Overseas travel is off limits, and so young holidaymakers are investing in elaborate camping rigs and hitting the road to explore their own part of the world.

It’s a trend that has seen campsite bookings at national parks across South Australia increase by nearly 80 per cent in December 2020, compared to the same month the previous year.

And the movement is gathering more followers as people share images of their camping rigs and scenic adventures on social media.

Adelaide couple Tayla Quinn and Wyatt McEntee are among those keen to explore Australia.

They have created an Instagram page, Loop in the Troop, to document their preparations for a lap of Australia.

They have been converting a four-wheel drive troop carrier into a self-contained camping rig, complete with sleeping quarters, kitchen, annex and solar panels.

“Sometimes you need something a bit more accessible to get to the places you want to go,” Mr McEntee said.

He said they planned a pop-top conversion on their vehicle to give them some more space.

The couple is keen to explore many of the beautiful locations around Australia in their 4WD camping rig.(Supplied: Tayla Quinn)

‘Everybody is still itching to get away’

Mr McEntee said there was a lot of interest in their vehicle conversion.

“People are going for something more minimalistic, so they don’t have to tow a caravan,” he said.

It was an investment that would allow them to holiday cheaply at home whenever they wanted.

The couple has been travelling to regional South Australia to test their camping set up and has noticed a huge increase in the numbers of campers.

“We went to Flinders Ranges, and it was absolutely packed. I’ve never seen it that busy,” Mr McEntee said.

And while camping can be a chance to get away from people, it’s also bringing people together.

“We met a lot of young people on the road, which was fantastic,” Mr McEntee said.

With international borders closed, the couple are finding plenty of scenic places to visit closer to home.(Supplied: Tayla Quinn)

Caring for environment while camping

The biggest jump in camping numbers was at the Riverland’s Murray River National Park, which recorded a 200 per cent rise in bookings.

Riverland district ranger Benita Dillon said people were visiting from across the State.

“Murray River National Park was always really popular with locals,” Ms Dillon said.

She said recent upgrades at Katarapko, one of several parks within the Murray River National Park, had been timely.

“It’s great to see people out and about and enjoying nature and really appreciating our national parks,” Ms Dillon said.

“We really encourage people to come and have a look, but at the same time, really respect and help us look after them.”

There are calls to make sure campsite facilities are improved and maintained to meet increased demand.

“Toilets, rubbish bins, making sure these are ample,” Mr McEntee said.