A guide to camping safety on a bush holiday.
The rules can be tricky, so here’s everything you need to know.
Where to camp.
You should camp near a campfire, fire ring or fire station.
But be aware of the risks and don’t go alone.
If you’re camping on private land, there are more rules for those camping at the back of the campground.
A campfire can be lit by hand and a fire ring can be set off by someone using a rope.
Who you can camp with.
Camping on private property is usually open to groups of five or six people, but sometimes only three or four people are allowed.
You can’t camp with pets or animals, or people with disabilities.
What to bring.
There are different types of tents available at campgrounds, but a simple tent should be enough for the entire family.
You’ll need a stove, toiletries, food and water.
A picnic table can also be provided.
You may also want a rain jacket, water bottle and a pack.
If there’s a fire, use a large fire extinguisher.
When to leave your camping gear.
Bring extra clothing to take along if you’re out and about.
If your tent is bigger than your car, take extra clothes.
If it’s bigger than a backpack, pack it in a bag.
When not to camp on a weekend.
On weekends, you shouldn’t camp on public roads or roads with no designated campgrounds.
There’s no right or wrong time to go camping on a Saturday or Sunday, but the following rules apply: It’s illegal to camp with people under the age of 18 on public or private property.
There can be no more than four people in a group.
You must respect the rights of other campers.
You have to obey the direction of a campground or ranger if you see someone in distress or in danger.
You don’t have to wait until the next day to return home.
You need to respect all local rules and regulations.
When and where to eat.
Most campgrounds allow camping on Sunday, and the number of tents can be reduced or removed depending on the site.
If a camp is too small to accommodate everyone, you can ask for a smaller group to be permitted.
How to get out.
It’s important to be prepared to leave behind any personal belongings and food you’ve brought.
The bush is dry and it can be a long walk.
Pack light and carry water.
Make sure you bring a snack and water when you get out of the bush.
Where and when to stay.
It is legal to stay in a camp on private properties, but campers are still responsible for their own safety and property.
If camping on public property, you’re expected to abide by the rules and abide by their instructions.
What you should know about fire.
Fires are illegal in Australia, so if you’ve never been there, you should be aware you can’t cook food and you shouldn