When you first arrive at the camp ground, take a good look around.
- Check for safety hazards like traffic, waterways & natural water courses; the last thing you need is all your camping gear floating off downstream in a flash flood or run over by vehicles as a result of setting up camp in the wrong spot.
Dry creek beds & river beds are not the safest areas to pitch a tent; if in the event of rain or if the creek is tidal, you may be caught by surprise.
- Always check local tide times as some areas may have very unpredictable or abnormally high tides & depending on the phase of the moon & recent weather, King tides and storm surges could also devastate your chosen camp site, so choose wisely and rely on local knowledge & information.
Check with local weather authorities for latest updates before heading out.
Many beaches, rivers & billabongs in the northern parts of Australia are inhabited by Crocodiles & although accessible waterways are generally signposted, always obey WARNING SIGNS.
If you are likely to be travelling through, fishing or camping in a croc area, read our Be Croc Wise article before you do!
- Look for a level site with enough room to spread out all your gear and check the ground for broken glass, sharp objects, poisonous plants, bees, ant nests, etc.
- We all love a little shade, especially in the hot summer months, but it is advised not to pitch camp directly under large gum trees, they are notorious for dropping huge branches without warning – never camp directly under any large tree or unstable structure.
- If you are planning on staying at a popular camp ground or fishing spot, make sure you plan your trip so you arrive early to avoid disappointment as particular seasons attract varying crowds & always make sure you arrive well before dark to give yourself enough time to check over the entire site & set up camp.
Check out our next blog on Setting up camp