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Travelling with your camper or caravan provides you with independence, self-sufficiency, and a sense of control. However, when planning a trip, it is important to consider the safety aspects.

When planning a camping trip, we tend to think of what to pack in terms of food, drinks, recreation equipment, and comfort items. But safety considerations are the most essential part of holiday planning. So, how can we travel more safely?

1 – PLAN YOUR TRIP CAREFULLY

Have you serviced your vehicle? Are you able to competently tow your rig? These questions are vital to address before heading off into the sunset. A serviced vehicle minimises the chances of a breakdown and up-to-date driving skills will help you along the way. If you’re travelling a large distance, it might even be useful to take along some spare parts and have the knowledge of how to use them. Small towns may not have timely access to replacement parts, so it’s best to be prepared.

Let a friend or family member know your itinerary and check in at each stop. That way, if you don’t hit a target, someone will know your approximate location and be able to report it if necessary.

2 – SAFETY EQUIPMENT

A mobile phone is fine if you’re sticking to the beaten track. Mobile reception in Australia is great in populated areas, but if you’re heading into the outback, you may want to consider a personal locator beacon (PLB). A PLB can be activated anywhere, and your distress signal will be received by emergency services.

A CB radio is another option for emergency communication, and it also helps with communicating with others on the road. If you do become lost, staying with your vehicle is the best chance you have at rescue. Not only will it provide much-needed shade, it will be easier for rescuers to spot a vehicle than a lone person.

3 – HYDRATION AND NUTRITION

If the worst was to happen and you became lost, it is vital that you have a good amount of drinking water with you, especially if touring the outback. Water is more important than food to human survival, so don’t eat unless you have enough water to aid digestion.

If you lack a water source, remember that grain-eating birds fly to water sources at dawn and dusk, so look for low-flying birds.

4 – MOZZIE CONTROL

Mosquitos are well-known vectors of serious diseases, such as Ross River fever and malaria. Long sleeves, if weather appropriate, are good protection against the blood-sucking insects, and it is advisable to take along some good quality mosquito repellent. Remember to apply mosquito repellent after your SPF suncream protection, as applying it before can affect the performance of sunscreen.

4- PRE-PLANNING

Plan, plan, plan. This was mentioned previously, but it’s absolutely essential to plan ahead. A solid safety plan and precautions gives you a greater sense of confidence to enjoy your trip. Safe travels!

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PACKING TIPS

Packing for a camping trip is a significant part of the planning stage. Given that towing weight for campers is becoming a huge regulatory and safety issue, it’s important to consider everything that you take on an adventure very carefully.

PURGE, PURGE, PURGE

We’re all guilty of carrying unnecessary things in our camper. No matter the season, some items seem to remain in the camper year-round. Consider when you’re travelling and the potential environment and weed out any ‘permanent’ items that are not required. If travelling in the winter, you’re unlikely to need your blow-up pool toys or sun umbrella. If you’re travelling inland away from rivers, put away the fishing gear and life jackets. In summer, consider your bedding needs carefully. Does everyone really need a sleeping bag and two blankets?

KNOW YOUR DESTINATION

To decide what to take on a trip, you must first understand your destination and all that it offers. If you’re staying in a holiday park, find out what amenities they offer. Many tourist parks have activities and equipment for children, which means there’s no need to pack so heavily with outdoor toys.

Also, what do you plan to do on your holiday? Visiting the beach? Great, don’t forget sun protection, swim gear, a surfboard, and beach towels. Going hiking? You’ll need a backpack, water containers, and potentially some maps.

TRAVELLING WITH KIDS

So much space is taken up by children’s equipment and entertainment devices. If your child is an infant, you’ll need to think of the usual things … portacots, highchair seats and so on. If your kids are a little older, technology may be the answer to your prayers. While no one likes to see a child on an electronic device 24/7, they can prove very useful in long trips and inclement weather. Compact board games are also a great idea.

With kids comes dirt and adventure! Pack some extra changes of clothes to account for messy outdoor activities, such as catching bugs, collecting firewood, or walks on the beach or around the lake. If you’re free camping without ready access to clean water, take along some wet wipes for quick clean ups, but remember to take your rubbish with you.

SAFETY

One item that should remain in your camper year-round is a good first aid kit. Your kit should contain items that are good for smaller incidents (think bug bites, sunburn, small burns, cuts, and grazes) and up-to-date equipment for bigger incidents (pressure bandages for snake bites and bandages for slings). It’s also a good idea to carry extra batteries, a torch, scissors, sunscreen, and insect repellent. If you’re handy and can attend to your own repairs, a toolbox is also an excellent inclusion.

