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HOW TO SAVE MONEY WHILE CAMPING IN AUSTRALIA

Camping is a lot of fun. Australia is teeming with spectacular natural attractions, and there’s no better way to explore them than to set up camp in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, travelling to these destinations can get quite costly. Your experience is also somewhat limited by your budget. But by planning and making smart decisions, you’ll be able to cut down your spending significantly. Here are some tips on how to save money while camping in Australia.

PROPER CAR MAINTENANCE

If your camping destination requires long-distance travelling, you should make sure that your car is in proper working condition. If the car breaks down in the middle of the road, you’ll have to spend money on towing, a mechanic, extra car parts and service bills. This is money that you could’ve spent on your camping trip. As such, it’s important to make sure that your car doesn’t have any mechanical issues before departing on your camping trip. Also, check the oil and make sure that the tyres are properly inflated.

CUT DOWN ON FUEL COSTS

Depending on your camping destination, you can be spending a lot of fuel alone. If you’re driving with friends, split the fuel costs evenly to save money while camping. Also, the heavier the car, the more fuel it consumes. Make sure only to bring essential camping gear to remove excess weight from the vehicle. It’s also important to plan your routes ahead of time. Avoid driving in congested areas and take the shortest path possible. Upon reaching your destination, stick to walking in different areas as much as possible.

Driving at a steady pace will also reduce fuel consumption.

PLAN YOUR ACTIVITIES

Plan your activities weeks or days ahead of your camping trip. Research your camping destination and nearby attractions that you’re interested in exploring. This will allow you to budget your upcoming trip properly. This also prevents you from overspending because you already have an idea of how much certain things cost. During your trip, stick to your itinerary to avoid overspending. Also, if you’re in a popular tourist destination, there are likely to be free museums, galleries and walking tours.

CHOOSE YOUR CAMPSITE

Bush camping in national parks is the best recourse when on a budget. Campsites within the area are usually free or require only a small fee. It won’t feel like you’re settling, too, as national parks have some of the most beautiful campsites in the country. Just make sure to choose a campsite that has basic amenities such as toilets and water supply. If there are no facilities, bring all the necessary tools or equipment. If you’re camping almost every weekend, annual passes to these national parks will also bring down costs.

MEAL PLANNING

When travelling and camping, it might seem easier to eat out than to prepare meals. However, doing so will put a dent in your wallet. Camp meals don’t have to be complicated. You can stick to easy-to-prepare meals that are delicious and filling. You can also take advantage if your campsite has free BBQ facilities.

In case you want a special treat while camping, you can decide to head to town and eat at a restaurant. Just make sure to plan and allocate some of your budget for that meal.

Essentially, nature is free for us to experience and enjoy. However, the reality is that campers still need to spend some money if they want to visit and camp in the great outdoors. Proper planning and having a disciplined attitude will help you save money while camping in Australia. After all, camping isn’t about spending money. It’s about connecting with nature and going back to the basics.

 


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.