|A park up with friends often involves pitching in.
At left - at the mud brick cottage and acre of my friend Trish at Dales Creek in Victoria.
|Though often camping alone It is socially healthy to sometimes join a group
Here [at left and below, we are on the Murray River with a CMCA Chapter.
|An innovative freebie can be just about anywhere as long as one keeps in mind the local
council by laws. I found this spot [below] as I drove into Bowral NSW from the south.
Prior to white occupation
here and in the early days
of that occupation camping
was basically all there was
Now - it surely has to be the
most popular form of
recreation in this great
nation - where the weather,
the freedom and the natural
beauty all lend itself to
making it not only possible
From what we now see
available in the way of
tents, four wheel drive
camper trailers, and motor
homes, this past-time, or in
deed way of life, is on the
And is it any wonder when
you see spots like this [at
right] - at no cost apart from
appreciation and care.
Yes, that is Mylittlebus -
camping with three other
CMCA member vehicles.
This is one of my favourite
spots and always my first
over night camp when
heading west out of
Brisbane. The Heifer
Creek rest area is on the
road between Gatton and
|Bush Camping often involves a river and usually no facilities. The two photos below show a two
week camping spot on the Gwyder River in NSW.
|Above and Below - I have a number of different park up spots at Carbrook with Amanda and Stephen who are the breeders of Angus and Bella. I often do part time voluntary kennel maid work.
Above - This was my view of Lake
Cooloolabin in the Sunshine Coast
Christmas in 2008.
I am very lucky to have friends
throughout Australia and can 'park
up' in Shepparton, Bundaberg,
Warwick, Milmerran, Mt Isa,
Cooloolabin, Gresford, Dales
Creek, Hervey Bay, Childers, Perth,
Glasshouse Mountains, Carbrook,
Burbank and Buccan.
|Events range from CMCA Rallies, Music Festivals, CMCA Chapter gatherings, Dog [and other animal] Shows and a wide variety of entertainment events such as the one above.
|Rest Areas often provide toilet facilities and barbecues with picnic tables. Below
is one of my favourites - on the Mary River near Tiaro, south of Maryborough Qld.
- caravan parks,
- bush camping,
- rest areas,
- National Parks,
- State Forest,
- innovative 'freebies',
- park ups
|Events are held all over the country.
At right - Gwen [in Driving Miss Chloe]
and I are camped at the three day
Millmeran Camp Oven Festival.
With only natural light and due to the often distant
horizons, the sky IS bigger and the stars ARE
The only sounds are the bush or the water. The
bush offers many varied and muted sounds and of
course the surf, lapping waves, or running water
are better than any other relaxant.
Is there an issue of personal safety? I'm convinced
there is a much higher risk of finding a problem in
caravan parks filled with people, than in the middle
of nowhere with no one else around. If a place
does not feel safe I simply do not stop there.
A caravan park has nothing to offer me that I do not
already have. A caravan park does not offer the
freedoms that I enjoy when free camping.
Comforts? I am fully self sufficient with toilet and
shower facilities. I have solar power with generator
Free Camping is sometimes a contentious issue. I
have done a 243 night trip and spent just $57 in
There are a number of reasons why I free camp. I am
not wealthy enough to pay at least twenty dollars a night
from my small police pension - and it is sometimes
Another factor is quality of life and this to me is far more
important than economic considerations..
To camp alone, in the bush, on a river or near the
beach gives me a total sense of peace, contentment
and liberty. There are no rules but my own. There are
no neighbors for me to annoy. There are no neighbors
for my dogs to annoy. There are no expectations put
upon me. Skinny dipping is unseen so therefore
allowed, as is showering under the stars.
It is quiet and peaceful. Once the sun goes down it is
truly dark, except for the moon and the stars.
I do not have or want a TV so I don't need reception. I have
wireless broadband. What more do I need?
My enjoyment of life is dependent on the presence and
companionship of my dogs. Many caravan parks,
particularly on the coast, don't allow dogs. This is a pretty
good reason for not using caravan parks.
National Parks and most state forests do not allow dogs
either. Do I miss out on National Parks because of, Bella
and Angus? Not at all. There is always a way around
these things. Sometimes they can stay confined in the
motor home. At other times, the motor home stays
outside of the park boundaries and I ride in on Mylittlebike
or with another traveller. At other times, there are other
travellers in the same situation so we take turns in caring
for each other's dogs.
If my dogs hindered my travel, I would still have them but
they don't. In fact they enhance each and every day, no
matter where we are.
|Free camping - plus a little about personal safety, and travelling with dogs.
Lis and Mylittlebus
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