DIY Bug Spray. This was top of my to-do list in the lead up to our EPIC Easter camping trip. We were heading to the banks of Cooper Creek. If you know your Aussie history this is where explorers Burke & Will’s set up camp during their successful crossing of Australia from South to North. And where they ended up perishing on their return in the most tragic circumstances of bad timing. Camping on the banks of the Cooper was beautiful. It was rugged, remote and so far removed from our busy lives in Melbourne. But aaaahhhrrrgh, the bloody flies!!!

I had been warned there might be a few flies around so I had packed a few bottles of my DIY Bug Spray. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a match for flies in these numbers. But neither was the 40% DEET repellent others were using. I will still give my Bug Spray recipe a tick for being incredibly effective for repelling mosquitoes. But as for the flies – I went the stylish option of a fly net!

Don’t let the flies put you off! They were particularly bad at the time we visited due to recent flooding. This is such a beautiful part of Australia to visit. It is off the beaten track and it is a trip my family will remember always. It was amazing to see our little city kids take to the outback like ducks to water. As my Dad said, all those beach holidays will merge into one in their memories but they will always remember their adventures at Cooper Creek.

If you would like to learn more about the area check out the Visit Bulloo Facebook Page.

Cooper Creek

If anyone has an effective and natural DIY fly repellent I would LOVE to know.

In the meantime, I still recommend this recipe for mosquitoes.

Bug Spray on Cooper Creek


Add to your 100ml bottle:

  • 20 drops citronella oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • Top with witch hazel.