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Tips for Traveling, and Remember to Pack the Camp Oven

Updated on January 19, 2024
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TRAVEL -I love traveling, we have traveled around Australia 3 times and love to check out the different places.


The best part of travelling is when you stop and sit around a beautiful wood fire and cook meals in a camp oven. The peaceful and quietness, of the open bush is incredible.

Often we sit and listen, not believing how quiet it is at night in the bush. Yes if you camp too near to the road you will still hear the trucks going past, therefore try and park further back in the free parking areas behind trees or scrub, these act as a baffle against the passing traffic.


The only thing to disturb this peace is someone using a generator late into the night. We all need that extra power from time to time, so if this is you please be considerate and do not leave generators running after nine pm in the evening. Let's face it after travelling many miles during the day, we need to be able to relax and have a good restful sleep at night to recuperate.

Fire restrictions

Fire restrictions can stop this from happening in the summer months, so keep this in mind before you attempt to light any fire. What with the shortage and restrictions on water usage, we cannot afford to waste it on putting out fires illegally lit by careless and thoughtless people.

Protect our bush

The bush has an abundance of good firewood. Use it wisely, do not destroy the live trees, walk a little further and try to find dead branches and fallen trees to use on your campfire

Protect yourself

  • Wear suitable clothing
  • wear sunscreen and mosquito protection
  • wear all terrain comfortable shoes - like crocs
  • If bitten by midgies, wash off the area with water

Cooking with camp ovens

The best way to cook a simple meal is in a camp oven. A stew is the simplest meal of all because it is so easy.

Light your fire and wait for the wood to burn down, using the hot ashes to cook your meals.


Make your usual recipe for this. It is best to place a try about an inch up off the bottom of the camp oven for this, as the scones will burn very quickly. These will cook in 5- 10 minutes. Add the coals to lid as described with the stew.

Spread with butter and jam of your choice while waiting for the stew to cook.

Beef Stew

You can use any left over vegetables at all for a stew.

I used:

2 cups of water

4 potatoes cut into quarters

2 carrots cut in half or large pieces

4 pieces of pumpkin

2 onions sliced

Salt and Pepper

500 grams of steak (use steak of your choice not stewing as cooks very quick)

Use spices of your choice. Let your hair down and be daring.

Throw everything into the oven, and sit over the hot coals, add a few of these hot coals onto the lid to head from above. Depending on the size and heat of the coals it could take from 20- 30 minutes. Keep an eye on it as if too hot it will boil dry.

Take of heat and serve and enjoy. If you make too much put rest in fridge and keep for lunch the next day.

You can do the same with spicy chicken or pork for that matter.

Toast on the hot coals

What do you think of our toasting fork. My husband made it from wire found in the bush. It sure does the job thats the main thing

Cast iron camp oven

Lodge 5 Quart Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven with Lid - Dual Handles - Use in the Oven, on the Stove, on the Grill or over the Campfire - Black
Lodge 5 Quart Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven with Lid - Dual Handles - Use in the Oven, on the Stove, on the Grill or over the Campfire - Black
You cant beat one of these. Yes they are heavy although you can and I have cooked roasts, stews, cakes, and even bread and butter pudding. And yes I did burn something when we first got it. It still tasted yummy with the smokey taste to it

Wear Comfortable Shoes for Beach, Bush, or Just Walking

Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs (Best Sellers), Black, 9 Men/11 Women
Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs (Best Sellers), Black, 9 Men/11 Women
Thes are your go to anywhere type of shoes. You can wear them at home or in the hush and even walking in the water on the beaches

© 2008 Eileen hughes


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