5 Top Tips for Camping With Kids

child1Do you remember your first ever night sleeping in a tent? Few memories beat that first outdoors camp fire or the drama of listening to the sounds of nature as you drift off to sleep. Do you remember the excitement of looking up at the stars or of getting as grubby as you liked and it didn’t matter?? Camping is a great way of taking kids on holiday and the chances are they will appreciate and remember it much more than they would staying in an expensive hotel or fancy resort. Children naturally love being in the open air and camping lets them experience a fun and healthy outdoor lifestyle, something that is missing from most modern children’s lives.
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5 Fantastic Family Camping Activities

Family camping trips always go better when you plan ahead! Although the stunning natural settings throughout Queensland offer your kids seemingly limitless opportunities to observe and explore, you need to have a few fun activities up your sleeve. Remember, children get bored easily and usually operate on full throttle from the moment they rise to the second they go to sleep. Below, we provide you with 5 great activities to ensure your family camping trip is a resounding success.
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Camping Safety Tips

One of the many great things about living in Australia is that the warm climate allows us to go camping pretty much anytime. The opportunity to communicate with nature and lie beneath the stars on a clear night is too much to resist for an increasing number of adventurous families. However, if you want to have the best possible outdoor experience, it’s necessary to be sensible and take certain precautions.
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Camping – There is no Better Place for Family Bonding

In most households, you mention the word “camping” and it is met with squeals of delight. Or so you hope! In today’s techno crazy world, what better way to spend some unplugged family time than to go camping? That’s all very well, until you get there. Let’s take a look at how the whole family can stay entertained whilst having fun. The B word is not an option!
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How to Improve Your Hiking

Hiking is one of the best things you can do in terms of keeping fit. It also gives you a great opportunity to get to know yourself a bit better if you are on your own with your thoughts, or to get to know someone else a bit better. Have you ever wondered why some people are just able to put in more kilometers than you? How they are able to put in more time than you? Here are a few tips that will give you an edge. They will help you to hike faster and longer.
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How to Decide What to Pack For a Camping Trip

When you go on any sort of holiday, you need to take the right stuff with you. This is even more essential if you are going on a camping trip. Most camping, even if you are staying in a chalet, a motorhome, or a caravan, involves doing almost everything for yourself. This article will give you some quick tips on how to decide what to bring and what not to bring.
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How Do I Choose a Sleeping Bag?

If you are getting yourself geared up for a camping trip, whether you’re taking your family out into the wilderness or choosing to stay at one of Australia’s great outdoor parks, there are a few things you are going to need and some you don’t really need but would be nice to take with you. How much you take all depends on the type of camping you are going to do. If you are walking, you’re going to have to stick to the necessities. But if you go by car and stay in the one location, your decision about what to take gets a lot less complicated. The first thing you need to buy is the roof over your head, in this case your tent. Once you have chosen your tent, the next most important and necessary piece of kit is your sleeping bag. That’s what we’re going to concentrate on in this article.
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The Freedom Of Cycle Camping – How To Choose Your Most Important Gear

Camping always gives you a sense of freedom. You are able to pick up your tent whenever you like and move on to a new spot. You can choose where you want to camp, either one of the great camping spots in the wild or the more relaxed and more equipped situation of a camping site. To add that bit extra freedom to your camping holiday, why not try a camp holiday along with your bicycle?
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What To Expect From A Camping Site

One of the things that the modern family often miss out on is really getting together and being together. We all live in the same house, we meet up at the dinner table (if we’re lucky) and we take our holidays together, but there is always some distraction. Something is always going on in the background that stops us from actually being together and enjoying each others company. Usually those distractions are TVs, phones, iPods or iPads, games consoles or some other electrically powered gadget.
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Some Great Camping Activities For Kids

kids_camping.jpgWhere would you rather take your kids on their holidays: to a fun park which costs the earth and where there is no real food around for miles, or to the great outdoors where all the family can be together with relatively little cost? We live in a world where instant gratification seems to be what everyone wants. I believe that this kind of lifestyle is started off when we are young. We need to bring our children up with an appreciation for the slower things in life, for Mother Nature in all her wonderful glory and for making their own fun without spending money. Camping is an ideal family holiday and here are some great ideas for family activities to keep your kids entertained.
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What Is The Ideal Camping Backpack ?

