TOP 10 CAMPING HACKS
1. Save your soap
Instead of taking the whole bar of soap, use a vegetable peeler to get little soap leaves. Then, just take the leaf with you and use it all up! Lighter and more convenient.
2. Light my fire
Instead of carrying a bag of fire starters, put small pieces into an empty egg container. You just need to light the carton on fire and the coal will catch fire as well.
3. Add some flavour
Add some great flavor to your meat by burning rosemary over gray charcoals. As your meat cooks, the smoldering rosemary will add a delicious flavor to your food!
4. No more mozzies
Try burning some sage on the campfire. The plant repels mosquitos, so it’s a great and easy way to keep yourself from getting bitten.
5. Hassle free eggs
Instead of taking a whole carton of eggs with you and worrying that they’ll crack or break open, try this instead! Just crack the eggs into a water bottle before you go camping and store them in the cooler. Then, when you want eggs, they’re all ready to go! Just make sure you use them soon so they don’t go bad.
6. Or maybe pancakes
Along those same lines, you can also do that with pancake mix. Just make the mix beforehand, put it in a ketchup bottle, and keep it in the cooler. Then, when you use the mix (it’ll need to be relatively soon) you can just squirt it out of the bottle!
7. Show me the light
Forgot the lantern? Run out of batteries? Take an empty milk or water jug, then strap your headlamp around it. This will easily light up your whole tent for the evening.
8. Never buy ice again
This camping hack isn’t such a new idea or even something just for camping. Avoid buying bags of ice to fill the cooler by freezing water bottles. The great thing about cooling your cooler items this way is that as they unfreeze, the water bottles become beverages!
9. Corn chips are not just for eating
Corn chips make a great substitute for fire starters or kindling when starting a camp fire.
10. Mark your path
Mark your trail using a biodegradable tape. You don’t get lost and you also help minimise the negative impact to the environment.
TOP CAMPING SPOTS
2021 is the year to explore our own backyard so whether you've never pitched a tent before or you're a seasoned camper, we've listed our top picks for camping this year.
Beach camping on North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island, known colloquially as Straddie, is a popular spot to camp – and for good reason. Not only is the island readily accessible from Brisbane but it’s full of natural highlights such as north-facing, sunshine-all-day surf beaches, roaming kangaroos and pretty coastal walks. Pitch your tent at Cylinder Beach Camping Ground – close to Point Lookout’s cafés, shops and restaurants – or head slightly further away to Adder Rock Camping Ground, sheltered by tea tree and pandanus forests.
Spend a night under the stars in Noosa North Shore
Noosa is known for its charming beachside town, but trade the ocean for the everglades and you have one unforgettable camping experience. Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp offers a range of accommodation including all-weather glamping tents and powered campsites. The 26-hectare (65-acre) property rests on the Noosa River and under a canopy of leafy trees, giving campers easy access to the unique nature of the Noosa Everglades. Float down the peaceful river on a canoe or cruise tour before pitching your tent under the sparkling stars of the Sunshine Coast.
Rent a tent on Sydney's Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island – a post-industrial paradise in the middle of stunning Sydney Harbour – offers one of the world’s most unusual camping experiences. The island, formerly a colonial jail, school and naval dockyard, retains many of its historic buildings. Wander the site and spend the night. Bring your own camping gear, rent a tent or opt for a glamping package. The waterfront campground includes hot showers and a communal kitchen.
Sleep safari-style in Byron Bay
Byron Bay is one of Australia’s most beautiful beachside spots, but it can get crowded, particularly during summer and school holidays. Have a more peaceful time at Suffolk Park, seven kilometres (four miles) to the south. Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park offers safari tents that sleep up to six people, along with spots to pitch a tent that are within earshot of the breaking surf.
Get back to nature in Booderee National Park
Just 190 kilometres (118 miles) south of Sydney is Booderee National Park, where you can squeak your way over pure white sand. The park is home to two basic campgrounds – Green Patch and Bristol Point – that front Jervis Bay, where dolphins regularly frolic, attracted by the bay’s seagrass meadows. A third campground, Cave Beach, is set among tea trees and faces Wreck Bay.
Set up camp in Kakadu National Park
Cooinda Camping Ground is right next to picturesque Yellow Water Billabong, one of the highlights of visiting Kakadu National Park, 150 kilometres (93 miles) southeast of Darwin. Cruise the billabong to look for crocodiles and birds. Afterwards, kick back at Cooinda Lodge’s shaded pool, bar or bistro.
Go tent-free in Grampians National Park
Roll out a sleeping mat at the Fortress, a natural rocky overhang with views across the rugged Grampians landscape in western Victoria. The unusual camping spot is the first stop in a three-day circular hike from Harrop Track car park. Best to pack a tent for the other night on the track and remember to register your trek at the Brambuk Cultural Centre, a striking building with fluid lines that resemble a cockatoo in flight.
Spot wildlife by night in Narawntapu National Park
The island state of Tasmania is famous for its wilderness and wildlife. The critters at Springlawn in Narawntapu National Park, east of Devonport in northern Tasmania, are comfortable with campers sharing their environment. Watch the wombats nibble at the grass from up close, but don’t feed or touch them. You might also spot Tasmanian devils, Forester kangaroos and Bennetts wallabies coming out to forage, especially around dusk.
Unwind in the wilderness of the Kimberley
El Questro Wilderness Park, 110 kilometres (68 miles) west of Kununurra in the east Kimberley, is a vast expanse of wild, untamed landscapes. It's also home to one of Australia’s prettiest – and most unexpected – hot springs. Loll about in the palm-fringed Zebedee Springs in the morning, when it’s open to all, before returning to the Black Cockatoo Campground or to a Private Riverside Bush campsite.
Pitch a tent in the Red Centre
Uluru is the spiritual heart of Australia. Ayers Rock Resort, 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the striking red monolith, offers a wide range of accommodation, including campsites. Pitch your tent on lush grass underneath native desert oaks. The campground includes a swimming pool, barbecues, an outdoor kitchen, and laundry facilities. Campers can catch the resort’s free shuttle to the onsite supermarket, bars, shops and restaurants.