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“Life, I reckon, is like camping. (I may or may not recently have been camping and be a little scarred.) Camping is a lot of hard work. Everything is a chore. The set-up is enormous. It takes so much work to make it enjoyable – you set up the shower, set up the toilet, set up the swags and tent, set up the campsite.
Camping has moments of joy.
When you wake at dawn and what seems to be a New York City of birds are singing in the new day all around you and everything is mist-cool and beautiful. And for the three hours from sundown to sleep, those drinking-red-wine-around-the-fire hours under the biggest skyful of the Milky Way you’ve ever seen. Camping, in those moments, is glorious.
The rest, people is bloody hard work. But, if it wasn’t for the work, the glorious would not feel glorious. Just like life.”
Kathleen Noonan, Courier Mail Qweekend Magazine, 29-30 October 2016
(reproduced with permission)
“The man or woman who has never lived in camp has missed one of the greatest pleasures on earth.
It is a clean life and a healthy one, for the soul as well as the body”
From an early Scout manual published in 1909 with a introduction by Lord Baden-Powell
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” (John Muir)
Cool of the Wild
Nothing beats the feeling of gathering around a campfire with a few friends or family under a clear sky. The concept of building a campfire sounds easy, right? You only need a pile of wood and a match. Anyone who has ever been out camping knows that starting a campfire is not as easy as you think, especially in wet conditions. Creating the perfect campfire is an art that requires patience, expertise, and suitable supplies.
If you’re here, then chances are you’re aware that wild camping enables you to explore further and adventure more into your natural surroundings. Whether you’ve done it before or you’ve recently been inspired to take a walk on the wild side, choosing the right wild camping spot can really make or break a trip.
When fatigue kicks in it’s easy to just throw down your tent where you stand but that easy option can lead to a sticky situation later on. With a little know-how, simple recommendations and some planning, your wild night can be as smooth as your roll mat!
In this article you will find:
Camping means different things to different people. Many see it as a chance to explore, to get out and about and go adventuring. Whilst others like to kick back, relax and get well acquainted with their camp chair and beer cooler. We like doing a bit of both. But our downtime at camp is filled playing camping board games for several hours at a time (with a beer and a comfy camp chair, no less!).
What better way to end a physically challenging day out in the wild than by giving your brain a good workout too? Camping board games offer entertainment for everyone and are also an exceptionally good rainy day camping activity for all the family.
Nature’s calling, and so is a camping adventure.
New to pitching a tent? There are 165 national parks with campgrounds in Queensland, and not all of them were designed for roughing it. In fact, there’s not much more than a few letters difference between camping and glamping, if you know what you’re doing.
So if you’re looking for a nature escape that isn’t too wild, here’s our beginners guide to camping in Queensland national parks – in comfort. Read on …
There’s only one thing better than camping, and that’s free camping. Here are some of the best free campgrounds around Queensland, from the beach to the outback and every camp spot in between.
We are Explorers
The Sea to Summit guide to personal hygiene
It’s important to know how to take care of business out on the trail. While it’s no big deal to stink, it’s another thing to end up with a nasty stomach bug in the middle of nowhere because you didn’t know any better.
If you’ve never been camping before then you are in for a treat! There are so many amazing benefits of camping, aside from it just being plain good old-fashioned fun, and there’s a load to learn to make sure you are comfortable and safe. But camping for beginners can be a fine line between survival and having the best time ever – if you don’t quite know what you are doing then things can easily turn pear-shaped and you might never want to go camping again. The worst possible outcome!
To get the full picture of everything you need to know before you go camping for the first time, you should read this article from top to bottom. We’ve also linked to some of our more in-depth articles if you want to do some extra reading. And if you want to skip to specific areas then you can go straight there by clicking on any of the following camping for beginners categories:
Cool of the Wild
Have you ever camped in the rain? And I don’t mean a sun shower. I mean rain, that doesn’t ease up. Good or bad experience?
Generally, most people will say its far from ideal, and many just pack up and head home early. And if that is possible, then do it. Because it is not fun. Sometimes, ending a holiday is not possible, and you are going to have to just deal with it.
Important disclaimer before you read further: I do like rain on the tent at night. It’s a great sound to hear when you are warm and dry. So a little rain, is not going to kill you, and doesn’t mean a ruined holiday. Stay calm and keep camping.
