Parking Tiny Houses Part Three

There is a shortage of legal places to park a mobile home or tiny house for living, in Adelaide.  At present, traditional caravan and residential parks are the main option.  Of these, many are zoned tourist parks so have restrictions on the number of nights anyone can stay in a row.

The best option is a zoned residential park or mixed tourist with residential.  These often have discounted long stay or permanent parks, with no restriction on the number of nights stayed.  Some parks have age restrictions on the permanent sites, or will not allow children or pets, and may require a police check.  In all cases, ask first.  Visit the park to inspect the facilities and the site to make sure it suits your purposes.

Other than the parks listed below, there are long term sites available in nearby country areas, such as the Barossa Valley council district, that double as showgrounds.  Eden Valley and Mount Pleasant are two examples.  Their site fees are cheaper than standard caravan or residential parks.  The next post will look at what’s available in country areas, including National Parks in South Australia.

Parks are listed from the north to south of Adelaide, and include sites for mobile living or permanent cabin/transportable homes.  To buy a cabin/transportable home, search the area online in or

Virginia Residential Park:  This style of park in Adelaide is rare, but could be a model for future residential parks.  It features long term and permanent sites for mobile living, cabins for rent and sale, or space to built your own cabin. Facilities are available for everyone, and a site fee applies.  Ask about discounts and government rebates.

Hillier Park Residential Village and The Palms Residential Park:  Restricted to residents over 50 years of age, but you don’t have to be retired. Transportable homes are bought by the residents, not rented.  Weekly site fees depend on the size of the home. The park is for transportable housing only, not mobile homes.

Highway One Caravan and Tourist Park:  Long term site section.  On Port Wakefield Road, north of the city.

Cudlee Creek Caravan Park:  Scenic country area in the Adelaide Hills.  Long stay on application, $180/week powered, $150/week unpowered.

Windsor Gardens Caravan Park:  Long stay sites subject to availability.

Discovery Parks Adelaide Beachfront, Semaphore:  Usually maximum 90 nights in a row, but permanent sites are available (booked to mid next year, so on application).  Weekly rates apply.

Brownhill Creek Tourist Park:  Long stay and permanent on application.

Sturt River Caravan Park:  Long term and permanent available, $140/week for a site, or $200/week to stay in one of their on site caravans.

Marion Holiday Park:  No permanent sites, but long term available on application.

Woodcroft Park:  Permanent powered sites for $150/week plus electricity.  Permanent park cabins also for sale when available, pay a weekly site fee.

Moana Beach Tourist Park:  Extended stay up to 6 months at $210/week site fees in the off season.  Higher rates over summer.

McLaren Vale Lakeside Park:  Long term to permanent powered sites available on application. No permanent unpowered sites.  No children or pets on permanent sites. $168 – $235/week plus power depending on the length of stay.

Big 4 Port Willunga Tourist Park:  already full for permanent sites, but worth contacting to see what’s available.  Cabins can become available for sale, with weekly site fees.

Aldinga Beach Holiday Park:  No permanent or long term sites.  Cabins can become available for sale, with weekly site fees.

Mount Compass Tourist Park:  Long stay or permanent sites on application, $200/week powered site.

Goolwa Tourist Park:  long stay or permanent by negotiation, yearly fee.

The information provided was, to my knowledge, correct at the time of writing.  If you know of any other parks that are long term or permanent site friendly, please leave a comment.








Mobile Living as an Affordable Housing Alternative – Tiny Houses Part Two

Through necessity we need to find new ways to live economically, with less consumption and a lighter footprint.  Mobile living will become more important with climate change as some areas become unlivable.  Tiny homes utilise less space, less resources and cost less to run and build.  How much space do we really need to live well?

Bob Wells,, gives lots of advice for living a mobile, off grid lifestyle on a low income.  His website and YouTube videos also includes information on how to work on the road, and earn enough money to live comfortably.  Although in the USA, the information is relevant and adaptable for Australian conditions.  His YouTube channel includes interviews with people also experiencing mobile living, and how they have adapted normal vehicles for  living.

