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Going Camping in the Australian Outback

Australia has some of the most beautiful scenery going, so if you really want to get close to it and appreciate it, why not go camping on your next holiday to Australia? Not only will you be camping in some beautiful parts of the country with amazing views, you will also get to see the wildlife close up, as well. You can take a camper van or just roll up a tent and put this in your car as camping in the Australian outback is very easy. You will need to be prepared for your Kimberley tour, or whichever part of the outback you are looking to visit. You need to make sure that you have all of the necessary tools and accessories, as well as, plenty of food and water.

Camping 1Preparing to go

If you are using a tent or a camper van, you will still need to get the vehicle checked out before you leave. Make sure you have a spare tire and also tools, as well as make sure the radiator is full and you have plenty of fuel. You can pick up a tent cheap enough, or you can even hire one at a campsite, depending on where you decide to stay. You will need to make sure that you take plenty of provisions along with you:

  • Water
  • Fuel
  • Food
  • Cooking and Eating Utensils
  • Map
  • Survival Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Appropriate Clothing

The two most important things on the list above are water and fuel. There is sometimes 100’s of miles between pockets of civilization, so you need to make sure you have plenty of water and also fuel. Food is also important, but you can survive for longer without food, than you can without water. Always make sure you have a map and also tell someone of your plans and when you expect to be where. Also arrange to check in between certain times just to let people know that you are safe. It can be very hot during the day and surprisingly cool at night, so you need to make sure that you take adequate clothing for both hot and cold conditions. If you are going to be out in the sun a lot, then a hat and also plenty of sun cream to block out the harmful UV rays of the sun is also essential. A basic survival and first aid kit are always something which is handy to have around. These can be picked up quite cheaply as well in camping supply stores.

Enjoying the Outback

Sitting out in the open air with a campfire roaring, lots of stars and no other humans for many miles, can be a quite humbling experience. The outback of Australia is massive with a wide range of different landscapes. There are also plenty of animals and insects as well, some of which you need to be wary of. Snakes and Spiders can be deadly in Australia, so you do need to be careful. There are also wild dogs, crocodiles, camels, kangaroos and many other species of animal that you may run into whilst camping. You always want to make sure that you keep your distance as you may end up scaring the animals and they may attack you if they feel threatened. During the day, you can go and explore the mountains, rivers and ravines on foot, at night you can relax by the fire and take in the vastness of the star lit sky. It really can be a very calming and almost euphoric feeling when you open up and take in your surroundings.

Go with a Guide

You may rather go on an organized tour of the outback, this is also possible. There are many companies who offer this service all over the Australian outback, and they can even tailor a trip to take in everything that you wish to see. The benefits of using an organized tour are that they will take care of all of the details for you, leaving you to relax and take everything in. Your food, water, transport and safety are all looked after by professional guides. They will not only be able to show you stuff that you may have missed when travelling by yourself, but they can also give you local stories and legends of the different areas which gives you a different perspective. Whether you travel by yourself or as part of an organized tour, you will take home some treasured memories and hopefully lots of good pictures!


Michael Roberts is a keen writer and traveler. Michael has gone all over the world on his travels, including Australia on numerous occasions, and he loves to shares his thoughts, ideas and experiences, in the blogs and articles that he writes. On his last Kimberley trip to the Australian Outback, Michael used the services of Travel Wild and was very impressed with the service he and his family received.

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