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Old 09-24-2020, 09:09 PM   #1
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Boondocking in Australia

Increasingly, overseas visitors travelling to Australia, rent a 4WD and travel trailer (we call them 'caravans') or a campervan to travel our country.

While most towns and cities have 'caravan parks' it possible to do what we call 'free camping' once away from urban areas.

Many people travel in our so-called 'outback' where distances between even small towns can exceed several hundred miles. Most such roads have 'rest areas' - intended mainly for heavy transport, but can be used also for 'boondocking'.

It is also possible to camp overnight by pulling off the road and finding a camp site alongside a river.

This safe to do as long as you stay about 40 miles or so from any major town.

One vital thing you must know is that is a truly serious offence (and jail time - not just a fine) to carry any form of gun. This not an issue here as pistols have been banned (except for police, military (and in licensed gun ranges) for over 30 years. Farmers may have rifles - but only for shooting feral animals.

Not being able to carry a gun is not a problem. Australians are mostly very peaceful!

If thinking about do not underestimate Australia's size. Driving around its coastline - as many do (there are only a very inland roads) is close to 15,000 miles.

The problem is not so much what people do not know, it's what they think they know that simply is not true.
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