There is no doubt that Australian’s love camping. People love getting away whether it be for a weekend with the kids, a digital detox or a trip with your partner/friends. Whilst there are no ‘rules to camping’ and nothing than can be enforced, there is some ‘Camping Etiquette in Australia’ that I am sure we could all take on board. And hopefully take some points from.
Don’t camp in peoples pocket
We all get away to spend some time away from our neighbours and busy lifestyle. We like to enjoy the free space camping allows you to have. When you look for a camp spot don’t just pull up right next to someone. Look for a spot away from other people.
Pick up your rubbish
Guys, come on… lets keep Australia beautiful. Instead of having to do an emu parade before you leave and pick up all your rubbish, put it straight in the bin. This includes food scraps and TOILET PAPER. Don’t just throw them on the ground. Put them in the bin. And take your rubbish bags with you.
Put your fire out before you leave
Before you leave, put your fire out. I mean completely out. Don’t even let it smoulder. The next people that come along may have pets or children, who walk over and burn themselves. Or worse, a fire breaks out, burning the place out and risking the lives of others.
Keep the noise down
I know some people go camping to let loose, but others go to get away from the noise. Be respectful of other campers and don’t stay up all night partying. This also includes shouting and talking loudly, and screaming kids. We all understand kids like to run around and play, but no-one appreciates brats that are cracking tantrums or annoying other campers.
Stay out of other people’s camp area
Its simple, camping etiquette. Don’t just walk through other peoples camping area. Have some respect for their space. Some people also have dogs and while the responsible dog owners keep their dogs in their camping area, the dogs probably also don’t appreciate you coming into their space. If you have no other choice to but to walk through someone’s camp site, apologise and walk through quickly.
Abide by the generator rules of the specific camp site. Some people have to use generators for medical reasons – If this is you a sign to say this, goes a long way. Otherwise, please camp far away from other people. There is nothing worse than hearing a generator running ALL NIGHT!
Keep your pet under control
Not everyone loves your pet a much as you do. Don’t let them wander off and don’t let them run up to people. Pick up their poo and don’t let them bark.
Read the signs and don’t disobey the rules
Have respect for the rules the land owner sets out for the camping ground. Don’t make your own tracks, follow the speed limits and don’t feed the wildlife.
Keep the facilities clean
If you are lucky enough to camp somewhere with facilities, keep them clean. Put lids down on toilets to keep flies to a minimum. Also don’t steal the toilet paper.
Do not cut down trees
Don’t ever cut down a tree because you forgot firewood, or simply ran out. Sure, go scavenging around for sticks and branches on the ground but do not cut down trees.
I’m sure there are many many more things we could do to make camping a more pleasant experience for everyone involved, so please feel free to add some more ‘camping etiquette’ suggestions in the comments below for everyone to read.