Living in Adelaide and want to explore your own backyard for your next holiday? Maybe you are travelling to Adelaide. Either way, you can experience a great South Australian road trip in a campervan. Domestic travel is going to see a massive increase once the isolation levels for the Covid 19 are lifted. Now is a good time to plan your campervan holiday.
Known as the "City of Churches," Adelaide is a remarkable place to explore. You can start by visiting its magnificent churches including Saint Peter’s Cathedral and Saint Francis Xavier’s Cathedral. Other attractions are best visited at a specific time, but most like the Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Botanic Garden and South Australian Museum can be enjoyed any time of the year.
Some of our favourite things to do year-round in Adelaide are:
Summer (December, January, February): Summer in Adelaide can get extremely hot so the best way to beat the heat is by hitting the beach. Some of the most popular beaches in Adelaide include Glenelg, Henley and Brighton. You can also catch some waves in South Australia’s top surf spots including Fleurieu Peninsula located just south of Adelaide.
Autumn (March, April, May): Witness the autumn foliage along the street of Stirling. You can also see a myriad of red, brown and yellow hues blanket the countryside as you drive to the Barossa Valley. This is the perfect place to visit in autumn - and you can explore over 80 cellar doors and get a taste of award-winning wines.
Winter (June, July, August): Whether you are into blues, jazz, pop, RnB, or rock, you are sure to find a musical event to attend to during the annual Umbrella Winter City Sounds. If you want to avoid the cool weather, visit some of the museums and galleries in Adelaide including the South Australian Museum, Migration Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia.
Spring (September, October, November): Drive to Adelaide Hills to see the flowers in full bloom at the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. The Garden has walking trails including the lakeside trail where you can enjoy some peace and tranquillity. You can also have a picnic by the lake after strolling in the garden.
Year-Round: For the ultimate shopping experience, visit Rundle Mall, Australia’s first pedestrian-only mall. Apart from having a wide range of shops, this place is also famous for its 19th-century buildings and iconic sculptures. For the foodies, make sure to check out the Adelaide Central Market.
Adelaide Caravan Park is approximately two kilometres away from Adelaide's CBD on Richmond Street. Its facilities include a first-class swimming pool, barbecue area and open spaces to relax and play. The park offers a wide range of accommodation options that include "Shady Sites", ideal for parking your campervan.
Adelaide Shores Caravan Park formerly West Beach Caravan Park is one of the most popular parks in South Australia for locals and tourists alike. It is an award-winning site offering a wide range of accommodation with facilities such as heated pools, a tennis court, walking tracks, playground, restaurant, laundry, WiFi, gardens, communal shower, communal kitchen, gas, outdoor furniture and more. Most of the campervan camping sites are powered, and available at affordable rates.
Brighton Caravan Park and Holiday Village is located along Burnham Road in Kingston Park. It is just 17 kilometres outside of central Adelaide. The site is near the Southern Wine District, Brighton Jetty, the historical Kingston House and a number of shopping centres. It has four campervan sites, namely the Beach Front Sites, Powered Sites, Un-Powered Sites and Small Tent Sites.
Brownhill Creek Caravan Park can be found at 41 Brownhill Creek Road in Mitcham. It is a family-friendly site just seven miles from the city beaches. Among its many facilities are public telephones, WiFi, tennis court, swimming pool and central dump point and sullage point.
Marion Holiday Park lies at just around twelve kilometres away from the centre of the city of Adelaide. Its exact location is 323 Sturt Road, Bedford Park, South Australia. The park offers different types of wonderful accommodation including Caravan and Tent Sites.
Adelaide Central Market can be found between Grote and Gouger Street in Adelaide. Central Market encompasses over eighty stalls, offering the finest, affordable, locally-produced foods such as fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, pastries, gourmet cheeses and confectionery. The market is not always open so be sure to check the venue's opening times so you do not miss out.
Adelaide Hills form part the mountain range called Mount Lofty Ranges on the eastern side of the city. It is one of the first areas in South Australia that was occupied by European immigrants. Driving through the hills is highly popular with both tourists and locals. Adelaide Hills' sought after attractions include the abundant flora and fauna, the Cleland Conservation Park, Heysen Trail, Mawson Trail and Waterfall Gully.
Chinatown Adelaide sits in between the Couger and Grote Streets in Adelaide. Features of Chinatown include its interesting Chinese Arch, a large number of Chinese restaurants and some great cultural shops.
Glenelg has a beautiful beach, a number of leisure and recreation facilities, shopping areas and the finest accommodation. It is a popular beachside suburb near Anzac Road and is very popular among visitors.
Gorge Wildlife Park covers over fourteen acres of land along Redden Drive and Cudlee Creek. It is a gorgeous location with abundant flora and fauna. The park is one of the best places in the country to see exotic and native Australian wildlife such as dingos, echidnas, fruit bats, kangaroos, koalas and wallabies.
Haigh's Chocolate Factory is located at 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside, Adelaide. It is a small chocolate factory that sells high-quality chocolates. It was founded by Alfred E. Haigh in 1915 and primarily serves Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The venue offers 15 to 20 minutes guided factory tours free of charge. Be sure to make a reservation a day or two earlier.
Migration Museum is situated at 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide. It was opened in 1986 and highlights the colourful history of immigration and settlement in Australia. Entry is free, but donations are highly appreciated.
Montefiore Hill lies to the north of Adelaide. It is the site where the Surveyor-General Colonel William Light was able to decide that the area he can see from the top of Montefiore Hill was the perfect place to establish the city of Adelaide. The picturesque views from the top of the hill are popular among visitors.
How old do you have to be to rent a campervan in Adelaide?
The minimum age to hire a campervan in Adelaide is 21. However, there are a few companies that allow drivers age 18 and above. Click here for more information on age requirements.
What type of licence do you need to drive a campervan in Adelaide?
You don’t need a special licence to drive a campervan. All you need to provide is a valid driver’s licence held for at least one year. You may need to present an International Driving Permit if your licence is not written in English.
What type of fuel does a campervan need?
Campervans run on either diesel or petrol. If you want to save up on fuel, check for current diesel and petrol prices so you’ll know which type of campervan to book.
Can you park your campervan anywhere in Adelaide?
You can’t park anywhere you want in Adelaide and wild camping is illegal in Australia. Look for designated areas where you can park your campervan.
Where can I camp for free in Adelaide?
There are several free camping spots near Adelaide including Red Banks Conservation Park, Burra Creek Gorge Reserve, and Mount Remarkable National Park.