So, here are some tips for camping in the rain (ie. not sun shower)
Source: Go Camping Australia
If you’re looking for an eco getaway, camping out in the bush or by a beach is surely a green way to go. Isn’t it?
As with everything us humans do, camping does have an impact on the environment — but if you put some thinking into it, you can minimise that.
Two camping enthusiasts share their tips on making your next camping expedition a greener one. Read More
A new resource from Go Camping Australia.
Being outdoors and camping is typically a safe and happy time. But occasionally, we hear of campers who have had the misfortune to be the victim of a person(s) who care for no-one but themselves, and are intent on ensuring that rather than work for their own belongings, it’s easier to steal someone else’s gear.
Here in Australia, most campers are there to help each other when needed, and don’t have intentions to steal, but it is better to follow the old adage “better safe than sorry”.
No matter who you are or how you grew up, many people get the urge to get away from it all for a little while. Disconnecting from everyday life and heading out into the wilderness can be a very relaxing and rewarding experience. However, without much experience in the outdoors, it can be daunting to take your first steps into the world of camping. There is so much equipment, so many campsites, and so many competing opinions. What is the first step?
Source: Go All Outdoors
A collection of camping tips from US based 50 Campfires that makes interesting and useful reading.
A new article by Jeremy Lam from We Are Explorers called How to Camp in Hammock. Lots of good useful information about what you need, how to set up your hammock and how to get a good nights sleep. It is well illustrated too with some great photos of hammock sites in the Blue Mountains
An article that appeared on the 50 Campers website highlighting the many reasons why carrying a pocket knife is a good idea …
There are so many reasons to carry a pocket knife everyday – and not just the days when you’re camping or hanging out outside. Personally speaking, it’s on par with any other household tool like a scissors or screwdriver that we might use daily. We’d like to share a few of our favorite everyday uses for a pocket knife. This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but rather a thought starter about how carrying a knife daily could make your life easier.
Camping is a great way to experience the Australian bush and see native wildlife. Take your pick from around 470 camping areas in Queensland’s parks and forests. You can enjoy spectacular ocean views, listen to the peaceful sounds of the rainforest, gaze at the stars while toasting marshmallows over your camp fire, spot unique wildlife and enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities from bushwalking to adventure sports.
Make a Queensland national park or forest your next destination for a bush or beach camping getaway. There are camping opportunities to suit everyone, from remote camp sites with few or no facilities to camping areas equipped with toilets, showers, picnic tables and sites for camper trailers, caravans, motorhomes and tents.
We quit our jobs, sold the house, put the dogs in the truck and set off to explore Australia and live A LIFE BENEATH STARS!!!
Free camping videos
Family camping ideas, tips and tricks and information to help make your camping trips easier to manage and more fun for all the family
Glamping: a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.
Glamping is where stunning nature meets modern luxury. It’s a way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world—without having to sacrifice creature comforts.
Did you know that if you live to 78.6 years old you will spend a total of 92 days on the toilet (and men spend 4 more minutes on the toilet than women daily). No wonder some people really worry about going to the toilet when camping – it’s a big part of our daily lives as the fact above attests!
Go Camping Australia
What is a perfect campsite? This is a difficult question to answer since you can’t always just find a flat piece of ground and take that as your space. Use area restrictions, terrain, water sources, and crowds, just to name a few, play a big part in selecting THE spot. But to make that selection just a tad easier, here are some tips … (US article)
See also: Leave No Trace (Australia)
“The best part of camping is that there is no particular season in which this outdoor recreational activity can be enjoyed. Camping is an all season recreational activity and can be carried out in whatever season deemed fit by a camper. It provides a person a way to get attached to nature and fulfill the inner need of exploration.”
Harshit Jain aka Jainty
Camping for Women is a website and organisation created and contributed to by women campers for women campers.
The Camping for Women tagline is ‘The Global Resource for Women Campers’ which is the vision to continually build a comprehensive resource catering to the wants and needs of women campers irrespective of their location.
Packing the car for a camping trip. What could be difficult about that?
Well, if you have stumbled across this page, chances are you might be needing a little bit of help. Or maybe a few ideas on what you should do; or find out what you could be doing wrong.
Now the beginners among you, might be the sort of campers who want to start off the right way! If so, this story is going to help you get that start in the right direction.
See more tips at: http://www.gocampingaustralia.com
Renowned Aussie bush mechanic, adventurer and CTA columnist John ‘Roothy’ Rooth has urged campers to use caution when carrying or loading boats on their trailers.