FOOD AND DRINKS

Depending on where you’re travelling, you may prefer to stock up when you get there, though sourcing groceries in small towns can be more expensive. If camping remotely, ensure you take enough drinking water for yourself and your camping companions. If you’re taking a family, it’s a good idea to pre-cook some easy meals that can be easily reheated in the camper oven. This makes the first night so much easier!

Take plenty of snacks in the car for the kids. Boredom sometimes manifests as hunger, so healthy snacks are a must for a long trip.

HAVE FUN

Packing correctly means you don’t have to waste precious holiday time worrying about missing items or having to buy new ones. However, no matter how confident you are that you’ve packed efficiently, it’s wise to put some spending money aside for emergencies.

Happy camping!

THE NEXT STEPS

A Hybrid Caravan or camper trailer could be what you need to add more adventure to your weekends, contact the Swag Camper Trailers team today. We’d be happy to help and answer any enquiries you have about our Campers, Hybrids and Caravans.

As the northernmost peak of mainland Australia, Cape York is on the bucket list of almost every four-wheel driver. The large, beautiful peninsula is renowned for its untouched wilderness and countless water crossings, and part of the joy of Cape York is the challenge.

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Whether you are in a 2WD or something with a bit more power, before travelling to Cape York make sure your vehicle, and any camper trailer or caravan in tow is in excellent condition. The roads feature dust, harsh corrugation and numerous water crossings, and are largely the domain of 4WD enthusiasts. So, if you haven’t had some experience already, start practising your rough road driving.

Although getting to Cape York can be a bit of a trek, do not be surprised if you are met with hordes of like-minded travellers during peak season. If you are not bound by school holidays, try to head up in May or September to beat the crowds.

Forward planning is required for anyone wanting to stay in Cape York for a few days, but when booking well in advance of your travel, you will be spoilt for choice. There are a generous number of free camp sites to set up a tent, camper or caravan across the peninsula, while the various more permanent sites with amenities include Alau Beach Campgrounds in Umagico, Bramwell Junction Roadhouse, Cape York Camping Punsand Bay, and Endeavour Falls Tourist Park.

The countless waterways of Cape York feed into a generous number of waterfalls, which should not be missed when exploring this remote paradise. Many of the waterfalls are reached via the iconic Old Telegraph Track, a rough and challenging road that is only accessible during the dry season (May to October). Pack your camera and swimmers to truly enjoy these idyllic waterholes – although always check the latest local information before swimming (if allowed).

Six waterfalls you should not miss are:

  1. Endeavour Falls
  2. Isabella Falls
  3. Trevethan Falls
  4. Home Rules Falls
  5. Bloomfield Falls
  6. Cape York Waterfalls

As a peninsula, Cape York is not short of beaches where you can find a spot to set up camp and enjoy the sun setting over the water.

Before facing the rough roads to get up to Cape York, or perhaps on the way home, some places you should add to your bucket list while you find yourself that far north are:

  • The CREB Track: tackle Australia’s most challenging 4WD trails and soak up the beautiful rainforests between Daintree and Cooktown
  • Cape Tribulation: Visit the historic destination where Captain James Cook was finally defeated by the reef, and enjoy the magical place where the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef meet
  • Cooktown: A legendary coastal town rich with history
  • Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park: Journey from rich sandstone to grasslands, wetlands and vast river systems
  • Kutini Payamu (Iron Range) National Park: Explore Australia’s largest lowland tropical forest

Cape York is renowned for its remote wilderness and breathtaking natural beauty. Ranging from beaches to rainforest to rocky headlands, this northern tip of Australia’s mainland cannot be missed – and neither can the various locations you’ll pass on the way to get there!

THE NEXT STEPS

A Hybrid Caravan or camper trailer could be what you need to add more adventure to your weekends, contact the SWAG Camper Trailers team today. We’d be happy to help and answer any enquiries you have about our Campers, Hybrids and Caravans.

Camping in the Blue Mountains: Find Serenity and Adventure

Looking for tranquillity or adventure? Located just an hour from Sydney, the Blue Mountains offer both.

The Blue Mountains has long been a region synonymous with peace and nature, and for good reason. Mother Nature really puts on a show here, and anyone with a camper can soak in these vibes for as long as they desire. While there are many 4WD tracks available for all abilities, you can also explore this area in a regular car and see many of the beautiful sights that have kept visitors flocking to this region for centuries.

View of Grose Valley and Pulpit Rock, Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, New South Wales, Australia, Pacific

PLANNING

When planning your trip to the Blue Mountains, a good place to start is the Visitor Information Centres. The region is packed with camping opportunities, whether you’re fully self-sufficient or reliant on amenities. So, pack up the camper and get ready to take some brilliant photos.

