Coward Springs, South Australia

Today becomes tomorrow's heritage
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Coward Springs Campground was once a station on the old Ghan railway line. The site was constructed in 1888 and abandoned before the line was closed in 1980. Greg Emmett and Prue Coulls have been here as your resident hosts since 1991. We have built facilities, planted hundreds of locally native trees, restored the heritage buildings and much more. In 1998 the site (which includes two houses, two in-ground rainwater tanks, a bore, date palms and athel pines) was added to the South Australian Heritage Register.

Campground facilities

  • Campsites are in the shade and shelter of historic trees including date palms; other sites are amongst more recently planted native trees.
  • Facilities are built from recycled railway materials with some surprising details, including artwork.
  • Showers are for campers only (wood supplied)
  • Each site has its own fireplace. Please bring your own firewood. There is no firewood collection at, or within 10km of, Coward Springs. (No fires from late October to April.)
  • The feeling is that of a bush camp but with the comfort of toilets and showers plus attractions such as a 'natural spa' and a museum (open April to late October) that will make you want to stay longer.
Please arrive early - we have limited sites to ensure you experience the outback peacefully and uncrowded.
  • Camping fee - $15.00/person a night (children 3 -15 half price).
  • Bookings encouraged.
  • If you want a campfire then please bring your own wood, preferably from home. There is no wood (including kindling) collection at or around Coward Springs.

  • Self-registration on arrival (although we are often there to greet you).
  • No generators after 5pm or in the mornings.
  • Pets are OK as long as controlled and cleaned up after.
  • We recommend that tour groups or large groups book to ensure a site, especially in school holidays - email or phone (08) 8675 8336.

We are open year round however our season is from Easter to late October. Try to avoid travelling out of season when temperatures can be in the high 40's (degrees centigrade) for weeks on end.

Day visitors

Not camping?
You are welcome to visit for a small entrance fee between 10am and 4pm.
$2/person (children 3 - 15 half price)

'Even the toilets are beautiful - they frame the sunset!'