Beachport Conservation Park in South Australia’s South East is home to a large range of birds, native flowers and diverse scenery, including spectacular weathered limestone cliffs. If you own a 4wd, a drive along the beach and dunes will make for some very interesting driving but it will also let you discover what this park has to offer. Most importantly though is that if you do explore the park by 4wd please stick to the marked tracks as many birds nest amongst the vegetation. The park also has two very large salt water lakes, Lake George and Woolley Lake.
The campground at 3 Mike Bend is a wonderful shady campground, located amongst paperbarks and only a short drive back into the town of Beachport. It makes for a great base to explore the park and coastal town. The campground is also located just off the banks of Lake George which was an open dry salt pan when we visited in late January, but come winter is full of water and thriving with wildlife. There are seven campsites available at this campground which are all quite private and incredibly shady, an excellent beach camp during the summer months. There are long drop toilets available and limited rainwater ( not suitable for drinking ) so being self sufficient is a must.
Our camp at site number 2 was just great, the sites were clean and flat and we even got to string up the hammock for a bit of r&r! There was also plenty of room for the boys to play within our site and even a cubby made of sticks amongst the trees.
Beachport conservation park offers plenty of room for exploration, the diverse driving experience also tests out those off-road driving skills. For the adventurous ( like us ) a drive through the dunes and along the coast allows you to find your own pristine peice of coastline. We came across a group who had been camped along the beach for a week or so and who had been coming back to this same spot for the last 28 yrs to enjoy the excellent salmon fishing.
One of the most spectacular scenes we came across though was overlooking lake Geogre from the top of a extremely high sand dune. This section of the lake was still full of water ( the part near our camp was dry) and held an incredible array of birds. There had to be close to 100 black swans swimming together with countless other birds joining them. It was definitely an incredible sight to see.
Beachport itself has a variety of things to do, such as a walk on the Heritage Jetty, an excellent coastal tourist drive, The Pool Of Shalom and many little shops and restaurants.
So if you want to explore Beachport and the conservation park while having your own private campsite, 3 Mile Bend Campground is an excellent spot to do so.
At a Glance
Where: Beachport Conservation Park is approximately 385km south East of Adelaide, entry via Beachport
Cost: $14 per night at 3Mile Bend , camping must be payed for and booked online (HERE)
Accessibility: The campground is accessible by all vehicles but to drive amongst the dunes and beaches a 4wd is a must