Wild camping in Australia is permitted on most free land, plus campfires are a go as well (unless signposted otherwise)
Tasmania’s pristine national parks and lush landscapes make for superb wilderness camping. But, it’s not like New Zealand, you’re going to have to share your space with wildlife in various guises.
Biting, stinging, spitting, jumping, sidewinding, crawling, hopping, it’s all here in abundance!
Except for a sluggish snake sidewinding out of the sea on Bruny Island, a few Jumping Jack ants and the occasional leach, I was fortunate to have a fairly tame time with the local critters! Continue reading
Wilderness, freedom, bush, stealth camping, whatever you wish to call it, it’s about getting back to the real nitty-gritty of survival and life.
Wild camping in New Zealand is generally referred to as freedom camping.
So where can one freedom camp in New Zealand?
Freedom camping is permitted on public conservation land, except in areas where it’s expressly prohibited. This is indicated by sign-age. I found this is mostly dedicated to vehicles. I though, had absolutely no problems. Continue reading
To purists, this is the only form of camping: pitching your tent in the wild, you, nature, the stars and as far away from human habitation as possible.
What is wild camping?
Camping outside commercial, organised camp sites. Pitching your tent in the countryside, in the place of your choosing.
Is it legal?
Yes and no. In England, and Wales, all land is owned by someone, or some organisation. Strictly, you have to ask the owner’s permission to camp on their land.
However, in remote places, if you follow the wild campers’ code of conduct (see below), you should be able to get away with it (but note that the Forestry Commission and National Trust do not permit any wild camping).
In Scotland, things are different: under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, you are allowed to pitch a tent in the countryside, provided that you’re camping in small numbers, in lightweight style, staying only 2-3 days in one place, away from buildings and roads, and not in enclosed fields of crops or livestock.