This year has been a terrific one for getting out in the caravan and enjoying our great state of South Australia, as well as ticking off a few interstate destinations that we’ve been wanting to visit for a long time.
We’ve been keeping a log book in the caravan for a few years now, which has the details of where we’ve been, how many kilometres travelled, and the best caravan parks and free camps we’ve found along the way.
2022 was a busy one, with many regions of South Australia covered, lots of fishing, campfires, fun times spent with friends and interesting stories to tell.
Where we went
In South Australia we visited the Yorke Peninsula, Riverland, Flinders Ranges, Southern Fleurieu, Barossa, Eyre Peninsula (twice) and the South East.
We also finally visited a couple of places we’ve been wanting to see which were Broken Hill in NSW and Mildura in Victoria, both not too far over the South Australian border. We incorporated them into one trip and loved them both, promising ourselves to revisit these areas in the not too distant future.
A highlight of that trip was discovering the Menindee Lakes area and in particular, Lake Pamamaroo where we spent a few blissful nights staying at this off grid camping area with serene lake views under millions of stars.
Our stats for this year were 7 different tourism regions of SA, 1 in NSW (Outback), and 4 in Victoria from the Mallee region down to the coast.
Where we stayed
It was a year of mixing up the stays. We love staying at off grid and at free or cheap campsites and having the van set up with 12 volt and solar panels to recharge batteries for the things that draw power, we did a lot of off grid in 2022.
Of course there are also a few favourite caravan parks in scenic spots, with friendly staff, excellent amenities and power and water when we needed it. Station stays are another fantastic way to see the country, where you can stay on working properties which give you the best of both worlds.
Our stats for 2022 were 21 caravan park stays, 16 off grid places and 2 station stays, with more than 110 nights on the road over the year.
How far and how much?
We travelled almost 7,000 kilometres this year and by far the biggest cost would have be on diesel. That is one statistic I didn’t keep track of, too frightening, but we do swear by using apps like ‘Petrol Spy’ or ‘Should I Fuel’, which gives you real time prices on fuel as you’re travelling, and a traffic light system so you can go where to the stations with a green light, for the cheapest fuel.
Also make sure to take advantage of any other fuel savings you can get such as discounts with memberships like Woolworths or Coles rewards cards, and RAA or other motoring body memberships.
As for accommodation fees, well they ranged from $0 to probably the most expensive we paid this year being $55 per night at the Adelaide Showgrounds Caravan Park. To be fair though, that is a flat rate charge year round, and its proximity to the city and facilities it has, makes it worth it.
In comparison we paid around $15 per night for off grid sites managed by local councils and most caravan parks varied from $35 to $42 per night.
All of these travels helped to bolster my writing opportunities and I’m thrilled to say that over the year I’ve had 7 stories throughout the year in print magazines and around the same in online magazine formats. Thanks to the editors of, and contacts I’ve made with On the Road magazine, Fishing SA magazine, Unsealed 4×4, RV Daily, and The Australian Silo Art Trail.
We also managed to find our way into an advertising brochure and on the website for Spear Creek Holiday Park, a station stay in the Flinders Ranges.
Oh and accompanying on most of these trips was our easy going, travel loving Kelpie and best boy – Neo.
As for our travels in 2023, well it’s looking busy already with planned trips to Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas, some closer to home stays to spend time with friends and plans well underway to head interstate again for an extended amount of time.
Enjoy your journeys and happy road tripping in 2023.