Kangaroo Island Council has 6 camping grounds spread around the island. Each campsite has its own unique features.


Fees apply for each location and are made onsite via a self-registration booth (iron ranger - cash only).
Credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) payments can be made at American River, Vivonne Bay and Brown Beach camping ground locations using the PARKEON Pay station. Coin payment is also accepted $2 $1 50c 20c 10c - No change or refunds given.

Instructions on how to pay using the PARKEON Pay Station:
1. Select Campsite type press yellow button until the desired product is reached (unpowered site, powered site, additional person or tour bus use of facilities)
2. Press green button to confirm your product type
3. To pay, use the following options:
Coin Payment - insert correct amount then press green button
Credit Card payment - insert card *do not remove card until instructed
Press -   +  ++ button(s) to select number of nights to confirm amount press green button
PayPass / payWave payment - Press -   +  ++ button(s) to select number of nights, confirm amount press green button, hold card against sensor until a beep sounds
4. Once payment has been made your permit shall print for display


Council does not take bookings for the sites and availability is on a first come, first serve basis. 


There are a few rules that apply across all the campgrounds:

  • Camp only in the designated areas.
  • Open campfires are not permitted during the Fire Ban Season at most campgrounds - refer signage at the campground or contact Council (for more information on Fire Ban Season contact the CFS website –
  • Where possible, the use of liquid fuel or gas stoves is recommended.
  • Generators are permitted between 7:00am and 10:00pm.
  • Chainsaws are prohibited.
  • Campgrounds are closed on catastrophic fire danger days.

All camping grounds are pet friendly.

The following table outlines the facilities at each camping ground with more specific detail provided further down.







Caravan Access






Picnic Area


Sheltered Picnic


BBQ Facilities




Beach Access1



American River

 6 sites
X X X3



X   X


Brown Beach

X    X X X3


X X   X


Duck Lagoon

X    X X  


X X    


Emu Bay

X   X    



Stokes Bay


25+ sites

  X X  


X X   X  

Vivonne Bay


8 sites

X X X3



Western River

X     X  


X X   X


1 Pedestrian access only 2 Rainwater tanks cannot be guaranteed as a reliable source of water 3 There is a cost of $2 per 5 minute shower payable via the coin slot machines located by each cubicle. Coin slot machine only accepts $2 coins.


Current Camping Fees:

- Powered site $27 a night for up to two people

- Unpowered site $17 a night for up to two people

- Additional persons $6 a night

Annual Camping Permit (Residents Only) can be purchased at Council Office or Penneshaw Community Business Centre.

- Family permit $122.00
- Person $61.00

**Terms & Conditions apply** see application form under related links.






American River Camping Ground

American River Campground


The camping ground is located near the American River Boat Ramp. American River is a sheltered small village, popular for aquatic activities including boating, sailing and fishing. Although not located at the camping ground, a sheltered playground is available nearby. There is a general store at American River and a number of dining options.

Brown Beach Camping Ground

Browns Beach Campground


The camping ground is situated adjacent Brown Beach, a secluded area adjoining the Hog Bay Road. Visitors can stay a few hours or camp amongst native vegetation for a few days depending on their needs.

Duck Lagoon Camping Ground

Duck Lagoon Campground


Duck Lagoon offers picnic areas, bird watching (including from a bird hide and observation platform), quiet walks along the banks of the lagoon and interpretation of the history of the area.

Emu Bay Camping Ground

Emu Bay Campground


The camping ground is situated in the picturesque small town of Emu Bay and is within walking distance of a fantastic white sandy beach. The level sites make this an ideal camping ground for caravans or motorhomes.

Toilets, BBQ facilities, playground and sheltered picnic area are availbale nearby (approximately 500m).

Stokes Bay Camping Ground

Stokes Bay Camping Ground

The camping ground is located on the north coast of Kangaroo Island, about 38kms west of Kingscote. Explore nature by walking through the rock tunnel to enter the bay where you will be greeted with a rock pool perfect for the kids. The camping ground is next to the Rock Pool café which is open from October to May.


Vivonne Bay Camping Ground

Vivonne Bay Campground


The camping ground is located walking distance from the long curved sandy beach of Vivonne Bay. Vivonne Bay is a fantastic location for fishing (jetty, beach or boat), swimming, beach combing and surfing. A general store is located on the main road.

Western River Camping Ground

Western River Campground

Western River has the best of both worlds: a lovely, peaceful river that runs into a secluded white sandy beach. The beach is typical of the beaches along the North Coast of Kangaroo Island and is accessible from the camping ground by walking across the bridge.
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