Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ok, So I'm Going To Do It


The boys and I want to go camping these coming school holidays.

Oh my, if camping was as glamorous as this, above, I would be there in a shot! I must admit I'm a bit of an 'Audrey Forbes-Hamilton' (prim and proper character from 'To The Manor Born' - TV Show from the 70's).... love my showers, Norsca towelettes and antibacterial hand wash.... but I have 2 active boys and I think we need to head out bush and search for lizards and dig for things... and do boy stuff.

So, where do I start? I need to get the essentials... just the essentials.... what are the essentials?... besides a tent? This is real virgin territory for me.... but I have been so inspired by Deb's adventures at Let's Go Moerkabout (and boy did they have the gear).... I've gotta do it.... for my boys.... I need to see 'camping smiles'.

So any advice from any hardy campers out there would be much appreciated. I would also love to hear of any great places to camp in South East Queensland/Northern New South Wales.

Can you imagine the blog fodder I will have if I pull this off....I mean WHEN I pull this off.


Let's hope it doesn't end up with this reaction. This photo of my boys makes me belly laugh. They were at a little kids party, thunder egg searching with their little cousins... faking their enjoyment for the sake of 'manners'.... good lesson. They loved that sort of stuff when they were really little but as they have gotten older...well see for yourself. I took them aside and asked them to look really bored for a photo. The little one cracks me up! He looks like a young Jim Carrey. He can pull a dead pan, expressionless face in a heartbeat and hold it together and not smile while we all crack up. He is hilarious! This was taken about a year ago. Still makes me laugh.

So any advice would be so appreciated. Don't tell my boys that I asked for your help. I want them to think I am a 'Camping Legend'.

Happy Tuesday!
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31 comments:

  1. Borrow from experienced campers - they are usually quite happy to lend their stuff, and tents are expensive.

    I still love 'bush showers' - a bucket with holes in the bottom, fill it with warm water and shower quickly! (I was a cub leader, can you tell? Always brought silk pyjamas to camp.)

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  2. a yurt, a yurt! -they make camping feel glam!! see them at soulpad website. If you are going to get into it, maybe worth investing in, they are not much more than a regular sweaty nylon one! Plus only one pole not a bajillion which has GOT to be a good thing! xxx

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  3. We usually borrow the tent from friends or family since we don´t go camping that often. We have the small stuff like sleeping bags and such ourselves - we plan to buy a tent too eventually. Now when the boys are older it feels like the camping trips could get more frequent. :-)

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  4. You will be a legend at camping A-M...if I can you can....(some time ago though!) Have fun...those gorgeous boys will love it....xv

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  5. From similar forays into the wonderful world of camping with my children (when they were little)I have two words :
    Good Luck!! ;)Sharyne

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  6. Go for it A-M the boys will have a ball and I'm sure that there will not be a fake smile for a mile! If my crew are anything to go by, the rougher and dirtier the better!

    Camping has been my hubby's #1 plan since we decided to make the move to Qld, he has his eyes set on Fraser Island.

    I'm a little like you, much prefer the glam side of camping/holidays, your top photo looks like my style, but I will bite the bullet for the sake of the family!

    Good luck putting your camping stash together.

    Have a great day.

    x Jode

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  7. I know how it is when kiddos get older, AM.

    The problem is? Kids don't lie! §:-)
    But, still, my lil AM's are so adorable. I still remember when the lil one got sick. Oh!!!

    Happy Halloween, my dearie fween & hugs to Lil AM's from D´Box.

    x0x0,
    /chie

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  8. You will have a ball. If you are buying a tent, I would look at a Pop up Tent - it goes up in seconds. A friend of mine used to go camping with her boys and she would put it up easily.
    I would recommend Yamba and further down the road is a beautiful place called South West Rocks it is just beautiful. Good luck not that you will need it. Mimi xx

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  9. hi A-M, I am really not the person in my household that should be commenting on your request- my husband is anavid bushwalker and camper (not sure what he's doing with me!) still, having observed various camping preparations and participated in a couple, here are my suggestions...
    - an esky big enough to take all of your food (if going for longer than an overnighter use dry ice)keep it in your tent or car to avoid critters visiting overnight
    - small gas bottle with camping stove which also has a hotplate for bbq-ing as of course eating dead meat is mandatory on a camping trip
    - a battery operated lantern for light when you're cooking the BBQ
    - insect repellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    - sleeping bags. you can borrrow or get cheap ones from Big W/KMart etc
    - I could go on and on but MY main tip is choose a campsite with showers and toilets as otherwise this brings another set of complications!
    Peach Trees camping ground at Jimna State Forest is great- has the amenities mentioned and a creek for kids to play

    have fun- the boys will love it and you will surprise yourself and love it too

    PS. that photo is the ultimate 'glamping'(glamorous camping) photo- even i'd be swayed by that

