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Want to head off the beaten track this Easter long weekend?

Overlooking Wolgan Valley

Head off the beaten track this easter long weekend

Sometimes we want to go where the people DON’T go and we’re willing to cross a few creeks to get there. So how about getting off the beaten track this Easter long weekend?¬†

Off-Grid HQ are here to help. The Off-Grid minions have compiled a list of their favourite off the beaten track camping spots in NSW (mostly ūüė¨).¬†

Whether you’re going for a three day weekend or three weeks, the¬†Trailmaster Active Pod¬†will carry everything you require for your off-grid travels. It’s lightweight, rugged and fully customisable to your needs. Throw on a rooftop tent and you’ve got yourself a compact camping solution. Did we mention it’s rugged? Keep the car for carrying people, let your Active Pod carry your stuff.

 

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Here are our Off the Beaten track recs:

The Basin ‚Äď Olney State Forest

Basin Campground is located in the Olney State Forest, New South Wales, Australia. The campground is managed by Forestry Corporation and entry is free, so first in, best dressed.

It’s a picturesque camping destination that offers visitors the chance to enjoy activities such as hiking, swimming, and fishing. 

The campground is equipped with a range of amenities including BBQs, toilets, and picnic tables. Visitors can access the campground via car and park their vehicles near their campsites.

Aerial overlooking Pines Campground in Olney State Forest, Lake Macquarie.
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Bendethera Valley campground

Bendethera Valley Campground is situated in the Deua National Park, New South Wales. The campground is located in a remote location and can only be accessed with a 4WD. 

It’s located in a valley surrounded by mountains and offers a range of outdoor activities such as bushwalking, fishing, and swimming. The campground features amenities such as toilets, BBQs, and picnic tables.

Camping is free, however there is a minimal entry fee.

This is a remote campground, to make sure you’re well prepared. Equip yourself with the Guzzle H2O¬†Eddy Inline Water Filter¬†or ultra-portable¬†Stream¬†to avoid lugging heavy water containers in with you.

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Roos at Bendethra © James Lawson-Craig
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Bendethra at night © James Lawson-Craig

Newnes Campground 

Newnes Campground is nestled in the heart of the Newnes State Forest, New South Wales. 

It’s a secluded camping site¬†by the Wolgan River¬†that offers visitors the chance to experience the rugged beauty of the Australian bush.

Explore the remains of an old shale oil mining town, read a book in the shade or float down river on your¬†Luno Air Mattress¬†(don’t worry, it’ll dry!). Easy walking tracks will take you to the¬†Newnes Industrial Ruins walk¬†and the glow worm tunnel is a short drive away.

For an even more off-grid experience, camp across the river. Accessible by foot or 4WD across the ford near the Newnes Hotel.

Bookings are required + minimal entry fee. BYO water!

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Entrance to the glow worm tunnel

Coorongooba Campground

Coorongooba Campground is a scenic camping site located in the Wollemi National Park in New South Wales.

The campground runs beside the crystal clear Capertee River, offering visitors the opportunity to swim in the river, enjoy invigorating walks along the Capertee River trail, or kick back in your¬†hammock chair¬†with a book? If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not take your Luno air mattress down the (usually) shallow river?¬†

The Capertee River trail is also a fantastic spot for birdwatching, with the endangered regent honeyeater often seen in the area during spring. As the afternoon light changes, relax with a cup of bush tea brewed on a wood barbecue for the perfect end to a simple but wonderful camping experience.

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Blue skies at Coorongooba

Woperana Campgrounds

Woperana Campgrounds are located in Murray Valley National Park, New South Wales.

For those seeking a true off the beaten track camping experience, Woperana campgrounds in the Murray Valley National Park are this and more. There are three sites sat along the riverbank and shaded by majestic river red gums to choose from. Spend your days birdwatching, fishing, swimming, and adventuring with some self-guided walks around the park and your nights enjoying the stars.

With only three to four campsites available at a time, you can expect a peaceful and relaxed trip. Access to the campgrounds is limited to dry weather conditions and is best reached by a 4WD vehicle. Bookings are required + minimal booking fee. BYO water and necessary equipment.

