Camping on the red dirt is an amazing experience, and we’re here to help make sure you’re self-sufficient, bush-ready and prepared for an incredible time camping in the desert.
We know that some of you haven’t camped at the Bash before – maybe it’s even your first time camping in the outback! It can be hard to know where to start when you’re packing for a trip like this, so we’ve put this page together as a jumping-off point.
Your Camp Setup
Winter in the desert is usually beautiful. Warm and dry during the day and cold at night, but it can get windy and once in a blue moon it does rain, so come prepared for all weather:
- Somewhere to sleep: Tent / swag / camper trailer / camper van / caravan
- Sleeping gear: Mattress, pillows, sleeping bags / linen
- Shelter from the sun: Awnings, tarps, umbrellas, pop-up gazebos etc.
- Wet weather: Extra tarps or awnings especially for swags and canvas tents
- Lighting: Torch & spare batteries, camp lanterns etc.
- Table & chairs
- Bring a solid shelter with a waterproof floor.
- Bring a tarp – great for shelter from sun, wind or rain, protecting your tent floor or just a little privacy!
- Put a closed-cell foam mat under your inflatable mat for extra warmth and to protect from prickles
- Bring strong pegs for the red dirt, and a set of sand pegs can also be handy if your campsite is a bit soft.
- Avoid mesh-only tents – the dust comes right in.
Your Camp Kitchen
- Cooking gear – Stove and plenty of fuel/gas. Pans / Saucepans / Kettle
- Keep it cool: Fridge / esky with ice (limited supply of ice available for purchase at the Bash)
- Cleaning gear: Wash-up tub / Tea towel / Sponge / Dishwashing liquid
- Grey water capture container: 20L drum or storage on your vehicle
- Plate / Bowl / Mug / Cutlery
- Hand sanitiser
- Rubbish bags
No glass is allowed in the concert, public or camp areas. Glass is allowed in your camp kitchen only.
Please take all grey water, including dish water, to dump points – do not tip on the ground.
Eating and Drinking
You can buy basic groceries in Birdsville and there’s a range of delicious food trucks at the Bash, but we recommend bringing some food with you as well. There is no drinking water available at the Bash so make sure you fill up in Birdsville before heading out to Big Red.
- Plenty of food and snacks
- Drinking water (recommended 3L of drinking water per person per day)
- Extra water for washing up
- Cans/casks of alcohol
- Wraps keep better than bread
- Individually wrap fruit and vegetables in newspaper and store in a cardboard box to keep them fresh
- For quick and easy camp meals, pre-cook and cryovac or vacuum-pack your meals – soups, stews, curries and pasta dishes work great!
- Protection from the elements
- Hat, sunglasses
- Head net/fly net
- Lightweight scarf or ‘buff’ to cover your face if it’s dusty. (You can buy a Big Red Bash buff at the Merchandise Tent for $15)
- Rain jacket / umbrella / windproof & waterproof jacket
During the day it’s generally warm and sunny, so bring lightweight clothing to protect from the sun:
- Long sleeved shirts
- Long pants
- Comfortable shoes/boots for walking on the dirt
It can get very cold at night, so bring plenty of warm clothing:
- Long-sleeved thermals and a fleece
- Warm jackets and pants
- Beanie, scarf, gloves
You might want to think about adding these things to your regular toiletries:
- Toilet paper
- Moisturiser and lip balm (it is very dry in the desert!)
- Hand sanitiser
- Wet wipes (dry shower!)
- Insect Repellent
- Women’s sanitary items
REMEMBER: You must bring ALL medications (there is no pharmacy in Birdsville or at the Bash)
NICE TO HAVE
- Firewood (no firewood collection at the event, limited supply available for purchase on-site.)
- Picnic blanket or chair for concert area
- Cash (credit card services are limited at the Bash)
- Car charger/portable power bank to recharge phone etc.
- Games and boogie boards for dune surfing
- Funky outfit for Bashville Drags race!
Concert Gear Guide
Bring the right gear into the concert area by checking out this video or the table below.
Some Bashers choose to bring along a wheeled trolley to carry their items to and from the concert area, which are permitted as long as they don’t obstruct the view of other patrons.
Emergency & SAFETY GEAR
You’re going to need some extra emergency and repair gear for outback travel. Exactly what you need will depend on your vehicle and which route you’re taking.
The QLD Government Outback Driving resource is a good place to start.