Camping for beginners

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider camping for your next adventure in nature. Camping allows you to connect with nature and friends and family. Best of all, camping is fun!

There are many benefits to going camping, from relationship building to learning new skills to unplugging from technology and escaping our busy lives. If you need to recharge, a camping trip is the perfect way to make it happen. There is also a range of both physical and mental health benefits to going camping. By engaging in activities and exploration, you’ll be increasing your exercise and even resetting your biological clock. Plus, camping can help reduce stress. Camping is good for you!

With all these benefits, why wouldn’t you want to go camping? If you’re new to camping, you might not know where to begin. Luckily, we’ve pulled together all you need to know to enjoy your first camping trip.

Learn to Camp

Our Learn to Camp video series is the perfect place to start for new campers. You’ll learn how to book your camping trip and the basics you need to know including how to set up your tent and get a campfire going.
A father and son cheers in Macpac chairs

Where to go and how to book

This video is the first in a series of three about Learning to Camp. Ranger Emma will show you the first steps to take when planning your camping trip — like how to book your campsite, and what facilities and activities there are. She'll also show you some beautiful Victorian parks to visit!
A family cooking dinner outside their tent

How to use camping gear

The video is the second in a series of three about Learning to Camp. To have fun camping you need to have the right equipment. In this video, Ranger Emma will take you through the equipment you'll need for your first camping trip.
Two friends set up their campfire at Neds Gully Campground, Cathedral Range State Park

Camp cooking basics

This video is the third in a series of three about Learning to Camp. In this video, Ranger Emma will take you through the basics of setting up a campfire, camp cooking and some cooking gear you will need.

Step-by-step guide for first time campers

Two female hikers sit outside their tents at Blanket Bay Hike-in Campground

Benefits of camping

If you’ve never gone camping before, you’ll be amazed by the physical, mental and social benefits you can experience from spending an extended period of time in nature.
Mum and Dad sit around the campfire with their infant son while their three other children play in the background.

Top tips for your first camping trip

Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation or both, camping is an excellent getaway option for people of all ages and stages – all you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn the basics.
A family with their car full of Macpac gear

Packing Checklist

One of the best things about camping is its simplicity; it demonstrates that we can truly live well with less. However, with the right items, you can still create a comfortable and cosy home away from home.
A father and young son prepare a fire in the communal fire pits at Troopers Creek Campground at the Grampians National Park

Easy campfire cooking

Whether it’s the open air, the open flame or the relaxed atmosphere, camp food is so delicious, and yet so simple.

Best beginner campsites

When choosing your campsite, there are a few things you might want to consider:

  1. Location: Choose your ideal experience, whether it’s by the water, tucked away from it all or close to adventure.
  2. Activities: Enjoy easy walks to challenging hikes, get out on the water or find somewhere with incredible views.
  3. Facilities: Would you like the comforts of home with flushable toilets and showers?

If you are looking for the ideal campsite for beginners, we’ve compiled some suggestions for a great first experience.

Need to know

Camping for beginners

More camping experiences

Thanks to the $105.6 million Victorian Great Outdoors program, we’re building more campgrounds, and upgrading existing ones, right across Victoria so there’s sure to be one near you.
A couple and their dog camp around a fire at Jerusalem Creek camp ground.

Dog friendly camping

Whilst dogs are not permitted in protected national parks, there are many regional parks that do allow camping with your four-legged companion.
A tent setup at Blanket Bay Campground in the Great Otway National Park

Beach camping

Victoria's rugged coastline is dotted with sandy beaches and coastal parks, many of which form the perfect spot to pitch a tent. During the summer months, these camping meccas are in high demand and require advanced booking.
A tent set up on grass in a coastal landscape

Point Nepean Discovery Tents

Located within the historic Quarantine Station precinct, the pre-pitched Discovery Tents offer a unique opportunity to camp under canvas within the idyllic coastal Point Nepean National Park. The pre-pitched Discovery Tents at Point Nepean National Park are available from September to April each year.
A vehicle path leads to caravan next to a picnic table at Budj Bim Campground at Budj Bim National Park

Cabins and caravans

Spend some time in nature hassle-free. Book cabin accommodation available in beautiful locations, or find a campground that caters for your caravan.
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