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9 Camping Activities You Should Try on Your Next Trip

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About 82.3 percent of Australians with ages over 15 years participated at least once in exercise, recreation, or sport in 2010, according to a survey by the Australian Sports Commission and State and Territory Departments of Sports and Recreation.

Another study shows that walking for exercise is more popular than going to the gym in Australia. Results of these surveys represent Australians’ love for outdoor physical activities and adventure. If you are among those who yearn for more physical activities to counter the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle, try these nine camping activities on your next trip. Make sure you bring complete camping gear to protect yourself from the elements.

Camping activity #1: Hike around Ayers Rock or Uluru

Ayers Rock lies deep within the North Territory and southwest of Alice Springs, which is the nearest town at 463 kilometres. Ayers is a part of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The sandstone formation features an elevation of 863 meters, a width of 1.9 km, a length of 3.6 km, and a base circumference of 8.4 km. You can walk around the formation in 3.5 hours. For activities, you can take camel tours with a trained cameleer, have a bird’s eye view of Uluru via a scenic flight, learn about aboriginal culture and history, and watch the magnificent sunset. You can also meet an aboriginal artist and partake in a workshop by visiting a cultural centre. If you choose to camp outdoors, make sure that you bring complete gear such as a tent, sleeping pad, portable stove, GPS, air pumps, Swiss knife, a portable drinking and dining set, foldable chair, and portable solar panels for phone, light, and laptop charging. 

Camping activity #2: Go hiking around Booderee National Park

This coastal park is located north of Jervis Bay Airport, west of Bay Village, south of Sydney, and east of Canberra. If you go hiking, make sure that you bring water, a GPS or smartphone, and solar panels. Avoid wandering too far and always bring a colleague with you. While camping, you can engage in plenty of outdoor activities such as birdwatching, boating, fishing, walking on the beach, watching whales, joining cruises and tours, diving, and snorkelling. You can book via a government-owned park site at Booderee Camping.

Camping activity #3: Explore Kakadu National Park

Situated 171 km southeast of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Kakadu National Park is in the Alligator Rivers Region. It features wildlife diversity, landforms, and rivers. A camping or pass fee that ranges from $20 to $100 applies, and you can book at Kakadu Pass. Because of the national park’s high level of biodiversity, you can do more than just camp here. You can partake in ranger-guided tours, boating and fishing, spotting crocodiles, and visiting rock arts. You can swim in Jabiru public pools, Jimjim Falls, Bark Marlam, Twin Falls, Maguk, Gunlom, Boulder Creek, and Motor Car Falls.

Camping activity #4: Play scavenger hunt in North Stradbroke Island

A 38-km long island that lies 30 km southeast of Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island is the second largest sand island in the world at 275.2 square km. It contains lakes, springs, swamps, and wetlands. Scavenger hunt with your kids while enjoying the view of the island’s biodiverse flora and fauna. While camping, you can enjoy nature by partaking in beach yoga, bush-walking, bird watching, cycling, dolphin watching, fishing, and visiting a dune. For the official site, visit Stradbrokeisland.com.

Camping activity #5: Wander in El Questro Wilderness Park

The El Questro Wilderness Park lies 100 km west of Kununurra. It offers you cascading waterfalls, thermal springs, rainforests, breathtaking mountain views, and salt-flats. You can camp while sipping a cup of tea, preparing BBQ, cooking, and fishing in the riverside. Other attractions near the park include Lake Argyle and Emma Gorge.

Camping activity #6: Stay in Croajingolong National Park

Another unspoiled paradise, Croajingolong National Park is located in Gale Hill Track, Wingan River, Victoria. It is located 516 km east of Melbourne and 339 km south of Canberra. Here, you can visit the Pebbly Beach with its jagged brown rocks and golden sand; and the Top Lake with its large campground, hotels, and shops. Watch hopping kangaroos, climbing koalas, and flying birds in Gipsy Point Lakeside and Double Creek Nature Walk.
Camping activity #7: Camp around Lake Burbury

Located east of Tasmania, the Lake Burbury Camping Ground is located in Queenstown, 250 km southwest of Launceston and east of Strahan. The place offers caravans, camper vans, motorhomes, BBQs, kayaks, and canoes. Here, you can engage in boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, birdwatching, camping, and fishing activities.

Camping activity #8: Build campfires in Adelaide parks

In the outskirts of Adelaide City, you can visit and build campfires except in the Chalks Campground at Mt. Crawford, which is covered by a campfire ban from November 1 to April 30. You can instead explore and build campfires in the Newland Head Conservation Park, which is 91 km from Adelaide; Morgan Conservation Park, which is 150 km away; and Deep Creek Conversation Park and Saunders Gorge, which are one hour from Adelaide. For more information, visit environment.sa.gov.au.

Camping activity #9: Set camp in D’Aguilar National Park

This park, about 31 km northwest of Brisbane, features subtropical rainforests and diverse plant species. Enjoy the wildlife view while spending time with friends, making BBQ, cycling, and bushwalking.

Have a fun and safe camping trip by ensuring that you have all the camping essentials you need. Visit Outbaxcamping today!