I thought camping was supposed to be cheap!
You know, cheap, as in not expensive. Here are some prices for the tents I’ve previously mentioned. Exped Venus II: $699. Exped Orion II: $799. Exped Venus III: $899. That’s retail, mind you. If we go onto the interwebz, I’ve seen the Venus III for as low as $500 USD, with free shipping to Australia. Still, that’s five hundred bucks! And that’s just for the tent. Sleeping mats, cooking stoves and pots etc, sleeping bags.. it all adds up.
And to compound that, here are some rates for off-peak camping if we go to caravan parks for our Brisbane-Caboolture-Bribie-Redcliffe-Brisbane loop:
Bongaree Caravan Park: $32.50 per night
Bribie Island Caravan Park: $29 per night
Caboolture River Caravan Park: $27 per night
Bells Caravan Park (Redcliffe): $Who knows, can’t find their web site
Scarborough Holiday Village: $32 per night
Yeesh. For those rates, we might as well stay in some fleabag motel.
I did look up national parks and the like. If we want to camp in an approved camping place at Bribie, we can do so for around $12 or so. But don’t expect drinkable water, toilets or showers. It’s making the caravan park look attractive. The fleabag motel too.
Actually, it’s making riding to Bribie and back in one day look much more appealing. 😡