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First time camping at Christmas!

Postby Jordan123 » Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:55 pm

Hi,

I'm going camping with one of my mates over the Christmas break (ie 27th Dec to 6th Jan). We are planning to start from Sydney and make our way north along the east coast, stopping off at beaches etc along the way and camping at night. Neither of us have done this before and I'm a little concerned to read a number of people say that you must book a campsite in advance! ..Does apply to only Campervans or for tents as well? Because we don't know how far we'll be driving each day and hence, where we'll end up each night, we were planning on rocking up to the nearby camping ground and pitching a tent. I would be surprised if absolutely all the space is taken, but like I said I've never done this before! ..am I a little optimistic of our chances of finding somewhere along the coast? (BTW how much can you expect to pay for a spot to put a tent up?)

Any advise is much appreciated.
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Postby amanda » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:58 am

Your chances of just rocking up and getting a tent site anywhere along the east coast during those dates would be falling just short of a miracle I would think. Most beachside camp grounds would have been booked out for months by now. I would strongly suggest you start calling some places to see if there any availability at all. I think the availability will dictate where you actually stop over.
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Postby GypsyLady » Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:13 pm

amanda wrote:Your chances of just rocking up and getting a tent site anywhere along the east coast during those dates would be falling just short of a miracle I would think. Most beachside camp grounds would have been booked out for months by now. I would strongly suggest you start calling some places to see if there any availability at all. I think the availability will dictate where you actually stop over.


I would have to agree with Amanda on this one too. Beachside campsites on the tourist track are always the first ones to go. You may have a better chance in the smaller less known towns but personally I feel you are being a bit optimistic.

Tent sites are equally as popular as van sites etc. You may be lucky enough to get one or 2 places with a small tent and no power but I am doubtful overall.

As for cost, that could be anywhere from $30 to $100 per night. GOOD LUCK
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Postby Jordan123 » Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:06 pm

Well I was obviously being a little naive! Thanks for the response and the advice – I’m not too sure what we’ll end up doing, but we’ll work something out – otherwise, I hope the seats in the car recline! Cheers.
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Postby Mullie Grub Clan » Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:24 am

Have fun
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Postby GypsyLady » Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:26 am

Jordan123 wrote:Well I was obviously being a little naive! Thanks for the response and the advice – I’m not too sure what we’ll end up doing, but we’ll work something out – otherwise, I hope the seats in the car recline! Cheers.


I am sure you will sort something Jordan. Have a safe trip. Cheers Gypsy
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Postby itchyant-senior » Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:13 pm

.....and - most places will probably want a minimum booking of 1 week
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Re: Little hope

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:36 am

itchyant-senior wrote:.....and - most places will probably want a minimum booking of 1 week


I think you will stand a better chance of getting in for an overnighter than a week.
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camped at Mt Mee one Christmas

Postby mystical_aussiegal » Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:49 pm

~~ It is a Christmas I will always remember, we lived at Delaneys
Creek so didnt have far to travel. I wanted the kids to still have the same xmas we would have at home...

We took the Xmas tree, all the xmas cards were hung around the tarp, we had tinsel everywhere and had our traditional hot lunch of turkey, ham, pork, chicken and veges.. right down to the plum pudding with cream.

The only thing missing was the xmas tree lights, I compensated this with lighting heaps of tea lights and it was awesome. As we didnt live far from the camp, we took the 4wd and my camry wagon so space was not an issue.

It is a memory I will always treasure!!!!! (it must have been around 8 yrs or so ago now)
I absolutely love downunder and want to see all of it, especially the outback
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Postby Al&Sharon » Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:56 pm

what a lovely memory mystical keep the trips going Alan
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re "keep the trips going"

Postby mystical_aussiegal » Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:16 pm

~ ~ ~ kids have grown up now mate, memories are forever though :grin:
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Re: re "keep the trips going"

Postby GypsyLady » Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:07 pm

mystical_aussiegal wrote:~ ~ ~ kids have grown up now mate, memories are forever though :grin:


Your signature comment re seeing the outback.... Am now in preparation mode for next big 'outback' trip at the end of the year.

It has been a couple of years since we did the last one so am really looking forward to it.

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