Everything You Need To Know About Wild Camping In Australia

Camping is such a great way to travel and explore nature. There is nothing better than falling asleep under the stars and waking up to the sound of the birds, free from all of the noise and pollution of the city. But a lot of people find that their camping experience doesn’t quite play out like that. Instead of the quiet tranquillity of nature, you find yourself on a busy campsite filled with all of the noise and the people that you were hoping to escape. Although you can still have a great trip if you go to a campsite, you need to go wild camping if you want the true camping experience. 

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If you are going to go wild camping, it’s important to remember that it is a lot different to normal camping. You don’t have the luxury of onsite showers and toilets or electricity hook-ups, and there are certain rules that you need to follow so you can be sure that you are preserving nature and not causing damage to the environment. Before you set off on your first wild camping trip around Australia, make sure to read this guide. 

How Is Wild Camping Different From A Campsite? 

Wild camping may seem as simple as heading for the nearest woodland and pitching a tent, but it can actually be quite dangerous and you need to do things differently to what you normally would in a campsite. 

When people think of camping, they picture sitting around a campfire in the evenings, but when you are wild camping, you need to be very careful. In some areas, wildfires are a big risk, so you should never light an open fire when you are wild camping. Always make sure that fires are controlled and you have water on standby to put it out if it gets too large. If you are camping in an area where wildfires are a risk, you should also plan a safe escape route out of your camp so you are safe if the fire gets out of control. 

Water is another big concern because, unlike campsites, you won’t have a convenient tap where you can fill your water bottle. When you are planning your trip, you need to find a spot close to a water source (it will need to be purified) and make sure to bring plenty of water with you. 

There may also be a lot of dangerous animals lurking nearby when you are wild camping, so make sure that you research the area beforehand to make sure that you aren’t camping right near some venomous snakes or bears. Wherever you decide to camp, leaving food out is a big risk because it can attract predators, so keep your camp clean and tidy. 

Finally, you need to be prepared for harsh weather because it can be very dangerous. Always check the forecast before you go and if the weather is going to be particularly bad, you should consider postponing the trip. If it is likely to be incredibly hot, make sure to pack some extra water as well. 

What Are The Laws Around Wild Camping?

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Many people think that wild camping means that you can pitch up anywhere you like, but that is not the case. There are laws around wild camping in Australia that govern where you can and cannot camp. 

In the outback, the laws are very relaxed and you are allowed to camp pretty much anywhere you like. Just make sure that you keep your area tidy and don’t leave anything behind. However, in other areas of the country, the laws are very strict and you may be issued with a fine if you camp illegally. If you want to be safe and make sure that you are definitely following the law, you should look into the great wild camping spots in the national parks. When you are planning your trip and looking for the best camping spots, make sure to double check that you are allowed to camp there before you go. 

What Equipment Should You Take? 

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You don’t have all of the same luxuries that you get at a normal campsite, which means that you need to make sure that you bring the right equipment. 

The tent is the most important piece of equipment, and if you go for the cheaper options, you will regret it. Always check the hydrostatic head rating on the tent as this gives you an indication of how it will stand up to the rain. There are also some great blackout tents that are ideal for blocking out the sunlight and keeping you cool during the summer. If you are camping in an area that has a lot of bugs and snakes, you may want to consider a suspended tent that is raised from the ground. 

If you want comfort, you could also consider a camper trailer instead of a tent. There are some great companies like Austrack Campers that sell fully kitted out campers for a more comfortable camping experience. They are ideal if the weather is bad or if you are worried about wildlife getting into your tent. 

Next, you need to invest in a good sleeping bag and, again, the cheap options won’t hold up if you are wild camping. Always make sure to buy a good quality thermal one so you can stay warm at night, otherwise, your wild camping experience will be miserable. 

Finally, you need something to cook on, and it’s important that you are able to control your fire when you are wild camping. A small, lightweight backpacking stove is ideal because it doesn’t take up too much room and it allows you to cook food safely without a large open fire. You can get some great dehydrated camping food as well, so you can simply boil some water and you have a nice meal ready. 

Wild camping can be such a great experience, but it is important that you know what you are doing before you go. Now that you have read this guide, you should know everything that you need to know to have a safe, fun wild camping trip. 

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Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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