After a big day hiking, when you’re tired, hungry and looking forward to setting up camp and getting your backpack off, you may think that any old campsite will do.
But then you come across a campsite that’s really special, and you realise that you do actually mind if there’s a good spot to prepare and eat your meals, if there are toilets, and that you still have the ability to be blown away by outstanding scenery. And, as you drain the last of your water out of your water bladder, you also realise that a water supply would also be handy.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘Top 5’ post – so here’s the Top 5 reasons why I loved Bugiga Hikers Camp:
- Views: You would think after a day where we’d been spoilt with amazing views across valley’s (which bring home just how small we are in this big world), stepped behind waterfalls and felt the power of the water on our faces, and marvelled over the deep layers of rock formations, that we’d had enough to be satisfied. But, The Grampians wasn’t done impressing us just yet – and, at every turn, we were reminded of the stunning scenery that the Grampians is famous for.
- Common Area: A long, undercover, concreted corridor, with bench seats, was the perfect spot to prepare and eat our meals, and to all come together as a group (and with the other campers) for a chat and a laugh. Also – if the weather had’ve turned bad, we could’ve used it to re-pack our backpacks, or hang out some more. Also, being a bit higher, it was the perfect spot to gaze out over the rest of the campground and take in the views some more.
- Toilets: OK, so they are drop toilets – BUT – they were also the nicest drop toilets I’ve come across (and I’ve seen more than my fair share!). The toilets themselves visually fit well into the surrounds, and they were super clean. BUT – the best bit – was the nice toilet paper. Not your standard thin and rough paper, it was a bit of luxury while we were ‘roughing it’.
- Tent Platforms: I’ve heard of these at other campsites, but have never slept on them until last weekend. After the confusion over where to put your pegs (you don’t need pegs – the weight of bags keeps your tent secure. Or – there is wire around the bottom if you wanted to secure your tent that way), we quickly and easily set our tents up on separate platforms. Each platform had it’s own stunning view, and felt private even though there was a fair sized group of us, plus other campers. PLUS – no waking up with a rock/stick jutting into your hips, or sleeping on a weird angle.
- Access to Water: Near the toilets there’s a tap where you can wash your hands, your dishes, or get your water to drink. But, as it’s from a rainwater tank it’s not guaranteed that there will be water available (at certain times of the year I definitely wouldn’t rely on it), and you must treat it before drinking it as it’s unsafe straight from the tap. Or – after all the recent rain – we had access to a lovely little stream a few minutes away where we all filled up our bottles and water bladders.
It’s important to note that Bugiga camping ground is only for hikers – even though it’s close to a carpark. But, at the end of a big day’s hiking, I’m sure you’ll love the facilities, the scenery and the communal feel as much as I did.
Bio: Sam is a daydreamer, storyteller, and hiker. She loves getting outside, and you’ll often find her on the bushwalking trails close to her hometown of Geelong. You can follow along with her on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. If you have any questions that she can help with, or would like to chat about possible sponsored opportunities, advertising, or affiliations (that will benefit her audience) please drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.