When properly loaded and carried, a boat can add heaps of enjoyment to your RV lifestyle, however, it adds significant weight to your rig and should be carefully considered before hitting the road.
John ‘Roothy‘ Rooth, well-known 4WD identity and CW columnist, said a boat is one of the best things to add to your travelling rig, but great care needs to be taken
Like any endeavour, camping is more enjoyable with a little preparation, so assembling and packing the equipment you need is your first order of business. If you’re tent camping, it pays to heed certain rules — you don’t want to share your snacks with the wildlife, do you? And sometimes you can camp with a campfire. Knowing how to get a campfire started is a welcome skill to have.
Camping is a wonderful way to spend time in the great outdoors. But if you’re tent camping, you don’t want to welcome too much of the great outdoors into your tent.
Happy campers observe simple rules, such as those in the following list, to keep tenting tidy and safe:
When breaking camp, be sure to restore the site as close to its natural appearance as possible. Taking down camp should be done according to the following guidelines to ensure everything goes smoothly:
Please note this list is indicative only – to get you started!
Cooking & Eating
Food & Water Storage
and things to leave at home
Caring for the Outdoors: A Minimum Impact Code
The places we all choose to go outdoors to camp, to walk, to ride, to climb,
to paddle, to fly and to sail, are very special. The uniqueness of the place adds
to the outdoor activity experience. As more people discover the pleasures of recreating in the outdoors, it becomes more apparent that our bush, beaches and waterways need care and protection to ensure that they are around for many more generations to enjoy.
It is the responsibility of everyone participating in outdoor recreation, to follow a minimal impact code of practice. By observing a few simple rules, we can all make a difference and the special places we go will remain special.
Plan your trip
Protect the wildlife
Protect the waterways and lakes
Choosing a place to camp
Disposing of waste
Fires and fuel stoves
Be considerate to others
Travel discreetly and leave no trace of your passing. Stay as quiet as possible and enjoy the peace and beauty of the bush. Learn to enjoy the Australian bush for what it is, not what you bring into it. Treat the wilderness and nature with the utmost dignity and respect.
Trips to national parks, campgrounds and the outback are an enjoyable activity for many people. The clean air and beauty of nature are often an undeniable draw for people who want to escape the noise, traffic, and overall hectic environment that is associated with living and working in cities and towns. To keep this experience enjoyable for everyone who seeks it, people must understand the right and the wrong way to behave during their trip. Ethical camping ensures that the environment stays healthy for current and future generations.
(Big thanks to the girls at Creative Girls Adventure Book Club for this link – working hard to keep Mother Earth clean and beautiful)
Camping with children is an outstanding way to share a love for the outdoors without breaking the budget. While family backpacking or camping does take a great deal of planning and loads of patience, it is a rewarding activity for both you and your children.
If you have gone camping before, you will quickly realize that to go camping with children requires added responsibility and alertness on a parent’s part. Common sense and good judgment are the rule. Not surprisingly, the crucial point to a successful camping trip with parents and children is often rooted in their first experiences outdoors together.
A question commonly posed is, “When is my child old enough to begin hiking and camping?” The answer depends on your child. No two personalities are the same; no two children the same. What may work for one family may not work for another.
The following guidelines can help you decide when and where to introduce your child to the great outdoors, but please remember that the only firm guide is each child’s particular personality and physical condition. Whatever the activity, you must let her pace herself.
Children are encountering growth spurts during this period and are definitely vulnerable to stress and overuse injuries. Use caution and listen to your children — they may need to back off a hike
Be prepared to get down and dirty with your children. Experience the outdoors with them — don’t just watch them. Parents shouldn’t scold their children for getting up close and personal with a mud puddle, dirt, a bug, or more. Become childlike in your pursuit of the outdoors and your children will appreciate even more the time you spend together in the wilds.
25 Camping Hacks for Kids
A few of tips scoured from the internet
Camping is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors. But in the excitement of a trip, and because of the unfamiliar surroundings and ways of doing things, it can lead to life-changing accidents.
Life-changing injuries result most often from burns or fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Following some simple safety advice means your camping trip should be a memorable experience for all the right reasons.
