Hillocks Drive in South Australia has been in the Bennet family for over 90 years. With 3,500 acres of pristine bushland and sweeping ocean views, it’s easy to see why.

 

If we could paint a picture of a perfect campsite, Hillocks Drive might just be it. The ideal mix of wild bushland and let-me-in-the-water-right-now coastlines, you’re gonna love this place. It even has its own 7km beach, Butlers Beach, which offers enough surf breaks and rock pools to keep you busy for a lifetime. 

Update: The marlin hidden at Hillocks Drive has been found!

Explore the other campgrounds for your chance to win a whopping $10,000 BCF Voucher thanks to our mates at Great Northern Brewing Co!*

 

The Details

Location

Hillocks Drive is located 3.5 hours from Adelaide, 14km East of Marion Bay South Australia and 16kms from Dhilba Guuranda–Innes National Park. To get there, travel the length of the Yorke Peninsula to Warooka and then turn west (right) in Warooka following the signs to Stenhouse Bay/Marion Bay and Dhilba Guuranda–Innes National Park. From there, it’s just over 55km until you reach the campsite. You can get full directions (and GPS coordinates) here

Facilities 

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Rubbish disposal
  • Sheltered and shaded areas
  • On-site shop selling grocery basics and fishing tackle etc

 

Camping Options 

Type of camping available:

  • Bush camping
  • Two Ocean Pods (glamping)
  • Homestead (four-bedroom house sleeping up to 12 people)

Cost:

  • Camping: from $28 per night for two people per car
  • Homestead: from $230 per night (up to 6 people)
  • Ocean Pods: Start at $210 and $460 for the weekend

 

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Things To Do

At The Campground

  • Surf, surf, surf
  • Try your hand at rock fishing
  • Go snorkeling 
  • Explore the rock pools
  • Skimboarding
  • Tackle the Walk the Yorke walking track section that goes through the property
  • Laze on the beach and marvel at the pristine waters
  • Visit a neighbouring national park

 

 

Adventures Close By

  • Get your hike on at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. Tackle the 11km hike to Gym Beach or keep it short and sweet with a 2km circuit to Stenhouse Bay Lookout
  • Travel a bit further and try the Investigator Strait snorkelling trail which takes in 12 different shipwrecks dating back to 1849. Waters can be treacherous so make sure you’re experienced enough
  • Go scuba diving. The Yorke Peninsula is renowned for its diving sites and you’ll be spoiled for choice

 

Food & Drink Close By

  • Beach Break Cafe to get your caffeine hit before surfing
  • Marion Bay Tavern, for good ‘ole pub grub including locally-caught fish of the day

 

Photo thanks to Craig Brokensha

Your Hosts

Hillocks Drive campsite has been owned by the same family since 1929, when current owner Pam Bennett’s grandfather stumbled across the ocean-front bush plot and couldn’t resist its charms.

Originally purchased for farming, Pam’s parents, Pat and Bill Butler saw the potential for a camping business and officially opened Hillocks Drive to the public in 1969. Today, Pam keeps the tradition alive and welcomes guests from all over the world every year.

 

 

Whether you want a back-to-basics bush experience that feels like you’re a million miles from anyone, or a camp spot with 5-star ocean views, Hillocks Drive (also known as Butlers Beach)  has you covered.

But it’s more than just a campsite. Pam uses profits from the campground to fund conservation efforts in partnership with neighbouring Dhilba Guuranda–Innes National Park and Warrenben National Park and the district of Marna Banggara.

Spend a bit of time here and it’s easy to see why you’d want to protect this place. Pam’s favourite thing about the whole camp is the pristine rock pools, full of crystal clear water and endless marine life. And, back in the bush, if you’re lucky, she says, you may even spot an endangered Pygmy Possum.

 

HINT: Where’s the Marlin hidden?

Walk the plank on Butlers Beach and you’ll find the Marlin all-right. As long as you keep looking.

Where’s the Best Place To Enjoy a Great Northern on the Property?

On the cliff top at Hillocks Point. Preferably timed with sunset for a full oh-yes moment.

 

Photo thanks to Craig Brokensha

 

*AU res 18+ only. Starts 12.01am (AEST) on 28/04/2022, Ends 11.59pm (AEST) 08/05/22. Ts&Cs can be found here. Promoter: CUB Pty Ltd (ABN 76 004 056 106).

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