Epic Campfire Stories

One of the greatest things about outback camping is huddling up by the hot fire and listening to some epic campfire stories.

If you are interested in Camping Eyre Peninsula or looking to bring your school group on an outback adventure; you can't miss out this campfire story from your experience!



This dream time story represents one of the powerful forces of nature and spirit. The rainbow serpent is connected to water. Known for the great life giver and protector of water, which is his spiritual home.

 “Long ago in the Dream time when the earth lay sleeping and nothing moved or grew, lived the Rainbow Serpent. Then one day the Rainbow Serpent awoke and come out from beneath the earth. Refreshed from her long slumber she travelled far and wide leaving winding tracks from her huge body and then returning to the place she had first appeared.

On her return she called to the frogs "come out!" The frogs came out slowly as their bellies were full with water which they had stored during their long sleep. The Rainbow Serpent tickled their stomachs and when the frogs laughed, the water spilled out all over the earth to fill the tracks of the Rainbow Serpent. This is how the lakes and the rivers were first formed.

With water, grass and trees began to grow which woke all the animals who then followed the Rainbow Serpent across the land. They were happy on earth and each lived and gathered food with their own tribe. Some animals lived in rocks, some on the vast plains, and others in trees and in the sky. The Rainbow Serpent made laws that they were all to obey but some began to make trouble and argue. The Rainbow Serpent said "Those who keep my laws will be rewarded; I will give them human form. Those who break my laws will be punished and turned to stone & will never to walk the earth again". Those who broke the law became stone and were turned into mountains and hills and those who were obedient were turned into human form and were each given their own totem of the animal, bird or reptile from when they began. The tribes knew themselves by their totems - kangaroo, emu, carpet snake, and many, many more. So no one would starve, the Rainbow Serpent ruled that no man should eat of his totem, but only of other totems. This way there was food for everyone.

The tribes lived together on the land given to them by the Rainbow Serpent or Mother of Life and knew the land would always be theirs, and no one should ever take it from them.”

This is the creation story, known that when a rainbow is seen, it is the serpent moving to a different waterhole so the water will never dry out.

If you are looking for Accommodation Eyre Peninsula then Coodlie Park is great for the outback lovers and of course, those who love campfire stories.

Anna Heaton