Camping, 'Glamping' and Caravaning in the Adelaide Hills
A canopy of stars, a crackling fire, and a cacophony of birds and wildlife ... camping in the Adelaide Hills is the perfect antidote to city living – and all just a short drive from Adelaide. With a swathe of wild and wonderful locations throughout the region, you’ll find pitching your tent, rolling out your swag or parking your caravan all too easy, and a genuine tonic for the soul.
Combining the best of the great outdoors with the convenience of modern facilities, our local caravan parks are fantastic spots to reconnect with nature without sacrificing your creature comforts, and with many also being dog-friendly there’s no need for your pooch to stay at home.
The award-winning Hahndorf Resort combines beautiful scenery with a variety of powered caravan and camping sites and a wide range of facilities, including an on-site bistro, wifi, laundry, playground and even a mini-golf course for added fun. It’s also just a stone’s throw from the bustling shops and attractions of Hahndorf’s iconic main street.
Outdoor lovers can’t go past the family-owned and operated Belair National Park Holiday Park, which is surrounded by wilderness, wildlife and walking trails. With an array of caravan and camping sites and facilities, including a pool, playground, camp kitchen and toasty warm fire pits you can also luxe it up in their super cushy Glamping Tents!
The centrally located Mount Barker Caravan and Tourist Park has a range of gravel powered sites for all vehicles and RVs within easy striking distance of local shops, restaurants and public transport. In warmer months (Nov-Mar), you’ll also get easy access to the public swimming pool next door.
Others worth a look include Cudlee Creek Tavern & Caravan Park with the River Torrens and Oval providing plenty of space for the kids to run wild, and Mount Pleasant Showground Caravan Park for easy access to the best of both the Adelaide Hills and Barossa.
If getting back to basics is more your thing, you’ll find a swag of spots to go wild in the woods during ForestrySA’s camping season (April to November).
It’s an evergreen dream anytime, but Kuitpo Forest in the southern Adelaide Hills becomes a genuine wonderland in winter. With a labyrinth of walking trails, creeks and woodlands to explore, Chookarloo Campground is a must for any nature lover. With 23 sites framed by native eucalypts, you’ll sleep easy with nothing but the rustle of leaves and chime of birdsong as the sun goes down. More serious hikers looking to tackle the Heysen Trail also have access to the remote Rocky Creek Campground.
The dense bushland of Mount Crawford in the northern Adelaide Hills is well known for its superb horse riding, bushwalking and mountain biking, with a number of excellent camping options. Rocky Paddock Campground is recognised as one of Australia’s best, with 30 sites tucked within a stunning pine plantation, while Chalk’s Campground offers 25 sites framed by beautiful redgums.
There are few better spots to nestle in nature than our stunning National and Conservation Parks. With spectacular scenery and the magnificent night sky as your backdrop, setting up your own million-star hotel is as easy as boiling your billy.
Dramatic cliffs, rising ridge-tops, tranquil rock pools and hidden valleys… Onkaparinga River National Park is ground-zero for going off-grid. Tucked between giant gum trees with walking trails on tap, the Pink Gum Campground at Blewitt Springs (between Clarendon and McLaren Flat) has 11 sites (3 suitable for caravans) that are also close to the park’s rock climbing zone, with fantastic wetlands, boardwalks and kayaking also not far away.
Para Wirra Conservation Park in the southern Barossa is full of surprises, with the ruins of historic goldfields dotted between a thriving population of native wildlife, including over 100 species of birds and a menagerie of kangaroos, reptiles and also echidnas, whose diggings can be found throughout. Its 19 compacted gravel sites are wheelchair accessible, with a large open-grass area suitable for groups of up to 60.
In Piccadilly, Woodhouse Activity Centre’s 54 hectares of wilderness, adventure and wildlife are home to a range of un-powered sites that are dotted between climbing obstacles, giant slides and flying foxes - just to name a few – making it the perfect spot to let the kids go free-range. With a range of communal facilities on-hand, you’ll not only have access to all your creature comforts, but also Woodhouse’s incredible range of on-site activities.
Family owned and operated Shiloh Hills Park Accommodation in Ironbank has a number of powered and unpowered camp sites tucked in beautiful native bushland. With cosy fire pits in winter and a pet-friendly philosophy, you’ll also keep the kids entertained at the aptly named Koala Creek and on-site obstacle course.
We get it... Not all of us are keen on pitching tents, tripping over guidelines and blowing up inflatable mattresses, right? If you’re keen to nest in nature without all the hard work, CABN (Jude), Bandicoot Springs and Caravan in Sturt Valley are the perfect off-grid cribs for those that appreciate the finer things in life, each set in its own stunning location with plenty of chic styling and low-key luxuries for a stress-free escape.