Outback Camping Tips


Camping in the outback means preparing for extremes. But if you can handle the extreme heat in the day and the extreme cold at night, you will gain a unique view of one of the last bastions of unspoilt beauty left on our planet. I have been camping in the outback since I was a kid, and I learnt all my tips and tricks from my dad, who learnt them from his dad before him. Today I share them with you.


Choosing your tent before you go and choosing the right location becomes all the more important in the outback. The extreme weather conditions mean the landscape can rapidly change. If you aren’t prepared for it, you’ll find yourself in a pickle.

Don’t camp on elevated ground or mountains. These might seem like a good idea to give yourself a pretty view, but if you get caught in a freak thunderstorm, your tent might just be the highest point for miles around, and therefore be on the receiving end of a lightning strike.

Equally, you want to make sure you aren’t camping in any dry riverbeds or washes. Just because it is dry now doesn’t mean it will be if a storm dumps a heap of rain 10 miles upstream. You might not even see the rain, but you’ll know about it when the river washes all your gear away.


Check, check and check again. The outback may look like a lot of empty space, but on closer inspection you will realise there are a lot more homes out here than you initially thought. Pitching your tent on top of another critters home will only make them grumpy.


In the cold you need to wear layers. Your tent is no different. Throw an extra tarp over your tent in the cold to act as an insulating layer.


Without anything to break it, the wind can pick up quickly at night in the outback. If you are allowed and able to light a small campfire, keep it enclosed with stones and behind a rock or tree. Shielding the fire from the wind will stop sand blowing into your food, as well as keep your fire under control.


Bring as much water as you can. Don’t rely on a spring to provide the water. From one year to the next springs can become infested with flies, a dead animal, or completely dry up. Unless you are 100% sure you will find a water source, bring all the water you will need.

Bring frozen bottles to keep it cooler for longer. The sun will thaw it in the daytime and you will have ice cold water to drink on your journey. If you are bringing an eskie, keep the frozen bottles in there to act as ice and keep your food from perishing.

Make unforgettable memories in the outback while staying safe with these top outback camping tips and revel in the majesty of our beautiful landscapes.


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Jennifer will travel with others if she has to. She's all about getting out there without any restrictions. She's sharing here experience OnDECK.