On this page you will find advice for:
We could talk your ear off about camping safety tips, but there’s no bigger safety measure than preparing the right way first. Hopefully you have heard of the Five Ps: proper preparation prevents poor performance. Let the Five Ps be your guide! A safe camping trip is one where you have checked off all of the boxes to ensure everyone is safe and happy
(Note: Although this is a US based article it has a lot of useful tips – just don’t woirry too much about the bear spray in QLD!)
Take care around your campfire!
Sitting around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, we discussed that
we had visited this particular campsite without knowing much about it – there was very little information available online – and once there, we discovered that there was nowhere to get water, the toilets were disgusting and that shade and privacy was minimal!
Determined that other campers know this key information so they too could be more prepared, the website was started, and has grown and grown, to now include gear reviews (from an Australian perspective), handy tips and guides.
Before you leave home check the park alerts on the NPSR website for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Go to Park Alerts
Scouts Queensland operates 37 campsites across the State.
By becoming a ‘Supporter of Scouting’, you and your family are able to camp at any one of them.
Find yourself outside.
Discover and book tent camping, caravan parks, cabins, and glamping—everywhere from national parks to blueberry farms.
Camps Australia Wide is now in its twentieth year of operation and are Australia’s most recognised travel guides, through the production of the ever popular Camps series (Camps 10) and Caravan Parks Australia Wide (Parks 5). Whether you are heading away on the “big lap” or just a weekend away, let our Camps Australia Wide guide you – campsites, camping resources and more …
Campsites (Go See Oz)
Go See Oz contains a wealth of travelling information to encourage the mobile traveller to venture outdoors, more often & better prepared. It will allow you to plan a safe journey, with inspiration, confidence and enthusiasm.
Camp sites, rest areas, farm stays, parks, caravan parks, showgrounds …
In this article you’ll learn all the different camping coffee making methods and even a few camping coffee hacks. You’ll discover some new methods, how to adapt your current methods to the campground, and which methods are best for your preferred style of camping. Either way, one thing’s for sure: you’ll come away knowing how to make coffee while camping! Read More
Source: Cool of the Wild
When you are out camping, hiking, and backpacking you have a lot on your plate. Sadly, gourmet food is usually not one of them. It can be down right impossible to pack enough food and gear to make delicious and varied meals, right? Wrong! With the right know-how you can make amazing food without a lot of gear or ingredients. Check out these 25 easy camping recipes that use 5 ingredients or less and you’ll never cook (or eat) the same way again. Read More
Source: Eureka Camping
3 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
(alternative – use 1/2 cup of fresh or long life milk and only 1 cup of water adjusting as needed)
Add dry ingredients: flour, salt and milk powder into a bowl.
Add water gradually stirring as you go.
Now the fun part! Add a bit of flour to your hands, get those fingers working and ensure everything is mixed together. Once your dough is forming, place the mixture on a well-floured surface and knead lightly. Shape the mixture into a round and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes.
Grease & Dust your camp oven with flour and place your Damper inside OR place your damper on some greased foil inside your camp oven
Place the lid on firmly and place camp oven on the hot coals
Cover the lid with coals also and allow to cook for around half an hour
NOTE: The damper will sound hollow when you tap it once it’s cooked.
Source: Little Aussie Travellers
There is a great article on camp oven cooking (page 6) in the 2019 January edition of the 50 Campfires Magazine
For most of us, coffee is an essential starter in the morning on any camping adventure. Even those who don’t drink coffee usually love its smell wafting across a campsite. Combined with frying bacon and wood smoke, it’s an aroma that can’t be replicated anywhere else.
What’s the best way to make camping coffee? Well, that’s the source of prolonged debate among experienced campers. Everyone has a favorite recipe or technique, but if you have an open mind here are some you might want to try yourself.
Source: 50 Campfires
Scientifically, granolas or mueslis are often recommended as the breakfast of choice because their long, slow release of energy keeps you active and alert. In addition, I often use a small pack of granola enhanced with a few M&Ms as a snack or a treat along the way. The chocolate gives you a short burst of zing – just the thing when the hill in front starts to look a little steep.
I usually make my granola at home and take it with me as a cereal in small serving-sized sealed bags. The bag can be used as an alternative to a bowl by simply cutting off the top and adding either UHT milk, UHT yoghurt or pureed fruit (in the squeeze bag). Granola does have a long cooking time, but you don’t really need to do anything labour-intensive apart from a little mixing from time to time.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 90 minutes to 2 hours
You can mix and match the seeds and nuts in your granola to cater for different tastes and flavour combinations. Dried unsalted pumpkin seeds are a good alternative or an “as well as” to the seeds portion of your granola. I get my own out of pumpkins that I grow at home; sun-drying works well. To give a colourful boost (and some instant energy) to your granola or appeal to younger travellers (or even the not so young ones), try adding some Smarties, M&Ms or mini marshmallows. This is after baking and cooling of course. Or you could try adding dried fruit, chopped or whole, such as raisins, sultanas, apricots, mango or apple just before serving.
