Camping trips in Australia are fun and memorable. Solo camping can be even more fun and memorable because of the extra challenge of surviving on your own. It’s not too dangerous to go camping on your own in Australia as long as you know what you are getting yourself into. Doing your research is key here. If you have already made up your mind, here are several top tips for solo camping in Australia:
Get All the Hardware You Need but Plan to Travel Light
It’s never advisable to go on a solo camping trip with heavy luggage that kills your back. Keep in mind that you won’t have another person to take turns carrying heavy bags. So pack all the survival gear you need into small bags that are easy to carry. Get backpacks and carry-on pouches that are manageable. It’s recommended to carry no more than 10 kg of stuff when you are camping on your own. Also, massive bags won’t fit inside your one-person tent or “campervan.” Pack knowing that the bags will have to be stowed in a bed or a sleeping bag with you.
Maps are Your Friend
Do carry maps, meaning drawn maps as well as your GPS navigation device. Don’t count on your smart gadget to show your way for you. Draw a map of the area you plan to explore and clearly mark all available campsites, as well as other important locations like fuel stations and stores. There are cool Australia-specific map apps you can use like Map of Australia. Wikicamp can also be a good source of information but you should always verify what you see with a secondary authoritative source. Check out the National Parks and Wildlife website of the Australian state for trustworthy information on the area of your camping trip.
Paid Campsites with Facilities are Better for Solo Campers
It may not be as cool, but paid campsites have facilities that solo campers can definitely benefit from. Unlike free campsites, paid ones have things like kitchens and bathrooms that you will appreciate when travelling light. It can be a major bother to set up your own cooking site and go to the bathroom safely when you don’t have anyone assist. Paid campsites are definitely safer for solo campers. Also, you can meet other campers at paid sites and make valuable connections. You can also get access to landlines, if needed, and information on available activities and tours.
Do Carry Enough Provisions
Don’t plan on buying food along the way, ever. It all depends on the camping destination, but be aware that some rural regions in the country don’t have grocery stores. Remote fuel stations may not be stocked with the provisions you require. Therefore, plan to travel with plenty of food and water so you don’t risk running out.
Save the Australian Daylight
In Australia, you can expect morning sunshine nearly on all days at 7 a.m. Even in winter, the mornings are typically bright. Sunset is usually between 5.30 and 6.30 p.m. When you are out camping, you will have to make the most use of available daylight. So plan your trip with Aussie daylight hours in mind.
When you travel solo, you can stop anywhere you want without complaints from anyone else. So do plan your trip with plenty of stops along the route to enjoy authentic Australian beauty.