We’ve been thinking lately that in our office, behind that keyboard and screen we’re missing something. Behind us is a whole world of wonder, the best country on the planet and all our mates are in the same situation, looking out there and wondering when we’ll get to disconnect from our desks and reconnect with each other.

New research, commissioned by Wild Turkey, reveals half of Aussie men (48%) have lost touch with their mates. The research shows Aussie men are busier than ever before and struggling to slow the pace, forgoing mateship as a result – 40% are too time-poor to see their mates, while a further 42% blame increased workloads.

We decided to get in touch with Interpid Adventurer, Tyson Mayr, for his top five locations to take the boys camping in Australia.

Pictured: Tyson Mayr

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

You can’t beat hitting the road to truly switch off and the Great Ocean Road is up there as one of the best with its winding roads, Instaworthy views and camping spots along the way. While you can map out different camping spots along the route before you go, half the fun is stumbling across them as you go.

Second Valley, South Australia

Second Valley is an absolute go-to for getting off-grid and taking a moment to appreciate the stunning scenery around you. Hide out in the mountains on the Fleurieu Peninsula and make the most of the fishing, bushwalking and secluded beaches at your fingertips. Trust me – you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Take a short trip from Sydney down the coast to Jervis Bay and set up camp in spots right by the water. Get stuck into paddle-boarding, snorkelling and swimming on the beaches at Green Patch. For a more adventurous trip, hike through Booderee National Park and experience everything Australia’s Indigenous culture has to offer.

Kakadu, Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has some incredible camping spots for you and the boys to get back to basics and into the wild. Some of the best secluded spots my mates and I found were purely through asking the locals. Sleeping under the stars and waking up in the middle of the bush reminds me how great life can be when stripping things back to the bare essentials.


Tassie is awesome for long-weekend camping. Rough it up the Loddon River or check out Clarence Point for an urban camping experience that will leave you and the lads feeling chilled, cultured and connected.