The Great Aussie Camp Out (GACO) brings together thousands of Australians for one big night where they share the experience of camping out under the stars … in their back yards, on a river bank, in a camp, a national park, a caravan park - in fact, anywhere they might feel like!

With the long term goal of promoting healthy active lifestyles by encouraging individuals, families, friends and clubs to enjoy the great outdoors, GACO will coordinate a one night 'camp-out' across the country with the aim of introducing people to the fun and adventure of camping out.

People are encouraged to stay at a residential camp or caravan park, pitch a tent, sleep under the stars, grab a Barbie, organise some games and get away from their normal weekend routine.

Come'n'try activities are being offered on the day of the GACO by community groups such as scouts/guides, bushwalking clubs, canoeing clubs. Residential camps will also offer activities such as high ropes, flying fox and archery. National Parks could arrange to have Park Rangers on duty to conduct interpretation activities for the night. In this way participants are able to sample adventure activities and experiences in the outdoors in a controlled and supported environment.