Caravan, Camping and Recreation By-Law - Common Questions

Caravan, Camping and Recreation By-Law – Common Questions

This by-law is designed to control visiting camping, RV and caravans to ensure sustainable practices.

Where and when will you be able to obtain a permit?

Permits will be available at the same locations we currently dispense boat ramp permits.

Where are the designated camping areas?

It is expected that the current designated areas within Franklin Harbour are to continue to be open for camping, these are along Beach Road in the beach access points, Lucky Bay, Port Gibbon and the motor home park.

Council wishes to open further designated areas in the future, including Payne’s and Syke’s Weir.


What will the cost of permits be?

The fees will be set by a resolution of Council, they will be reviewed annually as part of the Fees and Charges which are put out for public consultation. Currently proposed at $5 per night, it is hoped that monies collected will be available to improve facilities such as toilets and shelters and fund current rubbish removal.

The fees will not be required for residents and rate payer’s only visitors.


Can you light a fire?

Fires are subject to normal burning requirements, no differentiation is made for camp areas.

Cowell is situated on Franklin Harbour approximately halfway between Port Augusta and Port Lincoln, it is an ideal place for visitors to break a long journey or to take a holiday and enjoy the pleasant climate and relaxed life style. One of the safest and best fishing areas in South Australia, Franklin Harbour is a land-locked bay with a narrow entrance through which boats have access to the harbour's calm waters.

Council Office

6 Main Street


Monday to Friday

9.00am - 5.00pm

Closed Public Holidays

PO Box 71


Visitor Information Centre

The Franklin Harbour Institute

8 Main Street



After Hours Emergency Contact: 0428 292 019 (not monitored during office hours)