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Top 10 Australian spring camping tips

Spring has sprung in Australia and it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful times of year to explore the great outdoors. Spring camping with family and friends or even by yourself is a great way to spend time outside.

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Here are our top 10 tips to help guide you through your spring camping adventures!

1. Prepare for unpredictable spring weather

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During this season, the weather is usually temperate. However, mother nature may seem like she’s having trouble making up her mind. Should we keep the winter chill or start the summer swelter? Temperatures can be quite unpredictable.

Check the weather before you go camping. We know forecasts can be inaccurate, but checking prior to your trip can give you an idea of what to expect. Keep in mind the weather can be completely different 100km down the road.

Finally, be prepared for anything. You could experience weather that is hot and cold, wet and dry – all during the same trip! Thankfully spring weather usually isn’t too extreme, so an umbrella and jacket on hand will usually suffice.

2. Pick the right location

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Location location location! Usually one of the first things to consider before planning any camping trip, it’s no different in spring. 

Research before you pitch. It is a good idea to read up on your selected location. You’ll want to know about ground conditions, expected weather, what wildlife will be out and about, nearby water sources, trail information and so on.

Whatever the season, we recommend setting up camp away from trees to avoid any injuries caused by falling branches.

Consider whether you want to be near water; it’s convenient to be near a water source. However, you may want to avoid biting insects which tend to breed during the warmer months.

We have hundreds of holiday parks we could recommend, but we’ll just stick to a couple of our favourites. NRMA Port Campbell Holiday Park is a great beachside spot in NSW.

For a leafy setting near Lakes Entrance in Victoria, visit Swan Reach Holiday Park.

3. Bring the right gear

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You have the idea, now for the gear. First, if you are camping in a tent, make sure it’s the right one. As it begins to warm up it is a good idea to have a breathable tent with a removable fly screen. This will allow you to air it out without letting critters in.

In most parts of Australia, spring is the right time to swap out that toasty down sleeping bag with a lighter more breathable one.

Shade options such as a gazebo or awning are also a good idea. You’ll never regret having additional protection from the elements on hand.

When it comes to lighting, you can opt for yellow globes that transmit less heat. Alternatively, LED bulbs emit far less heat than ordinary incandescent bulbs, and their light isn’t as attractive to insects.

When the sun is out, it’s time to take advantage of this energy source. Camping solar panels are extremely popular this camping season. The only time you should be left in the dark is when admiring the stars.

Since it is spring and the days are as beautiful as can be, a hammock should definitely be on the packing list.

4. Pack the right products

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While over packing is easy to do, there are some items you’ll definitely need on any spring camping trip.

Number one is sunscreen. The Aussie sun is not to be messed with – protecting your skin against it is vitally important. Besides, nobody wants to spend their time away with a painful and uncomfortable sunburn.

Insect repellent is another essential during spring. Unfortunately the warmer weather brings thousands of annoying biting insects to Australia. Itchy bites? No thank you!

If you are concerned about chemicals, essential oils such as citronella, peppermint and eucalyptus are great natural insect repellents.

And of course you must bring a first aid kit. Anything can happen in the great outdoors so it’s always best to be prepared. For serious bites or injuries, be sure to seek medical attention. It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with nearby medical facilities before you leave home.

5. Bring season-appropriate food

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The yummiest part. Now that the icy cold weather is (mostly) over, it’s time to switch those chunky stews for lighter, fresher meals. Fruit or muesli bars are good choices for healthy and easy snacks.

Warmer weather activities can lead to more sweating, which leads to loss of salt and minerals that your body needs. A good way to replenish these is to consume electrolytes. While water is always a great choice for hydration, in moderation, sports drinks can be good source of electrolytes.

Now that you have your food sorted, it’s time to keep it fresh. Unfortunately food spoils quickly in warm weather. A small portable fridge powered by your car battery will keep your food fresh for longer. If this isn’t an option for you, a good quality esky is a must. Packing some dry ice will certainly do the job in keeping things frosty in there for a while.

6. Bring the right bevvies 

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No – we’re not talking about beer (although feel free to bring that too)! Pack extra water. The hotter it is the more water you will need on hand, both for drinking plus cooking and washing. You’ll need to stay hydrated, especially if spending time in the sun and being extra active.

If you’re camping away from a town water supply, it’s also a good idea to have a water purification system with you. This could be in the form of a filter, bottle or tablets.

7.Plan your spring camping activities

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When you research your location, check out what activities your campsite has on offer near by. Australia is famous for its warm weather activities, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Swimming pools or safe natural swimming holes are a great option to stay active and prevent over-heating. Planning to go on a hike or bike ride? try to start early to miss the midday scorch.

Photographing the wonderful scenery that abounds during this time of year is also an entertaining way to explore and capture great memories. Hello Instagram!

Choosing a holiday park with a range of activities on offer is a great fuss free way of ensuring you and the kids are always entertained. Airlie Beach’s BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort has a wide range of activities, including mini-golf, an adventure playground and even an animal park. They have a full time ‘Activities Person’ who is in charge of coordinating all of the fun activities around the resort all year long.

8. Wear the right attire

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Time to pack away those big bulky jackets and fill your bag with more breathable, cooler fabrics. Cotton, linen and Rayon are great options. Avoid black clothing as it attracts heat. White is best for heat, but we know that can get quite…er…stained – particularly if kids are involved. Bright colours and patterns are a great way to go as they are easier to keep clean, good at reflecting heat and so spring appropriate.

Bring sunnies (because your eyes need protection too) along with a sun hat.  You can never have too much protection from the hot Aussie sun.

Naturally, make sure you pack according to the conditions you expect to face and whatever activities you have planned. The right attire can make a world of difference to your comfort and safety.

9. Look after your pets

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If you are travelling with your four-legged companion remember it is very easy for your pets to overheat, even on overcast days. Ensure they always have fresh water, food and a cool spot to hang out in. Make sure to keep checking on them throughout your stay and look out for anything that could be hazardous to them.

Camping is just not the same without your furry four legged friend. Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley and Ingenia Holidays Albury in New south Wales are pet friendly and welcome guests who want to bring along their four-legged pals.

10. Keep Safe

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Last but certainly not least, consider safety first!

Take note and obey all signage on the road and near your campsite. Signs are there for a reason.

On that note, be particularly careful with fires. Bush fires are unfortunately a common reality in Australia. Report any bush fires to local authorities and evacuate as soon as you see one. Take care to not set any uncontrolled fires and follow all fire bans that are in place.

Be aware of surrounding water sources. Although you may be tempted to drink and swim in the water, not all spots are safe places to do so.

Look out for poisonous plants, insects and dangerous wildlife. Keep your tent zipped up at night to avoid unwelcome bedfellows.

Heat exhaustion is very much a possibility in hot Australian weather. Be sure to stay well hydrated and stay out of the sun, especially during the hotter hours of the day.

We hope these top guideline help you in planning your next spring adventure and help you have a comfortable and safe trip. Happy spring camping!

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