Christmas Gifts for those who love Camping! Last minute gift ideas


Camping Gift Ideas - Perfect for last minute gifts






With Christmas just around the corner, some of you might be wondering what to get someone who loves the outdoors? 

Time is precious, and online shopping is definitely the way to go and beat the queues, the carparking dramas and all those people.

To make life a bit easier for you, we collated some of our fave items from our affiliate, Wild Earth which should appeal to anyone who goes camping! 

And quite a few of these, we think can do double-duty:    home and away.






Solar Powered Candle Lantern


We love the Luci lantern, and we have reviewed it here.     But this is the Luci Candle Lantern, for that softer (and yes, romantic) glow. 

Why we like it?     Solar powered, safer than a candle, and perfect for home use



Gifts for Christmas campers



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Stocking Stuffer



Looking for something small and useful to go in a stocking?  Then the Light My Fire Firesteel is incredibly handy.      This is for any camper, whether you be a lightweight hiking sort of camper, or full luxuries-a-must camper.    Don't rely on matches, when this works.   And you look quite rugged as well.



Why we like it?    It's practical, small and reliable.



Gifts for Christmas campers


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Light My Fire Grandpa's Fire Fork



Cook sausages and marshmallows and more when you attach your Light My Fire Grandpa's Fork to any stick.   And voila!   Cooking over a campfire just got a little less tricky.

You can read about what foods you can cook over a campfire using a stick to give you some inspiration.


Why we like it?     Because sometimes food does fall off the stick because the end of the stick just wasn't designed to hold a sausage!


Gifts for Christmas campers


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GSI Commuter Coffee Java Press


For the coffee lover in your life.    You don't need to be camping to have a desire for caffeine, and this gives you the French Press taste, without the plunger mess. 


Why we like it?    Caffeine hit, anytime, anywhere.  Not just camping.


Gifts for Christmas campers


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Klymit Inertia O Zone


If you have someone needing ultralight gear, and wanting them to sleep well on their treks, this bizarre looking sleeping mat with built-in pillow, could be the gift that you get a lot of thanks for.
Put inside or outside of your sleeping bag.


Why we like it?     Because it's so cool looking, and a built in pillow means one less thing we have to remember.
Gifts for Christmas campers


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Collapsible Gear


For the space saving campers, get ready to collapse lots of items.


Why we like these items?    Space is always an issue for us.   Anything that saves us a bit of room is always appreciated and  needed.


The water bottle - Hydrapak 750ml Stash Bottle




Gifts for Christmas campers


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The kettle - Sea to Summit X-Kettle





Gifts for Christmas campers

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The complete cooking set - Sea to Summit X-Set 31



Gifts for Christmas campers


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The mug - Sea to Summit X Mug


Gifts for Christmas campers




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Biolite Charge 10 USB Powerbank


Don't let your phone run out of power, anywhere, anytime.     Give the gift that allows your loved one to stay connected.


Why we like it?    Small, light and waterproof.    Perfect for city use as well, so you can pop one in your handbag or pocket for day's of heavy use of your phone.



Gifts for Christmas campers




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Headlamps


Headlamps are a must for camping  (you can read on how to choose a headlamp here).    So if you don't have one on your list of gear, then check out the range (and prices vary greatly).



Why we like it?   We think headlamps are mandatory part of camping.    Hands free cooking, hiking, and around camp.  What's not to love?   Huge range on offer as well.
Gifts for Christmas campers



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Thermarest Stretcher Cot Bug Shelter



Sleep under the stars, but comfortably on a Thermarest cot, with a bug shelter above you.      Fine weather camping only.       FYI:  Shelter only, cot sold separately.


Why we like it:     Comfort and style in the outdoors.   For the glampers not the hard core campers!



Gift ideas for campers


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Swift Fold Hammock



Got room in your car to experience hammock camping without the need for trees?  Or for your backyard (perfect for days when you want to laze at home)?     Try a fold up hammock stand.


Why we like it?    Hammock in the backyard is a great way to spend your days off this summer.




Gift ideas for campers


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So there are just a few ideas, all of which we think most campers could definitely put to use at the campsite or at home.

If you miss out before Christmas, there's always next year.


Happy and safe Christmas.










Where to go camping near Adelaide: 5 places to try


Where to go camping near Adelaide?  5 suggestions






Being South Australians, we have always loved to find places close to Adelaide, where we can get away for a quick night's camping.     We don't want to always travel hours in the car, especially for an overnight trip, so finding places close is important to us.

If you are looking for some ideas where you can go camping near Adelaide, here are 5 suggestions worth investigating further. 


  • Weekend camping is possible, even for just one night.     So don't get discouraged.  But if you need some tips on making a weekend getaway easier, then read our tips on stress free camping for a short trip whilst you are here. 


Our main website, Go Camping Australia features loads of reviews and tips too, if these 5 suggestions don't appeal.






