Bush Camping Terms and Conditions


Council has designated Bush Camping areas where camping is permitted by way of the bush camping permit. Camping in other locations on local government land including foreshore areas or on any road is prohibited. This permit does NOT cover Innes National Park – please refer to www.parks.sa.gov.au

Any person who camps in a non-authorised area, or does not pay the appropriate fee prior to using designated camping areas, may be issued with an Expiation Notice.

Pursuant to Council by-law “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 Bush Camping areas for a period of six consecutive weeks you will be unable to camp on any of these designated Bush Camping areas until a period of a further four consecutive weeks has elapsed. Council may give an extension in writing to this clause upon application by a permit holder.


Dogs are permitted on the camping grounds but must be kept under effective control at all times. 

Your dog is considered to be under effective control if it is on a leash not exceeding 2 metres in length. Or, if it is off leash - it must be in the campground (including foreshore); it must be visible at all times (cannot be walking behind you); it must be kept in close proximity; it must be able to be controlled under any circumstance; it must not run up to other people or animals; it must not attack, chase, harass or otherwise endanger the health of a person, animal or bird (whether or not actual injury is caused).

If your dog is not under effective control you may receive a $210 on the spot fine for ‘dog wandering at large’.

Please note: ALL dogs must be on a leash on a foreshore in the vicinity of a Hooded Plover nesting area.


Campfires are only permitted in designated camping areas, outside of the Fire Danger Season (FDS). During FDS all campfires (defined as a fire on the ground) are banned in all Bush Campgrounds. Electric or gas barbeques or cooking appliances are allowed during FDS providing:

  • The barbecue is clear of all flammable material to a distance of at least 4 metres; and
  • A person who is able to control the fire is present at the site of the fire until it is extinguished; and
  • An appropriate extinguisher is at hand; and
  • It is not forecast as a Total Fire Ban day.

The camping locations are all part of the Yorke Peninsula Fire ban district. Please check the CFS website for fire ban updates www.cfs.sa.gov.au

Failure to comply may result in a $315 Expiation Notice.

It is illegal to take wood from a roadside or ­reserve for campfire use. 


Please take all of your rubbish with you or use rubbish bins where provided.  Leaving any type of rubbish at your camp site may result in an Expiation Notice being issued, with a maximum fee of $1,000.


All bush camping sites are family friendly campgrounds and during your stay there will be others occupying the same area. Please apply common courtesy by ensuring noise is kept to an acceptable standard and consider others during your stay.


Updated October 2020

Visitor Information

Yorke Peninsula Council acknowledges the Narungga (traditionally spelled Nharangga) people, the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Yorke Peninsula and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information
8 Elizabeth Street, Maitland, South Australia 5573
T: 1800 202 445   E: info@visityorkepeninsula.com.au


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