Lake Ninan, Western Australia

Lake Ninan SunsetA little bit about lake Ninan, located approximately 10 kms from the town site of Wongon Hills, it played a vital role in the days of the early settlers, around the year 1910 water was carted to Wongan Hills town for use in the steam trains of the time, housewives also use to go down to the lake to wash clothing and the likes.

During the 1950s through to the 1960s salt was mined here, and a small settlement was setup to provide for the families.

The lake has filled and over flowed three times in its known history, the last being in 1999, the deepest part o the lake was approximately 4.5 mtr’s deep.

The lake reserve covers 700 ha with 259 Ha being managed by CALM / DPaW since 1963 as an ‘A’ class reserve. The shire manages 245 Ha as a recreation reserve.

How to get to Lake Ninan

Perth to Lake Ninan

Lake Ninan is located approximately 168kms from the Perth CBD, taking you about 2hrs and 9 minutes travel time, traveling is on sealed roads and a short gravel road once you arrive, the best access is from the Calingiri-wongan Hills Road. Bear in mind this is from one location and is only an estimate, travel times may vary.

Camping at Lake Ninan

After my 2+ hr drive I finally made it to Lake Ninan, with beautiful country side passing me by I could not resist but stop and take in the beauty that was in front me, I stopped approximately 20 minutes out from my destination, pulling into a small clearing (which I found out was an entrance to another farm on the west side of the lake) from this vantage point tho, I could see the lake in the distance standing out with its beautiful white glow amongst the farm land surrounding it, what a view it was, I stood upon the roof rack of the 4wd and enjoyed the stop for a few minutes, took in the fresh air before heading to my destination.

Upon my arrival, their were two other vehicles already camped up, one being a nomad with their van, and another with a 4wd and tent set up, in saying this tho, their was a lot of room still for myself and half a dozen other campers quite comfortably.

With plenty of large trees along the shore line, an information hut/gazebo, some bench style seats and a table in the middle for you to use, in saying that camping would be a breeze, (not that the wind was blowing or anything), I set up my vehicle, awning and tent and took it all in for just a moment, the view I had in front of me was sensational, looking across the vastness of salt and imagining what was once here? The sunset was,sensational, the light casting soft pinks across the lake as it set on the horizon, you won’t see that in the city!!

Lake Ninan Milkyway If your into Astrophotography or just anything to do with the night sky, well your in for a treat, the amount of stars was sensational to say the least (always check the weather first tho!), you could stare at them all night long!!! yes I had my camera setup, I was not going to miss this for anything (and a late night I had).

I awoke the following morning, still in awe of the beauty that this lake held, the morning was just magical, a hot cup of coffee in my hand, I took a stroll on the lake to enjoy the scenery before packing up and heading home.

What activities are their?

Throughout the history of settlement in the area the lake has been a meeting place and recreation site used for boating, water skiing, swimming, picnics, scout camps and fishing – although unfortunately, rising salinity and environmental degradation has made it less suitable for recreation than it once was.

Don’t let this deter you tho, as this is still a great place to stop over for a night or two, relax, breath in the fresh country air or to just let the kids run loose, why not throw a ball, play cricket or if their is water in the Lake at the time, go for a walk or wade through the water to cool off (remember to rinse of afterwards tho).

Even surprise your partner to a secluded Western Australian once in a lifetime weatbelt picnic – go on you know you should!!!!!!!

Town sites nearby?

Wongan Hills – Wongan tourism

A quaint little country town approximately 10 minutes from Lake Ninan, As I was traveling on a weekend, not much was open unfortunately, in saying that tho during the week I feel this town could be quite busy. The town has lots of history to explore, like a park with old farming machinery with plenty of information to go with it, their is also a museum (not open at the time) and a large extensive tourist information center.

I also dropped into the local Wongan Hills Caravan Park, a great place to stay and replenish if that’s what you need, very friendly owners, they showed me around, it is very tidy and well looked after, they also offer cabins to stay in, tho these are used mostly for sub-contractors working in the area but are available to the public at all times if available.

The Rates are very geneourus and are as follows;

Rates are per night for the number of people specified. Weekly rates as for 6 nights.

One Bedroom Chalets

  • 2 people $120

Studio Room

  • 2 people $120

Cabins

  • 1 person $110
  • 2 people $110
  • 3 people $120
  • 4 people $135

Group Lodge

  • Single $50
  • Double $60

Caravan and Camping

We offer 10% discount to KUI parks members and 5% discount to seniors.