Wells talks about how to beat the heat in the city living in a mobile home, which includes information on stealth living.  Unfortunately our cities are not RV living friendly.  There is currently a stigma attached to people who live out of their mobile housing outside a caravan park. At any time a neighbour can keep a lookout for anyone living out of a vehicle, and report it to council. Living out of a caravan long-term in a driveway is not allowed in many areas, despite many homes including caravans. It’s as if we have the space, the park lands, the mobile homes and the driveways to park them, but don’t dare use them for anything other than recreational!

At a time when we most need access to affordable living spaces, our rules are the most rigid and the right to access is reserved for house owners and business, proving money is more important than people.

I’m hoping this will change dramatically in coming years, as the state governments and councils recognise the importance of access to free, safe, shady areas with amenities, drinking water and power.  We have a richness of council land and park areas that could easily be made available to tiny home living.  Mobile residential parks also bring volunteers, skills, money and community to the area.  Rural towns could really capitalise on offering free or cheap spaces, as land isn’t at a shortage. Instead of looking as mobile living as a recreational activity, we need to build it into our cities and towns as an affordable housing alternative.

The next post is a list of Caravan and Tourist parks in Adelaide that allow long term or permanent parking for tiny homes or recreational vehicles.

Tiny Houses Part One

Tiny houses and RV (recreational vehicle) living is a growing trend as an alternative to traditional housing. The USA has provided many ideas for portable living in small spaces.  As with Australia, housing has become unaffordable for many people.  Jobs are changing to gig economy, contract, and freelance, and often require movement to follow the work opportunities.

Increasingly, young people are recognising multi-skilling and travel is more important to them than training in one area and staying in one place. For young people unable to live in the family home (assuming there is one), house-sharing requires enough money for paying bills and eating, which is a stretch on Austudy or Youth Allowance. Especially with the recent cut in penalty rates for weekend workers.

Saving for a house with the expectation of being able to afford the repayments, is a shrinking dream.  For my own age group, women are the fastest growing group of homeless people in Australia.

Home ownership is declining, with less having paid off their properties, and under financial stress from repayments.  Trying to enter the market on a contract job, or a low paying job with no full-time benefits is impossible.

Add to this, the growing awareness of climate change, consumption, pollution, and wanting to live with a smaller footprint, and living tiny makes perfect sense.

The options for tiny living in Australia are in two parts.  The living structure, and where to place it.  Our council and government regulations are not set up for tiny living, particularly in cities.  Few caravan parks offer permanent sites.  Residential parks are privately run and have strict regulations on the age of the occupants, and if they are able to work or must be retired.

Most spaces are for temporary sites, and have restrictions on the time spent in one place. The regulations are set up for permanent, unaffordable housing, or temporary sites for holidays or grey nomads.  While granny flats are allowed in many backyards, this doesn’t work for people who need permanent, or long term access to land to build or park a tiny house.

More will be discussed in Part Two.


India Flint

Another important early innovator in the contemporary movement of sustainable and ethical fashion is India Flint.

India is an Adelaide artist, living on a property in the Adelaide hills.  While a friend and I were sharing a studio at the JamFactory in the mid 2000’s, India held an exhibition in the main gallery space.  The fragrance of her scattered lemon-scented gum leaves greeted us each day as we entered the building.

Songs from the Wastelands, an installation from Earth Matters

Although dyeing with eucalyptus leaves had been done before, India discovered and innovated a technique to transfer the dye and shape of leaves onto silk and wool fabric.  Her experimentation with every type of eucalypt available during her Masters Degree at the University of South Australia, expanded to include wild flowers and found objects such as rusty nails for mark making.

India is respectful of hand made techniques such as hand stitching with the thread in a colour and thickness of yarn that contrasted with the finished fabric.  She used up-cycled clothing and fabrics as a base to decorate and make new clothing.  She ignored minimalist approaches to fashion popular at the time, instead embracing layering and allowing the fabric to dictate the silhouettes.

