Escape and go off grid

There’s nothing like surrendering to Mother Nature’s nurturing embrace as you wake up to the sound of birds, not your alarm. It’s now even easier to get back to nature when travelling in South Australia without giving up any comforts, with the groundswell of new places to stay that are in tune with nature.

Oct 16, 2020, updated Oct 21, 2020
Tent On A Hill, Fleurieu Peninsula

Tent On A Hill, Fleurieu Peninsula

1. Bayside Glamping Tiny House | Yorke Peninsula

Coastal charm defines the brand-new Bayside Glamping Tiny Home at Marion Bay. Just a short drive from picturesque Willyama Beach and on the doorstep of Innes National Park, this off-grid tiny home is the ultimate couples retreat. Soak in views of the surrounding native grassland from every window, climb the ladder and retreat to your loft bedroom, sip your morning coffee on the deck with kangaroos and emus for company, then cook breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen before venturing out to explore. Solar powered, rainwater reliant and with a natural composting toilet, your stay will have minimal impact on the pristine surrounding environment.

Bayside Glamping Tiny House, Yorke Peninsula

2. Oceanview Eco Villas | Kangaroo Island

Going off-grid doesn’t mean roughing it, at least not at Oceanview Eco Villas on Kangaroo Island. Perched cliff-top on a secluded and private 500-acre property 10km north of American River, these brand-new villas are just a short stroll to the beach. The two villas are especially designed for 5-star comfort with minimal impact on the environment. Hosts Tim and Tasmin will also ensure every need is catered for, including gourmet meals.

Oceanview Eco Villas, Kangaroo Island

3. Cabn | Adelaide Hills & Fleurieu Peninsula

Unplug and unwind at one of four CABN’s tucked in secluded serenity around the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula. From falling asleep surrounded by nature in the bush, to just a short stroll to some of McLaren Vale’s wineries, there’s a cosy CABN to suit every getaway. Choose from the original CABN Jude surrounded by bushland, Matilda nestled in a quiet corner of Kuitpo Forest, Georgia on the doorstep of McLaren Vale’s vineyards or CABN Chloe just down the road. These cabin’s get snapped up quickly so be sure to book ahead. Added bonus, CABN Jude and Matilda are also pet friendly.

CABN Chloe, Fleurieu Peninsula

4. The Cube | Murray River, Lakes & Coorong

The ultimate riverside escape tucked on the banks of the River Murray just outside Murray Bridge, The Cube is one of the most immersive ways to experience life on the river. An hour’s drive away from Adelaide, The Cube sleeps two people and features all the creature comforts including a queen bed, ensuite and kitchenette complete with breakfast supplies. Kick back on a sunlounge on the deck and watch as boats cruise by, take to the water in your very own kayak or cosy up by the fire pit with a glass of red.

The Cube Murray River, Murray River Lakes & Coorong

5. Hillocks Ocean Pod, Yorke Peninsula

This a camping experience with a deluxe difference. Hillocks Ocean Pod, surrounded by coastal bush with uninterrupted views of Butler’s Beach and Hillocks Point, is solar powered and kitted out with eco-toilets to add comfort to camping. On the doorstop of Innes National Park, you can watch dolphins pass by your dining room window and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the surf.

Hillocks Ocean Pod, Yorke Peninsula

6. Bandicoot Springs, Adelaide Hills

A tiny log cabin on the edge of a natural spring in Ironbank in the Adelaide Hills, Bandicoot Springs is the perfect nearby nature retreat, including an elusive bandicoot. Tucked in bushland 10 minutes from Stirling, the cabin is a great base for bushwalking, birdwatching, foraging or winery hopping.

Bandicoot Springs, Adelaide Hills

7. Bellwether Wines | Limestone Coast

Rolling up to Bellwether Wines, 7km north of the Coonawarra township, is a step back in history. Based in the 1868 Glen Roy Shearing Shed, the cellar door has a community kitchen in the heart of the winery, welcoming campers to stay. You can stay the night glamping in a Bell tent or camp with your own gear. Indulge in a degustation served by the chef and the winemaker – limited to no more than 10 people. There’s an extensive produce garden and friendly farm animals as well.

Bellwether Wines, Limestone Coast

8. Wandering Souls Glamping | Kangaroo Island

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Wake up at a winery, overlooking the ocean or surrounded by wildlife on the ultimate eco-friendly island escape. With eight locations on Kangaroo Island, from Bay of Shoals Winery to American River and Stokes Bay, and five glamping tent styles to choose from, all you need to do is decide where you want to wake up and leave the rest to the team at Wandering Souls. They’ll set up your luxury bell tent, complete with queen-size bed, and pack it all down when you’re finished so you leave nothing but footprints behind.

Wandering Souls, Kangaroo Island

9. Camel Beach House | Eyre Peninsula

With the Southern Ocean as your front yard, Camel Beach House is the ultimate coastal escape. Tucked on the golden sands of Mount Camel Beach, just south of Venus Bay, this eco off-grid property is solar powered and rain-water reliant, while the design has embraced passive heating and cooling principals and incorporates energy efficient appliances. With two queen size beds and plenty of space to lounge around, it’s the perfect destination to get away with friends.

Camel Beach House, Eyre Peninsula

10. Coorong Cabins | River Murray Lakes & Coorong

Sitting near the Coorong Lagoon, Coorong Cabins are the perfect place to stay and explore the natural beauty of the Coorong National Park. The two cabins, one sleeps two and the other sleeps four, are serviced by a camp kitchen, and have air-con for the summer heat and a wood heater for winter chills. An easy drive in along Seven Mile Road, the cabins are a great based for year-round adventures.

Coorong Cabins, River Murray Lakes & Coorong

11. Pike River Luxury Eco Villas | Riverland

Clocking off from city life and onto river time at Pike River Luxury Eco Villas is a guaranteed ticket to riverside relaxation. Wake to the gentle calls of waterbirds before casting off and paddling down river in your own canoe to explore bubbling brooks and secluded wetlands. The five unique villas have all been built with sustainability in mind without compromising on comfort. Pike River is even home to Australia’s first privately owned sun farm.

Pike River Luxury Eco Villas

12. Tent on a Hill | Fleurieu Peninsula

Retreat to luxury after a day sipping your way around some of South Australia’s best wineries at Tent On A Hill, perched high above in the wine country of McLaren Vale. Cosy up in a luxurious bell tent surrounded by gum trees and kangaroos while drinking in views across McLaren Vale’s vineyards. With a queen-size bed, toilet and camp-style shower, it’s the ultimate eco-friendly couples retreat.

Tent on a Hill, Fleurieu Peninsula

13. Ecopia Retreat | Kangaroo Island

More than 60 hectares of natural wilderness surrounds Ecopia Retreat, located in the centre of the island. From this Kangaroo Island retreat, guests are given front row seats to the untouched bushland and native animals that roam the island freely. Choose from three bespoke luxury retreats each designed to be eco-friendly using rainwater and an off-grid solar energy system.

Ecopia, Kangaroo Island

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