back-packWhat is the ideal camping backpack? This is like asking which is the best house, car or pair of shoes. There are so many variables for you to take into account before you arrive at the backpack or rucksack which is ideal for you. This is basically because we are all individuals with varying individual needs. In this article, I am going to look at a few different aspects which will help you decide which is going to be the best type of pack for your needs and your pocket.
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How To Choose A Light Camping Bed

When you are camping, it’s all about being in the great outdoors and being as close to nature as you can be without actually sleeping in the open air. The tent provides you with some protection against the elements, any bugs that might try to take a bite out of you and as a separation from your other camp mates as you bunk down for the night. When you go to sleep, you need to keep warm and comfortable. Your sleeping bag fulfills some of these criteria and your bed the others. What type of bed should you get that is easy to carry, yet comfortable enough to give you a good nights rest? That’s what we’re going to talk about with this article.
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How To Make An Easy Camp Breakfast

They say that the most important meal of the day is your breakfast. It sets you up in your body and your mind to face the day ahead. It gives you the energy for everything you think or do. If you start the day off well, with a hearty breakfast and some solid positive thoughts, your day is likely to just get better and better. When you are out camping, having a good breakfast can make a huge difference. It can lift you up if you’ve had a rotten night, give you a solid base of fuel for a days hiking or activities and help the camaraderie spring to life as you enjoy breakfast together. Here are three great ideas for a hearty camp breakfast.
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Coping With A Rained Out Camping Holiday

Luckily, we live in a country that is blessed with the typical weather expectations, especially during the summer months, but there are always going to be exceptions to the rule. If you are heading away on your holidays, you are obviously going to want to choose the best time of year for almost guaranteeing some great weather. This is none more so than if you are going on a camping or caravanning holiday. What happens when the majority of your well planned holiday turns into a wet and soggy torrent of rain-soaked mud? It doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are a few tips to turn the tide and enjoy the rain while it lasts.
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Where Can You Park Your Motorhome In Australia?

Australia is one of the best countries in the world for getting away from it all, exploring the wilderness of the outback and not getting any hassle for wanting to do it. That’s why Australia is one of the best countries if you are considering buying a motorhome. One of the most frequent questions people ask who are considering buying their first campervan is can they camp anywhere they want? The simple answer to this is no. Just as you cannot walk anywhere you want or drive anywhere you want, you certainly can’t park your campervan anywhere you want. Let’s take a closer look.
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High Activity Fun Games For Warm Camping Afternoons

Let’s set the scene. You’re into the second or third day of camping. You’ve been exploring the local area, taking in the fresh air and enjoying the experience and novelty of sleeping out of doors. Now the kids are starting to get a bit bored. It happens. We love to get out in the open, to get the kids away from the TV and the video games, but unfortunately the video games are probably what your kids are starting to dream about, especially if you’ve even banned, or heavily restricted, the hand held consoles. It’s time to get back to the basics, to what it’s all about, having fun and adventure. What better way to have fun and adventure and laughter and magic than playing some high activity family games. Here are three you might like.
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First Aid Kit For Your Camping Trip

First Aid KitLet’s face it, when we go camping we want to be able to have a trouble free holiday. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to hike through the mountains and through the bush, or stay in one of the many superb campsites that Australia has to offer, the last thing you want to be taking care of is an injury. Unfortunately, injuries do happen sometimes and as the motto of the scouts says, it is best to be prepared.
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Carbon Monoxide Safety While Camping

You can never be too safe when you are taking a holiday. This is also true when you are taking your own home with you, in the form of a campervan, caravan or a simple tent. One of the best ways of enjoying yourself and feeding everyone around you, is firing up the barbie and sticking on a couple of steaks. As a result of you using the barbie, the smoke contains a gas called carbon monoxide. It is deadly poisonous, doesn’t have a colour and you can’t smell it. So what should you do to stay safe while enjoying the great outdoors?
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Enjoying Camping With A Disability

