PREPARING FOR YOUR WATERSIDE CAMPING EXPERIENCE:
Ask yourself what you are going to use the water for. Are you fishing, water skiing, kayaking, swimming, sailing or simply sun-baking in front of it? Once you’ve established this, it’s all about what Mother Nature could dish up and being prepared for that.
PREPARING YOUR CAMPSITE POSITION – WATERSIDE CAMPING
A windy lesson learnt:
I will never forget a camping trip that Kerri and I had years ago that was on a wide river system. It was a spot we frequently visited because we could walk straight out of our tent and cast a fishing rod or simply sit and watch the world pass by. It’s an exceptional spot. This particular weekend we packed up the car and headed off and I forgot to check the weather forecast. Our campsite faced north and the minute we got there a horrific northerly blew straight across the river and through our campsite for four days straight. If I had sat on the water’s edge and cast a fishing line out it would have come back and hit me in the forehead! Now I don’t know about you, I can handle all the wet weather possible, but strong wind for four days – no thank you!
Mums the word – research your campsite position:
When we talk about camping in Victoria mum often brings up the cold winds from the south in winter. She says you never face your campsite to the south in Victoria because the wind is freezing. It’s wise to research which way your campsite is facing when camping near water. It’s all about keeping yourself up to date with the weather forecast.