Check out these Australian camping tips and tricks for all keen explorers!
We love camping! But it’s definitely one of those learn-by-experience types of holidays. However, it’s not about how much you spend or the latest and greatest camper or gadgets. In fact, for beginners, we recommend considering campervan rental in Australia before you commit to any major purchases. You might think you’re a caravan type person but actually prefer a tent. Or, have your eye on a motorhome, but have your needs suited with a bespoke hard floor camper or Tiny House. Whatever your style, read below for Australian camping tips and tricks we’ve picked up while we’ve been camping around this great land. We aim to help simplify your next camping experience – whether you’re going it solo, with family or small group.
Australia’s one of those places where you can get lost on purpose or accidentally. Getting lost in some of our beautiful gardens, heritage homes or Melbourne’s rambling street-art filled laneways is a great way to pass a few days. Getting lost in the remote outback of central Australia is less than ideal and can be fatal if you lack supplies and communications. For this reason, some people will opt to attend a guided tour of less accessible areas. Others may choose to keep on the road with a well-stocked campervan, but engage the services of a guide to tour specific sites.
Many areas of Australia have a rich cultural heritage that might be lost on an untrained eye in the seemingly endless desert. Tours will enhance your insight into the traditions of Australia’s First People and their innovative, spiritual connection to the land. So, we highly recommended you try at least one if you’re passing through the centre of Australia and be in know the best, crocodile free swimming holes!
Pack, then pack Again
Especially if you’ve travelled with children, you’ll know the utter devastation that camping can bring to a minimalist ethos. However, with experience, you can travel light. Pack for your specific trip – if staying in more populated areas, food and drink will be accessible and reasonably priced. So don’t overpack with perishables. Water quality throughout Australia is great and fine straight out of the tap. Non-potable water (e.g. bore water) will be clearly signed.
We like the tip of packing what you think you need – then take about half of that away. But you can never have too much sunscreen or insect repellent if travelling in the warmer months.
Clothes can take up a lot of space and some areas of Australia can be scorching by day and surprisingly chilly at night. So roll instead of fold, and you probably don’t need that ‘fancy’ outfit when you’re on the road as Australia is pretty relaxed in terms of dress codes. For littlies, pack a day’s clothes in a small bag to keep organised – works well for adults also! Lightweight storage tubs will also help to keep items accessible, but stored in a logical manner.
Whether you get out and about quite regularly or are an infrequent camper, modifying your travel kit can save serious time. Some awnings can be fussy and tedious to set up, secure and pack down. Instead, try an easy setup gazebo – especially good if you’re moving from site to site regularly.
Maybe you didn’t source a powered site, or want to use your generator for something else. Enter the solar-powered light. Charged by the sun, solar lights won’t need to be plugged in, making them uber portable. We recommend both solar powered fairy lights for overhead light and lanterns for portable visibility – better than changing torch batteries all the time. We hope you enjoyed this post on Australian Camping Tips and Tricks: Enjoy your trip!