If you suffer with a disability, you could be forgiven for thinking that going camping might be something that you might have to live without. However, with a bit of thinking and planning, camping can actually be something that you can enjoy just as much as anyone else. Camping is a cost effective holiday option that can be enjoyed by all, as you sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful nature that our planet provides us.
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Enjoying Cycling On Your Holiday

helmetsCycling is a pastime or hobby that can be enjoyed every day, in almost any weather and by young and old alike. Kids especially adore the freedom that cycling gives them. Up until now, they’ve been relying on mum and dad to get them anywhere faster than they can run, so cycling gives them a sense of adventure they’re unlikely to come across so far. If you are a keen cyclist, one of the best things you can do is get your kids to follow suit. If you are not into cycling, here’s your chance to learn a thing or two about the more tranquil life that cycling offers.
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The Basic Of Canoing Gear For Your Holiday At Neurum Creek

There are plenty of great activities for you to do once you arrive at Neurum Creek Bush Retreat. One of the most popular is canoeing up the creek. Whether you travel up the Delaneys Creek for about 2km to the Wallaby Waterhole or go north up the Neurum Creek, you can have lots of fun. For those of you who want to try canoeing for the first time, here are some of the basics.
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Camping Holidays With The Elderly

Camping is still one of the best adventures that a family can take. It’s relatively cheap, without the usual constraints that are offered by more traditional indoor holidays and can be so much more fun. Family holidays often include the less robust members of the family, including the kids and the grandparents or other elderly family members. But don’t worry about it. The elderly don’t post many difficulties.
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Four Great Campsite Stick Foods To Go With The Marshmallows

camp fireIf you have ever been camping, you would surely have sat around the campfire with a marshmallow on a stick, slowly heating it before eating it and savouring the combination of grilled and sweet taste. These are the moments that define camping, sitting under the stars with close friends and family all around the fire, sharing stories whilst having a nibble on some campfire cooked food. However, have you ever wondered what other foods there are that you could cook in this way?
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3 Of The Best Camp Fire Games

camp fireCamping is one of the best holidays you can take yourself on. It’s even better to do it with others. The sense of adventure you get from sleeping underneath the stars in unparalleled. If you haven’t done it, you’re missing out on a real treat. Now, you can head off into the wild blue yonder if the fancy takes you, or you can opt for a little bit more creature comfort, like running water and a toilet and shower that you can use, if you stay in a nice campsite. And there are plenty of nice ones.
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Security Tips For Women Camping Alone

For many people, the thought of a woman going on a camping trip all by herself will seem borderline crazy. Yet you would be surprised at just how many women love nothing more than getting away from it all (and everyone) to spend some quality time alone with nature. Usually, it takes good levels of common sense, equally good instincts and a good amount of adaptability to be able to go camping alone as a woman. Although there are obvious risks involved, there are plenty of things a woman can do to ensure that it is much safer when camping alone.
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Getting Kids Used To Camping

kids_camping.jpgCamping is great fun for all members of the family, but it is especially fun for the younger members. It’s also the opportunity for the adults to have a bit of time away from the kids, all be it a few feet away, by getting the kids a tent of their own. Not only will you be giving yourself some well deserved breathing space, you are also providing your children with a rare opportunity to have their first independent experience.
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The Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland

The Woodford Folk Festival is a music festival featuring a wide range of performers, across many styles and genres of music. The festival is held from 27th December to 1st January each year in Woodford, Queensland. The event is getting more and more popular every year with over 130,000 people attending during 2013 and 2014. It is held on a property known as Woodfordia, a beautiful 250 hectare rural forest setting. It is owned and run by the Queensland Folk Federation.
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Tips To Enjoy Camping For The First Time

Whenever we pick up a new activity, we will always have to start as beginners and learn as we go through experience. We have to struggle through the first few times we do them before we can finally label ourselves as competent and camping is certainly no different. The whole process of camping is a learning process like anything else. We learn when we do things right and we also learn when we do things wrong. To give you a little bit of a head start however, we have put together five tips that can help when you go camping.
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Bushwalking – The Australian Adventure

