I'll be arriving in Perth mid February with my boyfriend - we plan on travel up the west coast for 3 weeks, then head to Adelaide/Kangaroo Island for a bit, up to Alice Springs, then Darwin, Cairns and all the way down the east coast ending in Melbourne - trip will last just under 3months. We are planning to camp most of the time to save money - but we are going to buy a tent and camping equipment when we get to Perth. Having never bought a tent etc and being in several different climates for the trip, I wondered if anyone could advise me of good brands and what we need to look out for in terms of specifications, so we don't end up under the spell of an enthutiastic camping assisstant who sells us things we don't need, or something which is not adequate!!
If you're going to be driving wouldn't renting a campervan be a better idea?
Start here http://www.wickedcampers.com.au/
May i suggest keeping a real good eye on the weather patterns.
The Cyclone season has just begun on the NW coastline around Broome.
dont worry about the weather worry about the ants they ate my tent!
I would highly recommend a campervan over a tent. Never camped in OZ, but have alot of camping experiece and it seems like these days, no matter how good the tent, it will never keep you safe from all the elements. Campervan might save you $ in the long run, so you don't have to spend $ on a hotel or hostel when your tent fails you. I would seriously consider the campervan.
Thanks so much for all the replies - I had wanted to get a tent to save money and so we could take it with us as we won't have a vehicle for most of our trip - only in Western Oz and then possibly a month later on the east coast... but as nobody seems to think camping is a good idea I'll have a serious look at campervans - guess the added comfort migth be good!
Quick question for anyone who's used a Wicked campervan are they manual or power steering?? And how easy in general are they to drive as I really haven't driven much before - the size of the van worries me a bit!!
you guys are all babies when i go camping we take our combie and drive to our destinantion and hike about three hours from our parking point,and us bush-men of the australian out back we dont need a tent your better off without a tent trust me jus build your self a trench bed youll be fine.
hi, am currently travelling up the east coast. toyed with the idea of buying/renting a stationwagon and camping to save money. but after thinking about it the thought of pitching it every ther night and taking it down again in different weather put me off. hired a campervan instead. got a very reasonably priced campervan from -snip- and its great. if we pull up at night and its raining we can just hope in the back. theres a sink and easky. and plenty of storage space.
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just get some good rain gear. The winter in Melbourne isn't really cold. They'll tell you otherwise but it's pretty much just sweatshirt weather. it's drops down to freezing in the outback but snuggle up with each other and you'll be fine. If you don't like the cold when you are sleeping then I say go with a camper. they get disgustingly hot with two or more people sleeping in them.
but I say go with the tents it'll be more fun you can rent a normal car and buy normal amounts of petrol. You just gotta worry about ants and spiders...and the flies. OH MY GOD THE FLIES are relentless in some areas! There were times when I was just so covered in flies that I was praying for a snake to come along, bite me, and put me out of my misery.