Bush Camping: What You Need To Know

Category: Inspiration, News, Date: 22 March 2023

Bush camping is a fun and exciting way to experience outback Australia, but it’s important to have the essentials down-pat before you embark on your adventure.

Here are some important tips you need to know on bush camping!

Prepare for the weather

Australia can have some bizarre weather patterns, often reaching extreme levels- so it’s important to always be prepared.

Make sure you have appropriate clothing and gear to keep you comfortable in all conditions.

The UV rays out bush can be particularly brutal, so have an airy long-sleeved shirt and a broad-brimmed hat on hand

Be especially aware of the risk of bushfires, which can be a significant danger during the summer months.

You can keep an eye on the fire danger risk through the Bureau of Meteorology here.

Be aware of local wildlife

Australia is known for its diverse wildlife, often in a notorious way from our overseas counterparts.

Snakes, spiders, and crocodiles are the main inhibitors of the Aussie bush, and you need to make sure you’re constantly alert.

Learn how to identify and avoid these animals, and take appropriate precautions to protect yourself.

Whether it’s checking your shoes before putting them on, or researching a pool of water before hopping in- any prior research is always useful.

Always check out the relevant state bodies’ advice on wildlife before your trip.

Plan Ahead

When it comes to bush camping, not everything is guaranteed.

Know where you’re going to, and what facilities you’ll have access to.

Reception is especially spotty out bush, so make sure you have a physical map to prevent getting lost.

You can also download an offline map on your mobile device, but you’ll always want a backup in the case of a dead battery.

Some bush camping areas may have no facilities at all, so you’ll need to bring everything you need, including water, fuel, food, toilet paper and camping gear.

Follow local regulations

Make sure you understand and follow the rules and regulations for bush camping in the area you’re visiting.

Some areas may have specific rules about camping, campfires, and other activities- so it’s important to head online before your trip and research your site’s local regulations.

Respect the environment

The golden rule of camping is to always ensure you leave your campsite as you found it.

Take care to dispose of all your rubbish during your stay, and especially during pack up.

Try to keep the volume down so as to not disturb the local wildlife- and do avoid stirring any wild animals you come across.

Overall, bush camping in Australia can be a fantastic way to explore the country’s natural beauty, but it’s important to plan ahead, be prepared, and take appropriate precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.


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