And just under 20 minutes down the road we have…

Ulupna Island 

Ulupna Island is a secluded and picturesque island located on the Murray River ‚Äď technically not NSW BUT it’s well worth a visit.
The closest towns are Tocumwal in New South Wales and Strathmerton in Victoria

Ulupna Island offers a remote and peaceful camping experience in a beautiful natural setting with a variety of activities to enjoy. The island offers pristine natural beauty with a range of flora and fauna including kangaroos, emus, and many bird species. Ulupna Island is the perfect off-grid locale to unwind and relish being properly off the beaten track.

Fishing and birdwatching are popular activities on the island, which has sandy river beaches, wetlands, and a rich cultural history. Camping is available in designated areas, with visitors required to bring their own camping equipment and take all rubbish with them. 

With no facilities on the island, visitors need to bring their own equipment and supplies

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Which off the beaten track location are you heading to this year?
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Valentine’s Dessert Recipes for Your Romantic Camping Micro-Escape

5 easy campfire recipes for a romantic Valentine's micro-escape

Photo by Jimmy Conover on Unsplash

Feeling a lil romantic this Valentine’s Day? Do you want to take your favourite person out for a romantic camping micro-escape?

Well, there’s nothing micro about a¬†Luno Car Camping Setup¬†except maybe the footprint in your boot. More room for snacks. Throw in the¬†window screens¬†and¬†privacy curtain¬†for perfect solitude with your Valentine (or¬†Galentine!).

You’ve dinner covered, but what about dessert (arguably the most important meal of the day)? You want dessert to impress, preferably with four ingredients or less and a step above a toasted marshmallow (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

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Chocolate Marshmallow Dipped Strawbs

Ingredients: 
Strawberries
Marshmallow fluff (you can get it from Coles or Woolies)

Method:
1. Wash and dry strawberries
2. Dip strawberries in fluff
3. Carefully toast the fluff side over a fire
4. Enjoy!

Campfire Pies

Ingredients: 
Sliced bread or brioche
Butter or marge
Cooking spray
Raspberries (or berry of choice)
Nutella (or chocolate spread of choice)
Campfire jaffle iron

Method:

  1. Spray your jaffle iron lightly with cooking spray
  2. Butter two slices of bread/brioche
  3. Place one slice into the jaffle iron, butter side down
  4. Spread Nutella generously 
  5. Pop on some raspberries
  6. Top with the second slice of buttered bread, with the butter side out
  7. Close and place the jaffle iron directly on the hot coals of your fire
  8. Cook for around 3 ‚Äď 4 minutes while rotating
  9. Carefully open the cooker without burning yourself
  10. Remove the sandwich and try not to burn your mouth on molten Nutella. Top with whipped cream 

Aussie S’mores¬†

Ingredients: 
Marshmallows (Pascall are the favourite at Off-Grid HQ but you can get dedicated giant roasting marshmallows)
Choccie digestives or Belmont Palazzo biscuits (Aldi) 

Method:
1. Toast marshmallow 
2. Squish between two biscuits 
3. That’s it, there is no other step.

Banana Boats

Ingredients: 

Bananas
Your filling of choice: Off-Grid HQs favourite is Maltesers, but you can use anything small enough to fit inside a banana: chocolates, berries, mini marshmallows, Fantales, anything!
Tin foil

Method:
1. Slice banana lengthwise 
2. Stuff bananas with your goodies 
3. Wrap in foil and place in coals or edge of a campfire
4. Remove from campfire, open foil and let cool for a bit

5. Eat up

 

Okay we know this isn't technically dessert...
but hear us out

Cheese Board

Slap on a double brie, crumbly cheddar a blue or a Jarlesberg on a plate or a board. Top it off with some grapes, dried apricots and almonds, honey or pear slices. 
You can make it as fancy, or not fancy as you like with artisan flatbread, wafers or fig and sunflower seed crackers or just keep it simple with some rice crackers. 

There’s nothing better than a trio of cheeses to end the night, even better if accompanied by some sparkling or port.

LET US KNOW YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPING DESSERTS IN THE COMMENTS ūüćę

and where will you spend your¬†romantic camping micro-escape this Valentine’s Day?

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Beachside Car Camping

5 GREAT SPOTS TO START YOUR CAR CAMPING ADVENTURES

So the summer holidays are nearly over. There’s been some actual sunshine and days warm enough to warrant a beach trip. The good news is you don’t have to try to bottle those beach holiday feelings and live off the memory if you get yourself a car camping air mattress.

Car camping is taking Australia by storm ‚Äď and we don’t mean just sleeping in your car, this is the first class of sleeping in your car. It’s convenient, efficient and cosy. Especially with the right mattress.

