Guide to Campfire Season for 2021

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The moment an Easter camp trip gets suggested it’s quickly followed by this question:

Will we be able to have a campfire?

Well, the answer entirely depends upon your whereabouts in Australia. In some areas, there’s not so much concern over being able to have a campfire but more the need to obtain a permit before you do. Daily conditions and the weather during the summer months prior, greatly influence restrictions, especially in the drier parts of the country.

The dates for Fire Danger Season change year to year depending on fuel loads, short-term weather conditions and the long-term climate in each area. We’ve put together this guide to help you out for the 2021 Campfire Season, plus rounded up a few of our most popular blogs so you can safely enjoy all the cosy-comforts of camping in the cooler months.

A group sitting on camp chairs around a campfire at night. The glow of the fire is illuminating the trees in the background.

Always clear the area around your campfire.

Fire Danger Season Dates

Fire restrictions during the warmer months are in place mostly around the drier states of Australia like SA, VIC and WA. As a general rule, the dates span from November through to April, give or take a few months.

Other states don’t necessarily adopt a blanket rule around restrictions but require permits instead. A permit ensures the relevant Emergency Services have a heads-up on why, when, where and how the burn will take place, and imposes conditions around how it is lit and maintained.

Please follow the links most appropriate to you and your location for more details on current dates and restrictions. Furthermore, this information has been researched in reference to camping and campfires – backyard fires, bonfires, burnoffs etc carry their own restrictions. Please seek advice from your local council or authorities before you burn.

QLD

Queensland Government Rural Fire Service

  • Fire season extends from July through to September – including Far North Queensland.
  • Southern and south-western areas of the state can extend beyond these months depending on conditions.
  • Recreational fires are allowed with a permit.

ACT

ACT Emergency Services Agency

  • Fire season extends from October through to the end of March.
  • Recreational fires are allowed with a permit.

NSW

NSW Rural Fire Service

  • Fire season extends from October through to the end of March.
  • Recreational fires are allowed with a permit.

VIC

Country Fire Authority

  • Fire season extends from November through to the end of April.
  • Timeframes differ depending on the shire or council.
  • Permits may be required.

TAS

Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service

  • Generally seasonal restrictions only occur during the summer months.
  • Campers need to check to current ‘alerts’ information on relevant area to know if campfires are permitted.

SA

South Australian Country Fire Service

  • Fire season extends from November through to the end of April.
  • Timeframes differ depending on the shire or council.
  • Dates may change with seasonal conditions.

WA

Department of Fire & Emergency Services

  • Northern WA – fire season extends from June through to October
  • Southern WA – fire season extends from October through to April

NT

NT Police, Fire & Emergency Services

  • Permits are required year-round in Emergency Response Areas.
  • Policy in other fire districts is governed by local and seasonal conditions.
A man squatting beside a campfire on the beach. He's warming his hand over the flames and there are cliffs in the background.

Fire Safety and Preparation for Camping

Fires can spark at a moment’s notice regardless of the season, so no matter where you are or what you’re doing, be fire-ready and fire-safe. Following some basic guidelines with common sense is vital and could potentially be life-saving.

This article focuses on how we as campers can be responsible with our campfires, and how we can also stay safe when heading into the bush.

 
An evening scene with logs, a campfire and a couple of cast iron camp ovens plus large kettle.

Camp Oven Cooking Temperature Guide & Techniques

The beautiful flavours and textures you get from cooking over a campfire are like no other, and even the simplest meals come alive when infused with that special camp oven flair.

In this guide, we’re going to talk you through the whole camp oven cooking process starting with preparing your oven and heating it to the best temperature. Then we’ll discuss the different cooking techniques, how to care for your oven, plus a whole lot more.

 
A man leaning over a campfire, stoking it with a large dead branch. It's early evening in the Outback with a folding camp chair nearby.

Guide to Seasoning Your Camp Oven

Seasoning your camp oven gets it ready for non-stick cooking so that your food doesn’t taste like metal, or whatever the oven has come packed in. Seasoning also prevents rusting, so that you can use your camp oven for years, decades, or even a lifetime!

Whether your camp oven is new or needs a little TLC, this article offers a step-by-step technique that can be used on any cast iron or steel cookware – camp oven, frypan, jaffle iron, or skillet.

Image: David Laslett

 
Freshly cooked damper on a chopping board next to a bread knife and springs of rosemary.

How to Make Damper in a Camp Oven

There are loads of damper recipes online. Most of them require you to use lots of ingredients and work the dough for a few minutes.

When you work damper too much it pushes all of the air out and makes the dough dense. We have lost count of how many times we have prepared this version of damper and no matter how many times we cook this recipe it always turns out perfect – crunchy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside.

Image: Mick Viller

 
Hands holding a frypan over the flames of a campfire and cooking food. There's a lidded pot in the foreground and a blackened kettle in the background.

Tips for Campfire Cooking at Home

That autumn chill is starting to kick in and it’s time to retire your thongs and shorts in favour of the ugg boots and trackies. Depending on where you live, you don’t have to save campfire cooking only for when you’re sleeping in a tent. Why not bring those tastes, smells and sounds into your backyard and stay cosy while making the most of being at home.

This article talks you through some campfire options from portable pits to specialised cookers. There are also details on cookware and charcoal vs wood, plus a couple of meal ideas just to whet your appetite.

 
A gloved hand tends to a campfire grill that sits over flames. A blackened pot and billy sit behind and there's slices of meat being cooked.

Cook Up a Feast this Campfire Season

Whether is a new camp oven you’re after or a jaffle iron, skillet, bedourie, or grill, this page has them all plus loads more!

We’ve got cast iron and spun steel, plus collapsible firepits and Ozpig cooker/heaters with accessories galore. We live and breathe outdoor adventures – hiking, camping, 4WDing and love sharing our campfire cooking tips. Join in on the conversation with our Snowys Camping Show podcast Facebook group for all the chitchat on Comparing Cast Iron & Spun Steel Camp Ovens. Or, if you need any help to decide what gear suits you and your campfire setup best, give us a call on 1300 914 007 or shoot us a message, service@snowys.com.au

 

Stay warm, keep safe and eat well, folks!

What adventures are you planning for this campfire season?

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