‘Most Australian video ever’: Good Hope camping trip gone horribly wrong

Max O'Driscoll 22 December 2021 27

Conditions quickly worsened and it wasn’t long before they were fighting a losing fight against mother nature. Photo: Screenshot.

It’s been dubbed by some the ‘most Australian video ever’.

As wild storms wreaked havoc across NSW and the ACT on Saturday, there were plenty of people across the region trapped in precarious positions, including a group of campers in Good Hope, just outside Yass.

“We just managed to get in and cooked up a bit of dinner, and then we got a couple of Snapchats from mates back in Canberra, and we looked over the hill and we could see it brewing just over the hill,” said one of the campers, Bradley Griffiths.

“We bunkered down a little bit and packed a few things away. We thought it wasn’t going to last real long, and we’re sitting there, and you can see it just roaring across the water, almost picking the water up, I suppose, and we went, ‘we’re in a bit of trouble here’.”

What followed next was caught on video and can be watched in the now-viral video below.

Aussie campers brave thunderstorm beer-in-hand

Hold my beer! A group of Aussie campers braved the recent thunderstorm beer-in-hand at Good Hope near Yass. However, it wasn't enough to stop them from having a good time.Video submitted by Andrew Durham.

Posted by The Canberra Page on Sunday, December 19, 2021

The boys arrived at their campsite on Friday (17 December) for their work Christmas party. They planned to share a few beers and enjoy a water ski.

On Saturday, they noticed peculiar weather conditions.

“I suppose coming around on Saturday, it was fairly windy all day, and it dropped off there in the afternoon. We got the boat out and did a bit in the boat, and the rest of the other boys had all been drinking fairly early obviously, seeming as they were there for the Christmas party,” said Bradley.

Conditions quickly worsened and it wasn’t long before they were fighting a losing fight against mother nature.

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“We all jumped up and grabbed a hold of the gazebos, and a big gust folded the gazebos onto us and smashed the mirror on the ute, so we were all holding on to try to save what we could, but obviously it was bucketing down rain as well,” said Bradley.

“When it all cleared, we were about ankle deep in water.”

Packed into the cars, soaking wet and looking out at what was once their campsite, the boys decided to make the most out of the experience.

Camping gone wrong? Hardly … Photo: Supplied.

“Obviously, what had happened, had happened. So, in good spirits, we got the surfboard out and did a bit of water skimming across our campsite, finally got a fire going as well to warm ourselves up and admire the destruction, I suppose,” said Bradley.

“We obviously tied up all the loose things and that, but the gazebos stayed as they were for the night and we just kept the party rolling.”

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Despite what some would describe as a horror experience, Bradley claims it’s all “a part of the adventure” and that the boys would hardly be scared off going camping again sometime soon.

“My whole life I’ve been going out to that particular spot, and that’s the worst storm I’ve ever seen. I think everyone got a bit of a shock after it, but no, we’ll all be back into it,” he said.

Since being posted on The Canberra Page, the video has amassed over 140,000 views, 4700 reactions and 2800 comments, many of which noted the danger of holding metal rods during a storm.

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27 Responses to ‘Most Australian video ever’: Good Hope camping trip gone horribly wrong
Tracey Crump Tracey Crump 6:26 pm 24 Dec 21

LOL...man (and his beer) against nature..

Mick Lovett Mick Lovett 2:00 pm 24 Dec 21

Josh Cameron Clinton Dale Mitch Bruce couple of brownies setting up at beyond the valley

Kate Podolak Kate Podolak 1:02 pm 24 Dec 21

Amy Crawford I’ll just quickly move my car 🤣

Tyson Blais Tyson Blais 8:24 am 23 Dec 21

Mitchell Hedges Rebecca Picton Kirrily Hawkins Lucus Fiorenza that time at splendour whe the rain collapsed the gazebo.

Rachel Mary Rachel Mary 8:52 pm 22 Dec 21

Eucalyptus Melliodora Reminds me of camping in Ireland!

    Eucalyptus Melliodora Eucalyptus Melliodora 10:01 pm 23 Dec 21

    Rachel Mary socks and ductape would not of saved us from that 🤣🤣🤣

Clinton Wickson Clinton Wickson 7:55 pm 22 Dec 21

Growing up every weekend at good hope Renee Conway wonder if our van is still onsite

Kimmy Hunter Kimmy Hunter 6:35 pm 22 Dec 21

David Hunter check out the video

Lauren McMillan Lauren McMillan 5:33 pm 22 Dec 21

Cindy Campbell Nigel Palfreman Ben McMillan I feel like this would have been us if we weren’t in the pub during the storm in Gundagai!

Emily Flint Emily Flint 4:43 pm 22 Dec 21

Sophie Pogson Liz Steemson it’s basically every family camping trip, ever

Wade Bermingham Wade Bermingham 4:21 pm 22 Dec 21

Absolute kings. in face of adversity we have a beer and brave it

Mitch Hanigan Mitch Hanigan 3:11 pm 22 Dec 21

Sara have a look at the video 😂😂😂

Tamara Macarounas Tamara Macarounas 3:00 pm 22 Dec 21

She be right mate! Well done guys.

Laura Scott Laura Scott 2:29 pm 22 Dec 21

Emma flashbacks to our family camping trips where it ALWAYS rained. Always.

Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 2:14 pm 22 Dec 21

Shared to LADbible Let's see if it gets more traction 😂

Louise Anne Louise Anne 2:09 pm 22 Dec 21

John Bit of rain and wind. It’ll be OK.

Andrew Kelly Andrew Kelly 2:02 pm 22 Dec 21

Brett Quinn something to aspire to on your next trip.

Paul Dwyer Paul Dwyer 1:52 pm 22 Dec 21

Preston Michael Andrew Humphrys was this you guys??

    Andrew Humphrys Andrew Humphrys 10:45 pm 22 Dec 21

    Paul Dwyer close but not quite that bad

Michele Balcomb Michele Balcomb 1:30 pm 22 Dec 21

Lachlan your Xmas party. 😂

KB Butchwiz KB Butchwiz 1:22 pm 22 Dec 21

Louise Butcher Claire Worrall Anika Vorster memories

Louise Frame Louise Frame 1:17 pm 22 Dec 21

Steve Laura Good place to get caught in a storm right? 😆

    Laura Frame Laura Frame 3:12 pm 22 Dec 21

    Louise Frame ohhh hell yeah. That was epic!!

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