to pack your surfboard, because there are some fantastic surf breaks in the area. But if you don’t surf, no worries - you have a sprawling coastline to walk along which boasts some epic cliff faces and other natural wonders. Perhaps best of all, because it’s quite a distance away from everything there aren’t too many other people around.
Mount Gambier (but not what you think)
Everyone from South Australia knows (and has probably visited) Mount Gambier before. But forget tourist traps like Blue Lake; there are some lesser-known spots there you may not be aware of that will blow you away. One such place is the Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park, whose crystal-clear freshwater offers breathtaking snorkelling and diving opportunities. Divers can also head to the Kilsby Sinkhole for an even deeper descent. Stay in the Mount Gambier Central Caravan Park while you’re there - great facilities and fantastic location.
Finance a new caravan for your next holiday
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Find out how much you could be paying each month and get a caravan finance quote now - with results in under 60 seconds! If you’re happy with what you see and want to take the next step, or for any questions you might have, contact us on 1300 787 288 today. If you’d prefer, you can also message us online and someone from our team will be in touch.