If you are looking for some free bush camping spots on the north western side of the Yorke Peninsula there are a couple between Balgowan and Cape Elizabeth. The area is great for fishing and is a favourite amongst locals. We came in from the south side at Balgowan following the small dirt road north out of town (Shwartz Rd). Shortly you will come across a sign post pointing left which will lead you to these three great coastal bush camps (High St). So in order of their location here they are :

Tiparra Rocks

Campsites are facing the ocean, you cant get any more beachfront than that!

Campsites are facing the ocean, you can’t get more beachfront than that!

This is a secluded spot on the cliff facing the ocean but be mindful as the winds can change from side to side on the Yorke Peninsula and it can be a little breezy, but what a wonderful view. There are no amenities here so being self sufficient is a must for all your living requirements. There are only two spots available but room for a couple of campers or caravans to share if you don’t mind a couple of neighbours. The fishing is worth a try down from the cliffs and is a popular pastime here. There is no shade at this campsite so make sure you bring your own if visiting in the warmer summer months.

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As you drive into the campgrounds at Tiparra Rocks, the beach just drops away into the ocean!

The Bamboos

The Bamboos offers some seclusion amongst the vegetation

The Bamboos offers some seclusion amongst the vegetation

The next spot up is the Bamboos and there are a few more spots in here all of which are quite private. As it is located between the track and the sand dunes there is protection from the winds but as it is coastal there isn’t much shade from the small saltbush. This is a nice little spot and you can position yourself away from other campers to feel like you are away from everyone. It’s a short stroll over the dune to the beach where you can relax, have a swim and a even a fish. There are no amenities located here so once again you will have to be self sufficient.

The Gap

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Next along the coast, The Gap would have to be the most popular of the three. We set up camp here as it is a good spot tucked in behind the dunes next to the entrance to the beach access. The Gap is the gateway to Cape Elizabeth. There is a drop hole toilet here and a small shelter to have lunch at but that is all. If you were feeling a little more adventurous there are many spots along the coast line that can accommodate more privacy for travellers. We stayed at the campground and launched our tinny from the beach and left it there for fishing throughout the duration of our stay. DSC_1012

We ventured down to the beach many times for a swim as we could drive as far as we desired along the coast and duck in and out along the tracks that make their way around the headlands here. This is the perfect campground to launch a boat or kayak from.


Beaches all to yourself! Plenty of room to explore.

Be mindful that the tracks through the dunes are narrow in some sections and can be quite soft in areas. Oncoming traffic from other 4wds can cause havoc too so take care.

There is an abundance of coastline for you to explore and allows you to find that one little spot to yourself and not feel cramped . Be mindful that it is a public access beach, so keeping an extra close eye on little ones is a must and for drivers be mindful that there are children on these beaches as well.

Calamari for lunch anyone?

Calamari for lunch anyone?

We had a blast down at The Gap (we have been here a few times before as we are from Adelaide but not with the camper trailer) making it our base we were able to drive the back roads through to Moonta and Port Hughs.

At A Glance
Where : These three great bush camps are located between Balgowan and Moonta, Yorke Peninsula South Australia
Cost : Camping is free but permit is required and can be obtained from local information centres
Nearest fuel and food : Moonta
When to visit : All year round
More info : www.visityorkepeninsula.com.au
Accessibility: Campsites are accessible by all vehicles along a dirt/sandy road ( extra care must be taken in standard vehicles), beach access to Cape Elizabeth is 4wd only