Deep Creek Conservation Park


camping near adelaide?  Deep Creek is one of 5 places close to the city



This Park is around 2 hours from Adelaide (or 108 km)  on the way to Jervis Bay (where the ferry goes to Kangaroo Island).

Just follow the signs for the ferry, and you will see a turn off to this Park.   

With a number of campgrounds, there is a camping style to suit every sort of camper.   It has been a firm favourite of ours and has increased in popularity over the past few years.

There are a number of walks to do within the Park, including a hike-in only camping option.


Bookings needed:    Yes
Free:    No
Dogs allowed:    No
Campfires allowed:     Yes, if fire restrictions permit
2WD:    Yes
Toilets:     Yes, drop toilets
Showers:   Only in 1 campground
Suit what sort of camper:    A campsite/campground for every sort of camper, though Trig Campground is more tent based camping.


Read our review of this campground here with full details on how to book etc.






Saunders Gorge




Camping near Adelaide



Just over 1 hour from Adelaide, you will find this bush camping location in the Adelaide Hills.

If you want to get back to basics, without travelling too far from home, this is a good place to experience, and probably best in the cooler months, as the Adelaide Hills are prettier and more lush at that time.


Bookings needed:    Yes
Free:    No
Dogs allowed:    No
Campfires allowed:     Yes, if fire restrictions permit
2WD:    Yes  plus 4WD tracks on property (extra cost)
Toilets:     Yes, drop toilets
Showers:   No
Suit what sort of camper:    A campsite/campground for every sort of camper, though 2 sites are better for tent based camping.



Read our review of this campground here with full details on how to book etc.




Morgan Conservation Park



5 places to go camping near Adelaide



If you wish to get up to the Murray River without too much driving, then we recommend this location.   Admittedly, there are many places to camp along the Murray, and some might be closer than this, but it does allow you to experience bush camping, with stores nearby if it all goes a bit wrong!

It's 150km from Adelaide.


Bookings needed:    Yes, but no specific campsite is allocated in the booking process
Free:   No  (please note:  earlier version of this story, said it was free which was an error)
Dogs allowed:    No
Campfires allowed:     Yes, unless fire restrictions are in place
2WD:    Yes  but after rain, some parts of the park can be a little slippery
Toilets:     No - you need to be self sufficient
Showers:   No
Suit what sort of camper:    All styles of camping can be accommodated here.





Read our review of this campground here with full details on how to book etc.




Chalks Campground, Mt Crawford



adelaide camping location - Mt Crawford



One hour from Adelaide, this campground in Mt Crawford Forest, is ideal for a fast trip at certain times of the year only.    From December through to end of March, you cannot camp here due to fire risk. 

It's not true bush camping, more of a relaxed open oval sort of vibe happening, but you can still chill out here and feel like you have escaped the city (but know it's only an hour away).


Bookings needed:    No
Free:   No - permit required
Dogs allowed:    Yes, under certain conditions
Campfires allowed:     Banned from 1 November to 30 April and on any fire restriction day
2WD:    Yes
Toilets:     Yes
Showers:   No
Suit what sort of camper:    All styles of camping can be accommodated here.



Read our review of this campground here with full details on how to book etc.




Newland Head Conservation Park


5 places to go camping near Adelaide


91km from Adelaide, close to Victor Harbour, this established campground lets you explore some of the Fleurieu Peninsula, either on foot or driving around the area.       

Not the most picturesque of campgrounds, but if you can visit at a non-busy time, some of the campsites are private and more appealing as they can be tucked away a little.


Bookings needed:    Yes
Free:   No
Dogs allowed:   No
Campfires allowed:     No
2WD:    Yes
Toilets:     Yes
Showers:   No
Suit what sort of camper:    Tent campers (though we did see a camper trailer in there).



Read our review of this campground here with full details on how to book etc.




Of course, apart from these camping locations, you can find out about more places to camp in South Australia (and other states) at our website.

There is no reason to get out and enjoy camping this coming weekend!

Not sure what to look for in a campsite?   Read these 7 tips.


Go to Go Camping Australia for reviews plus tips, advice and plenty more.




Where to go camping with dogs

Camping with Dogs in Australia - tips and where to go




“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz



One of the most common questions we get in our inbox from readers,  is regarding taking the family dog on a camping trip.       “Are dogs allowed?”   “Can we bring our dog"?”

The answer is always going to depend on the location, but if your destination is a National Park, the answer will be a decisive "no".


But there are options, so do read on and find out where you can get more info on dog-friendly locations, plus some tips to camping with dogs.




National Parks

 


where to go camping with dogs australia
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Dogs and National Parks don’t go together.


Taking your pet into a State or National Park is forbidden in order to protect our native wildlife.

