Australian Camping Tips and Tricks: Save time and Hassle

Check out these Australian camping tips and tricks for all keen explorers!

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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.

 

Day Tours

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

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.

 

Quicker trips

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.

 

Lighting

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!

 

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Caution wildlife sign in West Australia next to the road – the danger of kangaroos emus and mammals

 

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10 thoughts on “Australian Camping Tips and Tricks: Save time and Hassle

  • October 18, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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    I am a huge fan of outdoor activities and camping is my favorite outdoor activity. Even though I have never been camping in Australia it sure has been something I always wanted to do. A lot of people would prefer a camping van but I think the only way to experience a great camping trip is to sleep in a sleeping bag inside a sleeping tent.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    It would be really fun to rent a camper van and get lost! I’ve never done an overnight in a camper van and would welcome the chance, especially to tour Australia that way. (Just think of all the lodging costs saved.)

    Having everything packed in the van and ready to go would be so convenient. I especially love the idea of using solar-powered lights and saving the generator. Believe it or not, of all the camping articles I’ve read, this is the first to offer up that “brilliant” idea. Bravo!

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  • October 16, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    I would say if you want to go camping in Australia it’s one place you really want to be prepared. Particularly in the outback where you could be miles from anything else. I’m sure these tips would come in handy for someone looking to put together an unforgettable camping experience in Australia.

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  • October 15, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    We would love to camp through Australia, so I really enjoyed reading your suggestions. We typically tent camp, but we might enjoy renting a camper van. It’s nice to hear that casual clothes will probably be enough there, so the fancy clothes can stay at home. It sounds like a solar light would be the way to go!

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  • October 15, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    Great tips! I have never been to Australia (yet) but I always pictured myself going around with a camper van. That sounds so fun and a great way to see the country. And sounds more me than sleeping in a tent. I’m glad you mentioned also kids, because we mostly travel with our kids onboard. As a first timer in Australia, I definitely need all these tips!

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  • October 15, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    This seems like a great list of tips and tricks to go camping in Australia. And Australia has such beautiful outdoors and wonderful scenery. It would be a crime not to go camping here. I would love to try out the outback. It intrigues me. But I will definitely start with a guided tour of that.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    This took me right back to when my best friend and I rented a campervan in New Zealand last year! I’m a light backpacker and rolling your clothes is one of my favorite tips. It saves so much time and space. The most important is figuring out when/where you’re going and planning for that weather though. I have seen so many people not pack what they should have, too little, or too much. These are some great tips and tricks!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    One of my dreams has been to rent a camper van and road trip around Australia. I’m definitely not a camper, but still want to experience the outside. I didn’t think about having to bring a generator to have extra lighting options. Good to know.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 12:21 pm
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    Australia has great outdoors. It is truly an excellent place to explore and go camping. Surely, these are great tips for those who wish to see and go camping in Australia.

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  • October 1, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    Though I have never done camping, but for Australia, I would surely go camping as it has many natural wonders and it can be fully enjoyed while staying outdoors. I would look for renting a camper van though have not done before but would rent it for some unique experience. You said rightly that getting lost purposely or accidentally is key feature of Australia as it has so much to do.

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