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For many people, camp fires, and camp-fire cooking, are a traditional part of the camping experience.

Camp fires

Few simple pleasures equal sitting by a camp fire - basking in the warmth, toasting marshmallows and telling stories.  Where camp fires are allowed, use the fireplaces and fire rings provided. Bring your own clean-milled firewood, such as untreated mill cut-offs. Never collect firewood or kindling from the camp site—everything is protected by law, including dead branches.

Mozzie Flat - Belinda Sherriff 4For your safety and the safety of other visitors please follow the advice below:

*  Do not light or maintain a camp fire during fire danger season or total fire ban.

*  To reduce fire risks, always check the weather conditions in your camping area before lighting a fire. Do not light or maintain a camp fire on dry, windy days.

*  Ensure your camp fire is at least 4m away from tents and that other camping equipment is stored well away, especially flammable items.

*  Completely extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving your camp site unattended—use water, not sand which retains heat and can cause severe burns. Even a few glowing embers can start a bushfire.

Campfires are permitted in designated camping areas, except on days of a Total Fire Ban. Check the South Australian Country Fire Service website for fire ban updates. Our bush camping locations are all part of the Yorke Peninsula Fire ban district.

The use of barbecues and campfires may only be used under certain conditions during the Fire Danger Season - more information can be found here.


A campfire may be lit provided:

* It is in a properly constructed fireplace; or

* It is in a portable cooking appliance; or

* The fire is in a 30 cm deep trench and no more than one metre square in area and

* You have a four metre cleared space around and above the fire

Ensure a responsible person is in attendance at all times, and that there is adequate water or extinguishing agent on hand.

The fire must be completely out before leaving the area.

Campfires are banned in all national parks and forestry reserves during the Fire Danger Season.


Barbecues of all types may be used provided:

* There is a four metre cleared area around and above the barbecue, and

* A responsible person is in attendance with water or other extinguishing agent on hand

It is illegal to take wood from a roadside or reserve for campfire use.  Firewood can be brought with campers or purchased from a firewood supplier.  Bags of firewood are available from Warooka Hardware and Minlaton Discounters.

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Fuel stoves are handy alternatives for your camp cooking and heating needs, especially in areas where camp fires are not allowed.

Fuel stoves (including portable barbecues) are defined as a portable, fully self-contained heating and cooking appliance that uses manufactured fuel. Manufactured fuels do not include wood or timber, but include a wide range of commercially available, non-toxic products such as gas, liquid and solid fuels e.g. hexamite fuel blocks, briquettes or heat beads. Generally these appliances should stand at least 20 cm off the ground.

There are many benefits to using portable fuel stoves and barbecues. They offer a safe, easy, compact and more sustainable option for camp cooking and heating and are generally able to be used where wood-fueled camp fires are not.

Fire danger season and fire bans

The fire danger season for 2017/2018 is starting two weeks early, and will run from 1st of November until 30th of April. Please check the South Australian Country Fire Service Fire Bans hotline 1300 362 361 for more information. 

Fire bans are advertised widely and remain in force until cancelled. 

When a fire ban is in place, the lighting of fires in the declared fire ban area is prohibited (including wood-fueled barbecues and stoves).

Gas and electric barbecues, including gas and spirit stoves, are permitted to be used during CFS-imposed fire prohibitions and CFS-imposed fire bans, provided:

  • they do not have the potential to generate airborne embers or possibly ignite nearby ground fuels

  • are not left unattended

  • are suitably contained.


Visitor Information

Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information 
18 Main Street Minlaton South Australia
T: 1800 202 445




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