    K xx

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  10. hi A-M, I am really not the person in my household that should be commenting on your request- my husband is anavid bushwalker and camper (not sure what he's doing with me!) still, having observed various camping preparations and participated in a couple, here are my suggestions...
    - an esky big enough to take all of your food (if going for longer than an overnighter use dry ice)keep it in your tent or car to avoid critters visiting overnight
    - small gas bottle with camping stove which also has a hotplate for bbq-ing as of course eating dead meat is mandatory on a camping trip
    - a battery operated lantern for light when you're cooking the BBQ
    - insect repellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    - sleeping bags. you can borrrow or get cheap ones from Big W/KMart etc
    - I could go on and on but MY main tip is choose a campsite with showers and toilets as otherwise this brings another set of complications!
    Peach Trees camping ground at Jimna State Forest is great- has the amenities mentioned and a creek for kids to play

    have fun- the boys will love it and you will surprise yourself and love it too

    PS. that photo is the ultimate 'glamping'(glamorous camping) photo- even i'd be swayed by that

    K xx

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  11. I LOVE camping! You'll need decent air beds and lights. You can make do with everything else.

    Fingal is a beautiful spot, Kingscliff and Brunswick Heads are also good. I'd suggest starting out staying at camping grounds. They have showers, bbq etc. Wivenhoe Dam is a good spot too.

    When you're experienced, you can't go past Fraser Island.

    TDM xx

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  12. How exciting A-M. I love planning a camping trip and amassing all the camping paraphernalia. Great advice so far to borrow from friends. For our first trip we hired a camper because I wasn't sure if I would like it. As it turned out I burnt a massive hole in the annex lighting the gas stove. We have never ever cooked inside a camper again.
    If you buy a new tent just make sure you season it first. Set it up and hose it down and let it dry. That tightens all the stitching and will keep you dry.
    Don't worry too much about if you have everything. Unless you are going remote there is usually a camping store nearby and campers are generally very affable and don't mind lending a hand, especially to a damsel in distress with her trusty sidekicks. Have a ball.

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  13. I would hire one of those camper trailers that has all the gear and opens into a tent the first time.... I don't know where to camp in your neck of the woods - sorry!

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  14. yep kerry has given you most of the essentials. always good to have a little gas bottled cooking element (get it at kmart or somewhere like that) with you and a fry pan. that can take you from bacon and eggs for brekky to toasties for lunch to pikelets for afternoon tea, to risotto for dinner...you get the drift.

    cards, uno, and a small board game are good. cricket bat. and garbage bags. you can use them for all manner of things, from rain ponchos to minor tent hole coverage, to time to go home, shove everything smelly in a bag type scenarios.

    with my guys, pocket knives and magnifying glasses are essential, but just watch out for smoke. my youngest loves doing that with his magnifying glass!

    you guys will have a ball! xx

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  15. HI A-M ! I am a recent camping convert, due to a newly combined family of 5 (yes, five) children! I can recommend the Wanderer Pop Up tent series. Avail from BCF, it is reasonably priced and comes in a few different sizes. We have 2 x 2 man and a 6 man . They are easy and the kids can help. http://www.bcf.com.au/Products/TentGuide/RapidPitchTents/Wanderer_Swift_Pop_Up.aspx

    Go for it. They will love you
    :))

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  16. If roughing it isn't your thing, I would start in a camping ground with hot showers, and a kitchen so all you need is your tent and bedding and a pot and frypan. Another thing I would suggest is a pop up pergola so you can get some protection from the blazing sun. Go for a walk aroung Kathmandu or somewhere similar and you will get an idea of what you need and don't need or visit a camping ground in your area and steal some ideas off other campers.

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  17. You are so a legend without camping x

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  18. I haven't been camping for MANY years. And even then it was just on a friend's property so we had access to a shower and toilet.

    Miss TikiBoo is desperate to go, but her Daddy is even less keen. I think that one day we're going to have to bite the bullet and go. Yikes.

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  19. Join the Scouts! As a single mum I put my son and daughter into our local cub and Scout group... it was very active in the camping / outdoorsy stuff .. and they had a ball...lots of mud, raft races , hiking, campfires ,billycart building, flying foxes, camping and jamborees, everything that you need to extend their confidence , independence, can-do attitude, and exposure to the male gene ( so to speak!) Now they are in their twenties , these days and friends still are highlights. They were in scouts from about ages 9- 16. I also became a cub and scout leader/assistant ( I was such a hover-mum !) .... I was the one with the arty / more girly/ creative projects / ideas....you know...mother's day, halloween dress-ups, trash and treasure fundraising, treasure hunts by torchlight, campfire cooking.... and in today's scouting world there's room for everyone. It was definitely one of the BEST decisions / activities my kids did ( in all our opinions) In your area there's sure to be an active, energetic , involved group. Give scouts a go!

