Things to take camping in Gippsland

Things to take camping in Gippsland

Gippsland is a vast area, stretching from the mountains to the coast, from the forest to the open plains. Gippsland is an area of wonder waiting to be explored.

This makes camping in Gippsland the ideal thing to do. You can camp with the sound of the ocean nearby, you can camp in the old world forests, you can camp in mountain huts in front of a roaring fire. Gippsland has plenty of paid and free campsites available for those wanting to get away from it all.

In this article, we will talk about all the best things needed to go camping in Gippsland.

Tent vs Swag for camping in Gippsland

Your Swag is guaranteed to be warmer than tents due to the heavy material and type of canvas used. This allows you to go camping even once the weather turns colder. The swag has a smaller area, which traps body heat inside making it warmer. The foam mattress included, is more effective for body warmth than an air mattress.

Camping by the water in Gippsland

Swags are easier to set up and pack up, just roll out and roll-up. You don’t need to bring extra bedding as it is already inside your swag. Swags are more durable and less likely to be damaged. Swags can be rolled out on the back of a ute and no pegs are ever needed.

Your Tent provides you with a bigger area to move around in than a swag. You can stand up to get changed, you can bring a camp chair inside to sit on. You can store all your food, eskies, clothes and gear inside the rent. If you are camping with kids you are all in the same rooms. You can also have a bigger, thicker mattress in a tent. Tents are very cheap especially if you just want a weekender for a getaway now and then.

Sleeping bags

Sleeping bags play an important part of any camping trip. Your sleeping bag is your one-stop blanket for trips away. Easily stored in the carry case and put into the cupboard or plastic container in the shed between uses. No need to carry bug bulky blankets when you can carry your sleeping bag.

Sleeping bag

Your sleeping bag needs will differ depending on when you plan to do most of your camping. Winter sleeping bags will have a warmth rating that goes well into the minus temperatures while lightweight designs are best for warm summer nights.

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ColemanFor kids* ZipPlow zipper for snag-free opening and closing
* Interior tuck pocket to conveniently store small items
* Designed for young campers up to 5 ft tall
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ColemanFor cold nights * Includes pillow for soft comfort
* Lining material: Cotton flannel
* Temperature comfort rating: -6 degrees
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Mountain WarehouseFor summer nights* 2 Season – warm nights, summer, indoor use
* Insulation – Insulated with hollow fibre stuffing
* Insulated with hollow fibre stuffing
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Fridge, Icebox or Esky for Gippsland Camping

When you’re in Gippsland camping do you need a fridge, icebox or just an esky? The answer is never an easy one and many factors need to be taken into considerations such as

  • How long am I going camping for?
  • Where am I going camping?
  • Is there any shade and shops nearby my campsite?
  • Do I want to take perishable food to last more than a couple of days?
  • What amount of food and drinks do I want to bring?

For most campers, the icebox is the ideal solution for a few days away. It stores things cold and keeps things frozen for 2-3 days under the right conditions. If you are just wanting to keep beer and drinks cold the back yard esky will do the trick.

Both the icebox and the esky will need topping up with ice regularly. If you are a committed camper and regularly go camping the investment in a camping fridge will be worthwhile. Please find below a table with a comparison of a fridge, an icebox and an esky.

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Engell Camping FridgePortable Fridge/Freezer mid-range for camping* Large fridge and freezer storage space of 21 litres capacity (29 x 375ml cans)
* Switches between voltage for power from car or powerboard
* Rugged steel body, lid and handles for easy transport
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IcecoolIce Box* Keeps ice frozen for several days, depending on model usage and conditions
* Drainage bung for easy cleaning
* Will not rust or corrode
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WillowWheeled esky* Features robust wheels and extra-long handle
* Hinged lid with two cup holders.
* Glove compartment in lid for keys, loose change etc
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For a full range of camping fridges, camping iceboxes and camping eskies we have put together links for you to browse at some of the most popular places to buy in Australia

Camping Chairs

The easiest thing might be to just buy a cheap chair from cheap as chips or Bunnings. Yes, they might do you for a camping trip but will they be comfortable after a few hours? Certainly not.

We strongly suggest for your Gippsland camping trip to spend a little extra and buy a good chair. One that has padding, one that reclines or even one that has a side table. The investment will be worth the reward.