Powered sites

  • Single $25
  • Double $28
  • Extra person $5 per person

Unpowered sites

  • Single $17
  • Double $22
  • Extra person $5 per person

Conclusion

Wow what can I say, what a beautiful and quaint little spot in the weatbelt of Western Australia, by all means if you can go for a leisurely day drive or camp out for a couple of nights, you won’t regret it even if you are only passing through!

So don’t take my word for it, get out their and explore and let me know your thoughts in the comments below…….

See you out their and happy camping!

Moore River/Guilderton

Moore River

So you’ve heard of Moore River (AKA Guilderton) in Western Australia? your mates, family or a close friend have been talking it up, It’s not that far from Perth they say, It has Beautiful beaches, amazing scenery and a fresh water river right at the towns center. Wow this sounds amazing you say, but where can I find out more information and how to get there? Well this is where Camping Like a Boss comes in………… to tell you all the do’s and don’ts associated with camping in and around the Moore river Town site.

A little bit about Moore River & How to get There!

Guilderton is a small coastal town north of Perth, Western Australia at the mouth of the Moore River in the Shire of Gingin. It was originally known as Gabbadah, an Aboriginal term meaning “mouthful of water” until its gazetting as a town in 1951. Source: Wikipedia

The Guilderton Lighthouse is the last brick built lighthouse in Australia and stands proudly on the dunes Just north of the town. Built in 1983, with specially tapered red clay bricks, it stands 32 meters high and operates as an automatic marine beacon. Placed on top is the white lantern house which contained a triple bulls-eye lens that displayed a light that had a range of 22 nautical miles. It serves today as the only major navigation aid between Fremantle and Jurien Bay. The original bulls-eye lamp is now on display in the Guilderton Country Club, having been replaced by a Tungsten Halogen lamp. This is a great place to visit, especially at night under the stars.
Location: 94 km (58 mi) North of Perth; 39 km (24 mi) South East of Lancelin; 38 km (24 mi) West of Gingin.

Perth to Moore River – Google maps

Where can I camp?

Moore River/Guilderton Is a family orientated town, located at the mouth of the Moore River, the Guilderton caravan park is a short stones throw away from the river, this is an ideal place to camp for people of all ages.

Guilderton Caravan Park boasts spacious, shaded camping bays (bays 10-57 with hardstands) and 10 self-contained chalets. Ablutions (new in 2004) have been upgraded, and a new BBQ area and fully enclosed campers kitchen are now complete. The staff have always been friendly with outgoing attitudes towards maximizing your holiday and accommodating your needs wherever possible. Guilderton/Moore River Caravan Park

Guilderton_MAP_CENTRE

The caravan park has a rating of 4.3 on there website, from a total 145 reviews, Rates are typical for a caravan park.
Chalets

  • Rates per night, for two people, Low season :$140.00 Peak season :$170.00
  • Extra persons, 3 years & over, per night all year round :$20.00
  • Each chalet sleeps a maximum of six people

Caravan and Camping sites

  • Rates per night, for two people, powered sites Low season :$35.00 Peak season :$45.00
  • Unpowered sites Low season :$28.00
    Peak season :$30.00
  • Extra persons, 3 years & over, per night all year round :$10.50

Moore River caravan park has a minimum stay policy.

  • Long weekends 3 nights
  • Easter 4 nights
  • other weekends 2 nights minimum

Due to being so popular, you will have to book well in advance in the peak seasons if you wish to secure a spot, please remember there is a no dog policy at the caravan park and surrounding beach and river foreshores, please do not over think staying here for too long, you will blink and miss out.

Is there recreational activities?

Guilderton in its self is a recreational hub, there is always something to keep you occupied no matter your age. Depending on your skill level, there is a variety of activities for hire near to the caravan park, have a look at the website above for further information and contact phone numbers regarding any hire.

Swimming in the Moore River

Some activities include;

  • Beach walking
  • Beach sports IE; cricket, Frisbee and football
  • Barbecues and picnics
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Sandboarding
  • Canoe, paddle, pontoon and power boat hire
  • Moore river cruises
  • stand up paddle board hire
  • Hiking/Walking
  • Golf

Your opportunities are endless in Moore River, if these activities don’t float your boat, by all means bring along your own power water craft, boat, fishing gear, 4 wheel drive or Kite surfers. There is access to the north of the town, near the light house, to get on the beach via 4wd, this will take you to 3 mile reef, the fishing is great up this way.

Sandboarding

Other activities that could be of interest include the Gravity Discovery Centre, this is a great place to visit for the whole family if your into space and science, Caladenia Mini Golf and cafe is another great place for the whole family. Both these activities are a short drive from Guilderton, click the links for more information.

