Quite possibly the first rule of camping in Australia, is not to be lured by the shade of an old gum tree. Eucalyptus trees have a nasty habit of shedding their limbs and especially in hot dry weather. The difficult part is in trying to determine how far away is safe enough as it is hard to judge the height of a tree.
On an extremely hot weekend a few weeks ago we found ourselves a nice spot in the shade of some small young saplings and settled in for Happy Hour drinks with friends. Sure enough we heard the all too familiar summer sound of “Crack, Thump”! A limb from a large tree had dropped on a car narrowly missing people, pets and caravans. Half of the car’s bonnet was crushed and the radiator was seriously damaged.