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Oz TrailDeluxe folding camping Chair* 150kg Weight Rating
* Sliding side table with a cup and wine holder is perfect for keeping snacks and drinks close at hand
* Padded seat and 8 position reclining backrest for superior comfort.
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FE – ActiveCompact folding chair* It weighs approximately 1.9 pounds or 880 grams.
* The load capacity is 330 pounds or 150 kilograms.
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King CampMid-range* Comfortable tilted back design offers great support for the back and the legs.
* Armrest cup holder to keep your drink at hand.
* 136 Kg weight rating
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Oz Trail Compact stool * Hard wearing, durable polyester
* Weight Rating: 80 kg
* Seat Height: 35 cm
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Camping Mattress

Your camping mattress is a very important part of the experience. We all want to be comfortable and have a good nights sleep no matter where we are. You will find numerous models on the market from airbeds to foam mattress to self-inflating and foldup bed frames.

A lot of the time your choice will come down to size and storage. Let’s be honest, this is camping and we can’t take everything! Space is the reason the airbed has been so popular over the years. These days the airbed comes in all shapes and size.

For those camping with kids you can also buy camping bunk beds to save space. These stretcher type beds don’t require a mattress.

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WandererHigh walled airbed* Double high sizing for added comfort and that ‘at home’ feel
* 100% of all Wanderer beds are tested inflated for 24-48 hours before sale
* Includes repair kit for long-lasting quality
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Oz TrailLow profile stretcher bed * Setup literally takes 10 seconds
* Greater comfort for tall people with no head or foot crossbars
* A fully flat sleeping surface
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Wanderer Folding Foam mattress* Folds up small for easy storage
* Comfortable polyester cover
* Opened size L180 x W74 x H6.5cm
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Oz TrailSelf Inflating leisure mattress* Self-inflating: simply open the valve and the mattress does the work for you
* Will remain in a lofted state even with the valve open
* High-density open cell foam for maximum comfort and support
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Camping Furniture

Camping furniture has come along way from just throwing everything in a milk crate. These days you can buy cupboards, kitchens, pantries and more. They are all lightweight and fold-able. This makes them easy to transport and an integral part of anyone’s camping kit.

camp fire in Gippsland

The camping furniture will be most beneficial to those who are planning on camping longer than a few days. They will help to keep your clothes, foods and accessories organised while camping in Gippsland.

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Kathmandu Portable single cupboard shelves * Zipped door with mesh window that can be rolled and secured to the side
* Two slip pockets on each side for extra storage
* Quick and easy to assemble
* Flattens to fit in a carry bag
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Wanderer Folding table with storage * Folding camping table with plenty of storage for meal prep
* Includes hanging storage cupboard to keep you organised
* 2 adjustable height positions for versatility
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Wanderer Dual cupboard cooking station * Durable aluminium slat top and shelf
* Rugged powder-coated steel frame and windshield
* Windbreak to prevent stove flare-ups
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Camp ovens and cookers

Sometimes Gippsland camp spots don’t have places for a fire or a fire is not allowed. It might be a total fire ban day and so on. This means you will need some sort of camping cooking stove to cook meals, boil the kettle and more.

preparing camp food

Don’t get me wrong a good camping arsenal will contain a cast iron camp oven and a flat plate cooker that can be put over an open fire.

You can buy a number of different devices from the gas canister cooker to the LPG 2 burner cooker to an even enclosed oven that will cook you a Sunday roast to be proud of. Let’s have a look at what’s on offer

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GasmateButane stove* High heat output
* New 2 stage overpressure safety shut off device
* Convenient carry case for storage
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Gasmate Double butane stove with hotplate * Includes hotplate and hard carry case for easy storage and transport
* Includes new safety shut off the device; if over-pressure occurs cartridge will eject and gas supply will shut off
* Stainless steel spill tray and top with flame protection ring
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Oz TrailFlatplate cooker* Flameproof painted finish
* Large capacity solid plate with oil drain
* Built in carry handle with folding legs for quick set up
* Carry bag included for transport and storage
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PioneerPre-seasoned camp oven* Heavy-duty cast iron camp oven to stand up to punishment out in the bush
* Comfortable spiral steel carry handle
* Pre-seasoned with a vegetable oil mix so your food doesn’t taste metallic
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Lights and power for camping

We certainly need some form of lighting for bush camping. There will be times you need to find something in the tent at night, you may have to head to the bushes to go to the toilet or you may need to make sure the steaks are not burning.

There is everything from torches to re-chargeable hand-held lights and LPG lanterns to provide you with the lights you will need for your camping trip in Gippsland.

Portable power supply might be handy in the form of a battery pack or generator for some.

