camping in south australia- kangaroo island

Hi
We are from Melbourne and would like to drive up to SA over Xmas break.
We are after beach and a good camping site.
Kangaroo island has been recommended however to get to the island for 2 people and our car is $400
Does anyone recommend somewhere nearby that is just as just as nice to stay?
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 13:00

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 13:00
Victor Harbour. Maybe busy over Xmas.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 13:37

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 13:37
Yep. They don't seem to want anybody's business.Friend of mine camped there about 2 years ago and had a less than pleasant reception from some local ferals who were determined to make sure he did not have too much fun.

If you must go, it seems best to stay in resort style accommodation.

It's come off my bucket list since my mate's experience there.

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Follow Up By: Andrea-Lee C - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 14:48

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 14:48
Thanks Jack
Thats ashame
No its not a must to stay there
anywhere you recommend? Somewhere to camp on or near the beach without having to stay in a caravan park
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 21:33

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 21:33
Hi Jack

Sorry to hear that your friends had trouble.......it can happen anywhere.

We found the locals very friendly and helpful and there are many great locations where you can camp in complete safety.


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Reply By: TTTSA - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 14:59

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 14:59
Rapid Bay is a nice place to camp, literall right on the beach. It is not on Kangaroo Island, around the coast a little from Cape Jervis. Has a toilet block, and someone comes around each evening to collect the camping fee. Minimal cost. Can be busy at Xmas though, as well as every where near the coast.

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Reply By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 15:16

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 15:16
There isn't much on KI that's "on the beach". Some people have very fond memories (and perhaps of these reports) we were quite dissapointed with the whole experience when we went a couple of years ago.

Between Melbourne and SA, you could try around Robe, The Coorong, Port McDonell, Glenelg River, Johanna, Blanket Bay are a few that come to mind west to east. Most will be very busy though.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 17:07

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 17:07
Hi Andrea

Kangaroo Island is a fantastic place to visit and to be very honest, can not be compared to other area down that part of the bleep ula.

I have found for the best deals, book direct with Sealink, book a minimum of 1 nights accommodation and your return ferry trip and you will save megga. Another very wise investment is to purchase the 12 months per person National Parks Pass. The cost of this pass will give you unlimited access to all of the paying features within the Island.

Also give youself lots of time, as there is just so much to see. One great place to camp right on the water is Chapman River. There are two sections, a eastern and a western side, both very different but both great. One one of our trips there, we spent a week alone staying just in the Dudley Peninsula.


If you want to see what the Island has to offer, open my Blogs and have a look at what I thought. And remember one thing, two people will always have different thoughts on one thing.

My advices, make some direct enquiries with Sealink and see for yourself. There will also be a very good chance that just because it is Christmas, you will be the only person on some of the out of way beaches.


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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 18:49

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 18:49
ROFLMAO!!!

Hi Stephen, I had to comment on the system change to "Peninsula".

Perhaps you left the second 'n' out and the system thought you were using a naughty word for the male organ:-))

Back on topic, I totally concur with your comments on KI. A great place to visit. There will be places to camp regardless, eg Flinders Chase National Park.

I would however choose a time other than Christmas to camp anywhere on the Coast. Much prefer the wide open areas of the outback myself.



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Reply By: Member - reggy 2 (VIC) - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 20:50

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 20:50
Hi when we go to SA we buy a 2mth camping pass it covers SA but not KI Google SA PARKS If you are seniors the ferry is cheaper .Cheers
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Reply By: tazbaz - Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 08:17

Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 08:17
Deep Creek Park near Cape Jervis has four campgrounds and is in my opinion just as good or better than KI except it is not on an island.
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Reply By: get outmore - Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 09:11

Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 09:11
keep driving, I lived in adelaide for too many years and every oportunity I would head over to the west coast of the Eyre Penninsula

Talia, venus bay,Elliston, Locks wells etc

I tried on a few occasians to find worthwhile spots closer but was unsuccessfull

best beach on the flureo Penninsula was Tunkallila beach (hard to get to without tresspassing) best beach on the Yorke Penninsula was the southern end of the Dustbowl beach (long walk)
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Reply By: Andrew D. - Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 09:24

Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 09:24
Kangaroo Island is over priced, over rated, ripoff joint. Nothing on Kangaroo Island you won't see elsewhere. Is identical country and beaches as mainland. Having visited Kangaroo Island more times than I care to remember for work and speaking to tourists they thought the same horribly over rated and seriously over priced and rip off.
Yorke Peninsula is great and so is Eyre Peninsula. Innes National Park and other places are magic.
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Reply By: DAVE077 - Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 16:38

Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 16:38
Hey guys, so this is the route we are possibly thinking of. Hoping to do it in 8ish days. Would be keen to hear your thoughts on where to stop, what we need, and if we are cutting it thin or covering too much ground in the time. My gut feel is that we are doing too many kms, but i've never done this before so I dont know. We would like to split our accomodation up between camping on beach, and cabins where appropriate.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 Melb to Tunkalilla Beach 787 9 hours
Friday, 27 December 2013 Stay in Tunkalilla Beach
Saturday, 28 December 2013 Tunkalilla Beach to York Pensinsula 346 5 hours
Sunday, 29 December 2013 Stay in York Peninsula
Monday, 30 December 2013York Peninsula to Sleaford Mere 385 7 hours
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 Stay in Sleaford Mere
Wednesday, 1 January 2014 Sleaford Mere to Mildura 893 10 hours
Thursday, 2 January 2014 Stay in Mildura .
Friday, 3 January 2014 Mildura to Melbourne 551 6 hours




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Follow Up By: DAVE077 - Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 16:57

Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 16:57
Heres a link to the route we are thinking of. Keen to hear thoughts.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=
201952747711478031974.0004ecaa9a38046fcde1b
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Follow Up By: DAVE077 - Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 16:59

Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 16:59
Sorry that link wouldnt have worked.

Try this one:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=201952747711478031974.0004ecaa9a38046fcde1b
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Follow Up By: Member - wicket - Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 17:30

Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 17:30
I'm pretty sure there is no beach access from Tunkalilla Beach. This is where the hang gliders take off from . The car park there is small and between the carpark and the beach is private property.
Tapanappa (check spelling) would be a better alternative great views but might be a bit crowded at that time of year.
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Follow Up By: Member - daz (SA) - Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 21:04

Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 21:04
evening
This does not sound too much like a holiday, most of the time will be travelling, The Tunkalilla beach camping option is not on. Finding it late in the afternoon would be hard enough, as you need to go in through Balqhidder station. I would suggest camping elsewhere, say Cape Jervis & explore from there.
My suggestion would be a two or three days at Cape Jervis, exploring the Fleurieu, A couple of days over to the Island on the ferry and then a couple of days on Yorkes. There is plenty to see & do. Take the time to enjoy SA & smell the roses. Long driving days makes for an unforgettable holiday & crankiness. Getting to The west coast shows going via the ferry, another expense. Leave this for another time. Rome wasn't built in a day, or a week as a matter of fact.
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Reply By: get outmore - Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 at 00:33

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 at 00:33
There is access to tunk beach at least there used to be.
The carpark is above the beach and you can either walk down a steep slope to the beach or take roads and tracks past 1000000 no trespassing signs.
The owners of the farm think they own the beach but access can be got without your feet ruining thier track
Shires on the ep had the right idea.
Bought the padocks and put public access to the beach.

Mt camel beach used to be called dolphins beach and was accessed through padocks
The tourist coastal drive south of streaky used to be fences and gates.
Even the south end of dust bowl used to be accessible through farms
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Reply By: DAVE077 - Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 at 10:38

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 at 10:38
Is heading to Sleaford Mere from Melbounre doable?? It looks absoloutely magical!
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Follow Up By: DAVE077 - Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 at 11:34

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 at 11:34
Actually cancel Sleaford Mere. I think I'll be pushing it!

I’ve taken on board everyone’s comments, and have amended our trip.

Basically looking at Melbourne to Cape Jervis – Full day of driving.

How long do you recommend I stay in Cape Jervis for? Camp or Cabin?

Then Cape Jervis to Innes National Park – Half a day driving

Spending a day or two here.

Then Head up to Corny Point. For another day or two.

Then I need to plan the route back home. Any suggestions? I prob have another 2 days to get back home as were planning about a week all up.

Are fuel, supplies, shopping etc readily available on my route?

Can you recommend specific spots to stay in the places we're heading? :)

Heres our route:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=201952747711478031974.0004ecaa9a38046fcde1b

Bring on the feedback team ?
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Follow Up By: Member - daz (SA) - Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 at 12:05

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 at 12:05
Hi there
I suggest you have a look at this website
http://capejervisstation.com.au/index.htm
This will give you a good range of accommodation options.
Also it will give you plenty of options as of things to do, Do you want to fish, walk in National; Parks, Scuba dive, Visit wineries, just be a tourist, enjoy magnificent coast line etc etc etc. ???
the choice is yours,Time is your only limitation. Go for it.
Daz
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Follow Up By: DAVE077 - Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 at 14:23

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 at 14:23
Thanks mate. That looks like it will be perfect for us. Any recommendations on the other locations of where to stay/camp??
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Follow Up By: DAVE077 - Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 15:02

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 15:02
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=201952747711478031974.0004ecaa9a38046fcde1b

This is the latest update on route
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