Bowman Park, Crystal Brook - SA RVFD

Free Camping - South Australia


Bowman Park is approximately five kilometres from Crystal Brook; located 200 kilometres north of Adelaide and 111 metres above sea level. Crystal Brook is a pleasant service centre in the heart of some of South Australia’s most productive sheep and wheat country.

The area was first explored by Edward John Eyre who passed through the district in 1839 and, being a bad speller, recorded the area as ‘Chrystal Brook’. This was Eyre’s first attempt to penetrate into the interior of South Australia.

This location has ample parking for all types of vehicles, picnic facilities, access to public toilets and is the perfect location for a peaceful overnight stop for self-contained.

Cost: Nil charge

Parking: 48hrs, room for 2-3 vehicles

Opening Hours: 7 days

Peaceful setting not too far from the main highway for a night or two of you are heading North or South. Earlier reviews are still relevant.

We agree with the other reviewers plus there are electric Barbecues which were spotlessly clean. There is also an on-site Caretaker who maintains the area.

20/03/2022 Stayed for two nights. Agree with previous reviewers although objected slightly to one camper who had the generator going all day for air conditioning essentially for his cat. Grounds are excellent but gardens need a bit of love. There was a Tai-chi group on the oval one evening. Good size - better than camp in town.

Lovely spot, potable water and flush loos. Plenty of shade if desired (don't camp under the big spotted gums though!) Donation box beside the bins near the notice board.

Stayed here overnight with about 5 other vans. Not a large space but more could easily fit. It is certainly a lovely spot and interesting gardens and history. It is also a public recreation area and the night we were there they showed an outdoor film that saw the place inundated by a few hundred locals but they were all gone by 9pm and we had a quiet evening. This apparently only happens about 4 times a year! A lovely free camp and highly recommend.

Lovely camping area. Plenty of room, though be wary of overhanging branches. The history of the place is interesting and good to see how the volunteers are resurrecting the old homestead gardens. Good, short bushwalks to do, and a lovely grassy oval to kick a ball or have a picnic. Only downside (for some) is poor internet.
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