RECOMMENDED SIGHTS

For those taking on the Blue Mountains in a 2WD, you’ll love the accessibility and beauty of the Wolgan Valley and the Wolgan River. For the best photos, arrive at sunset to capture the brilliant crimson shades as the sun lights up the red cliffs.

Govetts Leap Lookout, located just past the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, is another sight worth taking in. It’s an excellent place to gain an aerial view of the winding Grose River and the greenery and red rocks of the land below.

Katoomba is another must-see location. With its steep inclines and spectacular scenery, it’s an ideal spot for hikers and 4WD enthusiasts. Wildlife and wilderness cruises are available here, and it’s a popular option for families. Of course, you cannot miss Katoomba Falls. This sheer drop is best viewed from a cable car, but you can also appreciate its beauty from the Katoomba Falls Lookout.

Scenic world katoomba skyway

ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME

If rough and ready 4WDing is more your style, take on the challenge of trails in the Newnes State Forest. Even more challenging is the Beecroft Track (which turns into Blackfellows Hand Track). This trail will lead you to rock art, unbeatable views and amazing photo opportunities. Be warned though, the terrain can be tricky!

The Blue Mountains is incredibly family friendly. Take your kids on the Street Art walk, and appreciate the beauty of art created by international, national and local artists. The spectacle was created by Street Arts Mural Australia and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

The Trees Adventure site is an excellent way to pass the time for children. Swing, leap and climb through the forest all from the safety of nets and harnesses. Located in Yarramundi, this activity has courses for varying skill levels, so you’re bound to find something that suits your family.

Finally, consider taking on a night-time adventure. The Blue Mountains Stargazing Tour operated in the Wentworth Falls Picnic Area is led by an astrophysicist guide, so you can be sure to learn about all the constellations and traditional Dreamtime stories.

The Blue Mountains truly is a choose-your-own-adventure location. You can enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature or embark on an adventurous journey. The only thing limiting you is your imagination!

THE NEXT STEPS

A Hybrid Caravan or camper trailer could be what you need to add more adventure to your weekends, contact the SWAG Camper Trailers team today. We’d be happy to help and answer any enquiries you have about our Campers, Hybrids and Caravans.

The Victorian High Country has something to offer all year round. Situated conveniently just over an hour or two away from Melbourne, you can experience snow in the winter or enjoy challenging 4WD tracks in the summer.

What do Mansfield, Mt Buller and Merrijig all have in common? They all offer High Country adventures somewhat close to home, making them perfect locations for a weekend getaway. This region is known for is winter snow and its summer sunshine, and offers plenty of adventures for young and old.

Exploring the Victorian High Country

The High Country is popular with campers, skiers and 4WD enthusiasts. Many of the tracks in this region are not for beginners, so careful planning should be undertaken before embarking on your adventure. The Mount Buller – Mount Stirling Loop is a great 4WD track, rated at medium difficulty. Taking you 68km from near the Mount Buller summit to Sawmill Settlement, the drive offers spectacular views from Craigs Hut and Mt Stirling. Due to inclement weather in winter, this track is closed from 1 May to 30 November each year. The best time to take on this track is coming soon; the conditions are perfect from spring through to autumn.

If you’re planning to spend a few days in this picturesque region, you have several camping options. These include the Carters Mill Camping Area, Craigs Hut Camping Area, Howqua Gap Hut Camping Area, King Hut Camping Area and Pineapple Flat Camping Area. Sheepyard Flat is another popular camping spot. Look out for the signs on the way to Merrijig.

Victorian High country wild life

If you’re taking on the trails in the High Country, Mansfield is a great place to explore and fuel up. The small town offers numerous dining options, including the popular Social Bandit Brewing Company, which offers locally brewed beer and gourmet pizzas.

The region is also known for its huge variety of wildlife, including native animals and birds. When driving along the country roads in the High Country, it’s important to watch out for kangaroos, wombats and deer.

The Victorian High Country is known for its peaceful campsites, spectacular scenery and challenging walking, horseriding and 4WD trails. Pack your camper and plan your adventure today!

INSPECT YOUR CAMPER

Now that you have the correct tools and equipment, you need to make sure your camper is in excellent condition. Inspect the batteries, gas connection, interior and exterior lights, taps, wiring, and anything that you might need in your travel. In case of emergencies, also ensure the working conditions of your backup generator or batteries.

Don’t forget to inspect both interior and exterior features of your camper, even the mesh screens, hinges, and poles. Checking the condition of your camper may show maintenance issues, but knowing these before traveling will save you a lot of trouble.

THE NEXT STEPS

A Hybrid camper could be what you need to add more adventure to your weekends, contact the SWAG Camper Trailers team today. We’d be happy to help and answer any enquiries you have about our Campers, Hybrids and Caravans.

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