Bushwalking comes in many shapes and varieties. From a stroll through an urban forest or local park, to getting out for a few days hiking in the hills and valleys of one of Australia’s national parks or reserves. Depending on where you come from, you might know bushwalking as hiking, trailing, rambling, hill walking, or tramping. In Australia, it’s all bushwalking. In this country, there is such a wide variety of terrains and landscapes for you to explore, so there is a huge and almost never ending opportunity for you to get out into the bush and if it’s on a trail or across areas of wilderness, it’s all known as bushwalking.
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Five Things To Do In Queensland

With its breathtaking scenery, unique history and friendly people, Queensland attracts hundreds of thousands of holiday makers every year. Another reason why people come to this part of Australia is because of the wealth of attractions. Regardless of your age, whether you are pushing 90 or just starting to skip down the road, there’s something for everyone. Here is a short list of 5 of the “must do” things that you can’t miss out on when you come to visit Queensland.
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The Basics For Your Camping Holiday

So you are thinking about heading out into the wide blue yonder, your home on your back, without a care in the world. Or you might be thinking more along the lines of forgetting about the whole ‘home on the back’ thing. Your idea about camping might be to bundle your partner and kids into the car, open the boot and throw in the tent, cooker and barbie, beds, chairs, mini-fridge, portable TV and satellite dish, and enough food and drink to feed a small army. Whatever your idea for the ideal camping holiday, there’s only so much you are going to be able to take with you. It is essential not to forget the essentials though, so below are the basic things you are going to need.
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Camping Trips For Couples

Camping is always ramped up to be a type of holiday best enjoyed by the family. Campsites are generally set up with families in mind, offering lots in the way of general amenities to keep the kids happy and occupied at the same time. I’m here to tell you that the perfect couple’s getaway can be had under canvas. Let’s set the scene: the open fire, the wood crackling and smouldering, the smell of the wood smoke. You’ve selected a nice quiet spot and have everything you need, now it’s time to settle into a night where you only have eyes for each other.
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Back To Nature: 3 Reasons To Go Camping

camping.jpgCamping can be great fun, especially during the Spring and Summer seasons. It can be the easiest and best way to leave your daily life behind for a few days and get back to nature. It truly allows you to experience the outdoors, fresh air, cut grass, pine trees – things usually taken for granted. Whether you have wanderlust or are just looking to kick up your heels, here are some reasons why camping never gets old.
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Camping And Hiking Food Safety

Camping and hiking are two of the most popular outdoor activities for Aussies. With so many of us stuck inside for most of our working lives, we like nothing better than getting out into the fresh air, working up and appetite, and reviving the body, mind, and spirit that we can only get from the great outdoors. Luckily, if we get the outdoor urge, we can pack up the car and head out on our adventure at almost any time of the year.
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Four Super-Cool Campfire Snacks To Impress Your Fellow Campers

Camp fire cooking instantly conjures up images of charred sausages served with a side of beans, but we’re here to tell you that camp meals don’t have to be boring! You don’t need special equipment or fancy ingredients to cook up some knock-out dishes. Follow our super-cool menu below, and you’ll soon be fooling your fellow campers into thinking you’re a gourmet, camp fire cooking legend. All you need are the basic ingredients, a skillet and a pair of tongs.
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How To Make The Most Of Your Sunshine Coast Camping Trip

For some, the idea of venturing outside the comfort and convenience of one’s home to spend a few nights roughing it in the wilderness is an exciting prospect and a welcome challenge. On the other hand, of course, many people are uncomfortable with the idea of relinquishing all modern conveniences and putting themselves at the mercy of nature. Camping always requires some degree of adaptation to the requirements of outdoor life, and is not necessarily the ideal holiday choice for everyone – however, with a sensible approach and a decent amount of research, it should be possible to find a camping holiday for anyone, with any level of outdoor expertise.
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Make Family Memories And Take Your Kids Camping

