Camping on Kangaroo Island

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A short ferry ride from the mainland, Kangaroo Island lies just off the coast of Adelaide in South Australia. With so much stunning wildlife and a good year round climate, why not make the most of the island and try out one of the numerous campsites and Kangaroo Island holiday accommodation available? Sleeping under the stars and living in the great outdoors will have you feeling refreshed and revitalized as well as being a great budget option.

How camping on Kangaroo Island works

Most campsites do not take advance bookings so spaces are allocated on a first come first serve basis. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the spaces are not all numbered so the ordering system can sometimes be a little disordered. This can make things difficult to plan for, however the best approach is to arrive early and get your space – then you’re free to go off for the day knowing you’re all set up for the night when you get back.

Facilities on Kangaroo Island

Although you’ll enjoy being at one with nature, you may also enjoy the fact that almost all of the campsites have access to hot water and toilet facilities. If you’re in need of power for cooking or to charge devices, you’ll be able to access this easily.

Several of the campsites have rubbish and recycling bins provided so you can easily dispose of your waste. In the more remote spots, always ensure you take everything with you to preserve the beauty of the island.

Campsites on Kangaroo Island

  • American River Campsite

This is one of the more commercial campsites on the island and has excellent facilities. You’ll expect to pay around $15 per person for a site and the capacity is around 15 spots meaning that in summer months it can be quite competitive. The site is close to Penneshaw so it’s easily accessible however if you have small children it’s worth noting that the site is close to a road and is not separated by a fence.

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  • Wheatons Bay, South Coast

If you’re looking for total privacy and seclusion, why not venture into Cape Gantheaume Wilderness? You won’t have the luxury of facilities (not even toilets) however you’ll be right next to the ocean and the sense of freedom is truly priceless. In quieter months, it’s likely you’ll have the beach completely to yourself – a truly unforgettable experience.

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  • Snake Lagoon, Flinders Chase National Park

An excellent combination of a campsite within a national park, yet with excellent facilities and easily accessible walking trails around it. This is a great spot for those looking for wildlife; hang out at dawn or dusk for the best chance of seeing kangaroos. The beach at Snake Lagoon is a real tropical paradise so make sure you have your camera at the ready!

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Safety First

Kangaroo Island is full of world protected vegetation and wildlife so the utmost care goes into avoiding any potential fire risks. Campsites will be closed if fire hazards become serious and you should always take care when cooking using an open flame outdoors.

If you’re not the camping type but still enjoy the outdoors, I recommend checking out for accommodation. With a range of secluded, family friendly and options for all budgets, you’re bound to find something so you don’t have to bother with a tent and camping stove!

Beginner Camping Mistakes

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Getting into the great outdoors can be extremely exciting and rewarding. Whether you’re camping with kids, with a partner or simply on your own, you can have incredible experiences next to nature sleeping under the stars. Unfortunately, many people are put off camping by making easily avoidable mistakes so prepare properly and ensure you have the holiday of your dreams.

Plan, Plan and Plan!

It’s really important to plan ahead. If you’ve got everything that you need and you know where you’re going, your camping trip is likely to be stress free and enjoyable. Do as much research as you can online and asking friends or family for reccomendations – this will help you to get an idea of what facilities the campsite provides, what you’ll need to take with you and how to make the most of your time at your destination.

Equipment Essentials

Although it can seem expensive at the time, it’s really worth investing in some good quality equipment. You’ll be able to use it time and time again rather than buying cheap stuff that may break at exactly the wrong moment. If you’re a first time camper, make sure you know how all your equipment works and if you’d feel more confident then test it out at home or in your garden beforehand – this is particularly important with your stove and the tent itself.

Safety is key

Generally camping is a fairly safe and very enjoyable activity. However remember that you do have a responsibility to yourself and others in any campsite or outdoor space when it comes to campfires. Check with the campsite what the fire risk is for the particular time of year as some sites prohibit fires entirely in the dry months. If you have had a campfire, always put it out properly and if necessary ask someone else to double check this – better to be safe than sorry.

A good night’s sleep

You’re likely to be outdoors most of the time when you’re camping and as a result you’ll find yourself tired at the end of each day and ready for a comfortable bed. Take some time to find a good bedding option for your tent and make sure you have the right support for your back and head. Finding the right type of sleeping bag can make the difference between a good and a bad experience when camping.

Remember to enjoy!

It’s easy to get distracted by planning ahead and worrying about how you’ll adapt to camping as a beginner. The most important thing to remember though is that camping is meant to be an enjoyable activity and that you’ll be out in the fresh air relaxing and enjoying everything that nature has to offer. Try not to worry and instead soak up the experience and get inspired for your next trip!