Camping With Kids – Book Giveaway

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Camping With Kids is a brand new book, coming out on 1st December and written by a very experienced camper, dad and camping magazine editor, Simon McGrath.

It is not a guide book about where to camp, it’s all about how to camp

The book is packed full of over 300 ideas for things to do, games, adventures, recipes for campfire treats and other camping family fun.

Learn to tie knots, enjoy night walks, watch meteor showers, build teepees, turn camping into glamping – it’s all here. There are lots of ideas for storytelling and tent games as well as for experiencing the joys of the outdoors.

This is great for beginner campers, and will give many ideas to the more experienced too.


Camping is so great for children, although one disgruntled mum friend of mine does describe it as ‘housework, but harder.’

As a child we camped out a lot in Scotland, so Aussie camping has always felt like glamping to me. So few high winds and thunderous rain storms.

Camping With Kids is both useful and practical, it is inspiring too.  I really enjoyed reading the content, and love the beautiful graphics too.

So let’s go camping

Your backyard or mine?

Here’s a minute long video which shows more of the book.



Other Useful Aussie Camping Books

Another handy book about camping is Australia’s Best Camping: the most scenic campgrounds around Australia by Kerryn Burgess.

Boiling Billy’s Camping Guide to Australia also comes highly recommended. 

I haven’t found a camping guide to New South Wales, but I need one.

The blog posts about Best Places To Go Camping In and Around Sydney lists some great places through.


Camping With Kids Giveaway 

I have a copy of Camping With Kids to give away to one lucky blog reader. Here are the details:

    • You must be an email subscriber to enter. To subscribe click here.
    • This competition runs from Tuesday 14th November to Thursday 30th November 2017.
    • The prizewinner will be emailed and must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen.  The winner’s name will be posted on the Hello Sydney Kids Facebook page.
    • Open only to Australian residents.
    • Entry is made by leaving a comment on this blog. Just answer one of these questions:

Have you been camping as a family and if so where is your favourite campsite?

Do you have a fave family camping activity?

If you haven’t been camping, what is putting you off?

Good luck, 

Seana xx


PS: If you miss out on the giveaway, you can find Camping For Kids at Booktopia here from the end of November.



This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you buy a book a small fee is paid to support Hello Sydney Kids, at no cost to you.

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Posted on: November 14, 2017


  • Reply November 15, 2017


    Yes we can as a family of three, our favourite spots so far are on the central coast 🙂

  • Reply November 15, 2017

    Michelle Elliott

    We love Bonnie Vale, in the Royal National Park. My daughter’s favourite activity there is to go on a bear hunt through the woods to the bridge and then collect sticks and play Pooh Sticks from the bridge

  • Reply November 15, 2017

    Marie Pavlik

    Our favourite place is outback. We do lots of walking. But collecting sticks, leaves, stones is also fun.

  • Reply November 16, 2017


    Our family has a favourite place to camp called Wombeyan Caves. It’s a magical spot. It is perched inside a valley with trees throughout the reserve that are filled with birds. It is fabulous to visit year round but I especially love autumn with all the colourful european trees.There is lots to do besides a visit to the caves, you can bushwalk, fish, watch the kangaroos, the kids can safely ride their bikes and there is a cricket field, tennis courts and playground equipment including an old school slippery slide.You can still have a campfire here and there are good facilities. If you haven’t visited you must add it to your to do list.

  • Reply November 16, 2017

    Mary Preston

    I went camping a LOT as a child. With my family and school camps. It rained every single time. I have not taken my children camping because my memories of camping are not good. Abysmal and miserable come to mind. I need convincing.

    • Reply November 16, 2017

      Seana Smith

      Hahaha, that sounds familiar, but we were in Scotland. I haven’t ever had rain camping in Australia, I think you’ve been unlucky, Mary.

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