Going camping: An Australian Tradition

Going camping is part of an Australian tradition, and some things never change over time.

Looking at these photos, you might recognise some areas where you live or have visited - but have you camped at these locations, or is camping at some of these places, a thing of the past?

But what, from a camping perspective,  is the same 100 years on?   

Having your favourite spot by the beach

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Burleigh Heads, Queensland, 1911

Fishing by your campsite

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Jungara, Queensland, 1903

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Tweed River, NSW, 1905


Finding an ideal spot on a river

Brisbane River, QLD, 1884

Get out the Dutch Oven, and make some damper

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Walcha, NSW, 1960
(image credit here)

Camping with other like-minded campers

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Location unknown,  circa 1910

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Mooloolaba, 1931

Sitting around the campfire, waiting for the billy to boil

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Cairns, 1907

Going camping at Christmas with friends

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The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, 1932

or maybe at   Currumbin, QLD, 1928 (below)


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Smaller camping set up at Bulwer, Moreton Island, 1907




Family time (with the dog as well)

Sandgate, QLD, 1905

Transport to get you to your campsite is still important

Rosewood, QLD, circa 1880’s.

Cooking over the campfire

Mt Isa, 1932

Or even, just camping in your own backyard

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Toowong, QLD, 1903

If you liked seeing these vintage photos, make sure you see the collection – what is camping – another photo story that will take you back in time.

Note:  All photos sourced from public domain files.