Located 2 hours drive south east of Adelaide and stretching more than 130 kilometres, the Coorong National Park shelters a string of narrow saltwater lagoons along the Younghusband Peninsula with towering sand dunes.

This group of sites is at the southern end of the park, 22 kilometres south of Salt Creek, and about a kilometre off the main highway over a 2WD and bicycle accessible gravel road. The entrance off the highway is well signposted and the reasonably service road will take you directly to the camping area.

On the day that I was exploring the park, this was by far the most popular of the campsites I saw, probably due to the easy beach access.

There is a large choice of flat sites for self-sufficient campers, most protected from the prevailing winds by low growing mallee and just a short distance away is the entrance to a 1.3km walking trail to the magnificent beach.

The walk to the beach is not arduous, although in sections the track is very soft so keep to the edges where traffic has been lighter and you will get through without any real trouble.

Take water and food to last a hour or so on the beach plus some to spare.

Even on the most blustery of days, this is a place to sit a while to let the salt laden wind strip away your worries.

You do need to book online prior to arriving and there is a five day limit to your stay.

Park entry fees are NOT applicable to to day visitors.

Campsite Summary

  • Name: 42 Mile Crossing Campsite
  • Location: Coorong National Park, South Australia
  • Surface:  I was there at the end of winter and the sites were well grassed. In summer, this may be different.
  • Access: 2WD to the campsites and foot or 4X4 vehicles to the beach
  • Best Times: All year round with autumn and spring offering the most pleasant conditions
  • Opening Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Facilities: Plan to be self sufficient although there is a water tank on site along with the recommendation to treat the water