Caravaning in South Australia: Experiences from Adelaide to the Outback

Caravaning in South Australia: Experiences from Adelaide to the Outback

South Australia has some of Australia’s most varied and stunning geography. Between the metropolitan centre of Adelaide, unspoiled natural reserves of Kangaroo Island, and red-orange expanse of the Outback, there’s something for everyone in South Australia.

South Australia’s thriving cultural city

The Art Gallery of South Australia has one of the largest art museum collections in Australia. With free entry to see almost 47,000 works of art, the Gallery is a must-visit while in Adelaide. After that, why not catch a concert or cricket match at the Adelaide Oval?

If you want to see the city, you can do it all at once from Adelaide Oval. RoofClimb gives 360° views from the top of the stadium, available during day, night, and twilight. While there, maybe you’ll see the Adelaide Central Market. One of the largest undercover fresh food markets in the Southern Hemisphere. The market is packed with cafes, restaurants, and delicious fresh produce.

For a taste of nature inside the city, the Adelaide Botanic Garden has you covered. Open year-round with free entry, these stunning gardens are a delight to walk through. Enjoy a break at Restaurant Botanic, overlooking the Garden’s Main Lake. There’s also the Adelaide Zoo, with more than 2,500 animals. The Zoo is home to Wang Wang and Fu Ni, Australia’s only pair of breeding Giant Pandas.

Caravan parks are scattered all across Adelaide, giving plenty of options for your home base while you explore the city. Located just outside the city centre, Adelaide Showground Caravan Park is a convenient spot for your caravan.

SA’s island of nature reserves

Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia, is where people and nature mingle. Protected nature reserves make up more than a third of the island, allowing plenty of space for wildlife to flourish. The Flinders Chase Nature Reserve closed after the Black Summer bushfires swept through. Now, the reserve is reopening, letting you walk or drive through the recovering landscape.

At Seal Bay, you can walk into the heart of a sea lion colony. Offering the choice of a guided tour or self-tour, you can learn from an expert or experience Seal Bay at your own pace.

After a long day taking in the views, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at The Enchanted Fig Tree. This restaurant is located beneath a huge fig tree, first planted 120 years ago. The twisting branches have created plenty of natural canopies, letting you dine beneath the leaves.

You’ll need to take the SeaLink ferry to get to Kangaroo Island. If you call ahead, you can book your caravan on the ferry, meaning you’ll never be without a place to stay.

Spectacular sights on the “Seafood Frontier”

Nestled on the Eyre Peninsula, Lake MacDonnell is one of Australia’s most fascinating natural wonders. Algae and bacteria living in the lake secrete red pigments, so on a clear day, the water is salmon pink.

A bit further out to the coast, Talia Beach is a hotspot for beach and rock fishing. The beach is nearby The Woolshed, a large cavern set in a beautiful granite cliff. There are 20 sites for camping near Talia Caves – perfect places to park your caravan, weather permitting.

While you’re on the coast, hop down to Baird Bay. If you didn’t get enough at Seal Bay, Baird Bay offers swimming with wild sealions and dolphins in pristine, crystal-clear ocean waters. If you’re more of a thrill-seeker, Port Lincoln offers shark cage diving in the Neptune Islands Marine Park.

Australia’s beating heart

Heading further inland, South Australia gives way to the expansive Australian outback. To explore this vast space of red sands, book in at Coward Springs campground. While there, you can enjoy a soak in the natural spa, the perfect way to cool off on a hot day.

The campground is nearby William Creek. This tiny town has a permanent population of just 10 residents. Here, you can stop for a drink in one of Australia’s most remote pubs, enjoying a rest before heading on to Lake Eyre.

But perhaps the best-known part of South Australia’s outback is the famous Coober Pedy. In the opal mining town, half of the residents live underground to escape the desert heat. The town has plenty of attractions in of itself, with old mines, museums, underground churches and art galleries. There are plenty of campgrounds and caravan parks in town as well.

Relax with ENGLAON after a long day in South Australia

No matter what parts of South Australia you explore, you’ll want to unwind after a long day. ENGLAON’s wide range of 12V TVs are the perfect addition to your caravan. Enjoy your favourite movies and shows on holiday with our compact caravan TVs, or enjoy Netflix on one of our 32″ SMART TVs. Whether you’re in Adelaide’s CBD or the unsealed roads of the Outback, ENGLAON has got the TV for you.