How to Camp Like a Local in Australia

Written by on May 1, 2017 in Featured - No comments

There is nothing Australian’s love more than camping. If you’re traveling to Australia and you want to experience the best of Australia like a local then you need to camp like one. Australians have an affinity with the outdoors and the laid back spirit is perfect for camping. Australian’s love to camp so much because of the amazing landscape and flora and fauna and the warm Aussie weather is perfect for a good old fashioned camp in a tent or swag.

What You’ll Need

Camping is a true part of the national culture in Australia. Over a long weekend, the school holidays or even just on a Friday afternoon, you’ll see a trail of caravans and camper trailers ready and waiting. It’s very common for Aussie’s to buy good quality camping gear and the ride should be good too. Of course, if you’re not planning on camping out for too long and just want an overnight or 2 night stay somewhere then you’ll likely be fine with a small tent or even a swag in the warmer months.

Aside from the accommodation you’ll need these basics:

  • Bedding
  • Basic toiletries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Camp ovens or stoves
  • Table
  • Clothing suitable for all weather conditions
  • Kitchen utensils and cooking equipment
  • First aid kit
  • Food and drink
  • Gas bottles
  • Lanterns
  • Deck of cards
  • Plastic bags
  • Extra water
  • Matches
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch

Where to Stay

There are campsites absolutely everywhere in Australia. Whether you schedule your stays by the hour on the hour in a detailed itinerary or you’re just ready to get on the road and be spontaneous you are sure to find plenty of places to stay.

If you have somewhere specific in mind to stay due to your destination having a beautiful landscape or it’s a highly popular spot then you may need to pay a little bit to camp the night. Most National Parks have camp grounds available, however you may need to book ahead to reserve a spot during high camping seasons, like the summer holidays or over the Easter long weekend. National Parks usually have non-powered camp sites available for as little as $20 – $30 Australian dollars.

However, if you really want to experience Australia like a local, then you’ll want to find free spots to camp. There’s not much more Aussie’s love than camping but getting a really good deal might just be one of them. It’s important not to just camp anywhere as you could be fined and of course cause some damage by staying just anywhere. That being said, there are a huge number of free camp grounds in Australia, even in the most sought after locations.

How to Behave

Whether you’re camping alongside a bunch of Aussie’s, tourists or you’ve found a destination all to yourself there are always rules you’ll need to follow to be a good camper in Australia. Here are the top etiquette rules when camping in Australia:

  • Don’t pitch your tent too close to other campers
  • Keep the noise down (don’t play loud music and if you have a generator, stop using it after dark)
  • Leave your tech at home (unless it’s your camera you should leave your tech gear at home, camping is for getting back to nature)
  • Take only photos, leave only footprints (make sure not to take anything back with you, you didn’t bring yourself and make sure you pack up everything you brought and leave no trace behind)

 

About the Author

Diana Edelman is an avid traveler who recently spent four years living as an expat. Most notably, Diana spent nearly three years in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked with Save Elephant Foundation to raise awareness about the realities of elephant tourism. Currently based in Las Vegas, Diana works in many industries as a publicist, social media expert, content creator and journalist. The founder of Vegans, Baby, you can normally find her hanging out at vegan restaurants around town, exploring the beauty of the desert southwest or camped out at a coffee shop banging on a keyboard. The co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, Diana has spoken at conferences about travel blogging and responsible tourism.

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