on where to
Now that you have bought
your camper trailer, where do you go camping? Perhaps you like the
facilities and comfort of a caravan park or on the other hand prefer
back to basics bush camping with little or no facilities and sitting
around the campfire with the billy boiling and the smell of cooking
from the camp oven. Finding where to go camping on a weekend get
away or even your annual holidays to suit your style of camping can
be easy if you know where to look for information.
If you like bush camping on your holidays you might drop into
a caravan park to recharge the batteries, top up the water tank,
wash your clothes and while in town top up the food supplies and the
vehicle's fuel tank, before heading off for another isolated camping
location for several days of blissful camping.
Not that long ago camping information was restricted to a few
4wd magazines and a handful of dedicated camping and touring
publications, the odd newspaper article or forestry and national
park handouts. Haven't times changed with the increase in the
popularity of camper trailer ownership. Now there are a number of
books and websites devoted on where to camp, along with what to
expect when you get there. Buying a good map book like that from
Hema is a great start, especially for weekend camping trips
exploring your own backyard.
The biggest advancement in recent years is the information
highway of the internet. Google is your friend. Type a place name
into Google and you will find plenty of information on what to see
within a few hours drive from home for a quick weekend getaway.
There are also plenty of websites devoted to camping locations. For
caravan parks you could try Badger's caravan park reports website.
Your state's national park website will list if the campsites are
suitable for camper trailers or tents & don't forget to check your
state's state forest website.
You can't beat personal experience and that goes for chatting
with others while out and about. Other campers are only too willing
to share a great sightseeing or camping spot they have fallen in
Over the years we have collected the national park and state
forest information sheet handouts and have these sheets catalogued
in different folders according to geographical location. It is a
simple matter of opening the area folder you are heading to for the
weekend and checking what is available in the way of camping sites
There are some fantastic publications around these days. A
number of self guided books with route maps and track descriptions
are available from most good camping accessories or mapping shops.
The Camps Australia Wide book, now in its fifth edition gives plenty
of information on low cost camping locations. You can purchase an
additional photo book showing photos of the campsites so you can see
what the locations look like. All camps can be added as a POL or
place of interest in your GPS so you can be directed right into
Don't forget the travel stories in Campertrailer Australia magazine
will give you a personal insight as to how others have tackled the
trip, along with places to see and camp. A handy list can be found
off the front page of the campertrailers.org website
There are also some great travel stories on this website at
4wd magazines and Sunday newspapers often have travel stories
featured & are a great source of info too. Then jump on the net
& Google to see what is around the area & places worth a visit.
links to books
Camps Australia Wide
Discover Australia series by Ron and Viv Moon
Outback Travellers Track Guide
Wild Discovery Guides
Badger's caravan park reports website
Australia's national parks http://www.atn.com.au/parks/parks.htm