Hint # 1.The sand is usually quite warm and sand on your feet gets into everything. So the first thing I unpack (therefore the last thing I pack in the car) is Costa annex matting or CGearMatting. The mats are porous & act like a non-return valve. The sand on your feet falls through & rubs off , but it won’t come back up & sit on top. The benefit of all this: You can walk on it all day & sand wont be walked in & out of your tent by the kids. My wife Kerri says: “No more sand in the bed, I hate it!”
2. Shelter is probably the savior of a good weekend. Afterall it’s often the weather that determines a good camping trip. I always put my tarp up first & it’s the last thing I pull down. If it’s hot, I am under cover & no more sunburn. If it’s raining I wont have to put my tent up in the rain & everything else I get out of the car/trailer will be dry for the entire holiday. Don’t forget, by pulling your tarp down last, all your camping gear is put away dry…… it’s been under cover!
Hint # 2.Setting up a tarp is like cooking a meal. It’s all in the preparation. Have absolutely everything pegged down, ropes pre set & your poles pre adjusted to their correct height before you even contemplate standing up your tarp. If this is done in the right order, one person should be able to stand it up in under 5 minutes…..believe it or not!
3. Furniture: The third thing I have packed ready to get access to is the chairs & tables. Once I have the floor matting down & the tarp up, I need somewhere for the kids to sit so we can keep them occupied.
Hint # 3. Hoop leg furniture is a brilliant idea for chairs & tables. If you have a straight up & down pole on a table or a chair in soft sand it digs in. The legs just keep digging in & they spread & break easy. A hoop leg on the other hand offers a much large surface area & has a lot more chance of not digging in.
Beach camping offers so many variables with how & where to set up a camp site.. From my own experience on Fraser Island & Double Island Point (Teewha Beach), you have quite a few options & different views from the people I have asked on where is the best site & they all have different advantages & disadvantages. For example;
1. Grassed Areas:
“Negative:” Because they are usually right next to a natural spring & these areas harness mozzies and sandflies. The ground is almost always full of moisture & these areas have nearly no protection from the elements & bad weather.
“Positive:” Being grassed areas the sand you will get in your tent & you have access to fresh running water, a great area to keep Mum happy with the thought of no sand.
2. Behind The Dunes:
“Negative:” Because there is no grass, just sand. It is usually in a hollow & this is where water all pools to if you have substantial rain.
“Positive:” Behind the dunes is you often have shelter from the sun under a few trees & the dunes can protect you from bad weather & windy conditions.
3. On top of the dunes:
“Negative:” from the point that you have no protection from the bad weather if it kicks in & you wont have any shade from trees.
“Positive:” You are up out of the hollows from the rain, there is fair mix of sand & grassed areas & the view is to die for! A few things to remember: The dunes are an important part of the environment, don’t destroy them. Be conscious of the local wild life. This entails dingos, goannas & in some parts of Australia Crocodiles! Check out all your rules & regulations on line in your own shire, council or E.P.A website.
1. Beach Camping Knowledge Obviously a lot of the camping gear you would use Beach camping you can use with any style of camping, anywhere. How ever there a few bits & pieces that Beach camping & driving suits specifically.
2. Recovery Gear is essential when four wheel driving.
3. A Snatch ‘em strap especially is a necessity in soft sand. It looks & feels like a tow rope, but it has a huge amount of elasticity. It won’t jar your car like a tow rope will & they can sling shot you vehicle out of some fairly deep boggy positions. How ever there are a lot of do’s & don’t with snatch ‘em straps, so do your homework first & get some expert knowledge from professionals before you use & buy one.
4. Shovel: A small shovel in case you get bogged & you need to dig your way out.
5. Air compressor: Low tyre pressure is the correct way to drive on the beach & your vehicle doesn’t sink as easy. Letting your tyres down by about 50% is the norm. Some people say less. Having a portable air compressor to pump them back will ensure you don’t do damage to your tyres when back on a hard road surface.
6. Wash outs: This is where natural springs feed out & run down into the beach. These streams of water dig deep holes that are not visible from inside your vehicle while driving & have caused serious injury & even death when hit at fast speed. Slow down