Rapid bay camping
Rapid Bay is approximately 2 hours from Adelaide. Follow the signs to Cape Jervis (where Kangaroo Island ferry departs & arrives), and you will see the turnoff to this coastal retreat. If you’re looking for a beautiful inlet, it’s worth a visit. It’s located on the eastern shores of St Vincent’s Gulf.
The campsite is located right next to the beautiful Bay with its incredible water.
- It is a large grassed field with no designated sites.
- Sites are unpowered. Shade is only around the perimeter— so you must bring shelter in hot weather.
- After you arrive, select a site, and the manager of the campsite (a caretaker), will collect the small fee for each night. For adults, it is approximately $9
- There are toilets, but there are no hot showers. This one block of toilets is often used during peak hours. This would be unpleasant.
- Water is readily available
- There is no booking system or way to know availability. You just show up.
- Campfires and metal drums are not allowed.
It is a beautiful spot to rest in terms of the clear waters (not the camping area). This location is also very popular with caravans (as there are many nearby). Deep Creek Conservation Park They are not recommended for them.
Because there isn’t much shade, it’s almost like camping on a large oval. There are no trees or shrubs to separate your campsite from others. If you don’t know how to set up a campsite for those who like solitude, you might be surprised. You may find that people squeeze into every available space, even if it is busy. This close proximity should be expected.
Generators are available to everyone as there is no electricity. You might be lucky enough to hit someone who doesn’t have the courtesy of these machines. There have been reports of loud campers who disregarded others and continued to party all night. You must turn off the generator at 10pm.
However, dogs are not allowed. Must be kept on a leash at ALL times A reader visited the site on October Long Weekend and found that dogs were roaming free, attacking her dog (which was leashed). This is a serious problem and campers must be monitored to ensure that everyone is safe.
This place wasn’t for us as bush campers. It is a popular choice for some people, and it can be a great place to camp if you like it. We prefer to be alone when camping so it was not the ideal camping spot for us.
Rapid Bay: Please Note Camping is first in, first served
Go Camping Australia is unable to advise you on the number of spaces that are available or book you into this campsite. We are not affiliated with any campground.