Don’t forget about food

Food food food, glorious food, well with all that talk about food Guilderton has great BBQ facilities along the foreshore of the river for everyone to enjoy, these are gas operated and take a coin to operate (ensure to read the operating instructions).

If you don’t feel up to cooking, the General store has plenty of snack’s and supplies to get you through the day, attached is a great cafe (try the burgers they are delicious), with a generous menu, and for those looking for a little more there is a restaurant next door.

What did we think?

As a young lad growing up in the area, I may be a bit bias towards Moore River, all in all tho it is fantastic place to visit for the entire family or just on your own, my family and myself go back on a very regular basis, there is so much to see and do in and around the Guilderton town site, so its never a dull or boring trip, with its beautiful beaches and river, why would you not put this on your list of places to visit, I am surely grateful. Just remember to plan well in advance as it does get very booked up.

Happy camping……… see you out there.

 

 

 

 

Camping, Western Australia

Camping, Western Australia is nothing short of spectacular, amazing, breath taking and outright beautiful just to name a few. From majestic beaches through to incredible Karri Forests, to breath taking gorges and some of the best rivers and lakes you will ever stay at, WA has it all. It caters for overnight stays right through to the most thought out trips that would keep you occupied for months or even years at a time, and lets just say, everything in between, camping with a tent, caravan, Camper Trailer or a sleeping bag under the stars is a great way to go. I just love how much fun you can have, and how many places exist, that only a handful of people know about in WA, let alone the whole of Australia.

If you ever get the chance to do any West Ausie Camping, then do so, you’ll be the envy of all your friends. We have traveled a number of places in Western Australia, even tho we still have a huge bucket list to visit. I will try to go through some of the camping locations in Western Australia, and review them according to ease of access, supplies needed, and anything else we think is important. There are so many amazing places to explore in Western Australia, so go on – get out there……………….most of all have fun.

Where can I camp in Western Australia?

Western AustraliaWhere can I camp you may ask? We would say Western Australia of course!!! Though that may be a tad boring, Let’s break it down a bit shall we. You see, Western Australia has some truly spectacular camping locations, WA is the largest state in Australia, so when your looking for that camping location, you do not have to go very far at all! If you are looking for place to camp in WA, have a look at our WA Camping map (coming soon) If you don’t want to travel too far from Perth, then check out my Camping close to Perth Post (coming soon), Pick the right location and time of year, and with some thorough research and preparation you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun camping in our great state.

Whether that means exploring any number of our pristine beach’s, trekking through the bush or lust forests down south or staying at one of the many Caravan Parks located in just about every corner of the state, there is something for everyone.

Camp sites within a town will usually cost under $20 a night per person, depending on where it is and the services provided. Many of the caravan parks will have much cheaper accommodation, but be prepared to pay the bigger dollars for very popular places with limited accommodation (remember to book well in advance). Otherwise, if you look carefully, WA has many campsites that are available for free, if you know where to look.

Remember WA has a lot of restricted camping areas and sites, please abide by the no camping signs, they are there for a very good reason, this rule also goes for caravans and camper trailers, as noted before ensure to do your research.

Camping map WA

WA Weather and Camping

The Weather will be your friend or it won’t, regardless of where you are going, ensure to check the weather conditions. There is nothing worse than being too cold, too hot, wet or dirty. Lucky for us, the climate is fairly predictable in Western Australia, and it’s not usually too extreme. This means you can choose the best time of year to go north, and the best time of the year to go south. Saying that, it pays to be prepared for any sort of weather just in case it turns on you. Weather and camping

If you are going somewhere where it gets cold at night, make sure you take warm clothes, a good sleeping bag is essential no matter what and plenty of firewood (Permitted you can have a fire) for that warm fire. It is all just common sense, its not to often you won’t realise until it’s too late and you’re freezing cold, huddled around a fire that just won’t get started!

Being prepared is essential no matter the location or time of year!

Camping and the environment

I believe in looking after the many places that we visit so we can enjoy them time and time again. Don’t be that person that leaves there rubbish behind, the fire smoldering and the vegetation in ruins. This is terrible news for the environment flora and fauna alike. Let’s not get the places we love to visit, shut down and restricted just like many places that already have, we here this story all to often………. Camping and the environment

 

If you have fires, make sure you put them out (poor some water over it). If there are bins, use them. If not, take your rubbish out with you. Don’t destroy the vegetation in search of fire wood. Look after any toilets, tables, protected areas and tracks that exist they are there for you to enjoy, Obey the signage; it’s there for the benefit of everyone. It costs future generations dearly when these rules are broken, and it will cost you dearly too when you get caught. Unfortunately if things aren’t well looked after then more and more areas get closed off, everyone pays the price in the long run, including you.

