Camping in Australia, the Most Iconic Australian Experience

by Adam Borzy on April 25, 2012

It is often reported that Australians are amongst the happiest people on earth.
Some experts claim it is the lack of pollution which keeps people smiling; others quote our booming economy as primary reason for people’s contentment. We, on the other, tend to think that the reason why Australians are so happy and relaxed is because most spend their free-time outdoors.
Australians are renowned outdoor lovers; we love packing the car and heading off, spending a week-end sheltered under blissful waterfalls, or hiking in a national park, or diving and snorkeling on one of our splendid world class beaches.

Moreton Island, Queensland Australia

This great big country of ours seems to be custom built for camping!  Not only is the sheer number, and quality, of natural wonders second to none, but the huge open spaces means that going on an overland trip through Australia necessitates and overnight stay in the middle of nowhere. What may have started as pure necessity has turned into our country’s most beloved past-time.

Camping in Australia has been an integral part of our existence since time immemorial. Crikey, even our most adventurous natives lived as one with nature for thousands of years, well before white man joined the party with ready made tents and trailers! There’s no denying it…pitching a tent and building a log fire is about as Aussie as it gets, and is a sure fire way of promoting a healthy body and a peaceful spirit.

So what is it about camping that makes one so happy?

Well, for one, it’s the connection with the outdoors that automatically lowers one’s stress levels. Getting away from it all (from the stresses of work and paying the bills) allows one mind to truly wind down. The increased intake of Vitamin D, in the form of golden kisses from our Sun, is a fantastic stimulant for the happiness hormones. Moreover, camping is a great way to spend some quality time with family and friends. Harmonious relationships are the true essence of a happy life. It’s easy to neglect our most precious relations when one is too busy with ‘life’; but go out camping in the great outdoors and you’ll have all the time in the world to chat over a cuppa and reconnect.

Something must also be said for our actual physical reconnection with Mother Earth. Sound too esoteric for your liking? Fine, we’ll tone it down! Just consider this: spending even just one night under the stars, falling asleep to crashing waves, or the sound of crickets chirping, is one of the most relaxing things you could do. There’s a certain vitality one feels when waking up outdoors, that is completely lost to those who only ever experience life behind four concrete walls.

Camping is also one of the most socially active things you can do. Making new friends and reconnecting with old ones is a breeze when you’re away from all

Camping on Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia

Camping on Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia

external distractions.  Sure, we all go out to dinner or the pub with our mates, but places are usually full of people, and very loud, and all one ends up talking about is work, or the mortgage, or the football. Want to have a truly meaningful discussion with your mates?

Then we suggest you lose yourself into the bosom of Australia’s wilderness; build a fire, share a bottle of wine and you’ll see how much more intense your conversations will be.

Go on, just do it. Take your family camping on your next vacation and experience for yourself this most beautiful way of holidaying.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Rakers April 26, 2012 at 3:41 am

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Adam Borzy April 27, 2012 at 8:07 am

Thanks very much for stopping by and for comment. Pleased to see that you liked my post. Happy camping :)

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Joseph May 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

That is interesting to read. I always thought the reason Ausies are so happy and festive is because of the beer. Okay, maybe not. I can’t say I have ever been there, so all I have to go on is what may be clichs about Australians. But I do realize that there is a vast outback of terrain. Maybe that’s where some of the stereo types come from – like that of the mountain man.

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Adam Borzy May 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

You made a good point Joseph. The beer has a lot to do with it. A nice beer at the campfire … hmmm :D

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Ann May 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

I have seen some beautiful land before but Australia has to be one of the best. Another place I would like to go camping is in Alaska where Sara Palin did her show when she had Kate plus eight kids on there and they went camping and Kate did nothing but complain, I would love to go there and see bears and catch those big old fish out of the river, good times.

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Adam Borzy May 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Hello Ann,
I haven’t made it to Alaska yet, but it is certainly on my list. I camped in the Yellowstone National Park about 10 years ago and absolutely loved it. It was kind of scary on the first night. We arrived late, it was already dark and we were getting the tent up and bears were roaring in the background continuously. Loved every minute of it though.
Thanks for the comment.
Adam

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Mary May 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

I used to love camping at the lake with my family we always had such fun. I don’t agree that it has anything to do with reconnecting to mother earth because I simply don’t believe that mumbo jumbo. But I do think it is relaxing because you can simply leave your cell phones and Ipads and computers behind and just have piece and quite.

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Krisztian May 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm

That’s right Mary, there is no good or bad reason for camping, we all have our own reasons and the main thing is to relax and have a good time :) and leave a cleen campside behind :D
Appreciate your comment.

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Ray May 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

I have some friends that live in Australia maybe they could take us camping some time. When they had those really bad floods a year or so ago and the water was clear up into town how bad did it tear up the camping grounds? I heard there were sharks going through the drive through at McDonalds it was so bad.

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Krisztian May 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Hello Ray,
Yeah it was very bad, particularly up here in Queensland. Lot of towns gor damaged and off course the camping grounds were ruined all along the Brisbane river as well. It was a horrible scene and unfortunately many lost their lives in those floods as well. very sad indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

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Ed July 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm

One of the real pleasures about camping in Australia is that you don’t just have to stick to the designated camping areas. There is enough room and open space to just pull up and hang your hat along a host of deserted beaches or wide open landscapes.
Outback Crossing

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Andrew July 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Yeah I know exactly what you mean. I had some friends bike their way up to Darwin from Brisbane and they swagged it the whole way and had a blast just pulling over at the end of the day in the beautiful Australian outback and they didnt even have to go off road.

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James and Trish June 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

Great photos. Definitely want to get there sometime this year. Thanks for the post.

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Phil June 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Too true!

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