Plan your next adventure through South Australia with BIG4’s suggested travel itinerary

The Breakaways near Coober Pedy in South Australia
Visit The Breakaway in Coober Pedy while staying at BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Resort

There’s a state where a 130 million year old river lazily winds its way through grape vines heavy with fruit waiting to be turned into rich wine with deep soul and character. It’s a place where sea lions bask on white sands, pelicans soar over pristine lagoons and koalas doze in lofty eucalypts. It’s home to 3,800 kilometres of rugged coastlines, humming urban centres, ancient ranges and a vast, peaceful outback. The perfect mix of adventure and relaxation, South Australia offers travellers the experience of a lifetime, and by following this BIG4 Holiday Parks itinerary, you won’t miss a moment.Start your journey at BIG4 Blue Lake Holiday Park perched atop Mount Gambier on the south east point of South Australia. Set on 27 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with breathtaking views of the valley, this park is the perfect place to explore Mount Gambier’s three volcanic lakes including the park’s namesake, the stunning Blue Lake. After settling into a comfortable cabin, spa bungalow or an ensuite camp site, head out to explore the local area including the beautiful Waterfall Gardens Umpherston Sinkhole.

From Mount Gambier head 100kms north to the town of Naracoorte. Also part of the limestone coast region, this peaceful town is home to a range of natural attractions including the World Heritage listed Alexandra Cave tour. Rest your head after a busy day of cave exploration at BIG4 Naracoorte Holiday Park. Home to an impressive range of accommodation options including villas and holiday units as well as powered and unpowered camping and caravan sites, the park is a comfy home away from home.

Beach lovers might prefer a night or two at BIG4 Discovery Holiday Park – Robe, a spacious family park set opposite the beautiful Long Beach. Visit The Old Gaol, Lake Fellomongery, Beacon Hill Lookout Tower or hire a four wheel drive and explore Little Dip Conservation Park, there really is something for everyone.

After the tranquil surrounds of Mount Gambier, Robe and Naracoorte, head north west to the bright lights of Adelaide and stay at the popular BIG4 Marion Holiday Park. This park is a haven for kids and adults alike with a giant jumping pillow, new water park and both indoor and outdoor pools.

If you’re more of a beach lover, spend a night or two at the award winning BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park where you can walk to the beach and throw in a line to catch dinner or simply relax with a good book and the sound of waves crashing.

After Adelaide, pack the car and head south to the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula where you can choose between BIG4 Port Elliot Holiday Park in Horseshoe Bay and BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park, just ten minutes from the famed vineyards of the McLaren Vale. Both parks have comfy cabin and site accommodation on offer and are close to beautiful beaches perfect for swimming, surfing and fishing.

Olivers Taranga Vineyard near Port Willunga in South Australia
Olivers Taranga Vineyard is just 10 minutes drive from the BIG4 Parks on the Fleurieu Peninsula

If you’re eager for more time on the water, head north east to Blanchetown on the banks of the Murray River. Stop into BIG4 Blanchetown Riverside Holiday Park and watch historic paddle steamers float majestically past the park. The famous Proud Mary river boat even docks on the park’s bank every Tuesday.

For riverfront views, head to BIG4 Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park and take a dip in the Mighty Murray before finishing the day with a BBQ and a glass of the region’s finest wine from the nearby Banrock Station winery.

If you head north east for another hour and a half you’ll reach Renmark. Also set on the banks of the Murray River, the peaceful riverside town is home to BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park. Another family favourite, this park boasts a swimming pool, adventure playground and a brand new water park.

If a mix of ocean and outback sounds more like you, drive an hour and a half south to Port Augusta BIG4 Holiday Park on the tip of the Spencer Gulf. Take in the stunning views where desert meets sea at the foothills of the imposing Flinders Ranges, or wander through 200 hectares of the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, a stunning showcase of arid zone flora.

Head a further seven hours inland to Coober Pedy and you’ll find one of BIG4’s newest parks, BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Resort. Located only 30 kilometres south of the magnificent Breakaways, the family owned park has a kids’ playground, BBQs, a brand new camp kitchen and an onsite pizzeria. The park also hosts seasonal coach tours of Coober Pedy and the beautiful desert surrounds. The guided tours include the Breakaways, Dingo Fence, opal fields, Moon Plains, an underground home and the Coober Pedy township.

Finish up your South Australian tour with a stay at BIG4 Ceduna Tourist Park on the sprawling Eyre Peninsula. With stunning beaches, Ceduna is an ideal spot for keen fishers, campers and 4WD enthusiasts.

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10 thoughts on “Plan your next adventure through South Australia with BIG4’s suggested travel itinerary”

  1. The information given, is a sure start for exploring what each Australian state has to offer. We have just completed a road trip through parts of South Australia. And travelling with a dog, we needed to find dog friendly caravan/holiday parks. Therefore, I ask you, do you have some BIG4 holiday parks that accept dogs? Then we can plan accordingly for future trips. Cheers…Eha

    1. Hi there Eha,
      We have 57 BIG4 Parks that are dog friendly. If you wish to view a full list of all BIG4 Parks that welcome dogs, please visit this link –
      I hope this is helpful. We look forward to welcoming you to BIG4 Parks on your future travel.
      Kind regards,

    1. Good morning Carol,
      5 of the BIG4 Parks in South Australia are dog friendly.
      BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park
      BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Resort
      Blue Lake Holiday Park
      BIG4 Ceduna Tourist Park
      Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park
      If you wish to view a full list of all BIG4 Parks that welcome dogs, please visit this link –
      I hope this is helpful.
      Kind regards,

  2. I had never actually thought about touring SA but your suggestions are fabulous. We are planning on joining the grey army in a caravan towards the end of this year and we will probably give a lot of consideration to following your itinerary.
    As newby caravanners it will help to give us a better understanding of what to do and what not to do, and dealing with professional Caravan Parks will assist us greatly. So, hopefully we will see you all later this year.
    Steven & Judy Cardwell, Craigieburn, Vic.

    1. Hi Steven and Judy,
      I’m so glad to hear that you like the South Australia itinerary. SA is a such a diverse place, it would be great place to start out as newby caravanners.
      For some more travel inspiration you may also want to check out the other BIG4 itineraries on our website, which cover different parts of Australia – Each itinerary goes into details about things to do in the local area, suggestions on where to stay, and gives an indication about how far each leg spans. I hope you find it helpful 🙂
      We hope to see you at a BIG4 park later this year.
      Safe travels,

  3. quote:”There’s a state where a 130 million year old river lazily winds its way through grape vines….” you didn’t say where the 139 million year old river is….

    1. The 130 million year old river is the Murray River 🙂 Bonus fact: the Murray River is also Australia’s longest river.

  4. Looking forward to my first visit to South Australia sometime in May/June 2014. Checking out botanical gardens, wineries, coastal areas. Coming from Orange NSW through central Victoria to Adelaide. Possibly visit Kangaroo Island and coming home via Flinders Rangers & Broken Hill.

    Will be booking in Big 4 cabins whenever possible.

    Cheers, Jim Doak & the misses.

    1. That’s fantastic Jim! Sounds like you have some fabulous adventures ahead of you. We hope to welcome you to many BIG4 Parks throughout your journey.
      All the best, and safe travels,

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