My favorite Camping areas in WA

It really is difficult to pick the top destinations, and I am sure that I will change my mind as time goes on. For now however, I really enjoy the following locations and will continue to visit them regularly. Of course, there are many other locations which are just as good; you just have to find them!

Moore River (Guilderton)

Moore river, My home town (well very close to it), this has to be one of my all time favourites, with its beautiful beaches and of course the Moore River mouth. Moore River, Guilderton

The river is fantastic for swimming canoeing and boating, great fishing, beach or river. Stay for the day or overnight at the caravan park, if your lucky you might even get to see the river break its banks and pour out into the ocean, (a site to see, tho I warn you to stay clear, as the tidal surge can be dangerous).

Dwellingup

Dwellingup is another one of my favourites, being so close to Perth is handy for so many looking for that quick escape, yet secluded and enjoyable. Camp site Dwellingup

There is so much to do, including fishing, catching Marron (seasonal – Permits required), four wheel driving, Downhill Mountain biking, canoeing and white water rafting, wildlife observation, picnicking, photography, walking and swimming. Camping in Dwellingup costs a few dollars each night, be sure to be quick tho as it gets booked up very quick.  Dwellingup WA, visitor resources, Findacamp, DEC Park stay

CaneBreak pool

What a fantastic spot, a stones throw from Bussellton WA, and not too far from Perth. Canebrake pool

If you don’t mind a short drive, a very popular spot, tho it does get full very quick, and no you can’t book here, at $8 per adult per night, this is quite cheep being a DEC run camp ground, so in saying that, you have access to long drop toilets, a camp kitchen ( set up and cook away, please leave it clean for others tho), day parking, and an amazing swimming hole (this can get up to 16 meters deep), yes the ranger does drop in, so please be honest and pay correctly, so we can all continue to enjoy this fantastic spot. DEC Canebrake pool

Wedge Island

Wedge Island is another great weekend location, with a huge range of places to camp. Fishing, snorkeling, boating and surfing are very common in this area. You need a four wheel drive, and the Lancelin Sand Dunes are great fun to play in. Wedge Island camping is totally free! Many locals in Lancelin have built shacks there for weekend entertainment, which just shows it has to be worth it! WedgeWA

Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape, the coast in between Jurien Bay and Cervantes is nothing short of spectacular, and the many camping locations there prove this. Sandy Cape Beach front

Great fishing, snorkelling, pristine white beaches for that stroll and great 4wding, you can’t go wrong! Camping in Sandy Cape costs a few dollars each night, but you can camp 50 meters around the corner for free! shire of Dandaragan info

The Holland Track

This is a four wheel drive track, and not for the faint-hearted, (though there is another version for the 2wder’s out there). The track runs through the Gold Fields in the south-east of WA, and has some impressive scenery. Being totally in the middle of nowhere you need to be very prepared and self-sufficient. You will most likely see no one out here, tho if you do, stop and have a chat, you may just get some invaluable information for the track etc, ensure you have plenty of supplies as there are none along the way. If you want to experience the West Australian bush in total seclusion, the Holland Track is the way to go. Goldfields tourism

Coral Bay

Coral Bay is simply amazing, snorkelling, fishing, boating and the landscape is unreal, and it’s a great place to just relax. Coral Bay coastline

The cost of staying at Coral Bay is significantly higher than most other locations, due to being very popular but its defiantly well worth it. remember to build yourself up for the 1100km journey,  you can only camp in the Caravan Parks, so pre-book several months in advance! Campsites can cost over $250 a week, depending on how many are staying there. Coral Bay

 

Some other places that I enjoy visiting, camping and exploring in WA include ; Lucky Bay, Walpole, Busselton, Margaret River, Wave Rock, Peaceful Bay, Kalbarri, Lake Jasper, Honeymoon Pool, and many more, more on these locations coming soon.

 

Conclusion

There you have it, camping, Western Australia, you either hate it or love it…..the latter I hope. For those who haven’t done much camping before, be sure to buy good quality gear (and no I don’t mean go spend thousands, just be savy) and to do plenty of research before you head off. There are so many places that WA has to offer, I know we have only just scraped the bottom of the barrel, just remember, you are the lucky ones who are able to enjoy camping, just think of those that can’t make it for what ever reason, try to encourage them or even better invite those who can’t, along next time! Have a think about!

Have fun……………..and enjoy the little things!!

 

 

 

 

 

Camping Survival Kits

Your out camping, or driving to a destination and suddenly you break down, get lost or something worse! Like with any other area in your life things can and will change in an instance.

