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Heading to Arno Bay – a South Australian road trip for your bucket list


THERE is not a lot at Arno Bay, but that’s exactly what we wanted.

A great pub, a few local shops and a caravan park so close to the water that at one point I thought the waves were going to crash into the campervans and caravans! It is truly a ‘get-away’ place.

If you are in South Australia and choose an Adelaide campervan rental, getting there is easy. Pick up your camper in the city and head north-west about 530km.

Or, like we did, you can take the car and passenger ferry from Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula, just north of Adelaide, and cross the Spencer Gulf to Lucky Bay in under two hours. After negotiating Adelaide’s peak hour traffic only hours beforehand, Lucky Bay, with its awe-inspiring outback scenery, was a welcome sight. Arno Bay was an easy 20-minute drive from there.

We fell in love with the place – and we weren’t the only ones. The people on the site next to us had planned a three-week stay, but five months later were still there. It’s just that sort of place. A stunning waterfront, great fishing, bush walking, views, history – even sea lions. And for the adrenalin junkies, sand boarding looks awesome and the kids had a blast.

The oceanfront is very safe for swimming, kayaking or snorkeling and there is a new playground right next to the caravan park – perfect for families. Do as much or as little as you like, just make sure you add Arno Bay to your bucket list when looking at a great driving holiday in South Australia.

The Great Australian Doorstep airs on 7TWO, Southern Cross TV and Aurora on Foxtel.

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