What you need to know about beach camping

Add beach camping to your summer bucket list and enjoy the serenity of the Australian beaches.

The best way to tick off all the activities on your summer bucket list is by finding the perfect spot to kick back and relax, fish, tan, swim and embrace nature while camping on the beach.

When everything goes to plan, camping on the beach can be a summer adventure you will remember forever. However, if you underestimate or forget even the smallest item or detail, your summer adventure can end in a disaster.

Research the location

Depending on where you want to pitch your tent, many popular locations can take you off the grid. Embracing and exploring the wild is always a fun adventure, however, there some factors you will need to consider. For example, is there a portable water source, what type of vehicle is required or even if there is vehicle access?

If you want to have a fire during your stay, you will need to ensure there aren’t any fire bans in place. Additionally, it is important you have researched the location for any dangerous creatures lurking in the water or nearby bushland.

The best place to research these factors or any other questions you may have regarding camping safely and legally is the Department of National Parks website.

If you are planning to camp on coastlines on the northern tips of Australia, it is best to research and call the campground ahead as some parks close for safety reasons during cyclone season.

Bring garbage bags

Beach camping is all about experiencing nature as authentically as possible, and therefore it is important to be mindful of your eco-footprint. This means packing garbage bags, as the last thing you want while swimming or snorkelling, is to float in someone’s old camping garbage.

A cleaning handy tip: bring a dustpan and brush. You will be surprised by how much sand can end up in your tent.

Bathroom facilities

Confirm whether there are any facilities or regulations in place when it comes to showering or using a toilet. You may have to bring your own portable ones with you.

Don’t forget about wind

You have set your tent up in plenty of shade and shelter in case of rain. However, each time you open the tent a gust of wind hits you filling your mouth and the inside of your tent with sand.

Use sand dunes as natural windbreakers to help avoid the wind disturbing your sleep and filling your site with sand. Dunes are fragile ecosystems. It is best to not disturb any vegetation and leave digging holes and building sandcastles for the beach, to help preserve the dunes.

Be aware of tides

When looking for the right place to set the tent, look for the high tide mark. Once you have found this, make the assumption that high tide may come up another ten metres. This ensures that if a king tide occurs your belongings will stay dry.

When pitching the tent, check that you have found the flattest ground in the area. The fewer tree roots, rocks or ant nests, the better you will sleep.

For more camping tips find out about these summer camping hacks.