Plan the ultimate summer camping trip

Posted by: Cal on 15/11/2013

Category: General

With is rugged coastlines, picturesque shores and vast expanses of desert, Australia was made to be explored.

Summer is the perfect time to get out in the great outdoors and see for yourself what our beautiful country has to offer. One fantastic way of doing this is by taking a road trip.

Gather together a group of your nearest and dearest, set aside your travel dates and get ready to plan the road trip of a lifetime!

Where to go?

Depending on how long you've got and where you set out from, Australia is your oyster when it comes to travelling far and wide. Here are some of the most beautiful places to venture to.

· Mitchell Falls, Mitchell River National Park, WA: Although this is a 16-hour drive from Kununurra, it is absolutely worth it. The Falls flow majestically over four tiers of ancient rock, and are situated amongst some of the most remote terrain in Australia

· Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, NSW: From here, you'll have access to the most exquisite white sand beaches in the world. If you're lucky, you may also see humpback whales!

· Iga Warta, Northern Flinders Ranges, SA: This area is indigenous-owned land where you can literally eat off the land. There's plenty of bush tucker and medicine available here, including edible plants. If you're not up for roughing it, why not stay in a luxury safari tent?

How to prepare

No matter how far you're travelling, do a thorough check of your vehicle before you set off.

Nothing will ruin a road trip quicker than a broken down car or an accident caused by improper maintenance. Make sure your car tyres are properly inflated to the optimum pressure to ensure safe travels and don't forget to check the oil and water levels in your car are where they should be.

Next, you'll need to pack all your travel essentials, plus any added luxuries you can't bear to be without.

If you're planning on camping at your destination, a tent is something you can't leave behind. Make sure yours is waterproof and big enough to fit yourselves and your gear. Air beds, sleeping bags and pillows can all be thrown in the car too.

Make sure you travel with plenty of food and water to avoid dehydrating or going hours without snacks. It's a good idea to make a travel playlist before you leave the house, too. This will prevent bickering over who gets control of the tunes.

Road trips that include hiking are a great way to get up close and personal with the real Australia, but you'll need to be extra prepared for the harsh summer climate. Along with sturdy boots, warm clothes, and enough food and water supplies to get you through, you'll need plenty of sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and the ever-important mosquito repellent.

Safety first

If you're going off the grid, make sure you tell trusted people your plans, timeframe and expected locations. Some areas will not have mobile phone reception, which is a great way to switch off and get back in touch with nature, however it's still advisable to let people know where you are.

Travel with a full tank of petrol where possible to avoid running out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Follow all the sage stranger danger advice handed down to you over time, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you run into trouble.

When camping, stay hydrated and out of the sun to avoid heatstroke. Make sure you've got a well-stocked first aid kit to take away with you, too.