Where to camp when Bugiga Hiker Camp is booked out?

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Where to camp when Bugiga Hiker Camp is booked out?

Postby Orbita_Serenitatem » Fri 29 Mar, 2019 11:06 am

I was 'planning' to head off this afternoon to The Grampians for the weekend.

I was there last July and did a night on the Buggy platforms and thought that this time I should pay for the privilege, however they're all booked out for tonight and Saturday...

From memory, a Grampians map I had showed a vast hatched extent of 'no camping' except in these user pay areas - what's going on? How come Parks have taken away my freedom?

Can any one shed some light on this / provide alternative spots - no amenities required?
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Re: Where to camp when Bugiga Hiker Camp is booked out?

Postby bernieq » Fri 29 Mar, 2019 8:46 pm

You can blame the Peaks Trail development for widespread distributed camping exclusions - and, as the development continues, so will the exclusions. The final result will restrict all camping to designated camps (some with usb charging stations!).

Currently, a little west of Bugiga gets you out of the restricted area - for a map, search for 'Grampians np visitors guide'.

Once a frequent destination for me, the Grampians now is stuffed.

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Re: Where to camp when Bugiga Hiker Camp is booked out?

Postby Orbita_Serenitatem » Thu 02 May, 2019 9:11 pm

Thanks Berni - I ended up doing Beeripmo again after spending a night with Camp DILIGAF at Richards on the Friday... sheesh.

Looks like climbers are in/will be in the same situation - rock art is irreplaceable, so I see the concern - https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/battle-over ... o/11056572

But its *&^%$#! that Leave-No-Trace hikers like us and those here cannot do what they want in our National Parks...

Would an NLT certificate - government certified (heaven forbid..) - give us a chance..? Or do we just individually sneak off into the bush, west of Buiga for our hint of freedom?
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Re: Where to camp when Bugiga Hiker Camp is booked out?

Postby bernieq » Fri 03 May, 2019 9:02 pm

Yeah, well, as I've said here and elsewhere, Grampians isn't an option any more (for me). I just don't want to confront all the infrastructure that's destroying what was fabulous bush.

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