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. (Could be links to http://www.bom.gov.au/ or http://www.willyweather.com.au/)
Be Croc wise…
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.
Check out our next blog on Setting up camp
- 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.