Luno has got you covered. Their Air-Mattress 2.0 is fully customisable to your vehicle, it‚Äôs double sided so you can get away solo or with a second, and you and said companion can adjust the firmness of the mattress on each side for personalised comfort. 

The privacy curtain blocks out the sun and transforms your car into the ultimate sleeping space. The car window screens provide added privacy while sleeping in the comfort of your vehicle as well as air flow and protection from bugs.

Off-Grid has all the car-camping gear you need to transform your commuter into a camper and are proud to be the exclusive distributors for Luno. 

Every weekend has the potential for adventure.

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Honeymoon Bay 

Honeymoon Bay Camping ground is located in the Beecroft Weapons Range at Jervis Bay, NSW, approximately 10 kilometres from the edge of Currarong along the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse Road. It is only open during holidays and weekends due to Defense exercises during the week, and due to its popularity, camping is fully booked during the summer holiday period via a ballot system held each August. Keep an eye on the Beecroft Weapons Range and Peninsula Facebook page for updates or closures.  

Location: Corner Lighthouse Road & Currarong Road
Booking: first come, first serve (get in early)
Camping type:¬†Unpowered ‚ÄĒ Tent, camping beside, car camper trailer site¬†
Facilities: showers, portable toilets (byo toilet paper), byo water
Pets: no

Pebbly Beach

Spend the day swimming, fishing, surfing, bird watching, kangaroo petting and your night sharing stories with the neighbours next site over and star gazing. Pebbly Beach is the perfect base to explore Murramarang National Park and the various walking tracks that connect to the campsite.

Location: Murramarang National Park, NSW
Booking: booking required through National Parks, or call 1300 072 757.
Camping type: Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside vehicle 
Facilities: BBQ facilities, carpark, drinking water (must be sterilised before drinking), (cold) showers, toilets
Pets: no

Ganguddy РDunns Swamp Campground 

 (technically not the beach, but waterside still)
Set along the Cudgegong river in Wollemi National Park, this tranquil waterway was created as a result of the Kandos Weir construction in the late 1920s to supply water to Kandos cement works. It’s the perfect location for fishing, kayaking and swimming and comes with a network of relaxed walking tracks. Keep an eye out for elusive platypus and long-necked turtles!

Location: Wollemi National Park, NSW
Booking: booking required through National Parks, or call 1300 072 757
Camping type: Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside vehicle 
Facilities: Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, toilets
Pets: no

Bonnie Vale Campground

Located between Bundeena and Maianbar at the north end of Royal National Park, just over an hour from Sydney, boasting a fresh refurb with powered and unpowered sites, hot showers, flushable toilets and drinking water ‚Äď this campground is the best of the best. It‚Äôs the perfect location for family camping trips, groups and educational visits. Grab a kayak or a lilo and set the kids afloat in the Cabbage Tree Basin.

Location: 2 Sea Breeze Lane, Bonnie Vale, NSW, 2232 Рin Royal National Park
Booking: booking required through National Parks, or call 1300 072 757
Camping type: Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside vehicle
Facilities: Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets
Pets: no

Woody Head Campground

Located under 10 minutes from beautiful Iluka (a known Hemsworth sighting location), Woody Head Campground is perfect for families and waterbabies. There’s a boat ramp (if that’s not incentive enough to befriend the neighbours I don’t know what is), a sheltered beach for swimming and fishing, rock platforms to explore, rainforests to amble and shallow reefs to explore. You’ll never run out of things to do or not do if that’s your preference! 

Location: 92 Woody Head Road, Woody Head, NSW, 2466 Рin Bundjalung National Park
Booking: booking required through National Parks, or call 1300 072 757
Camping type: Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside vehicle
Facilities: Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, boat ramp, carpark, drinking water, public phone, showers ($1 for 4mins), toilets
Pets: no

CategoriesCamping Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

Campfire blankets everyone wants

Every camper knows that a good blanket is something we all need and is required. Kammok offers an essential Kammok Blanket that easily transitions from backyard firepit to backcountry elements. The Bobcat 7¬ļC down backpacking quilt provides warmth on the go.¬†

The latest Kammok blanket shapeshifts from a hands-free poncho to a backpacking sleeping bag or a hammock underquilt as a simple campfire warmer. 

