By Lavinia

Sitting under the open sky at night, stars by the billion, counting shooting star after shooting star, could this be Worlds End? Burra Creek Gorge, also known as “Worlds End Gorge”, is a magnificent free campground in mid north South Australia, just 26 km South East of Burra.

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But this place with its magnificent towering gums, fresh running water, magical sunsets and sunrises holds a special place in my heart, it’s a campground that I have visited many times with my family, mum dad and all seven children, when I was younger. I have many beautiful memories of exploring this gorge, swimming in the fresh water, catching yabbies, telling ghost stories around a camp fire and admiring the beautiful ruin located on the drive in. Rolling pastural hills set the backdrop to this beautiful gorge and wether it be summer or winter Burra Creek Gorge is an amazing place for a picnic lunch or week long stay.

burra creek gorgeBringing my own children here was a must on our adventure around Australia, and what made it even better was that my mum, dad and youngest brother came up for the weeknd to camp with us. Having them there definitely made this part of the trip so much more special. It was like stepping back in time to days when I was a child myself as I watched my mum and dad with Charlie and Jordan as they explored the water holes as they had done with us.

Plenty of room for the children to play

Plenty of room for the children to play

Beautiful memories like this are ones that I will treasure forever.
“I can’t wait to go camping here again with Granddad ” said Charlie on the day we were leaving ” I love it here at Grandads favourite camping spot”. And so do I.

burra creek gorgeWith plenty of room for all kinds of camping set ups, Burra Creek Gorge is a perfect place to set up and explore the region from. There are drop hole toilets available but apart from that you must be self sufficient. Burra is only 25km down the road and is a must to visit for its incredible history and mine tour.

Redbanks Conservation Park

Redbanks Conservation Park

Also located only a short drive away is Redbanks Conservation Park, with its towering red creek bed it’s not hard to see why the park is named ” Redbanks”. There is free camping available there also and picnic tables for those who just want a day visit to the area.

burra creek gorgeThe walk up to Burra Creek Gorge itself is another great way to soak in the atmosphere of this spectaclur area. The Heysen trail also runs through this campground so you may even come across some adventures hikers partaking in the incredible 1200 km walk.

The old ruin located at the entrance to Burra Creek Gorge.

The old ruin located at the entrance to Burra Creek Gorge.

Waking to the sounds of native Australian birds, watching billions of stars at night, breathing in that fresh damp air from the creek, watching the sun set across rolling hills and towering gums makes Burra Creek Gorge a perfect campground and is definitely a place we will visit again.

Having my family join us for a few days made this part of our trip so special.

Having my family join us for a few days made this part of our trip so special.

At a glance

Where : Worlds End Highway , 26km South East of Burra SA, 150km north of Adelaide.
Cost: Free
Nearest fuel and food : Burra
Accessibility : All vehicles (sealed road until you reach the campground)

Jordan and my mum

Jordan and my mum

Charlie watching Grandad cool down in the water.

Charlie watching Grandad cool down in the water.

There's nothing like an outback sunset and the smiles on our little guys faces.

There’s nothing like an outback sunset and the smiles on our little guys faces.