Parks Victoria has more than 100 campsites across the state, but says it’s the little bit of extra planning and care that will take a camping holiday from ho-hum to ho-ho.
The organisation has offered several tips for being a happy camper these holidays.
Research your campground
Make sure you know what to expect before you pack the tent. Campgrounds in Victoria’s vast parks and reserves vary greatly. Some are remote with no toilets or running water, while others can be easily accessed, and include showers and cooking facilities. Either way, there’s something for everyone.
Book ahead or arrive early
Once you know where you want to go, make sure you’ve checked how to secure a spot. Some campsites require a booking and some are fee-based, while many others are free and provided on a first-in, first-served basis. For bookable campsites, head to parkstay.vic.gov.au.
Pack the right gear
You can forget the kitchen sink, but make sure you’re well-prepared. The last thing you want on holiday is to be uncomfortable, so make sure you’ve got the right bedding, clothing, footwear, food and water. Although it’s summer, conditions in the outdoors change dramatically so make sure your tent is waterproof.
Store your food and rubbish
When you head out for the day, or turn in for the night, securely pack away your food, leftovers and rubbish. You don’t want to come home after a day’s activity to find your dinner has disappeared, or your campsite is strewn with rubbish. Birds and animals can also be harmed by consuming human food.
Be fire smart
If sitting around an evening campfire is essential for your trip, check ahead to see if they’re permitted. Where a campfire is okay, make sure you’ve packed firewood, or can buy some from nearby. Around 10 percent of bushfires are caused by escaped campfires so never leave one unattended, and when putting it out use water not soil. For fire safety information, head to ffm.vic.gov.au/permits-and-regulations/firerestrictions-and-regulations.
Be a good neighbour
Holidays can be a great time to meet new people, but remember, they’re also supposed to be relaxing. Make sure you give other campers their own space and quiet – noise travels easily through tent walls.
For more information about camping, head to parkweb.vic.gov.au/visit/popular-activities/camping.