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Free Camping in the Flinders Ranges

Free camping is not only budget-friendly, it also helps you get closer to nature and enjoy your surroundings. 

The Flinders Ranges in South Australia has a great deal to offer. Spectacular sights, challenging 4WD tracks, walking trails and beautiful mountain ranges. It’s the perfect place to learn about Aboriginal art and culture, with art on display at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park. The region also has many activities on offer for families with children. 

If you’re after a 4WDing adventure, the Flinders Ranges has you covered. Trails include the Arkapena 4WD Scenic Adventure and the Arden Hills 4WD track.

It’s the ideal place for a camping trip and what better way to camp than to free camp? There are several camps in the region, each with different facilities and offerings. Not all sites permit tents or camper trailers, so you will need to pick the right ones. Fortunately, Hema has done the research for you, so all you need to do is pack your 4WD and enjoy your holiday!


Chinamans Creek

(Chinaman’s Creek Road, Miranda, SA)

This free camp features beautiful views, a drop-toilet facility, fishing, walking trails, camper trailers, tents and caravans. Swimming is permitted.


Hookina Ruins

(Barndioota Road, Hawker, SA)

Don’t want to leave Rover at home? This free camp allows pets. Located near the Three Sisters Range, it also permits caravans, tents and camper trailers. 


Lawrie Park

(Flinders View Drive, Nelshaby, SA)

This camp also permits pets. It offers toilets, drinking water and walking trails. Fires are allowed, however only caravans are permitted to enter. 


Ippinitchie Campground

(Forest Road, Wirrabara, SA)

This free campsite offers toilets and permits pets. Fires are allowed and caravans, camper trailers and tents are all welcome.


Parachilna Gorge Area

(Parachilna Gorge Road, Parachilna, SA)

Pets are also permitted at this free campsite, which allows campsite, tents, caravans and camper trailers.


Horrocks Pass Bush Camp

(Horrocks Pass Rd, Nectar Brook, SA)

Fires are permitted at this free camp and you are most welcome to bring pets. This site allows caravans, camper trailers and tents.


Glass Gorge

(Unnamed Road, Blinman, SA)

This free camp permits pets and fires. It also offers numerous 4WD trails.


  • Gini Lee : June 07, 2023

    Please note that Glass Gorge Road runs through private property and the tracks are not free camping beyond spaces very near the main road. Camping with permission is possible but please note that the area along the road is baited (as required by the state government) and can be dangerous for dogs. Please do not cut down trees for firewood – thank you

  • Graeme Munro: May 30, 2024

    Thank you for this info.

  • David Johnston: April 17, 2023

    Thanks for the info re free camping in Flinders Ranges. Could you simply add the gps coordinates please

    Regards David

  • Bruce Lees: April 17, 2023

    Much of the Flinders Ranges is not free camping if you take into account the entry permit which is around $11 per day. Station stays are more expensive but often offer facilities which make them very enticing.

  • Alan: April 17, 2023

    Some pics of these sites would have been nice. And the last mentioned site does not mention camping options ie camper trailer/caravan .

  • Rob Davies: April 17, 2023

    Great information … fantastic photo at the top of the page … but why 7 more of the same?!

  • Janice Trafford: April 17, 2023


    Interesting article, but did you really mean for all the pictures to be the same? It would have been nice to see a picture from each of the free camps.


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