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RetreatPowerful handheld lighting* Four lighting choices – high, medium, low and flashing
* Impact resistant – up to one metre (three feet)
* Utilises LED bulbs – energy efficient with a long lifespan
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ColemanLight and sound lantern* Provides full 360 degrees of light
* Built in bluetooth speaker
* Rechargeable via USB for versatile power
* Up to 20hrs of music from a full charge
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Companion   
Tent light and fan
* Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
* Two-speed fan
* Multi-use mounting bracket – table stand or hanging
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Engel Smart battery box * 300w modified sine wave inverter can power both 12v and 240v appliances
* Recharge via 12/24v, 240v (cables included) and Anderson Connection
* Provides portable power, a battery management system and a dual-battery management system in one
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We hope this Gippsland Camping equipment guide has you out and about on the campgrounds of our great area as soon as possible. Gippsland is a beautiful spot to go camping, so just remember to leave your campsite how you found or in even better condition if possible.

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Bush swimming at Briagolong

Bush swimming at Briagolong

One of the great things about living in Gippsland is that you can go swimming anywhere from the mountains to the sea. Being such a big area as Gippsland is, most parts will have their own little swimming holes that are popular with locals and others who have discovered these gems.

Today I am going to introduce you to two of my favourite freshwater swimming holes in Gippsland. Surprisingly enough they are both located in Briagolong just out of Maffra. Even more surprising is that they are located on the same creek just a few kilometres from each other.

Briagolong is located 20 kilometres from Maffra and 270 kilometres east of Melbourne. Briagolong is more of a village than a town. 1 pub, bakery, cafe, shop and an art gallery make up Briagolong. This small town has a rather eclectic feel about it.

The community is based around the local pub.  The pub is popular with travellers heading into the high country especially towards Dargo. Expect to see cowboy hats, check shirts and RM Williams stickers adorning the utes parked outside.

These 2 great freshwater swimming spots in Braigolong are known as the Quarries Reserve and the Blue Pools Reserve. They are both located on the Freestone Creek in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The Freestone Creek runs off Lees Creek in the mountains and meets up with the Avon River near Stratford.

The Quarries Reserve Briagolong

The Freestone Creek Australia
One of the swimming area’s at the Quarries. Water levels were down the day i captured this image

The Quarries Reserve is located 2.6km from Briagolong on the Freestone Creek Road. You wind your way down into the Quarries on a sealed road with speed humps. What opens up before your eyes is a bush setting with giant gum trees rising up, birds chirping and the sounds of the creek running.  The Quarries reserve is wedged between the elevated road and the Freestone Creek. 

The Reserve is split into 2 sections. At one end is a shed with fireplaces and a playground for the kids. The shed has a picnic table inside for limited seating. At the other end of the reserve is the camping area. This area has a few firepits, picnic table and an exposed shelter to sit and eat under. There are toilets available on site with cold showers.

Access to the Freestone Creek is available all along the reserve. The main swimming area is located near the shed and the playground area. Here you will find a nice water hole with clear running water.

Camping at the Quarries reserve is $10 a night payable at the local store in Briagolong. One thing you must remember is that the Reserve is a carry-in, carry-out location for rubbish. What you take in you must take out with you. Talk about a budget family getaway for a few nights! 

The Blue Pools Briagolong

The Blue Pools Briagolong is also located on Free Stone Creek Road. It is a bit further along from the Quarries at around 8.5km from Briagolong.  The Blue Pools consists of two separate car parks, free camping area and the Blue Pools swimming hole. Get all your camping gear HERE

The Blue Pools is a popular free canoeing Gippsland site. You will find plenty of space, picnic tables, fire pits and 1 toilet. Yes, just 1 single cubicle for use. The campground is dirty and dusty just to be warned with very little grass and again it is a carry-in, carry out site.

Walking path at the Blue Pools
The Path leading from the car park to the swimming area at the Blue Pools

The Briagolong Blue Pools swimming area is large much larger than the Quarries. As a kid, we used to enjoy jumping off the high rocks into the water at the gorge of the Blue Pools. It used to seem so high with the water so far away. In reality, the jump was about 3.5 meters.

The kids of today have taken to using ropes to swing of the trees into the water. The Blue Pools is like a bay of sorts. There is a semi-circle of sand and rocks that ring the water with a tiny creek flowing to the side as the hills rise directly up  creating a gorge

The Blue Pools Briagolong Gippsland Australia
The swimming area of the Blue Pools

The water at Blue Pools gets deep very quickly. So be a good swimmer or be prepared at the least. There are some amazing bushwalks that start off from the car park. The Bluff Walk is short but leads off on a steep rise to the top of the gorge.