If there are any family experiences better than a camping trip, we’ve yet to discover them. Of course there are benefits to spending your well earned break in a hotel with clean towels, pre-arranged activities for the kids and your meals cooked to order, but as lovers of the Great Outdoors, we’re always keen to show our guests how a camping trip with your family not only saves you money, but can bring you all closer together. Inevitably you’ll have to give up a few of your creature comforts, but the payoff is much more rewarding in so many ways. Here are some of our favourite reasons why every family should take their kids camping.
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Kick Back Camping That Offers Dog Friendly Facilities

Looking for some head space? Need some time to kick back and remember who you really are? If you’re a dog owner who often feels tied to home because of the headaches that kennels and dog sitters (bless them) create, we may be able to offer a solution. Located in South East Queensland, bordering the Mount Mee State Forest, Neurum Creek camp grounds are less than 75 miles from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, and offer a wealth of opportunities for some rest and relaxation. Not only that, you can bring the dog with you! Imagine miles of unspoiled walking and mountain bike terrain, not to mention our creek which offers numerous opportunities for swimming, canoeing and chilling out. The owners Simon and Tracey are always on site to provide you with a map of the area as well as all the latest news about what is going on in the area, so you’ll never be stuck for choices.
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Outdoor Activities And Camping, South-East Queensland

Queensland has an abundance of outdoor activities to suit all ages and experience levels. Every year, tens of thousands of tourists flock to the beaches, rivers and bushland of rural Queensland to experience the beauty of the natural landscape for themselves. Whether it’s kayaking, hiking, mountaineering or biking, you are sure to find the adventure holiday you seek right here on the Sunshine Coast. There are even plenty of campsites, retreats and other holiday destinations which provide many different activities all in one place, so if you are having trouble deciding, you can try a new activity every single day!
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Relaxing and Recharging at the Weekend with Outdoor Living

Urban living can take its toll on the toughest among us, and there are times – especially around seasonal change – when it can pay to take ourselves and our loved ones away from the urban sprawl and find a return to nature in some of the national parks and camping sites around the Queensland area. Indeed the abundance of outdoor sites including national parks and camping sites means that Queenslanders are spoiled for choice when it comes to opportunities for outdoor living and places to spend a relaxing weekend. Whether you are a caravan or camper van owner, someone who likes to throw your stuff into a trailer, a dyed in the wool backpacker, or somebody who wants to hire a tent and chill for the weekend, the perfect place for your retreat is not so far away.
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Enjoy the Great Outdoors: Go Camping

Enjoying the great outdoors can prove to be a difficult feat for some; too many have busy schedules and not enough time to make holiday plans. For others, it’s just not possible in regards to the expense. Travel, hotels, food, general spending, it all adds up. Sometimes it’s easier to just stay at home and take a leisurely stroll in the park. Think again! What about camping? Camping encompasses all holiday-goers’ basic needs, including accommodation, food, and a variety of activities at a more reasonable price; especially when compared to going abroad. Should you have a tent, a caravan, a motorhome, or a camper trailer, you can visit all of Queensland’s glorious nature resorts and still feel miles away from the stresses of work.
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Go Camping to Escape the Monotony of Modern Living

Camping is one option people still have to get back in touch with nature, get away from all the hustle and bustle of modern city living and relax with a cold beer in your hand. Luckily, there are many such places in Australia. If you are searching on the internet for a camping site in the Queensland area for example, all you need to do is type in the keywords ‘Camping Sites Queensland’ or ‘Camp Grounds Sunshine Coast’ and you are sure to find one that offers its customers the chance to do exactly what they require. Whether you are after a long country-side break or just a few days in the wild to recharge your batteries, you can rest assured that your every need will be catered for.
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Tips for Camping with Your Dog

A wonderful way to bond with your furry best friend is to take them to a camping site with you! Queensland has great camping grounds where you can enjoy the trees, lakes and mountain trails with your pet by your side. As long as some ground rules are adhered to, you will have a fantastic time enjoying dog friendly camping. Queensland camping sites are perfect for spending quality time with your pet, but here are some things you should know first.
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