An excellent way to truly experience Innes National Park is to camp at one of the seven campgrounds located within the park.
We based ourselves at Stenhouse Bay Campground , waking to the sounds of waves crashing against the shore, only a short stroll to the beach and jetty, we had a great time exploring the park from our campsite.
With many walks, spectacular scenery, pristine beaches and history to learn, Innes National Park will provide you with many things to fill your day with. Want to know more about what Innes has to offer? Check out our post HERE!
These campgrounds are considered bush camps, meaning you have to be self sufficient for all your living needs including water. A few of the grounds have rainwater tanks but is unsuitable for drinking and the amount of water cannot be guaranteed. There are however toilet facilities located at each of the campsites. Generators are only allowed at Stenhouse Bay and campfires are not permitted at Pondalowie.
Campsites need to be booked online ( HERE ) and there is an entry fee into the park as well as a cost per night for camping.
Stenhouse Bay Campground
The first campground you will come across and probably the most popular due to the fact it is walking distance to the information centre and jetty is Stenhouse Bay. There are 25 campsites here ranging in sizes and suitable for all types of camping. Sites are divided with trees which offer a bit of protection from the wind and some shade as well as privacy.
Cable Bay Campground
The largest of the parks campgrounds, Pondalowie offers 52 campsites, some which offer shade and accommodates all types of camping. A short walk through the Fishermans Village will take you to Pondalowie Bay, where you can launch your boat from the beach. Campfires are not permitted at this campground but there is a gas BBQ provided for cooking.
Shell Beach Campground
Shell beach has 8 campsites and would have to provide the most shade out of all the campgrounds at Innes NP. This campground is quite popular due to its shady location. It is only a short walk to a beautiful pristine beach from this campground.
Browns Beach Campground
Browns Beach Campground has 10 smaller camp sites with little shade, but is nestled up against the base of a sand dune. Browns beach is a popular fishing beach, so this campground is a great base if you like your fishing.
Gym Beach Campground
AT A GLANCE
Where : Innes National Park South Australia
Cost: $11 per night for camping with $10 entry fee into the park
Nearest fuel and food : Marion Bay
When to visit : All year round
More info : www.parks.sa.gov.au
Please remember to take all rubbish with you, there is a dumping point at Stenhouse Bay. Animals are not permitted into the park.