Continuing on from Part 1 of our article on Budget Savvy Camping on the Eyre Peninsula, we now take a look at our 5 top low cost camping options on the western coast of the EP. Talk about kicking goals….. South Australia is a very lucky state to have this little triangle of land full of camping beauty.
Located at the lower point of the peninsula is the Lincoln National Park, around a 30 minute drive from Port Lincoln. The national park plays hosts to many great camping areas, some very private, some very secluded, some 4×4 only and a couple perfect for rigs of all sizes. Surfleet Cove is a great example of one that can fit everyone in (and its all bitumen road to get here).
There are 2 areas in this campsite- first one is down near the water with great views, semi-private sites and close to the toilet block (around 8 sites). The other section is on the right hand side as you drive in with large sites to the side of the one way road that loops around. The higher spots have great views of the water too. National Park fee’s apply (grab your SA Parks Holiday Pass) and small generators are permitted. A drive out to the very end of the peninsula to the lighthouse is a must. A comparable campsite is a bit further on (September Beach) which is worth checking out too.
Yangie Bay Campground
Located inside the Coffin Bay National Park, this campsite is your usual NP campsite. There are 2 sides to choose from (they are doing improvements May/June 2016). Toilets and tank water is available. National Park fees apply. A nice spot to explore the 4×4 tracks and sandy dunes out towards the point. Fishing is also easy from the bank near the camp.
Take a short drive around the national park at sunset for great photos.
Be careful of bees as they can become aggressive if there is a shortage of water.
Farm Beach camping area is located around 50kms north of Port Lincoln. Its a VERY popular spot for campers and travellers with small boats who love to chase King George whiting in the usually calm waters. Here you have designated bays to camp, flushing toilets, bins,cold showers, dump point and bore water for washing (no drinking water). A no frills camp but in a nice spot. A 4km rocky track leads to Gallipoli Beach- where the movie ‘Gallipoli’ was filmed in the early 80’s. The dramatic cliff faces to the beach are stunning. Coffin Bay is only a 15 minute drive for basic supplies and drinking water (and of course a feed of oysters). Fee’s are $10 per night, self registration.
Walkers Rocks is located a short drive north of Elliston and is adjacent to a 4×4 beach that you can launch your boat from. There are a limited bays for camping and is suitable for large rigs. There is a flushing toilet and cold shower available along with bins. Fee’s are by self registration and are $10 per night. A great spot to base yourself to explore the mid west coast of the EP. The sunsets are awesome!
This place is a real gem and perfect for those whom love to camp on the beach (20kms north of Streaky Bay). The beach is generally firm but a 4×4 is required to ensure you can access the sites in the softer sand above the high tide mark. There are shelters to camp near and swings for the kids. The toilet block has flushing toilets. There is a small camping area in the parking bay near the toilet block if you get in early (some people love to take up more than their fair share of room).
People collect Razor Fish from the beach and launching a boat is popular too. Make sure you make the $5 donation in the honesty box to ensure this place stays open to campers. Be mindful of tides above 2.1m (especially if accompanied by westerly winds)- camp high!