Camping for Kids

Camping in nature! Camping in nature!

If you want a cheap family holiday which combines fun, adventure, and plenty of activities for kids look no further!

Camping, in a moveable tent or caravan, is a relaxing and affordable outdoor activity that can be enjoyed in a number of Australian locations from national parks to beaches.

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<p> Tips and advice to ensure your family camping holiday is a success. </p> <p> Learn what to look for in family tents, types of campsites available to families and how to entertain the kids. </p>

Information on Camping for Kids in Australia

Will Your Kids Enjoy Camping?

Although doing without luxuries may not appeal to everyone, camping is not as primitive an experience as it once was. Many camp sites now offer full bathroom facilities, cooking areas, and even restaurants so no matter what level of comfort your family requires there are probably campgrounds to suit you.

Camping may have many benefits including:

  • Exercise - often camp sites are off the beaten track so you may need to hike to reach them, or they may be beside the beach with opportunities for swimming.
  • Excitement - camping is a big adventure for young children who often love the novelty of cooking their own food and sleeping outdoors.
  • Builds resilience - learning to cope with adverse weather conditions and lumpy ground can help kids become tougher and more able to cope with life's lumps and bumps.
  • Teaches survival skills - learning to cook, catch fish and build a fire are all valuable experiences that can help to teach kids on nature.
  • Opportunity for quality time - with no TV, computers or video game consoles, there is nothing to do but interact and relax with your family.

Children of any age can enjoy a camping trip although it may be more challenging with very small babies or active toddlers. Camping is great for nature loving kids and for city children who don't get to experience much of an outdoor lifestyle.

How to Organise Camping Trips with Your Kids

Camping is seasonal and availability of camp sites usually depends on weather and other factors such as the likelihood of bush fires in the area. There are a number of commercial campgrounds spread throughout Australia. Most campers choose one of the below:

  • Commercial campsites - offer good facilities but can be crowded and expensive - best for inexperienced campers or those with a caravan or campervan.
  • Free camping - no cost but also may lack facilities. Best for experienced campers who are looking to truly get back to nature.
  • National parks - often have basic facilities, but can be in remote camping locations so it's a good idea to have plenty of supplies. Usually there is a minimal cost and there may be restrictions on bringing pets.

If you are taking your kids camping, it is important to be aware of the environment and any rules governing pets, fires and food. Make sure you have good quality camping gear; always check the weather forecast before you go, and don't forget to take along a few kids' activities for the journey if you'll be driving for some distance to reach your destination.

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