Get back to Camping in the ‘new normal’…

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Where can we stay and when?

With the COVID-19 threat at different levels across each State and Territory, some governments have decided to keep stronger restrictions in place, whilst others are taking their foot off the pedal. So far, the country is on track with its 3 step roadmap to reopening Australia, so soon enough everything will be back to ‘normal’.

Victoria
  • There is no restriction on the distance you can travel, or where you can stay.
  • There is no time limit on how long you can stay, but people are urged to use common sense.
  • Campgrounds and caravan parks are open, but no shared cooking facilities and showers should be used.
  • Outdoor barbecues can be used, but visitors should clean the barbecue and surrounding spaces before and after they use it.
  • Toilets at an accommodation facility can be available for shared use. Operators must ensure these facilities are cleaned at least twice a day.
New South Wales
  • No internal travel restrictions within NSW
  • Borders are open to interstate visitors
  • Mandatory booking for all campgrounds and campsites in national parks. This includes locations that were previously available for use without a booking.
  • The booking rules or maximum capacity may have changed for your destination, so please check the webpage for your chosen campground before planning your visit.
  • Ski resorts will also look to reopen for the season from 22nd June.

Physical distancing is still required for all activities in NSW national parks. Current rules on public gatherings also continue to apply.

For further information and regular updates please click here.

South Australia
  • No internal travel restrictions within SA
  • Border to and from SA remains closed

Campgrounds and campsites have been assessed to ensure social distancing can be effectively maintained. Accommodation and park facilities are now open, including:

  • Campgrounds
  • Group facilities such as barbecues, firepits, showers, indoor camp kitchens
  • Bookable accommodation such as shearers’ quarters and lightkeepers’ cottages

In response to South Australian Government COVID-19 restrictions, access to parks and their facilities in SA is changing regularly. You can keep up-to-date by clicking this link here.

Northern Territory

Arrival before 15th June

  • All people arriving in the NT from interstate before 15 June must enter mandatory, monitored quarantine at a location determined by the NT Government.

After 15th June

  • NT will transition from mandatory monitored quarantine to mandatory self-quarantine.

Specifically for Caravan and Motorhomes, all arrivals, including Territory residents, will be screened. If you are deemed a non-essential visitor, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days at a hotel in the nearest township – not a campsite with shared amenities.

Tasmania

Registration is required for some campgrounds. Please go to the Parks and Wildlife Service website for information on the campground that you intend to visit and stay at.

People who intend to camp should continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations. Campers are also advised to bring their own toilet paper, soap and hand sanitiser.

All visitor centres and campgrounds will reopen to the public on the 15th June.

Western Australia

Travel is now permitted throughout all regions within WA, except for entry into remote Aboriginal communities. For those wanting to enter WA there are still strict rules in place and an exemption is required.

Campers are reminded that the facilities at most of the campgrounds across the State are basic. Campers need to ensure they are self-sufficient and able to maintain good personal hygiene by carrying their own hand washing equipment and materials. People are urged to continue to observe social distancing requirements at campgrounds. The four square metres of space per person rule, with particular attention to shared facilities and areas such as ablutions, sheltered barbecues and other communal areas, must be followed.

Online bookings for campsites can now be made 180 days in advance (previously 28 days). Non-bookable campgrounds will continue to operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

For travel restriction and gathering restriction information – click here.

Queensland
  • Unlimited travel and overnight stays for Queenslanders across all of Queensland (no km limit).
  • Recreational travel, camping and accommodation including caravan parks.
  • Tourism experiences for up to 20 people – more if the business is compliant with the approved Industry COVID Safe Plan.

Travelling to Queensland from another state: Queensland’s border is closed.Anyone crossing the border into Queensland will require a border pass, even Queensland residents. You may be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival, pending where you have travelled from and what type of traveller you are. See the Official Health Direction for more information.

For an updated list of national parks which are open please click here.Camping and vehicle access permit bookings have changed in response to COVID-19. Bookings can currently be made online only via the Queensland National Parks Booking Service for up to one month in advance. For more info please click here.

Planning a “Staycation”…

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With no set date as to when international travel will resume, there is a concern of a second wave of the virus. We will see many change the way they plan and consider vacations to choosing ‘staycations’ and opting to holiday at home within Australia.

With a self-sufficient camper or caravan with a toilet, shower and kitchen, you can camp from mid June within your own State with limited restrictions. And soon we hope to see more States and Territories opening their borders. It seems highly likely we will be able to self sustain in self catered accommodation from this time. We will keep you posted as we hear more from the government so you can make the most informed choice before reserving a vehicle with Camptoo. If you choose to make a booking for the near future, do ensure you speak to your desired campsite about its facilities and any restrictions they have specifically in place, campsite booking requirements and their cancellation policy, and to choose the 3 week cancellation option with Camptoo for further flexibility.

Discovering our own backyard

One echoing sentiment and directive about tourism within Australia is to get back out there and to discover our own backyard.

Not only will travelling within our own country inject much needed support and funds back into the tourism industry, it will see local businesses flourishing once again. This year alone, Australia has seen bushfires, floods, an earthquake and now a pandemic – I am certainly curious as to what will happen next!

With endless white-sand beaches, breathtaking rainforests, stunning hikes through bushland and red-dirt outback trails, the Australian landscape is as diverse as it is inviting.

How will the Camptoo vehicle transfers work?

At this time it is important to do the transfer of the camper or caravan slightly differently than usual. Keep your distance and thoroughly disinfect the vehicle afterwards. Speak to the owner/renter well in advance and share information on the vehicle in advance to avoid entering the vehicle together.

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Problems with travel that occur

Should someone in your group start to show symptoms or flu-like symptoms? Then stay at home and move your booking to a later time within the year. If you can’t move? Then cancel your booking so you don’t give the virus a chance to spread.

Tip: Book a vehicle with flexible cancellation policy.

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Have more questions for us? No problem, you can contact us at support@camptoo.com.au or call us on 03 9988 6111 for more information and assistance.

Happy trails

Camptoo Support Team

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