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.








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.

The Relevance of Art

With the growing popularity of Street Art, I was interested to see at Wonderwalls in Port Adelaide this year, a group of writers working on a wall next to a Street Artist*.  The Street Artist listed her own name on the official program, and the others worked under a crew name, for obvious reasons, to stay incognito.

This defining difference between the establishment and the newcomer, made me reflect on art in general, and the opening up of avenues for displaying and expressing art.

Our Art Gallery of South Australia is under the direction of Nick Mitzevich, who is happy to show colonial art next to Aboriginal/First Nations cultural objects.  He follows that theme around the gallery, mixing together works that would usually be seen as opposing, as having something significant in common.  As we don’t have a formal contemporary art building (yet), Mitzevich treats our gallery as contemporary art meets the art history of the world, including representation from our Asian neighbours.

This is a challenging and exciting way of displaying art, and keeps the gallery relevant culturally and geographically.  It also makes the gallery an inspiring place to visit, as we see the old collection in a new way and the new work in the context of the old.

After spending some years now admiring and participating in street art, I feel the pristine white walls of a gallery space that shut out history, noise, and windows to the outside world, are both restricting and old in the limited atmosphere and lack of authenticity in the space.  The artist is responsible for creating these things, which can come across as contrived and like a static museum display.

When operating exclusively in a gallery setting, an artist can begin to take this for granted, and I think that impacts on the relevance of art in the real world.  Artist Alfredo Jaar says to imagine the world we want to live in, meaning to use art to push us towards that world.  The beauty of street art is that it goes to the people, the people don’t have to seek it out.  Street art also reflects the integrity of the existing surrounding, and so becomes a part of it.

I’ve said previously, I embrace all street art, including tags and sgraffiti, as relevant to the contemporary and historical art scene.  Widening our definition of art as existing in the everyday, allows us to think outside the gallery space and work alongside others who have different perspectives, and so makes what we do relevant.

As a footnote:  The Art Gallery of South Australia could be inclusive and embrace street art by opening the outside side wall(s) as free walls for any artists to participate.  Then we would have a world leading rather than a world class art gallery.

*Street Art as the new wave of painters who only work by permission to paint a wall, street art includes any form in general.

South Australia leading the Nation

Or Old Ideologies v’s the Future.  I’m starting this post with a fascinating live link to the energy sources powering Australia at the moment:

The next installment of the Perfect Storm II began earlier this week when our Premier, Jay Weatherill, announced South Australia was taking control of its own energy needs.  This came after constant sniping from the Federal Liberal National Government over our blackouts the last few months.

Some history to the blackouts

South Australia wasn’t the only state experiencing blackouts over summer, but the other states are powered mostly by coal.  The Federal Government has an unusual obsession with coal.  Against majority international scientific opinion, they regard coal as the future, and do everything they can to ensure Australia’s main energy source is coal.

After each blackout the Federal Government would blame our high uptake of renewable energy.  In every case, this wasn’t the cause.  In contrast there was silence when the other states experienced blackouts.

The last coal fired power station in South Australia and the Leigh Creek coal mine closed last year.  This was due to economic reasons.  The Victorian Hazelwood brown coal fired power station is also going to close this year.

In contrast, the Queensland Government with assistance from the Federal Government, is in the process of allowing Adani to open the biggest coal mine in Australia, and is attempting to push through amendments to the Native Title Act to over-ride any opposition from the First Nation peoples.  The Adani CEO was responsible for a major environmental disaster in South Africa, and here are some more reasons why the mine shouldn’t go ahead:

The Announcement

As part of our state taking control of its energy needs, our Premier announced we would install a 100mWh battery storage system, after visiting Tesla boss Elon Musk offered to solve our blackouts by installing a 100mWh system in 100 days or it would be free*.  Tesla has already installed a 80mWh system in California.  Germany is also aiming to increase their storage from 60mWh to 200mWh this year.

The announcement included increasing our gas extraction (we are assured it doesn’t including fracking) and also building a new government owned gas fired power station to ensure (cheaper?) reliable energy supply.

We are told gas is a bridge between coal and 100% renewable energy for our state.  Port Augusta is very keen on building a solar thermal plant, and the Government is due to make a decision on this by June.  Many renewables supporters think we should stop investing in gas and put all the money into renewable energy sources only.  As more money is invested, the cheaper renewable energy becomes.

The fact is, the power purchase solar panels on our roof have generated an average of 23kWhs/day from October to January, and with battery storage we could have easily powered our household and put energy back in the grid.  There are many roofs without solar panels in SA.

Like most other Australian states and territories, there is massive land space in South Australia for wind, solar thermal, and solar panels.  With battery storage, we have the weather to power South Australia and further afield.  Our Federal Government has removed incentives for renewable energy and recently talked about using the clean energy fund to finance a ‘clean coal’ power station, to the disgust of many.  it is extremely frustrating watching the Government bypass opportunities to support renewable energy based on old ideologies.

Our Premier’s announcement sparked a panicked policy announcement by Prime Minister Turnbull to increase the size of the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme by 50%.  Along with the newly elected Labor Government in Western Australia, hopefully this is the beginning of a turnaround towards renewable energy.

*The SA system is going out to tender so one or a multiple of companies can bid for the project.