Jo Roads, Deon Hastie Petroglyphs, clothing by India Flint

Her unorthodox approach to the fabric itself, allowing the material to keep the wrinkles and creases from the dye process, created a three dimensional effect.  This added extra texture to the fabric, which was already  uneven in colour and pattern due to the natural dye process.

India has spent subsequent years to date touring the world teaching workshops and showing her beautiful work in galleries.  Many textile artists and designers have been influenced by her work, including myself, and I don’t think it’s possible to overestimate her influence on the future of fashion and textiles.

India Flint website, including images, workshops, exhibitions, books and contact details.

Upcycled Fashion: Junky Styling

Junky Styling are possibly the best known upcyclers of fashion.  Designers Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager, worked from an exposed studio on a shop floor to show transparency in the entire process.  Operating from 1997 to 2012, they started out at the Kensington Markets, then shared a space with a vinyl record store, and finally opened their own shop in East London.

Junky Styling shop in East London, 2012
Junky Styling shop 

I first came across the label in the mid 2000’s.  Westwood and Kawakubo were the innovators of unconventional fit, Kawakubo and Margiela the founders of deconstruction, but Junky Styling were leaders in the modern eco movement of fashion, deliberately using second hand or surplus materials.

Junky Styling Brick Lane, London

With the boring sameness of street wear, it was exciting to see clothing that was surprising.  Junky Styling were unique and inspiring in their approach to redesigning existing clothing without losing the integrity of the original item.  As self taught designers, they approached the remaking of clothing in a clever, unorthodox way,  making good use of the hard work already done in cuffs, collars, pockets, button fronts, tie backs and any tailored detail.

Suit upcycled to hooded bomber jacket, Junky Styling
Suit upcycled to hooded bomber jacket, Junky Styling

Not restricted by the traditional approach to fit, by turning clothing upside down, inside out or sideways, they were able to invent a new silhouette out of an old design.

This video shows a knit cardigan turned upside down, sleeves taken out, and after some refitting via darts and pleats, the sleeves are reinserted the new right way up for a draped neckline shrug; scarf and short top in one.

Upside down cardigan becomes shrug with scarf, Junky Styling
Upside down cardigan becomes shrug with scarf, Junky Styling

Their use of traditional men’s suiting to create unisex street wear was both subversive and intelligent design.  By reusing existing materials and design features, they could transform the message of the ‘suit’  with women taking part, and breaking down the formality of the clothing.  Turning a tailored suit into a halter top for women or a bomber jacket with a hoodie for men, carries on the anarchistic approach of punk.

Junky Styling halter dress from men's suit jacket
Junky Styling halter dress from men’s suit jacket

Their in-house Wardrobe Surgery, offering a made to measure design service from the clients own pre-loved clothing, was the foundation for their book of the same name.

Junky Styling: Wardrobe Surgery
Junky Styling: Wardrobe Surgery

The book details their business, including patterns from some of their well loved designs.  A pattern can be reused, but the fabric is always different, so each item of clothing is unique.

Junky Styling vest and shirt
Junky Styling vest and shirt

The Junky Styling designers emphasise finding your own look, and creating what fits and suits you personally.  They also say to be brave in cutting through fabric and experimenting.  This advice is useful for anyone, including designers!

Suit halter top and recycled men's shirts skirt Junky Styling
Upcycled suit jacket halter top and men’s shirts skirt Junky Styling

Junky Styling were founding members of the Ethical Fashion Forum and the “brand aligned with Oxfam’s reuse, recycle and resell philosophy aiming to combat the 1.4 million tonnes of textile waste sent to landfill each year.”

Junky Styling inside Brick Lane shop, London
Junky Styling inside Brick Lane shop, London

Although the shop has now closed, one half of the partnership, Annika, is running her own business including upcycled custom clothing design and consulting for the re-use of waste or excess materials in the textile/fashion industry.


Junky Styling: Wardrobe Surgery