Your dog might be this calm and well behaved dog, kept on a leash, but that still does not make it permissible to take them into the Park when you camp.

The following is an excerpt from the NSW Government Environment & Heritage page, giving a few reasons why you can’t take your dog into a National Park:



  • Native animals see dogs as predators. The lasting scent left by dogs can easily scare small animals and birds away from their homes, often causing them to leave their young unprotected.
  • Dog faeces carry diseases which can be harmful to wildlife and people, and also add nutrients to the soil, increasing the spread of weeds.
  • If dogs and other domestic pets have frightened native animals away from popular visitor areas, there will be no wildlife for other visitors to see.
  • Dogs can interfere with the enjoyment of other park visitors.


Assistance dogs, or dogs that provide support for people with disabilities, are an exception.

Failure to pay attention to this rule in a National Park can result in you being asked to leave, or an on-the-spot fine (and could make a cheap camping trip, a whole lot more pricey).



Dog Friendly Camping

 


where to go camping with dogs australia
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You know that a National Park is out of the question, so what are your options?

Basically, the answer is going to depend on where you are staying.    The rules will vary from place to place, so you will need to do some homework.   


If in doubt, call and ask.    A call to the property you want to stay at, and finding out the rules about pets could save you time and money.


Some private properties will also have a ban on pets, so its important to check, and not just assume.


where to go camping with dogs australia



Taking your Dog Camping - Some Tips




  • Make sure if a dog is meant to be on leash, it is on leash at all times.

  • Collar with ID should be on your dogs at all time.  

  • Reflective collars/leashes are handy to have on pooch at night to maximise chances of being seen by everyone.

  • Know where the nearest vet to your campsite is.   Hopefully you won't need a vet, but when something goes wrong, it's handy to know where you might have to go in a hurry.

  • If camping in a part of the country that has ticks, make sure you have done all you can to prevent ticks, and know how to treat an animal that has a tick (especially if you are visiting a tick prone area, and you aren't familiar with this dangerous problem for animals).

  • Check that vaccinations are up to date.   If a location requires proof of such vaccinations, have a printout by your vet ready to handover.    

  • Keep your dog close to you and your campsite at all times (part of good camping etiquette).  A long lead might be good to have, so your dog can wander but never too far.   

  • Is your dog a big barker?   Loves to yap a lot, all the time?    In a camping situation, people near you will tire of that very, very, quickly.    You may need to consider that your dog isn't really the right companion to have on a camping trip.      Do consider the behaviours of your dog and how your dog could be on a camping trip, and how you plan to manage such a situation.

  • Don't leave your dog unattended.    It's behaviour could deteriorate out of boredom or loneliness in a strange environment, and could result in bothering other campers. 

  • CLEAN UP after your dog.     It's disgusting to be on a trail or around a campsite and find dog faeces there.    Like you have to do in a park, or on a walk, clean it up properly.   Sure you are outside, but if you are near others, they might step in a big messy poo.     Think of others. 



And if you think you need a dog camping checklist, check this list.


useful tips and where to go camping with dogs australia



Useful links

 


We can’t give a blanket answer for every camping location, but below are some links to help you in your search.


State Specific Guides




Camping With Your Dogs   is a website covering campsites that do allow dogs, and covers 5 states, but with a focus on Queensland.

Dogs on Holiday is for those in Victoria, and covers all sorts of accommodation including camping.

Turu – NSW Pet Friendly sites are listed here, and at time of writing, listed 226 pet friendly camping grounds.

Heading to Tasmania?  Then this site has a list of places where dogs can go.

The Courier-Mail listed 7 best sites in Queensland to take your dogs camping.   You can see the sites listed here.

Travel Dogs Australia covers dog friendly locations in QLD, Victoria and NSW.

Western Australia - read the Dog's Guide,  giving you info about your state's dog friendly locations

South Australia - Pet friendly Caravan and Camping locations can be viewed here.




General Search Links for Dog Friendly Locations (not just one state)



PetPlaces has a list of dog friendly locations and a whole lot more about your pooch.

A general site, that doesn't just cover campgrounds is Take Your Pet

Selected Big 4 holiday parks allow dogs.    To see which parks accept dogs, you can click here.

Camping with your dogs is a website specifically for camping and dogs, with a strong focus on the East Coast of Australia.


Get a Book



camping with dogs book




A book devoted to camping and dogs is Bush Camping with Dogs. If you are planning on doing a bit of camping, this might be worth investigating.   The link is for one site that sells the book, though there are many others.




Final Word



Your dog is probably a great companion to you and your family.      And bringing it along can be a lovely way for the whole family to go camping.       Enjoy this time with your 4-legged friend, but please be mindful that just because you love him/her unconditionally, others might not love your dog as much.

Respect those who don't want their camping trip disturbed by a pet or just don't like dogs.   


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This post was first published in 2013 but has been updated to maintain accuracy.