Dis­cover the great out­doors

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page -

the Easter break around the cor­ner, there’s never been a bet­ter time to en­joy a spot of camp­ing.

How­ever, for those who haven’t got a tent stacked away in the garage, Week­end Shopper Camp­ing sec­tion in­cludes use­ful camp­ing items such as $130 six-per­son dome tents, $20 eskies and $95 fold-up beds.

Queens­land’s na­tional parks are also a great way for city-dwellers to ab­sorb a more nat­u­ral way of life.

From Cape York to Bris­bane and Birdsville to Mt Isa, these parks of­fer a beau­ti­ful way to re­lax with fam­ily and friends.

Tourism and Visi­tor Ser­vices di­rec­tor Anne Greentree from the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Re­source Man­age­ment (DERM) is un­sur­prised by camp­ing’s pop­u­lar­ity.

“Camp­ing is one of Queens­land’s most pop­u­lar hol­i­day choices as it’s very affordable and can be tai­lored to suit in­di­vid­ual tastes,” she said. “It’s also an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the Aus­tralian bush in its nat­u­ral state.

“Na­tive trees and shrubs grow around each camp­ground so there’s a good chance of see­ing an­i­mals in their own habi­tat.”

Ms Greentree said Queens­land’s na­tional parks had spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ences camper trail­ers and car­a­vans,” she said.

“But it’s a good idea to pack a gas or liq­uid fuel stove as open fires are pro­hib­ited in many parks.

“Where fires are al­lowed, fire­wood is usu­ally not sup­plied and col­lect­ing fire­wood from the bush is pro­hib­ited.”

Other es­sen­tial camp­ing items in­clude bags for rub­bish and stor­age, drink­ing wa­ter, in­sect re­pel­lent, hats and sun­screen, a first-aid kit, a torch, and a ra­dio with spare bat­ter­ies.

Camp­ing per­mits and fees are also com­pul­sory in DERM’s na­tional parks.

“If you’re plan­ning to camp dur­ing peak hol­i­day times such as Easter, book your camp­site well in ad­vance as there’s a high de­mand for them dur­ing these pe­ri­ods,” Ms Greentree said.

“Most camp­ing ar­eas can be booked on­line at www.qld.gov.au/camp­ing, by vis­it­ing an over-the-counter book­ing of­fice or by phon­ing 137 468.”

Re­gard­less of when and where campers plan to take a break, Week­end Shopper re­mains the per­fect place for ev­ery camp­ing ex­pe­di­tion to be­gin.

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