We are finally getting back the freedom to travel and roam around the state, however with some restrictions still in place and Covid cases popping up all over the place, we recommend camping as a safe way to get back into holidaying. With magnificent national parks covering nearly 5 million hectares of NSW, social distancing won’t be a problem!
Watagans, Myall Lakes, Coolah Tops, Yengo, Barrington Rocks, Ku-ring-gai Chase, Mount Kaputar; the only problem going camping in NSW is there’s just so many fantastic National Parks to choose from.
From remote campgrounds where you can pitch your tent among the rugged wilderness and forests, to campgrounds with allotted sites and facilities, to sandy stretches of beach where there’s nothing between you and the night sky, the perfect campsite is just waiting for you.
When it comes to choosing where to go, make sure you factor in what type of activities you want to partake in. Different parks cater for different activities such as 4WDing, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, swimming, abseiling, canoeing and plenty more.
While most parks are opened back up for business, some campgrounds will remain closed if the risk to public safety from Covid cannot be managed so make sure you check out the rules and regulations for your chosen park before you plan your trip. Physical distancing is still required at campgrounds and current rules on public gatherings apply.
First time camping? Haven’t been in a while? We’ve put together some of our top tips to make sure you stay safe on your camping trip.
- We are still in a pandemic! Don’t forget your masks, hand soap, hand wipes, cleaning products and toilet paper to maintain good hygiene, especially at the busier camping grounds.
- You can never take enough water. Carry iodine tablets for backup.
- Avoid camping directly under large trees. When pitching your tent, remember to look up to ensure there aren’t any loose, dead or overhanging tree limbs.
- Always pack a first aid kit.
- Take advantage of campground reservation systems ensuring you a spot.
- Always set up camp before dark. This should be your first priority – after you get the esky filled.
- Don’t forget to take something to light a fire with.
- Invest in a decent sleeping bag. Most of the cold comes through the floor so bring a yoga mat for extra warmth and padding.
- Throw sage sticks on the fire as it is a natural mosquito repellent. Doritos also make good kindling.
- Protect your toilet paper by using an old container and cut a slit in the side to run the paper out of.
- Take a headtorch instead of a flashlight. You’ll appreciate having your hands free on those visits to the toilet.
- Keep a checklist of your camping essentials and organise your gear before leave.
- You are most likely not Bear Grills or the reincarnation of The Crocodile Hunter – so stay within your abilities.
- Take this simple test to see if you qualify for solo camping. Shine a flashlight into one ear. If the beam shines out the other ear, do not go into the woods alone.
Lastly, it’s drop bear season – stay safe.