The Peregrine Lookout is a little more serious. The circuit from Blue Pool to the Peregrine lookout takes about an hour return. 
The lookout is aptly named after the Peregrine Falcon. The Falcon nests nearby from September to December each year 

Drone picture of the Blue Pools
The Blue Pools from way above

Insiders Tip: On the road between the Quarries and the Blue Pools is another swimming spot. It is virtually unknown to many. There is no facilities, there is no car park.

Its called the Blue Mark. You may see a faint blue circle on a tree and dirt shoulder on the side of the road. There is a narrow bush track that winds its way down the hill to the Blue Mark. The Blue Mark is another quality swimming spot on the Freestone Creek

Looking for something to do this weekend? If the weather is hot get in the car and visit these two great Gippsland Freshwater swimming spots.

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Marley Point on Lake Wellington

Marley Point on Lake Wellington

Marley Point is one of those family-friendly, laid back, easily accessible spots on the Gippsland Lakes that is well worth a visit. Be it a day trip, camping or just for a swim in Lake Wellington.

Marley Point is best known as the location for the Marley Point overnight Yacht Race. The Marlay Point Overnight Race has been running on the Gippsland Lakes since 1969. The race is regarded as Australia’s premier race for portable yachts.

Over the years more than 4000 boats and 11,000 sailors have participated in the race. The Marley Point Yacht Race is held every year over the labour day long weekend.

Places to go in Gippsland – Marlay Point

Today at Marley Point you will find the Yacht Club building, a BBQ shed, boat ramp and a free camping site.

The free camping site at Marley Point is right on the banks of Lake Wellington. You can set up your tent, caravan or camper right between some big Cypress trees. This is one of the best places in Gippsland for free camping.

The Cypress trees provide great shelter from the sun in summer and the weather in winter. There are toilet facilities at Marley Point Gippsland. You will find a partially enclosed BBQ area with an open fireplace and bench seat inside.

There is only 1 free electric bbq for use. There are wooden picnic tables spread along the Marley Point foreshore area.

Swimming at Marley Point is excellent for kids and adults alike. The sandy shallow waters of Lake Wellington are calm and safe for everyone. You will find you can walk out into the lake more than 50 meters and the water would not be over your head, that’s how shallow it is.

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For fishing, there is a jetty and the sandy banks to fish off. Being a freshwater lake the best baits will be the worm if your chasing bream. A little easier to catch is the European carp. For this fish, you will only need corn or bread on your hook.

You may have to wade out into Lake Wellington a little to cast if you want to catch some of the bigger fish. Fishing at Marley point is one of the easiest things to do in Gippsland with kids.

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Boating in Lake Wellington via Marley Point is very accessible via a boat ramp and adjoining jetty to tie up on. You often see people launching fishing boats from the point. People head into the middle of the lake, into the Mclennan straights or up into the mouth of the Avon River which drains into Lake Wellington.

How to get to Marley Point: Marley Point is very easy to access once you get to Sale in Gippsland Australia. Follow the A1 Princess Highway through Sale towards to Stratford. 3.4 kilometres out of Sale turn right onto Bengworden Road.

Follow Bengworden road for 11 kilometres before turning right onto Marley Point Road.  Travel 3.6 kilometres and you will arrive on the banks of Lake Wellington at Marley Point. Marley Point is a bit of the Gippsland tourist attractions radar but its certainly worth a visit.

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Timbarra free camping

Timbarra free camping

Location:

Timbarra State Forest

23 kilometres north-west of Buchan, 81km from Lakes Entrance lies a great Gippsland free camping location. Turn towards Buchan off the Bairnsdale Nowa Nowa Road. Turn at the Timbarra sign and take Nunnett Rd and turn onto Timbarra Rd.

The road into the camping ground is sealed for the majority of the way before turning into a gravel road. The gravel section was of good quality when we visited as we were able to easily take a Holden Commoadore into Timbarra caming areas

Facilities: 

Firepits, Picnic tables and bush toilets.

Timbarra Camp Site

Things to do at Timbarra:

  • 4 wheel driving
  • Horse Riding
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Motor Biking
  • Mountain Biking and more.

Wildlife is abundant in the area. There is a few Goannas in the area that you may see in the trees if you look close enough. Kangaroos, wombats and possums can be seen during the late evening and early mornings.

Additional Information:

Campfires are permitted, but there are a few rules that need to be followed. The fire is in a fireplace or trench 30 cm deep. The fire pits provided are regulation and are the only areas that fires are allowed on the site. The fire pit is no more than 1 square metre and 3 metres around the fire is cleared.

The fire cannot be left unattended and must be put out before you leave. Collect only fallen wood for fires or bring your own. The cutting down trees or damaging standing vegetation is not permitted.

There are no bins, so all rubbish is carried in and carry out.

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