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Australian Camping Tours - Safaris, Camping Holidays, Expeditions, Adventure Tours

Updated on November 20, 2016
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John has traveled extensively has developed 5 website guides for touring Australia & Worldwide. John has developed travelers tips & tricks.

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Australia is a nation of outdoors enthusiasts. Locals and visitors alike, love the outdoors and love camping out under the stars in the outback, beside rivers and lakes, and beachside. There are many camping reserves and grounds in a range of environments along the coastline, and in the wilderness areas in the heart of the huge continent of Australia. Caravan parks are dotted everywhere that offer camping sites, onsite vans and spaces for vans and mobile homes of all shapes and sizes. Most cities have caravan parks and camping areas close to the city center.

In the National Parks, State Parks and more remote wilderness areas, you are free to camp almost anywhere. This applies when you are hiking or you are camping beside your car. No matter where you go, from the city outskirts to the more remote areas, you will generally find somewhere camp safely to enjoy all that camping offers for the traveler.

What better way to truly experience the environment, using all your senses - smell, touch, sight, hearing and taste, on a guide tour, or self-guided camping holiday especially in Outback areas such as the Finders Ranges or the Tasmanian South West.

There are lots of information sources available to help you plan an adventure holiday in the wilderness, on a hiking trip, safari or expedition. You can hike along the major tracks in Tasmania, Northern Territory and in most of the other States. Designated camping areas and reserves can be found in National Parks, State Parks and Forests, Nature Reserves and on pastoral properties. But always check beforehand, as many local regulations may apply, and there may be restrictions or permits required.

Many Adventure Tour providers offer a range of experiences from luxury tours to roughing-it outback in tents or bare-bones hiking adventures. The choice is yours. It is a very inexpensive way to enjoy the delights of being alone outdoors in the wilderness.

You can camp right on the beach at many locations all around Australia, such as at this spot on Flinders Bay
You can camp right on the beach at many locations all around Australia, such as at this spot on Flinders Bay | Source
Camping right on the beach - Heaven!
Camping right on the beach - Heaven! | Source
Ellis Beach, Queensland
Ellis Beach, Queensland | Source

Always Check for Local Restrictions

In many places you may be restricted to camping only in the official camping grounds. But beyond the Parks, you can find many unofficial campsites, and you may have a free hand for choosing where you stay. Much of the inland Australian Outback area is cattle stations and other private land. There is also a lot of public land, but the ownership and status may be hard to identify. It is best to contact the owner, or local experts to ask for permission before you set up camp in areas where you are unclear about ownership, and camping rights.

At certain times, there are bans on open fires and other restrictions you should be aware of. So, it is best to get all the local information before you enter an area, or organize your camping tour with an experienced operator.

As the saying goes:

"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints."

  • The main aim should be to impose minimal impact on the environment to preserve it, so that others can enjoy it in its pristine condition.
  • Make sure you collect and remove all your rubbish from the site. Nothing ruins the great outdoors experience like a pile of rubbish or litter. Don't make the next visitor to the area camp in a rubbish tip.
  • Do not use detergents, shampoo or soap when washing or bathing in creeks, rivers, lakes or streams. Collect water in a bucket and shower on land so that the waste water does not drain back into the waterway.
  • If you want to have an open campfire using local timber, use the wood very sparingly and don't make a huge mess with a huge bonfire. Always be alert and follow safety procedures by allowing sufficient bare ground around the fire place. Also make doubly sure you put the fire out before you leave. Always drench the ashes with lots of water and cover the ashes with dirt to stop the fire reigniting if the wind picks up.
  • You will also have to comply with local fire bans, controls, garbage disposal, detergent use, designated area limitations and other restrictions.
  • Many National Parks will not allow any open fires, or fires may be restricted to designated areas.
  • On many offshore islands where camping is allowed you have to quite literally carry everything you need onto the island and take it away with you at the end of your stay.

Discover the Wide Range of Opportunities for Adventure Tours and Guide Camping Holidays

Many local tourism operators, all around Australia, offer Camping Tours, Expeditions, 4WD Adventures and Eco-tour Safaris in many locations and environments.

An extensive range of tours are available exploring the delights and hidden treasures of the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Camping is a fantastic way to experience the grandeur and beauty of Australia.

From temperate coast to tropical rainforest, desert, alpine areas or outback, you will travel in style in a 4WD vehicle or coach, pitch your tent, enjoy food cooked on an open fire (billy tea and damper) and sleep in a swag under the stars.

Most of the camping grounds where you will stay have been selected for their fantastic location, great facilities, things to do and see, and great suitability for camping. Most operators will supply you with superb equipment for a relaxing and comfortable camping holiday. Most will supply food and meals as well.

You can also join walking tours, excursions and discovery tours in the surrounding area. Some supply all the equipment; others require you to bring your own gear and food. Many tours focus on exploring the unique scenery, vegetation, wildlife and Aboriginal culture in each type of area.

The tours range from camping tours for budget travelers up to the deluxe 'Safari in Style' tours in the Northern Territory where everything is provided for you including setting up camp and erecting your tent. Most of these tours range from 1 to 21 days and most are associated with tour packages with a variety of options including airfares and things to do to expand your experiences.

Contact Australian Tourist Centers, or other sources for advice on camping tours and opportunities throughout Australia.

© 2012 Dr. John Anderson

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