250gm rolled oats
100gm unsalted sunflower seeds
100gm unsalted cashews
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
100ml sunflower oil
4-5 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 140°C/275°F.
Mix together the rolled oats plus the seeds and nuts in a shallow roasting tin.
In a small saucepan, heat the sunflower oil and honey for a few minutes, stirring well. Add the vanilla to the saucepan and mix. Pour the honey mixture over the oat/seed/nut mixture and mix thoroughly. A clean pair of hands is a good tool for this.
Bake at 140°C, stirring occasionally, until the granola mix is golden and crunchy. Allow the granola to cool and then store in an airtight container.
Pumpkin seed muesli
As with the previous recipe, the dried fruit that you use in your muesli is your choice. I am a huge fan of dried mango and raisins, whereas my husband prefers apricots. I have added the dried apple in the ingredients list for this muesli as an addition to the other dried fruit. The dried apple adds a beautiful flavour and texture to the muesli.
Be aware that some store-bought dried fruit may include chemicals that can bring on medical conditions. Best to dehydrate your own.
50gm unsalted pumpkin seeds
50gm sunflower seeds
50gm slivered or flaked almonds
200gm rolled oats
2-3 tablespoons shredded fresh coconut
100gm dried fruit, roughly chopped
50gm dried apple, chopped
Pop the pumpkin and sunflower seeds in either a food mill or food processor and pulse until they are roughly chopped. You can keep pulsing until the nuts and coconut reach a consistency that you prefer. Now place the chopped seeds as well as the coconut in a dry frying pan over a low heat. Heat until the seeds and coconut are very lightly toasted.
Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir well. Store your muesli in an airtight container or in airtight or vacuum-sealed bags until ready to use
Food when camping can be a big part of your camping experience. Your whole day may revolve around what the next meal will be.
When you are new to camping, there are a lot of things you need to think about. Food is no exception.
In fact, you will find that’s a big part of having a good camping trip. Because being hungry is no fun. Meals are also a time when everyone gets together, either around a table or the campfire, so food becomes a very social part of camping as well.
Amy Molloy knows a thing or two about camping and camp grub. Here she lets us in on some tips she’s learnt along the way.
Gluten free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan or just plain picky. Outdoorsy types are meant to be easy going but that doesn’t always translate to our eating requirements.
In fact, my hiking crew are fast becoming more dietarily difficult than a group of Bondi hipsters and I’m no better. So, if you can’t serve up sausages in a can, what are the quick and easy alternatives that are still light to carry? No-one wants to go to their sleeping bag hungry, so trying adding these tasty tricks to your menu…
by Laura Collins, Hannah Sanders & Enya Schaefer
The three of us got together to create an outdoor cookbook that can be used by both outdoor
professionals and outdoor education students alike. We wanted to make it an easy to use
resource for whenever inspiration or information is needed for both outdoor expeditions and base-camping trips. We also wanted to give options for people who have a variety of dietary requirements.
Every Australian who goes bush ought to have a camp oven as part of their kit. They are simple and to use, and they produce some of the most mouth-watering meals you’ll ever eat, enhanced by the great environment in which you consume the results.
Without a Hitch
There are numerous reasons why one should learn how to make a solar oven, whether they are going to be using one for camping/outdoor living, or conducting a science experiment, learning the dynamics of a solar oven are greatly beneficial.
Solar ovens afford many the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint, minimize greenhouse gases, and learn about Newton’s Laws of Physics all in one creation.
Having a leisurely breakfast when camping is a very civilised way to start the day.
If you have the time (and desire) to have something apart from Weet-Bix or bacon and eggs on the barbie, then camping can be a great place to try something a little different.
See more at www.gocampingaustraliablog.com
Easy Camping Breakfasts
Downloadable ebook from Go Camping Australia
When camping, sometimes breakfast ideas are not always easy to come up with, apart from the classic bacon & eggs or pancakes. Both are delicious options, which will be included in this guide (but with a twist).
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