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Canberra Camping Advice?

By wicklow 18 August 2011 25

I was looking for any tips regarding camping in and around the ACT. I’m a novice camper and really was just interested in 2 nights relaxing by a campfire. However, things don’t appear this simple. I understand a lot of sites don’t allow open fires (even in winter) and some require a 4WD (which I don’t have).

I thought I’d try it over the next few weekends, but not too sure about the cold and also about creepy crawlies this time of year. Equally unsure about the safest, nicest places.

Seems a tall order doesn’t it? I really just wanted to do some info gathering, so any and all thoughts are welcomed.

Thanks!

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chris820 7:31 pm 22 Aug 11

wicklow said :

A few more questions for you: many of you mention camping in places that I can’t seem to find info about site fees on the net (eg. Wee Jasper, Brandy Flat). Does anyone have that sort of info?

‘Should only be around $8 a night at any of the Wee Jasper reserves.
The local ranger has a residence at the Billy Grace reserve. That also happens to be a very comfortable spot to camp. With showers, BBQs, and purchasable firewood.

Um, I’m not sure about Brandy Flat. But I’d suggest a stop in at the Namadgi Visitors Centre on your way through.

Gungahlin Al 7:29 pm 21 Aug 11

wicklow said :

Thanks to all for your replies; a lot of helpful info has been posted. A few more questions for you: many of you mention camping in places that I can’t seem to find info about site fees on the net (eg. Wee Jasper, Brandy Flat). Does anyone have that sort of info?

Also, a few people mentioned some remote options. Just wondering with all these sites, how safe the spots are for a female camper (or two females)? Sounds ridiculous I know, but like I said, I’m a novice and would like to choose somewhere that ticks the safety box on my first out. 🙂

Thanks to all for the links to “official” info. As for firewood, where do most of you get yours from? What sort of prices would you be looking at and how much firewood is enough for 2 nights?

Car camping I assume is where you can park your car next to your spot? How far away do most of you park your cars when camping? Seems like an interesting point to consider.

Again, it’s great to hear from all the experienced campers here at RA. It’s even better to be able to learn such useful camping tips from you.

If you don’t have tools for chopping stuff up, then you’ll find many servos have firewood in bags out front.

Car close to camping spot (aka glamping – glamorous camping) would be fine for many of the spots mentioned – esp Honeysuckle etc in Namadgi.

As for safety I can’t make an observation re female. But I think the greatest risk is that anyone can find themselves at a site with drunks being morons, and the upshot of that can always be a luckydip. So I think the safest is away from others, or away from weekends at least. I always regard a camping trip during which I see no-one as a good trip.

KB1971 6:43 pm 21 Aug 11

Hehe, unless you are talking about truck convoys, Action buses, car v bike or politics you will usually get some helpful advice 🙂

Can’t help you with the fees but yes, car based camping is where you drive into the camp area, pick a site & camp near your car. You usually only have to cart your stuff about 20m max + most of the sites mentioned are acessable by 2wd vehicles.

Safe, want do you mean by safe? Safe from dickheads or wildlife? Dickeads are ever present & the more remote the better generally. Wildlife? Too early for snakes & bugs so you will be fine there. Wild dogs? They will usually leave you alone, you will hear them but that’s all. Homeless had an incident one night but he was alone & obviously looked vulnerable so the dogs had a go. Very rAre though.

Firewood, I usually gather close to camp (within a few km’s) & always carry a bow saw. If I am going for a long time & there are a heap of us we will take the chainsaw. Bunnings always have bags though for about 20 bucks a bag.

I will add some more later as i am about to tuck into a lamb roast…..

thatsnotme 6:07 pm 21 Aug 11

wicklow said :

Car camping I assume is where you can park your car next to your spot? How far away do most of you park your cars when camping? Seems like an interesting point to consider.

I think this is more referring to the fact that you’re driving right up to your camp site, so the amount of gear you can take with you isn’t limited by how much you can carry. So instead of needing to buy an expensive sleeping bag, that weighs next to nothing and packs down to the size of a postage stamp, you can take a cheaper bag – and a couple of blankets or a doona if you want to!

wicklow 5:45 pm 21 Aug 11

Thanks to all for your replies; a lot of helpful info has been posted. A few more questions for you: many of you mention camping in places that I can’t seem to find info about site fees on the net (eg. Wee Jasper, Brandy Flat). Does anyone have that sort of info?

Also, a few people mentioned some remote options. Just wondering with all these sites, how safe the spots are for a female camper (or two females)? Sounds ridiculous I know, but like I said, I’m a novice and would like to choose somewhere that ticks the safety box on my first out. 🙂

Thanks to all for the links to “official” info. As for firewood, where do most of you get yours from? What sort of prices would you be looking at and how much firewood is enough for 2 nights?

Car camping I assume is where you can park your car next to your spot? How far away do most of you park your cars when camping? Seems like an interesting point to consider.

Again, it’s great to hear from all the experienced campers here at RA. It’s even better to be able to learn such useful camping tips from you.

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