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Published August 23rd 2012
Try camping for only $20
Let them try camping
I'm with the American humorist Dave Barry when he said "camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business."
But I'm prepared to give it a shot for the kids sake and for charity. Every year Big4 offers people a chance to go camping at a greatly reduced rate. Usually fees are around $38 to $50 for a powered campsite but for their Camp and Care on Friday the 16th of November you and the family, or a group of friends can go camping for just $20.
The money then goes to a local charity. BIG4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Village, QLD donates the money to Capricorn Helicopter Rescue. While the Beach Coconut Caravan Village donates the money to the Couch Foundation.
The various parks also host additional activities including pancake breakfasts, face painting and BBQs.
And there are some beautiful settings including the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Airlie Beach and Cairns.
Camping has also been given a facelift over the last few years. There is a growing phenomenon known as glamping. It started as upmarket camping places offering five star tenting accommodation but in these economic times, it now simply means glamping up the usual camping experience because it doesn't have to be all gungho and uncomfortable
So here is a list of a few things to take so you will enjoy the experience even more. Perhaps you might have some items to add in the comments section.
Cosy doonas, sheets and memory pillows. If you have to use a sleeping bag think of taking a satin liner.
Ear plugs and eye mask
A well stocked Esky including items such as champagne pate and brie.
Coffee plunger and great coffee. Perhaps some Baileys and Kahlau to slip into it.
Real food and not just some snags for the barbie. Think French toast with strawberries and banana for breakfast and marinated steak and asparagus for dinner. You are only limited by your imagination as most of the parks now have great camp kitchens as well as the usual BBQs.
A glass of red usually goes down well while cooking so don't forget the unbreakable glasses
Scented wipes and candles. Citronella ones are good as camping is nature's way of feeding mosquitoes.
Oh yes, and don't forget the kids. They'll have a ball. And they can never accuse you of not taking them camping.