Snuggle under one of these blankets, and you won’t want to move. Easy to pack, easy to clean. Seven colours to choose from, and it’s simply one of those investment pieces that will last a lifetime and one that will be grabbed from the pile of blankets faster than you can say sing-along. 

The Kammok blanket is a perfect gift for the camper in your family who might not consider it a necessity, but we promise they will love you for it. 

 

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Tote Bags for any occasion

These Tote Bags are perfect for anyone interested in reducing waste and being mindful of excess. Kammok has brilliantly designed a Tote Bag that doesn’t require new materials or anything. Instead, they have made use of all of the leftover fabric from the Roo Double hammock and up-cycled everything into this space-saving Tote at no sacrifice to quality or durability. 

Forget packing additional bags for beach days or the grocery run; this Tote packs down into its pocket and can be tucked away in any side pocket, glove box, making it the most helpful addition to your camping needs. 

The Kammok Tote comes in Aloe Green, Ember Orange, Granite Grey, Sky Blue, or Violet Purple with five fun colours to suit any fashion statement. The options are endless and the Tote is a fully up-cycled product made from the leftover materials of our Roo Double hammock. It is excellent for groceries, travel, beach days, and packs into its own pocket.

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Kammok Tarps

Every camper knows that a good tarp is something everyone needs to have packed away and ready for any weather change, whether it be protection from the sun, shelter from the rain or a simple cover for your food prep area or games spot for the kids.

Kammok has a range of Tarps that are easy on the budget and ultra-versatile. The Kuli range boasts the standard Kuhli and the Kuhli Pro. These Tarps are adaptable and offer knotless design, making them easy for even the youngest campers to help put in place. 

Protect yourself and your fellow campers from extreme temperatures to wet, cold nights with this exceptional product that is unmatched on the market. 

Here’s to enjoying relaxing days protected from the elements with one of these superior products. Choose from one of three fun colours and make your camping site the envy of fellow campers. 

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The Guzzle H2O Effect

Have you ever been out camping or hiking and realised you either forgot to pack water or perhaps ran out? You didn’t calculate the number of people, heat, exertion and number of litres required to satisfy and ensure hydration was in check? 

If that has happened to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone!

To combat lack of water, running out or potentially dangerous situations any camper or Off-Gridder may find themselves in, Off-Grid Adventure Co has partnered with Guzzle H20 rehydrating you in no time. 

The Guzzle H2o system is compact, portable and can be used in lakes, streams,Guzzle H20 campground faucets. Within moments the system provides clean, safe water for drinking. Check out the Guzzle H2o Steam for your on-the-go option. 

Maybe you’re looking for something more robust, something that can be fixed within your camper, caravan or boat, Guzzle Stealththe¬†Guzzle Stealth¬†is a system to consider. This unit is easy to install, and all the work is under the counter and turns your sketchy onboard tank water into something safe to drink and great tasting as well.

Guzzle products have a carbon filter which means that it filters out chlorine byproducts and VOCs to produce clean water. Carbon block filters are capable of removing pollutants, including metals such as lead. Carbon block filters also remove microbiological contaminants from drinking water, including waterborne pathogens. Thus, keeping your family and fellow campers hydrated and safe. 

For all associated Guzzle products, check out our shop here.

CategoriesCamping Lifestyle

Father’s Day Winner!

Hey friends, we have exciting news. Our Father’s Day competition was perfect. We had hundreds of entries, and exceptional stories were shared. You can read some of the posts on our Facebook page.

We are happy to let you know that WE HAVE A WINNER of the Guzzle H2O Stream (valued at $2,000).

Susan shared her story about her husband and family of 5 and their camping experiences. The family are avid campers who head out into the wild every chance they get. And, they know what it’s like to run out of fresh water, so the Guzzle H2O Stream is EXACTLY what they needed to make their holidays a little more comfortable.

Thank you to everyone who entered – make sure you watch your inbox for a sweet offer that is coming your way… a little thank you from the Off-Grid Adventure team for taking part in the competition and our way of continuing to celebrate all the great dads and adventurers out there.

CategoriesCamping Lifestyle Travel

Take a Trip into the Wild

Do you have a favourite feeling or sensation that lets you know that you have exerted energy and are exhausted ‚Äďbut that good kind of exhaustion? I once heard a young woman talking about her feeling when she takes her ski boots and helmet off. Her feet pulsate in a way that tells her they have worked hard, and her forehead itches a little from being tucked away all day.
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