Debbie Sandylands of Brisbane with a rented full-sized fridge, kitchen knives and under her hand is the fully set up sink.
Debbie Sandylands of Brisbane with a rented full-sized fridge, kitchen knives and under her hand is the fully set up sink. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Tent city is home for the holidays

IT'S fine to go camping with all the gear and no idea, but without some creativity, an ordinary camping set-up will never be an extraordinary one.

Damien Morris of the Gold Coast brought everything except the kitchen sink for his week-long family holiday at Shaws Bay Big 4 camp ground this week.

For seven adults and five kids, he had three fridges, seven iceboxes (two for food and five for beer), a barbecue, two portable gas cookers, two dinner tables, more than a dozen chairs, four large tents, a 10-by-10 metre tarpaulin and an iPod.

Mr Morris said he only paid $1000 for everything and had acquired it all bit-by-bit over many years.

"If you're here for two days you can rough it in a tent, but when you're here for a week, you have to get set up," Mr Morris said.

Yet, after arriving on Tuesday night, the Morris clan's holiday was nearly ruined.

"The wind was so strong last night, it was pulling (the tarpaulin) up," Mr Morris said.

"We've got ropes over the top and ropes underneath. The neighbours had to help us set it up last night."

According to Mr Morris, a bit of creativity and common-sense go a long way when you're camping.

He parked two vans on the edge of the tarp to keep it stable.

Debbie Sandylands of Brisbane was camping at a neighbouring site and had a kitchen sink.

"That's just a hose linked up to a tap," she explained. Ms Sandylands boiled a jug when she needed hot water for the sink.

Mr Morris said camping was his favourite way to holiday and would be his first choice in the future.

"I've got my own business, so I don't get much time off," he said.

"It's good to get the family outside together."



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