The dos and don'ts of camping in summer
Summer’s here and that can only mean one thing - it’s time to dust off your canvas palace and get back to nature. Australia is made for camping, whether you’re up for surfing your brains out on a camping trip to Byron Bay, getting back to nature in the bush, or rocking your socks off at a summer festival, get out there, have an adventure and make some memories.
DO check out the summer festivals
Summer’s all about hitting the festival circuit, and there’s plenty of events to choose from, whatever type of music floats your boat. Pitch your tent and head out to explore the Falls Festival in Marion Bay or Byron Bay, which are always guaranteed sell-outs, and the cruisey beats at Woodford Folk Festival in Woodfordia on the Sunshine Coast always draws large crowds for New Years camping and partying.
DON'T forget to slip, slop, slap, slurp and spray
Camping is all about getting out in the great outdoors and immersing yourself in nature, but the harsh Australian summer means you’ll need to be properly prepared so you’ll have a good time. Firstly, unless you want to spend your holidays rocking the lobster look, be sun safe with a wide brimmed hat, plenty of sunscreen and light clothing to cover yourself. Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water and finally, don’t forget the mossie repellent.
DO respect your neighbours
Camping with your mates means fun, fun, fun, but don’t forget your lucky tent city neighbours might not be up for late, raucous nights. Enjoy yourselves but don’t get too carried away! And always remember where the toilet is.
DON'T forget to look after the environment
Leave only footprints and take only photos and memories. Respect also applies to the environment, so remember to pick up all your rubbish and belongings, and tread lightly where you stay so the next visitors can enjoy it in the same way you have. Pay attention to fire warnings too - campfires are often banned at certain times during the summer when the bushfire risk is high.
DO get off the beaten track
If you’re a nervous camper who likes their home comforts, you might want to find yourself a campsite close to town amenities with a pool, laundry and kitchen or try a tour. If you’re up for more of an adventure, Australia’s national parks offer basic facilities in some of the best locations, often right on the beach. Spend your days hiking to waterfalls, surfing and hanging out with your mates at the beach, and by night, a beer or two round the campfire under the stars is the perfect end to a great day.
DON'T forget lighting
Under a starry canvas, you’ll struggle to find your way around at night if you don’t have adequate lighting. Pick yourself up a head torch so you’ll be able to find your way to the toilet block and back without accidentally stepping on any night-time critters or tripping over any guide ropes.
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