For those of you who get through the stress of Christmas and New Year, only to realise you have time off with nothing planned, we have some tips on how to make the most of your last minute camping trip.
1. Don’t go too far from home:
If your trip in a campervan hire in Australia this holiday season is a little last minute, then don’t bite off more than you can chew; choose to go somewhere close by.
The closer the campsite location, the more time you have to relax and unwind with family.
2. Don’t stay too long:
If you have a shorter preparation time, set yourself up to win by planning a manageable amount of time away, OR ensure that you will be travelling to a spot with easy supplies nearby.
Nobody enjoys the last minute, frantic rush to gather supplies for a trip, so why not limit the stress by limiting your stay?
3. Don’t pack too much:
Make a meal plan before you leave so that you know exactly what to pack, then commit to taking to no more and no less.
When organising your meal plan, look out for one dish meals that will limit the pots needed, as well as the cleaning up!
4. Prepare your First Aid kit:
Basic First Aid supplies can often be the difference between dealing with an injury on site and continuing your campervan trip, or needing to seek medical attention.
Ensure the kit is fully stocked and relax knowing that you are prepared no matter what happens. A First Aid checklist can be found here.
5. Look out for free camping grounds:
Free campsites are generally first in, first served, so it doesn’t matter that you haven’t pre booked months in advance!
Here are a few of our favourite free camping spots in Australia:
- Ingar Campground -NSW
At the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive in the Blue Mountains National Park lies the beautiful Ingar Campground.
Only an hour or so out of Sydney, this free site is surrounded by dams, creeks, trails and evidence of Indigenous culture.
- Briggen Park, Scenic Rim – QLD
A road trip of around 1 hour and 45 minutes out of Brisbane will bring you to the Scenic Rim, in Briggen Park.
This campsite is so picturesque, we think it is one of Brisbane’s most well kept secrets.
With all of the beauty of nature, coupled with clean and modern bathroom facilities, this site is a winner for that last minute trip!
- Badden Powell, Lane Pool Reserve – WA
Around an hour and a half out of Perth, just past Dwellingup, the whole family can enjoy camping by the river and waking up surrounded by towering Eucalypts.
Spend your days canoeing down the river, fishing and exploring forest trails.
- Blue Pool, Briagolong State Forest – VIC
Over the hot summer break, it doesn’t get much better than finding the perfect spot by a deep swimming hole to cool off and relax.
Outside of Melbourne in the Briagolong State Forest, you’ll find the Blue Hole camping area.
This site is the only campground within the Victorian state forests that is complete with toilets, and they don’t even mind you bringing your pets or having a camp fire.