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  20. You're a better woman than me A-M! After years in the Army, I try not to go anywhere near a tent :)

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  21. We haven't camped for ages now... since we grew out of our tent at least 4 children ago! I was always a big fan of the slightly separated campsites (like there used to be up at O'Reilly's) rather than the caravan park type where you can hear your neighbours coughing 5 tents away! Mind you, the latter has the advantage of easy loos and showers, lots of friends for the kids to play with and plenty of people to borrow things off if you forget something vital!
    Clare x

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  22. You know there is such a thing as 'glamping' (glamourous camping)....it's very real trend!

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  23. oh no, not me, even in that first tent, no way! But a friend of mine (single mum) loves taking her 6yo boy camping, just the two of them, believe it or not, they go to the local caravan park for the night - go figure! THey love it, do it a few times a year, on good weather nights obviously!! good luck!

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  24. Well A-M, I am more of a 5star gal myself so have little advice. I've been a unexpectadly single mum though and know how important is is to have appropriate holidays for the children. Have you considered an easy entry to 'true' camping like a family camp run by the Department of Sport & Recreation in various states? It's DEFINITELY not 5 star but there's no tent erecting, you have hot showers, gazillions of activities with trained helpers like abesailing etc (yes you do it too; the kids LOVE that bit!) and lots of other mates to meet and get to know. Here's a link to one I found
    http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/
    x KL

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  25. Hi A-M, The boys are going to have lots of fun. Cylinder Beach at Point Lookout is one of my favorite camping spots. Although can be very busy in the school holidays. Best tip is taking an electric frying pan, compliments the camping stove. KP

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  26. My nephews absolutely love Charlie Moreland. There's a creek, which is little boy heaven, plus it's not too far from civilisation should you find yourself in need of a decent coffee. Make sure you book soon. Here's some more information -

    http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/imbil/camping.html

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  27. Look up Kids Welcome Travel Guides, either their website or Facebook page. Lots of info about where to holiday with kids....written by a Queenslander and a good friend of miine, Sarah Pye. Sarah and her daughter Amber have lots of fun trying out kid friendly activities and travelling to great places.

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  28. Binna Burra have on-site canvas tents that might be a good induction into camping for you. That way you'd give the boys a camping experience, you'd be able to sleep in a proper bed and you wouldn't have to worry about buying all the camping stuff straight away. You also wouldn't need to worry about putting the tent up/taking it down by yourself in inclement weather.
    Otherwise, I would suggest camping stretchers to get a decent nights sleep (which you definitely don't get on the ground or on a blow up mattress). Lake Ainsworth caravan park is a great Nth NSW spot to camp. It's just south of Byron Bay, Nice large & flat camping sites, clean showers, a huge fresh water lake and a patrolled beach across the road (and fabulous little cafes a short walk away!). The pop up tent sounds like a great idea too, not so many pegs and ropes to have to deal with.

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  29. while glamping is getting v popular right now, at least here in the states, we are avid campers and love it. i actually prefer it to hotel rooms if you can believe that. laying under the stars is just magical! a tent, sleeping bags, air mattresses are nice but not essential. your pillows from home are though. flashlights, food and water and comfortable shoes to hike around in. that's really it. that's the beauty of the whole thing. getting away and getting back to nature. you and your boys will love it.

    xo
    janet

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  30. I think the word you're looking for is glamping - glamour camping :) Nx

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  31. Oh you will love it. Don't get me wrong I love the luxury of a 5 star resort just like everyone else but once you've been camping you'll understand why everyone raves about it. I haven't been for years and I'm slowly gearing myself up to go with my two boys. I'm thinking of hiring a camper trailer for our first trip over Xmas just so that I'm not struggling to put a tent up by myself. I'd start with an ensuite site in a camping park as that way you've still got great facility's and dont need as much gear. The Big 4 at Hastings Point came highly recommended to me. As did Northern NSW in general ie. Byron, Fingal, Cabarita, Kingscliff etc.

    Also if you don't want to stay coastal you could try either Wivenhoe or Moogerah Dams. Actually Sommerset Dam is supposed to be amazing too.

    BCF or similar will have everything you need. Even Big W and Kmart have great camping supplies.

    Have fun x

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx