My last experience with camping involved hiking with a heavy backpack through Wilson's Prom in the drizzling rain, at "that" time of the month, with people I didn't really know very well. I fell over a lot and sooked a bit. The setting up of camp was ok but sleeping on a cold, hard surface with a girl who shot daggers at me was NOT FUN! I certainly was not a happy camper. I filed that experience under "things I don't like doing and will not do again."
Camping is something we would do again I think. Once we were set up it was actually really fun and easy. We heading into nearby Corryong for supplies and to catch up with friends who live there. We fished, we went to the Cudgewa pub for a parmi, and just enjoyed each other's company without our usual distractions!
We didn't have very much new equipment - our inflatable beds, sleeping bags for the kids and a couple of torches were the only new things we bought. The tents combined age is about 50 years old and they were great at keeping the wind out. It didn't rain so we didn't have to test their water-proofness (frankly they may have failed that test) but we got some comments from fellow campers about our "cool vintage tents".
The creek was a great source of entertainment and it also provided a serene view from our tent. Not too shabby for $28 a night and the daily papers delivered to your tent!
x Miss G