Camping Laws

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Camping Laws

Postby Pipster » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:44 pm

In the National Parks and elsewhere, what are the rules on camping? Can you camp anywhere or are you limited to designated sites?

Here in England/Wales your supposed to camp in designated sites, but high up in the mountain areas out of the way you can wild camp pretty much anywhere and everyone turns a blind eye to it 8) In Scotland its a free-for-all - camp n hike where ever you please. :grin:
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Postby Kramer » Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:01 am

In QLD some places have designated sites while 30min down the road its a free for all, usually $3-4 a night on a self pay system but the ranger usually isn't too far away and will do regular checks on camp sites. Some of the more popular national parks will have rangers on site and you have to see them first before setting up camp.
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Postby Scolers » Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:48 am

Further to Kramer ... each state has it's own laws and each council within those states have their own by-laws so it's a case of checking things out within the council boundaries that you want to camp in.


A council is similar to a county ... ;)

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Postby Gary's Family » Sat Aug 05, 2006 7:18 am

You also have state forests, that in my experience usually have less rules than National Parks and usually free to camp. No restriction on campfires, you can collect wood in state forests, usually camp anywhere. Often ammenaties are more limited, but the freedom is there. With National parks, it also depends how close you are to a city. There seems to be more restriction if you are in a National Park in populated areas. I know the National Park near our home has banned open fires, where parks further away, you can still have a fire as long you bring your own wood.

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