Be a happy camper

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With moun­tains, rivers and forests — north-east Vic­to­ria has some of the most pic­turesque camp­ing lo­ca­tions in the world.

While mother na­ture pro­vides the mag­nif­i­cent back­drop and Parks Vic­to­ria pro­vides camp­grounds in more than 100 parks, it’s the lit­tle bit of ad­di­tional plan­ning and care that will make your trip one to re­mem­ber.

Here are some tips for be­ing a happy camper these hol­i­days.

Research your camp­ground

Make sure you know what to ex­pect be­fore you pack the tent. Camp­grounds in Vic­to­ria’s vast parks and re­serves vary greatly.

Some are re­mote with no toi­lets or run­ning wa­ter, while oth­ers can be eas­ily ac­cessed, and in­clude show­ers and cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Ei­ther way, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one.

To get started, visit parks.vic.gov.au/ex­plore/things-to-do Book ahead or ar­rive early. Once you know where you want to go, make sure you’ve checked how to se­cure a spot.

Some camp­sites re­quire a book­ing and some are fee-based, while many oth­ers are free and pro­vided on a first-in, first-served ba­sis.

For book­able park­stay.vic.gov.au camp­sites,

Pack the right gear

You can for­get the kitchen sink, but make sure you’re well-pre­pared.

The last thing you want on hol­i­day is to be un­com­fort­able, so make sure you’ve got the right bed­ding, cloth­ing, footwear, food and wa­ter.

Al­though it’s sum­mer, con­di­tions in the out­doors change dra­mat­i­cally, so make sure your tent is wa­ter­proof.

Store your food, rub­bish

When you head out for the day, or turn in for the night, se­curely pack away your food, left­overs and rub­bish.

You don’t want to come home af­ter a day’s ac­tiv­ity to find your din­ner has dis­ap­peared, or your camp­site is strewn with rub­bish.

Birds and an­i­mals can also be harmed by con­sum­ing hu­man food.

Be fire smart

If sit­ting around an evening camp­fire is some­thing you en­joy, check ahead to see if they’re per­mit­ted.

Where a camp­fire is okay, make sure you’ve packed fire­wood, or can buy some from nearby.

About 10 per cent of bush­fires are caused by es­caped camp­fires, so never leave one unat­tended, and when putting it out use wa­ter not soil.

For fire safety in­for­ma­tion, visit ffm.vic.gov.au/per­mits-and-reg­u­la­tions/fir­ere­stric­tions-and-reg­u­la­tions

Be a good neigh­bour

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Hol­i­days can be a great time to meet new peo­ple, but re­mem­ber, they’re also sup­posed to be re­lax­ing.

Make sure you give other campers their own space and quiet — noise trav­els eas­ily through tent walls.

Be a good neigh­bour to the en­vi­ron­ment by tak­ing your rub­bish with you, and by not tram­pling or cut­ting down any veg­e­ta­tion.

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