I use a list and lots of research to locate a good camp spot. My ideal spot will tick most of these boxes.
- Camp fires allowed
- Free or low cost camp site
- Location, location – waterfrontage
5 ways to find a good camp site
- National Parks Camp site list or post a question on Free Camping Australia’s Facebook page.
- Do a search on Flickr this will give you an idea of how the site looks.
- Word of mouth, chew the fat with other campers or ask a local at the Tourist Info Centre.
- Google Earth is great for finding that elusive spot.
- Follow other bloggers who are passionate about camping.
What do you think? What’s your experience. Do leave a comment.
After a couple of trips loading the kayaks into the back of the van, it was decided that we needed a trailer. One that would give us some additional secured storage space and not be too heavey. Gumtree was consulted and we came up with this little beauty. The Venter trailer brand is from South Africa and we picked this one up in Sydney 2nd hand.
This post is from a couple of weekends ago, when we took the van to the backwaters of the Clyde River inland from Batemans Bay, for some birdwatching and kayaking. Our trailer was not yet ready and we had to load the kayaks into the back to transport. They fitted, but it was a bit of a pain. Shallow Crossing is where the fresh and salt water meet. The water level is dependant on the flow and the size of the tide, we have a very low clearance so we timed out drive to coincide with low tide.
The camp site runs along the river bank, it has plenty of shade shelters with picnic tables and you can light a fire. There are hot showers and drop toilets. We did not see Jim the owner while we were there, I presume that he must have been away as the ammenities were never cleaned and it looked like it had been sometime since the rubbbish had been removed.
Having done our share of campsite cleaning it didn’t worry us, but I was tempted to give Jim a few tips should he have appeared to collect the site fees.
A weekend away from our haunts along the south coast always takes some research. So after looking up the NSW National Parks website and some good tips from Loving the South Coast’s Facebook page we decided on Bendeela Campground at Kangaroo Valley for Saturday night. Then we would see how the weekend went.
Bendeela was a big surprise and I love a free campsite. The security man on the gate who took our registration number and licence details said that at 11am when we arrived there were approximately 1,000 people on site. BUSY…. we looked around and everything was very orderly. It is amazing how organised campers can be without heaps of signs and rules and regulations. No fires and no camping along the river bank..simple. By 10pm that night all I could hear was the distant hum of the power station up river.
The water was a bit to chilley for a long swim, we made the most of the glassey conditions on Sunday morning and put the kayaks in. The paddling is great , plenty of bird and animal life and almost no currant.