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WayneM

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On Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 20:19, Phoenix16 said:

And yep, the rangers will find you in WA!! You could be behind the most remote sand dune, trust me they will find you, they know all the tricks!! Saying that, I do see so many camper vans quietly parked up in areas around Freo that seem to get away with it, I think the odd night you will survive but a permanent camp for a few months, naw, you’re  dreaming....

You see quite a few vans parked for a night or two in the hidden car parks off West Coast Highway near Hillarys. Great place for them to stop. Nearby restaurants galore, showers and toilet blocks, free barbecues, nice parks and right next to the beach. No fees for anything. 

They are big car parks too and I've seen vans there for a week or so mid summer. Not families, usually just a couple of people in a self contained van.

I suppose if there were too many the rangers would move them on but it's not been a problem so far.

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On 10/02/2019 at 07:18, WayneM said:

I am wondering if I ought to get one of those Utes when I arrive, they seem quite common over there.

The Toyota Hilux ute is currently the top selling car in Oz...and a Mitsubishi ute No. 3.

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We had a friend who lives in Sydney recommend getting a 4x4 to allow exploration of more remote locations, but I'm assuming it's a big investment for something rarely used.

Rarely used?  Squillions of them in Oz - doing the school run during the week...and the kids' sports at the weekend....while Dad drives the ute to work.  😉

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North Stradbroke, Coochiemudloo Island, Fraser Island, Noosa North Shore to name but a few ... I must admit lately we go via boat to Horseshoe Bay / Peel Island or other little islands in and around Moreton Bay as less accessible means less people and a lovely relaxing break ,lol
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Love all of these places for camping. I also love Moreton Island, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, South Ballina etc - all easily within 3 hours of Brisbane. A 4x4 is pretty much essential for each of them.
I have a crew cab (4-door) 4x4 instead of a regular car. These days most of them are as comfortable as a regular vehicle and have many of the same features with the added bonus that they can go off road and tow a camper trailer (trailer tent) which is our glamping. For one or two nights away we don’t glamp we just load up the ute with an Esky, a double swag and some basics and lay under the stars - amazing
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On 30/04/2019 at 11:50, Paul1Perth said:

You see quite a few vans parked for a night or two in the hidden car parks off West Coast Highway near Hillarys. Great place for them to stop. Nearby restaurants galore, showers and toilet blocks, free barbecues, nice parks and right next to the beach. No fees for anything. 

They are big car parks too and I've seen vans there for a week or so mid summer. Not families, usually just a couple of people in a self contained van.

I suppose if there were too many the rangers would move them on but it's not been a problem so far.

I agree, I see heaps of vans parked up in similar areas around Freo area near to facilities and it’s often backpackers doing the tour, I’ve never seen any trouble or issues and everyone tends to turn a blind eye.  But, I can honestly say that when you travel outside of the metro the rangers are pretty vigilant, I’ve seen camper vans parked up in lay-bys on long lonely stretches of roads and in such instances it’s safety, taking a rest after many hours of travel before they continue on and that seems to be acceptable (rightly so) but then I’ve seen very extensive camp set ups hidden behind sand dunes in the most remote and stunning places that clearly look like its not just for the night, not saying I don’t agree with it, in fact pretty envious, some stunning locations and some well maintained camps but trust me, the rangers will find them!  We’ve 4WDriven to some pretty remote beaches only to see the ranger driving past, particularly evening time when they know camps will start to be set up!!  Don’t know if you’re familiar with Wedge Island? Would love your views if you are, it’s an absolutely stunningly place to visit, the beach is just incredible in the summer months, but there is a big shack community there who are very protective of their area, I can understand as it has attracted hoons in the past, but as a regular, peaceful family with kids and a few labradors, I have never been so intimidated as my last day trip with ‘locals’ driving past constantly and giving the hard stare, it’s time Wedge was bulldozed and made available to everyone in my opinion.

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On 30/04/2019 at 07:32, WayneM said:
On 10/02/2019 at 20:36, Phoenix16 said:
This is the view from my camp kitchen in Ningaloo marine park, this is also my camp set up with no power hook up or amenties, I love solar ha ha.... and I hope it gives you a taste of the camping opportunities you have here xxxxx
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Is that a solar powered TV?

Yep, every single appliance is solar powered, solar panels on top of the trailer, 1500w inverter, I can even use my hair dryer and straighteners (hubby goes mad as he says they ‘pull’ so much power’ but that’s the compromise of bush camping for me 😂), the solar power runs everything and it’s never ever let us down even in winter, it runs 2 fridges and a freezer, lights, we always have heaps of appliances charging, hot water, we’ve taken the slow cooker with us, microwave oven, bamix hand blender, it will run anything under 1500w, we’ve just camped for 7 days unpowered and the solar maintained full power (ampage hubby refers to) at all times.  Even in winter, a glimmer of sun just tops it up continually.  Hope this helps, hubby is the expert but we are massive campers, feel free to PM me any questions at all xx

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On 30/04/2019 at 07:32, WayneM said:
On 10/02/2019 at 20:36, Phoenix16 said:
This is the view from my camp kitchen in Ningaloo marine park, this is also my camp set up with no power hook up or amenties, I love solar ha ha.... and I hope it gives you a taste of the camping opportunities you have here xxxxx
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Is that a solar powered TV?

PS yes, that campsite was over 1000km from Perth, there was no access to any power or phone signals, we were 100km from any help/resources whatsoever (Exmouth being the nearest town), it was simply amazing, you would love it as a camper.  PS lovely brand new toilets, I’m a long drop phobic but these were pretty modern long drops that even I could tolerate!!!!!

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Making your own tracks...Bush camping in the NT, near a pristine river full of barramundi.

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In my opinion, the only way to go camping...

 

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