Maybe you end up getting lost in the Australian outback, you suffer an injury preventing you from hiking out, your car rolls over on one of those back tracks, as you are aware, disaster can strike anywhere and at anytime while you’re out camping.

More so than almost any other situation, you need to be ready with some sort of kit for when disaster strikes in the wilderness. So you ask, what camping survival Kits are available?

Creating a basic survival kit to take along on your camping trips is essential, but it doesn’t require the same gear that a bug out bag or home survival kit may require. You have to remember, if you’re already out camping, you most likely have a tent, stove and other gear that would be considered survival gear in many situations. The goal of a camping survival kit is to make sure you have a basic set of additional gear and supplies that will not only get you through your camping trip, but get you through an extra 5-7 days and a variety of extra circumstances, or one of many other things that could happen while out camping. More so than almost any other situation, you need to be ready with a camping survival kit for when disaster strikes.

Camping Survival Is Serious

Each year in Australia there are 100’s upon 100’s of search and rescue missions conducted in our national parks and outback with costs soaring into the millions per year.

The number 1 and 2 activities needing rescuing were day hiking followed by backpacking.

While most individuals are found within a 24-hour period, there are typically over 20 per year that take over a week to find the individuals (with many more SARS in between that time frame). Unfortunately some of those individuals do not make it home!

All of this is to simply illustrate that being prepared while out on a camping trip is essential and should not be taken lightly. Personally, If I am out doing any kind of hiking (even a simple day hike), I always make sure to have at least my basic camping survival gear on hand in my pack.

Know Your Body

Many people who find themselves in a bad situation, they usually end up there by over estimating their abilities. It is necessary to know your abilities and your limits as well as different members of your groups limits before going out on any serious camping, hiking or canoeing trip.

If you are heading anywhere, bush, local national parks etc, make sure you know how to properly read a map, know your bearings etc. Practice hiking and carrying a backpack full of supplies for long duration’s, I only say this just encase the worst does happen.

Did you know that the human body can last roughly 3 weeks without food but only 1 week without water? Both of these are going to be cut down drastically if you find yourself in a physically and mentally stressful environment.

 

The Break down of Camping Survival Kits

Camping/hiking survival kits are quite a bit different from many of the bug out bags that you find for sale/read about online. Most of these are being prepared for earthquakes, tornado’s, economic problems or the inevitable zombie apocalypse (If you believe in this that is!). When you’re packing for an outback or local survival situation, you don’t need half of the gear that many of these kits offer.

There are 8 categories that need to be covered to even understand the basics of survival. Survival kits are meant to help you when you are in a life and death situation and get you back to safety as quickly as possible.

  • Water
  • Food
  • Warmth
  • Shelter
  • Light
  • Communication
  • First Aid
  • Basic Tools

Water

Water is first on the list and ultimately the most important!, tho don’t make the mistake that you need to bring bottled water (Just enough for the intended journey is just fine), it simply will take up too much weight. In most camping and hiking situations, water is readily available. We recommend packing a Life Straw or some other water purification device that is small and lightweight.

Food

Food, Food, Food who does not love glorious camp food. In all seriousness tho food is the second most important item on the list, You don’t need a lot of food, as we all know you can’t really take a lot of food with you when your out in the bush hiking etc, what you need is something with high calories, something that will give you enough energy to stay alert and active. What you want is something that’s basic, and will give you energy for 1-5 days. This can be as simple as a couple of high calorie energy bars like these 400 calorie – energy survival bars

Warmth & Shelter

Warmth and shelter are things that we tend to either ignore or misinterpret due to survival TV shows. You don’t want to be cutting down trees and building a shelter like on Survivor. An Emergency survival shelter/blanket is what you really need in this type of situation, these come in many shapes and sizes and many prices as well. Staying warm within a shelter will help prevent hypothermia as well as can and will help calm your body and nerves in a high stress situation.

Warmth also consists of being able to light a fire. A fire provides so much when in a survival situation such as warmth, peace of mind, safety and light. A simple Pocket fire starter kit packed in your survival kit is all you really need.

Light & Communication

Having a torch/flashlight can be one of those items that not only will help you see but save your life and give you peace of mind when needed. Ensure your torch/flashlight comes with a long-lasting battery, this essential to any camping survival kit. Being able to see your surroundings in the evening, set up shelter and even signal others makes a flashlight like these essential to any kit, Led-lenser p7.2 or the Led-lenser p7r, now you can purchase cheaper brands, that’s entirely your call, But when safety and survival is on the cards this is what I would choose, Just ensure you carry spare batteries and or ensure the rechargeable torch is charged before any adventure.

Communication can be a walkie-talkie (or even two tins with rope attached) as long as someone knows you’re out and available on the other end. I’ve also seen people place a flip phone into a zip lock bag. Any phone will allow you to dial 000 even without service and flip phones have incredibly long-lasting batteries (ensure it is charged before leaving on your adventure), especially when you only turn it on to make a call. Other forms of communication are your flashlight and fire (as above). There is also plenty of GPS style tracking devices that you could include, we will go into more detail about these in another post!

First Aid

An outdoor survival kit needs to include more in the first aid department than just some antibiotic ointment and band aids. I recommend purchasing an outdoor first aid kit, as per our post on First aid kits The cost saving and time savings alone vs trying to purchase all of your first aid items separately will be huge.

Two kits that I love are the Outdoor first aid kit and the Large leisure first aid kit, tho for a basic first aid kit for survival that’s not too bulky to carry in backpack I would go for the Personal leisure first aid kit.

Tools

Since a fire is essential for warmth, light and peace of mind, a fire starting tool is a necessity. You can use something simple like a Pocket fire starting kit which creates large sparks. These kit can last a long time if not abused.

A compass is one piece of equi

You will also need a Pocket knife at a minimum in your kit. There are many gimmicky survival tools found online, but a high quality knife is what you really need. There are many high quality survival knifes that are a perfect addition to any survival kit. The Camp and field knife is up there in price tho very nice or something a tad more affordable would be the Bear Grylls Paracord Knife both are perfect knives. Both have high quality blades.

CREATE YOUR OWN OR PURCHASE A PRE-MADE SURVIVAL KIT

There are both advantages and disadvantages to creating your own camping survival kit and purchasing one. When creating your own kit, there are two main disadvantages. You have the potential to forget a crucial item and creating your own kit typically costs more. However, these disadvantages are small in contrast to the advantages of building your own kit. The main advantage to assembling your own kit is that you have complete control. You don’t have to pack any unnecessary gear, low quality gear, food that tastes terrible. You can keep it lightweight or if you want a few pieces of extra gear, do it. If you want a higher quality multi-tool, knife or water filter, then do it.

The advantages to purchasing a pre-made survival kit would be that they are typically cheaper than buying everything separately and have a wide variety of items. The disadvantages can be that these items are often of lower quality and not especially useful for outdoor situations.

Here are three pre-made survival kits from basic setup, and up to your more advanced, so there is something for everyone, remember there are a lot more options out there so take your time and look around.

Small 10 Piece survival kit
The AMK Traverse has it all! It caters for your water needs, water purification, shelter, fire, tinder, signaling, gear repair, and other provisions along with instructions.
Paracord Survival POD kit
The Paracord Survival POD is a 30 piece emergency kit. This is a great lightweight compact survival kit for the minimalist who needs lots of survival options.

Escape and Evade Operator Survival Kit
The Escape and Evade Operator Survival Kit contains well over 40 top quality survival and medical tools designed to address the priorities of survival in either a tactical or non-tactical position, and in either an urban or wilderness environment. Shelter, Signaling, Water collection and Purification, Fire Building, Navigation, and Trauma. The survival tools included enable all vital survival tasks, and each tool was selected for this kit for its purpose and proven record of performance. Multiple systems were incorporated for several tasks to greatly increase the survival of the individual know matter where they are, and under any conditions.

Conclusion

Survival is and should be the upmost important aspect when outdoors know matter your skill level, age or gender. Camping survival kits come in all shapes and sizes, make your own or build one up to suite your specific needs.

Ask lots of questions when your doing your research, ask others what they use and how they use it, this information is invaluable when a situation is to arise.

No matter your location on this beautiful planet any kit you build or buy can be used, so don’t think otherwise.

Get out there have fun, be safe and survive your adventure to tell the story.

Happy camping………….see you out there……

 

 

 

 

Best First Aid Kit For Camping

Your out camping!! all hell breaks loose, your husbands got a hook in his hand (it’s a boy thing), your wife slipped up and grazed her leg and the kids are screaming – I’ve been bitten, a fellow camper or someone just passing by has injured themselves. You now ask yourself before any of this happens, what is the best first aid kit for camping. 

Let’s delve into the world of first aid and kits to see what suits you best.

First – what are my plans

Now, why do I need plans to even have a first aid kit you say?? The answer is you don’t, you can have any old first aid kit on hand and be done with it, but will it!!!!

What are your plans??

  • Where are you planning on traveling too.
  • How many people are you planning on traveling with.
  • What sort of weather conditions will you encounter.
  • What sort of flaura and fauna will you come into contact with.

These are just a few ideas you should be considering in order to choose what kind of first aid kit will suit your needs.

Every first aid kit is set up for specific occasions, like camping, 4wheel driving, sports, leisure and or work just to name a few. My family and I have about four different ones depending on, as I said, the occasion. It’s always best to have over and above or not have enough at all!!

Should I be trained in first aid?

What a great question?

In my humble opinion ‘YES’, not just one person should be trained, but at least two people at a minimum, as you never no when things could go wrong your way!

So in saying that, first aid should be a given, for anyone camping or not. No matter what your background is, I would highly recommend a suitably certified and accredited basic or senior first aid course, you can then follow this up with a specific trauma and or snake bite training, for those that are a tad more serious.

We would recommend having a senior first aid certification at a minimum, especially in remote Australia.

I have put together a small list of accredited training organizations for you to have a further look into.

Now there are many more accredited training organizations in every country, let alone in every capital city, ensure that you do your research thoroughly tho, choose the right course that suits your needs, ask lots of questions, as this could be the difference that could help/save someones life one day.

The right first aid kit for you! 

This topic can be quite daunting for most people, alas we are here to help, so Let’s have a look at some kits.

I have added some links for you to have a look at below, as there are many kits available from your very basic standard kit at a staggering $20.50 AUD, all the way up to $149.50 AUD for the large leisure kit.

Now there are many more kits that fall in between the two mentioned, but as noted before, this decision is up to each and every individual’s personal needs.

I have based my information StJohn Ambulance, is the site I have based my information of off as they are a very renowned company in Australia http://www.stjohnambulance.com…, Tho there are many more companies out there to use, please choose at your own discretion as this is only a guide.

 

Conclusion

Well there you go, you are now savvy and no all the jargon that goes along with first aid. We do hope that this article helped you out in some way as having fun and being safe outdoors is our aim.

Did you find the best first aid kit for camping? or any other use that you may have thought of.

Let us no in the comments below if there is anything your unsure about and we will endeavor to help or point you in the right direction.

Happy camping………….see you out there……

 

 

 

 

Camping is fun – Escape the daily grind

Camping is fun, regardless of your most recent mishap, or even the very idea of camping and the stresses you may think it involves. Let’s now put all that aside and focus on what makes camping fun,

A definition taken from Wikipedia, basically telling us the enjoyment of camping.

Camping is an outdoor activity involving overnight stays away from home in a shelter, such as a tent, a caravan, or a motorhome. Generally participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment. To be regarded as “camping” a minimum of one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnicking, and other similarly short-term recreational activities. Camping can be enjoyed through all four seasons. Wikipedia

Why go camping in the first place, well to put it simply, it’s a time for you to escape the everyday life of suburbia, not have to worry about a boss, technology, the laundry, grossery shopping, cleaning or anything else that takes up our every day lives.

So Let’s escape and go set up that tent, van or swag!!

Escape the city

So you want to escape? why go camping at all? well unlike many other holidays, vacations or even a trip to another planet, camping has the grand old joy of doing absolute sweet nothings for the duration of the trip (well almost nothing LOL).

There is untold beauty in the great outdoors no matter your location on this beautiful planet, and in saying that, most city folk never get to experience this, so Let’s escape and venture out to explore endless beaches, freshwater lakes, dams, rivers and streams, to vast mountains and countrysides perfect for hiking, mountain biking or to just take in the vast beauty, to gorgeous national parks and forests even down to caravan park at one of those picturest towns you’ve always wanted to visit.

So grab your Tent/swag, kayak, canoe, fishing gear or mountain bike and a good set of wheels for the drive and Let’s get out of here…………

Where is my campsite? 

WELL? where is it you say? great question, well it all starts with a bit of research, how long do you plan on staying? how far are you willing to travel, and what is your overall budget?

All very valid and daunting questions indeed. So most important is the planning stage, this will be the foremost thing that will ensure you have a flawless trip, arrive safely and most of all having fun.

So choose your destination, be it an hour away at a local caravan park or a two-day drive to camp for the next two weeks. Be sure to do your research, check the weather restrictions on the location, is it a National Park? or can you even camp there altogether??

To go camping you don’t need all the flash gear (even tho this would be nice), just start out basic. You can do this no matter your budget, or if your the more seasoned camper go with a budget that your more comfortable with.

So this being the most important stage, make sure you have fun planning, have a laugh and be sure to share the journey with whom ever you’re traveling with, this will ensure everyone knows what is to happen for the entire journey.

What to take??

