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Camping on Native Title


A Luxury worth Paying for


​People complain about having to apply and pay for permits to enter native title lands. If you are one of these people keep your feelings on the subject in the front of your mind when I’m pitching my tent on your front lawn and going to the toilet in your garden! I'm 25 and I already dread what camping will look like later in my life. To be honest I am happiest camping in two spots, a property in country NSW that Jessica's parents own and the Ngaanyatjarraku and Pitantjatajara native title areas.​


















It's not that I'm unhappy on Fraser Island or at any other national park, there are just too many rules and too many people. I'm an introvert, I'm happiest by myself. Sad, ain't it. Maybe that's why I live in the bush. When I go camping if I don’t know you I don't want to camp with you. My music maybe to loud, my daughter might be to wild or my dogs might bark too much. As for the rules. Oh my god! Here is where you can have a fire, this is your campsite, check out is at 10:00am, there is a page of rules for anywhere you camp. To rub salt into the wounds they then sting you $20+ a night for a bit or earth. It reminds me of a warped version of a suburban housing estate where canvas is the new timber.


Now you can avoid the fees and join the increasing crowds at the roadside stops. But to be honest who loves camping on the side of a busy highway with a bunch of strangers. With Layla around we can never fully relax.



















Now we get to native title areas.  They do have their rules, keep in mind you are entering territory where people have had a constant connection to the land for tens of thousands of years. What I understand of the landscape is far more then you could comprehend, yet my understanding is tiny compared to the indigenous people of the area. I always ask permission and seek guidance, you should too. Once you hit native title lands the people drop away, you pick your camp and whom you camp with. There is no background noise and the stars are unbelievable. Though you do not truly understand what you are surrounded by, there is something about being in these parts of Australia that stays with you. The experiences, the freedom and the landscape are three reasons that make paying fees to access the lands worth every cent.


​Brett Toll