We haven’t been given the green light yet to go caravan or camping in South Australia, and when we do it will at first, be only within the state. I know plenty of people are itching to head away somewhere…anywhere, for a change of scenery. And perhaps like me, you’re sick of hearing about ‘a new normal’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘social distancing’, ‘isolation’ and every other term we’ve heard too often over the past few months. That’s not to say we don’t still follow every bit of advice from the health professionals (they are doing a brilliant job in Australia) but a break from the doom and gloom is going to be very welcome.
Here are a few regions that I will be looking forward to revisiting:
A region I haven’t spent enough time in yet is the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. It has around 95,000 hectares of mountain ranges, gorges and jaw dropping geological features. There are tree lined river beds to follow, bushwalking trails and 4WD treks. The wildlife includes kangaroos, emus, wallabies, quolls and possums and naturally there are spectacular photographic opportunities everywhere. It is also a place of rich indigenous history with rock paintings and engravings to see.
Far West Coast
The Nullarbor and Bunda Cliffs make up an iconic drive in Australia. Some might say miles of nothingness but it’s a very peaceful drive and if you take a few detours off the highway there is scenery that will take your breath away. There are overnight camping sites on the Bunda Cliffs but you need to be fully self-sufficient as there are no facilities at all. If you consider spectacular cliffs, the wild crashing Southern Ocean, possible whale sightings, starry nights and peaceful solitude nothing, then yes, there is nothing to see.
If you’re from South Australia, there’s only one – The Mighty Murray. There are a few free (well cheap) camps along the Murray River where you literally only have to walk a few metres from your site to toss a line in the water. You can find places from Mannum through to Renmark and you’d be hard pressed to find a more relaxing way to spend a few days, than with a river lapping the banks, pelicans and ducks passing by and a campfire to gaze at after dark.
This is another region of South Australia rich in natural, and a few man made, attractions that can be viewed while still giving everyone plenty of space apart. There are lakes, beaches and reserves offering plenty of outdoor activities without having to venture too far from camping spots.
One thing we don’t lack in SA is space. There is room to spread out and a lot of free camping options, so keep your fingers crossed that we can stretch our wings again very soon. Of course once we are able to move about freely there are plenty of us who can’t wait to visit these areas and more, and we will happily spend money in the nearby towns to whatever degree we can.