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Recreation and Venues

Camping in the Barossa

The Barossa region is renowned as being one of the world’s great wine and food destinations, combined with its stunning natural environment attracting visitors worldwide.  

The use of recreational camping vehicles and motor homes is becoming an increasingly popular form of travel. However, travellers must be mindful that within the Barossa region, it is prohibited to use any public reserve, car park, road, or rest areas for camping or overnight stays. People found camping in public areas can face an on the spot fine.  

Campgrounds

Mount Crawford Forest

Camping is permissible in designated areas of Mount Crawford Forest from 1 April – 30 November. A campground set among beautiful redgums, named after one of Mount Crawford’s first foresters.

Chalk's Campground

Chalk’s Campground is located in Mount Crawford Forest and is a short drive from the Mount Crawford Forest Information Centre on Warren Road.

Rocky Paddock Campground

Identified as one of Australia’s best campgrounds, Rocky Paddock Campground offers basic bush camping among old pine plantations and unique rocky outcrops.


Permits are required.

Online bookings, campground maps, and payments are now available online, and are mandatory for all campgrounds. Forest visitors wishing to use a campsite for day visits will also be required to book and pay for their site online prior to arrival.

At certain times of the year, camping and fires are banned. Wood fires are permitted from 1 May – 31 October, however dates may change in seasons where high fire danger persists. Use of fire pits within picnic areas will remain free of charge and available on a first-in, first-served basis.

For more information regarding Mount Crawford Forest Campgrounds, visit Forestry SA Camping.

Para Wirra Conservation Park

Helipad Large Group Campground

Situated on the eastern side of the park among pink gums, grass trees, and hop bush, the Helipad Large Group Campground boasts nineteen campsites.

The campsite is convenient for city-dwellers, families, and first-time campers camping with tents, camper trailers, or small camper-vans.

Campfires fire pit per site (seasonal fire restrictions apply).

For more information contact National Parks and Wildlife Services by emailing DEW.NPWSNorthLofty@sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8336 0901 between 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

Caravan parks

Our Council-operated caravan parks offer a range of camping opportunities set against the backdrop of the pictureque Barossa landscape. We encourage the support of local caravan parks, all of which incorporate toilet, showering, and appropriate rubbish disposal facilities.

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