Camping in Australia: What Can Possibly Go Wrong?

The BobinOz family are not the kind of people to set off for anywhere at the crack of dawn. So it was at about 1 pm on Friday that we finally descended our steep driveway and set off on our first ever camping adventure in Australia.

At approximately 1:40 pm, at almost exactly the mid point of our journey towards Mount Tamborine, my wife posed the question “Did I leave the hair straighteners on?”

Forty minutes later we were back at home to verify that indeed, she didn’t leave the hair straighteners on after all. So at 2:20 pm we once again descended our steep driveway to set off on our first ever camping adventure in Australia.

By the time we arrived at the campsite, the BeninOz’s, who knew for sure that they hadn’t left any hair straighteners on and kept on driving, had almost finished pitching their tent.

Clutching the instructions to my new tent, I laid it out as described in stage one.

Stage 1

Stage 1

Stage two was a simple case of bending the tent poles into an arch and clipping the tent to them. This turned out to be not so simple, as whilst bending the tent poles into an arch, two of the connectors snapped.

The arch now looked like a rectangle. I wondered what it would be like to sleep under the stars.

Then we borrowed some duct tape. Things were looking up and soon, so was tent.

Stage 2 - With Duct Tape

Stage 2 - With Duct Tape

and eventually …………

Home!

Home

But then we found out that due to expected winds, camp fires were banned until Tuesday. So that put paid to all of our cooking plans. That evening we ate in the on-site restaurant.

Then on Saturday, the expected winds arrived. Remember the dust storms of a couple of days ago? We were now experiencing a slight return. Nowhere near as bad as on Wednesday, but at least then we were not living outside.

So instead of enjoying the fresh air of the mountains, we were all experiencing dry mouths, dry lips and dry skin in general, itchy eyes and runny noses.

But the strangest thing of all, despite all of these setbacks, we were having a great time! The kids absolutely loved it and we were shocked at how fast and easily they fell asleep at night.

Kids playing & dog chillin' out.

Kids playing & dog chillin' out.

For us adults, it was a joy having nothing for a couple of days. No mobile phone signals, no computers and no television. Just some camp chairs, a bottle opener and the stars.

Camping is something we would definitely do again. I don’t think we are yet ready to do a two-week holiday in a tent, but for a weekend break camping is ideal. The campsite was well equipped yet cost us only eight dollars per adult per night. The kids were free.

That’s just $32 per family! Yes, I think we’ll be going camping again. But living in the open, did we see any scary creatures? Any of Australia’s bad things? I’ll tell you tomorrow.

The Campsite

The Campsite

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  • Tina September 29, 2009, 4:23 pm | Link

    Excellent, $8 a night is a bargain, your welcome to visit my camping blog anytime.

    Happy Camping
    Tina

  • BobinOz September 29, 2009, 3:13 pm | Link

    Hi Tina

    Yes, seems like we are hooked. But I think there are much worse things to get hooked on when it comes to holidays, like cruise ships or expensive hotels. At eight dollars a night it’s an addiction we can afford. Looks like I’ll be spending more time over at your blog.

    Cheers

    Bob

  • Tina September 29, 2009, 8:13 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Glad to see you survived your first camping adventure, camping and nature usually finds a way of testing us out, pity about the dust storm returning and not being able to have a campfire. Kids obviously had a lot of fun as they always do.
    Great to hear your going to have another camping adventure, before you know it you will be hooked and driving aroud the Outback!

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