After 2 years of living in Australia, I finally went on my first camping adventure. As a complete beginner (okay yes, I've been a pampered little princess all my life), the experience was new and exciting, What better place to try it out than at Innes National Park in Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia?
|Innes National Park, South Australia|
While there are several camping grounds inside and outside of Innes, we chose to stay at the most popular Stenhouse Bay campground, simply because we were absolute beginners and staying closest to the entrance and the information office seemed like the safest thing to do.
|At our Stenhouse Bay Campsite|
While they say that the park is good to visit any time of the year, we visited at the end of summer - not too hot, not too cold, just right. People go swimming, surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, or bushwalking. It's such a big park with several walking trails, that you need more than just 1 day if you want to walk all trails.
|Hiking or Bushwalking at Stenhouse Bay|
|Cape Spencer Lighthouse at Innes National Park|
|Stenhouse Bay, Innes National Park|
|Shipwreck on Ethel Beach, Innes National Park|
Plan out your stay - how long you will be staying there and how many meals you will need. And this will guide you on the things you need to bring. [Also check out: 12 Things To Bring When Camping for Beginners.]
|Innes National Park|
The best thing about nature is that it is absolutely free. To camp at Innes, it only costs $10 for the car entry fee, and $12 for the campsite - which is very easy to book online. Aside from that, you only have to spend for the petrol/gasoline and food, and you're all set (assuming you already have camping gear, of course).