QUICK GUIDE TO CAMPING IN AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL PARKS
Australia’s national parks are some of the best places to go camping in Australia. Generally speaking, they are very low cost, you know you have a certain amount of support and camping sites and trails are nearly always set up.
If you want to go camping in Australia’s national parks, here are some tips to help you get it right.
LEAVE THE PETS AT HOME
Generally speaking, pets are not allowed in most national parks. National parks are set up to preserve the fauna and wildlife. Dogs scare wildlife, can attract other dogs to the areas and can even carry diseases that will have a negative impact on the environment. Do everyone a favour and leave your dog at home. Lost or escaped dogs can become wild. There are already enough wild dog populations destroy nature across Australia.
NOT ALL CAMPING IS FREE
It always pays to check ahead to find out whether you need to book, especially over busy periods such as public holidays. Nevertheless, many campgrounds are very low cost or free and offered on a first come first served basis.
DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE
Whether you are camping in a national park or not, it is never a good idea to feed any animals. Feeding animals can make them ill and also make them to familiarised with humans. This can lead to them changing their diet or becoming aggressive towards campsites.
FOLLOW GOOD CAMPING ETIQUETTE
Everyone knows they are supposed to leave a camping site cleaner than when you found it. Always take all your rubbish with you. If you find a mess that is too large to clean up, notify the authorities. Make sure you know the rules for camping in that particular national park.
TAKE EVERYTHING YOU NEED WITH YOU
For most national parks in Australia, once you are beyond the entrance, you will need to take everything you need with. Campsites are generally very basic without any facilities although some of the more popular national parks may have rudimentary showing facilities.
The best way to enjoy national parks is to follow the paths provided. Unless you are an experienced hiker, I cannot recommend leaving the designated paths. The most popular national parks even have registration sheets so that authorities can track your entrance and exit. It is a smart idea to register just in case you get lost and you need someone to come looking for you.
While Australia’s national parks offer a great way to experience camping without breaking the budget, it is important to remember there are many low-cost and no-cost camping sites throughout Australia. You will find hundreds of camping sites on the OnDECK Discover Australia Map. Use the menu on the left or zoom in on the region you are looking to explore to find camping grounds in the area.
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