Christmas is coming – enjoy your holidays in parks with all the creature comforts of home.
If you’re more into glamping than camping, South Australia’s national parks have short-term accommodation available.
From historic miners’ lodges and lighthouse keepers’ cottages to recently renovated accommodation with fully equipped kitchens, there’s options perfect for individuals, couples and groups of up to 10 people.
Here’s a selection you can book online:
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park offers accommodation in the form of seven charming former miners’ lodges dotted around the ruins in the historic town of Inneston.
Most of the lodges have been renovated, but still retain their historic exterior. The Engineers and Managers lodges are perfect for larger groups, both sleeping up to 10 people. Perched high on a hill, they offer superb sea views and views across Inneston Lake from their wide verandas.
For smaller groups, choose the Norfolk, Miners, Gatehouse or Mallee lodges. You’ll also get the bonus of power points.
Only need to book for two? No problem, the Post Office is perfect for couples with one bedroom.
Flinders Chase National Park is home to several fully-furnished historic lighthouse keepers’ cottages perfect for a relaxing getaway.
Imagine spending a weekend in heritage accommodation right beside the Cape Borda Lightstation.
Flinders Light Lodge features three bedrooms that sleep up to seven people with magnificent sea views.
Hartley Hut sleeps smaller groups of up to three people and is your best bet for seeing wildlife at your doorstep.
For a getaway for two, the Woodward Hut, a quaint single roomed stone hut, is our pick.
Also located within the park, towards the south-western end of the island at Cape du Couedic, are three fully-furnished, three-bedroom lighthouse keepers’ lodges that each comfortably sleep up to seven people. The Karatta, Troubridge and Parndana Lodges are in a great location only a short walk from Admirals Arch.
In walking distance of the Visitor Centre at Rocky River, there are two additional heritage cottages available for hire. May’s Homestead, built in the 1890s, has two bedrooms suitable for six people and Postman’s Cottage is a single room stone hut that sleeps four.
You can also hire lighthouse keepers’ cottages at Cape Willoughby Conservation Park. Both Seymour and Thomas Cottages are fully refurbished and sleep up to nine people.
While you’re there, don’t forget to book yourself in for a guided tour of Cape Willoughby Lightstation, SA’s first lighthouse. From here you can occasionally see schools of salmon or humpback, southern wright or killer whales.
Want some variety? You can mix your accommodation bookings to spend time in different locations on the island.
As an added bonus, if you book five nights or more in any of the heritage accommodation listed above you’ll receive a complimentary Kangaroo Island Tour Pass which is valid for the duration of your stay.
Flinders Ranges and Outback
Boasting fantastic bushwalking and camping Mount Remarkable National Park, located in Mambray Creek, offers two cabins for hire.
Alligator Lodge, located on a hillside in Alligator Gorge (Wilmington), sleeps up to 10 people in three bedrooms and is well located to explore the park’s scenery, bushwalking trails and gorges.
The lodge offers visitors lovely views of the surrounding bush and blue gums from its floor to ceiling windows.
Situated in the main campground Mambray Creek Cabin sleeps up to four people and offers a more rustic camping experience. But you’ll want to know your camping buddies quite well – the cabin is open plan with no bedrooms. Bring everything with you except cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery which is provided, but leave your hairdryer at home as there are no power points.
(Main photo: May's Homestead and Postman's Cottage, Flinders Chase National Park)
This story was originally posted in September 2016.
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