Australia 2010

A circumnavigation (with risks).

A good place to camp - not!

On previous long trips (e.g. China, Siberia and South America) it has been normal to "wild camp" much of the time. (That is find some quiet, out of the way place to park for the night, rather than use official camping areas.) So far, in Australia, this has been very difficult.

There are lots of commercial "holiday parks/caravan parks" (costing around €20 per vehicle per night), there are camping areas in many National Parks (costing around €5 per person per night, plus park entry fees) and occasionally there are roadside parking areas that you can stay overnight in. These vary from very pleasant to tolerable.

Real "wild camps" have been very hard to find.

This is the sort of area it would be very nice to stay the night in. It is several kilometers from the nearest house with great views out to sea, but it is dangerous! There are...

...waves! And worse there are even...

..."coast risks" and...

...even worse "footbridge risks" not to mention....

...the ever present "boat ramp" risk.

Naturally there are also "No Camping" signs. Everywhere!