The Bamboos


The Bamboos is a nice little spot about 10 kilometres north of Balgowan on the western side of Yorke Peninsula.  About 175 kilometres from Adelaide.  Tiparra Rocks and The Gap are two other sites along the same stretch of road and all are very similar spots.

The Bamboos is an open area tucked in behind some largish sand dunes.  The are no designated sites, but the camping areas are spaced out amongst the low scrub.  There are no large trees, so privacy may be a problem, although the shrubs that are present provide a tiny bit.

This is the camping area looking down from the sand dunes.  This is facing east.  You can see the track leading back out to the "road".

The ground is sand, but hard and sometimes rocky underneath.  Generally though, you will have no trouble pitching a tent.  As you can see from the photo above, a caravan or camper trailer would be no problem, the only issue is getting it this far along the track from Balgowan.  It's quite narrow and bumpy in places and after rain it's a nightmare.

There are no facilities.  Campfires are allowed but you must bring your own wood.  Water can be sourced from Balgowan, but you need to bring everything else.  There is a small shop at Balgowan, but it's opening times are irregular, coinciding more with peak times.

The site is nicely sheltered from any wind from the westerley quarter, so if it blows up a bit, you should be OK.  However, the best time to visit here is when the weather is a bit warmer so you can take advantage of the beach which lies just over the sandhill.  It's only a short walk through the dunes, but the sand is quite soft.  Keep in mind the need for shade as there is none available naturally.  When the weather is hot, the campsite is like an oven, especially if there is no breeze.  The flies will do their best to drive you bonkers too.

Looking north west from the sand dunes.

The beach is shallow and protected and offers good swimming on nice days (not like the one in the photo).  Fishing is not too bad either, but the water is shallow, so you have to be patient.  Berley is the key to catching garfish and tommies.  Walking the sandflats and casting lures will produce some nice flathead at times.

Like Tiparra Rocks and the Gap, there is not a great deal of wildlife present as the strip of native vegetation and sand dunes between the sea and farmland to the east is quite narrow.  However, kangaroos are sometimes present and there a numerous bird species, especially in the spring.

If you are lucky enough to have the site to yourself, which happens regularly during winter and off peak times, then peace and quiet is assured.  It is free to camp here, but you must still obtain a permit.  This site will name the places at which permits are available:

Be sure to take all rubbish out with you otherwise it might not stay free.

Kids love it here as there is acres of room for them to explore.  The beach stretches for miles in either direction, offering an almost endless playground.  Dogs are allowed as well and, needless to say, he or she will enjoy themselves.

Looking south, back towards Balgowan from the sand dune.  Heaps of space for the kids....and the dog.