NOW where do we start on this one?? you could just about take everything from home, perhaps an exception to this is the kitchen sink (I don’t think the wife/girlfriend or partner would be to impressed to find it missing), tho the washing up would be easier…………

On a serious note tho, going from experience LESS IS ALWAYS MORE, be sure to pack for the season you are to camp in, getting to your destination and finding out you only packed one jumper, or woops you left the towel at home, or the nappies are still on the bench at home!!! If you are packing for the family or just yourself be sure to check the weather for the duration of the trip.

A big part and one of the most enjoyable parts of camping for us is the food and the joys of cooking  (be sure to check if there is a fire ban in your area if you plan to cook over an open flame) one good tip I can share is to pre-prepare the majority of your food before you leave, this will cut down dramatically, the amount of rubbish you take, giving you more room for those other important things on your trip.

Choose your sleeping arrangements carefully, be it a family size tent, single dome tent, swag or the newest fan dangle camper trailer. This is the choice that could make or break your trip, as being comfortable is the one thing you will need to make the whole experience fun. Don’t forget the foam/blowup mattress, pillow, doona or sleeping bag for that good nights sleep.

Fun fun fun is the key

Get back to nature, breath in some fresh air, enjoy the outdoors for what it is meant for, take up a new hobby if you have not done so already, any form of water sport, go hike that trail you’ve been wanting to hike for years, take up photography or mountain biking, go fishing, play board games with the family even lay out under the stars, dream big and make a wish (you never know if you don’t try).

Remember what ever your inspiration is, just have fun, be it by yourself or not.

Conclusion

As the title does say, camping is fun, make it fun from start to finish, even the clean and pack up stage, laugh over the great memories you have just made, be that things can go wrong or mishaps do happen from time to time, as long as you’re smiling by the end that’s what matters the most.

Some of our fondest memories have been whilst camping, even the ones that became stressful for many reasons, we still laugh about them now and we will for the rest of our lives.

We’ve learn’t valuable lessons from the start till the end, and we want you to do the same.

Escape the daily grind, get back to nature, refresh yourselves, remember to respect nature and others around you.

Until our next adventure begins.

 

 

 

 

 

About Darryl

Welcome to CAMPING LIKE A BOSS, a site for the like-minded individual or family who enjoys the great outdoor life. This space is solely to show you what is new, old, current and anything related to camping.

A Little about me Darryl Glozier

Hi, my name is Darryl, I am based in Perth Western Australia, where Camping has been a part of my life, ever since I could walk. Growing up on a farm was my introductory in to this world (Thanks Dad), Having access to over 10,000 acres, I had many chances to explore the country side in and around Guilderton/Moore River North of our capital Perth.

My Dad (may he rest in peace) was the one who taught me all that I have come to know now. Many fishing expeditions were a must as he was an avid fisherman, the camping just came naturaly, from the bare basics after many hours trekking to find the ultimate spot, to the more elaborate setups with the family.

Many times were spent camping along the Moore river (north of Perth), from the times of Bream fishing, Marron catching and even the times of trying to catch mullet heading upstream to spawn (as a little boy at the time, this was one of those times you’ll never forget). I even remember the time the old man enticed me to get the honey comb from a wild Bees nest in Bush land along the river, well to put a long story short, even tho I was covered, those bees sure found a way in, and Ive never ran so fast in my life! I sure do laugh about it now.

More recently, my family and I have done trips throughout the South West of Western Australia, from Busselton through to Albany, and north of Perth up to Cervantes, Jurian Bay and the Murchison river station. Many of these have great memories that we will never forget, including a bee incident with our son (and no I did not send him in) This could be a story for another time.

As I write this, summer is approaching us here in the southern hemisphere, so there will be many more adventures to come, along with the heat and flies (this . I would not change for anything), that I would love to share with you all.

HELPING YOU TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

We would love to help you achieve that goal of camping, be it the first time or your 100th no matter your skill level. Have you had a bad experience, dread the thought of camping or find it frustrating, let us know and we’ll endeavor to help you out, point you in the right direction or maybe meet up and discuss it one on one.

Just remember no one is perfect not even us, as we are always learning new skills, techniques and learning about new products all the time.

OUR GOAL

Our goal here at Camping Like a Boss, is to show everyone what it is like to be out with nature camping, to show you, that you can be successful no matter your skill level, individually, with your mates, girlfriend/boyfriend or family

We will endeavor to show you the latest gadgets down to the most simplest of ones. The latest camping hacks for those on a budget or for those that just love to tinker. We will try out products new or old and let you know how they far in our harsh countryside

Do you want to get away from the technology grind? or do you still want the joys of computers, phones and the like etc

If you ever need a hand or have a questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Darryl

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