bush camping at Gleesons Landing

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Get back to the basics of life, back to nature at one of our many bush campsites. Bring a tent or sleep under the stars. Not your style? Well, pull in and set up your camper trailer, caravan or motor home and enjoy the best of both worlds in one of our campsites.

Camping is a great way to experience the great Aussie bush and see native wildlife. In fact, on Yorke Peninsula, it's one of the best ways to appreciate the spectacular ocean views, listen to the peaceful sounds of the waves rolling in, gaze at the stars while toasting marshmallows over your camp fire, spot unique wildlife and enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities from bushwalking to adventure sports.

Many of the sites designated for bush camping throughout the Yorke Peninsula Council area are situated at some of the most beautiful scenic coastal areas. Access is usually via a gravel road, accessible by conventional vehicles with care.  Campsites are found in secluded bush and mallee areas overlooking the ocean. Nearly all have a sandy beach within walking distance of your camp.

Permits available include nightly, weekly, four weeks, and 12 months.



Full price

Ratepayers price

per night



5-7 days



4 weeks *28 days



52 weeks *365 days



bush camping on Yorke Peninsula

* all designated bush camp grounds are subject to a fee and a permit must be obtained prior to setting up camp

* each vehicle requires a permit - if you are towing a caravan or trailer, these details will be added to your permit as part of the booking process

* the permit is not restricted to a particular camp ground, but covers camping at any of Yorke Peninsula's designated bush camp grounds.  The permit does NOT cover Innes National Park

* all camping permits are recorded on a central data base - there is no need to print anything, rangers will monitor vehicle registration details

* special rates apply for Yorke Peninsula Council rate payers purchasing weekly, four weekly or yearly permits - the discount will be applied once you complete the booking question asking for your rates assessment number

* our rangers have access to a data base of vehicle registrations provided during the purchase process

For further information about bush camping on Yorke Peninsula, call our freecall number 1800 202 445, or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Permits are also available at the Council offices:

  • Maitland Council Office - 8 Elizabeth Street Maitland
  • Minlaton Council Office - 18 Main Street Minlaton
  • Yorketown Council Office - 15 Yorketown Road Yorketown

Yorke Peninsula Council recognises that bush camping on the Yorke Peninsula is part of the local culture and every effort is being made to enhance that experience.  If you would like to provide feedback on your experience please complete our survey. If you need to report any maintenance issues, please contact a Council office. 

Council's By Laws state that 'camping includes setting up a camp, or causing a tent, caravan or motor home to remain on the land for the purpose of staying overnight, whether or not any person is in attendance or sleeps on the land.  Upon camping on any of the designated camping reserves for a period of six consecutive weeks, you are unable to camp on any designated camping reserve until a period of a further four consecutive weeks has expired'.


SILVER cmyk col 2018

Congratulations to Yorke Peninsula Council Bush Camping - awarded a Silver Medal at the 2018 Yorke Peninsula Tourism Awards!


camping with the family at Mozzie Flat




These are just a few of the top camping rules and I'm sure there are many more.  Generally the idea is just use your common sense, and you will have a fantastic experience on your camping trip.  And most of all, your fellow campers will thank you for it!

  • Generators - most people go camping to enjoy the peace and quiet and may not appreciate a noisy generator - of course if you need to run a generator throughout the night for medical reasons, try to camp away from others to minimise disruption

  • Avoid walking through other people's campsites - ensure you and your children walk around the areas being used by other campers

  • Leave no trace of your visit – don't spoil it for the next visitor!

  • Take your rubbish with you, don't throw anything in the fire that won't completely burn away and leave the campsite spotless - or risk receiving a $315.00 expiation notice for littering from Council's Ranger

  • If you're an early riser - be mindful that other campers won't want to be woken by your noise

  • Where pets are allowed, make sure they are under control - in most cases that means keeping them on a leash - and please pick up any droppings

  • Sound travels at night and many campers retire early - be respectful of such campers, and ensure your partying does not affect others

  • Be friendly to everyone you come across – share a drink, or a friendly word, but don't become an unwanted guest who hangs around and doesn't know when it's time to return to their own campsite

  • If a campsite has facilities, please leave them clean and tidy

Minimal impact

Please help care for the environment by following these simple rules:

  • Help to prevent the spread of weeds and pests - check your vehicle, camping equipment and clothing to ensure they are contaminant free 

  • Help reduce the risk of bush fires and burn injuries by using a fuel or gas stove for cooking

  • Only light fires where and when they are permitted and use the fireplaces and fire rings provided

  • Never collect firewood or kindling from the area - even dead branches are protected as they provide a home for our native animals and birds

  • Remember, plants and animals are protected so try not to trample plants when walking or setting up your tent - use your poles, not trees, to support tent ropes and lines

  • Bring a portable toilet if you are camping in areas without facilities and empty the waste into special portable toilet disposal facilities

  • NEVER empty portable toilet waste into standard toilets or onto the ground!

  • Take all rubbish home - disposing of rubbish in fireplaces is an offence

  • Enjoy the peace and be considerate of others

Staying safe

Be aware of potential dangers and take care of yourself:

  • Plan carefully and make sure your camping equipment is in good working order before leaving home

  • Read signs and brochures carefully - pay attention to any safety warnings

  • Supervise your children, especially near water and fireplaces

  • Be safe around camp fires - extinguish fires whenever you leave your camp site unattended; use water, not sand which retains heat and can cause severe burns

  • Bring your own water, and don't assume on-site water is safe to drink

  • Keep food in locked containers or in your car to keep it safe from wildlife

  • Wear protective clothing to avoid sunburn, bites, scratches and stings


Fire danger season for 2019/2020 is from 1st November 2019 until 30th April 2020. Please check CFS Fire Bans hotline 1300 362 361 for more information. CFS website is www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/bans_and_ratings.jsp



Visitor Information

Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information 
8 Elizabeth Street Maitland South Australia
T: 1800 202 445
E: info@visityorkepeninsula.com.au




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