Backpacking Light is an independently owned and operated retail shop located in the Outdoor Gear precinct of Melbourne CBD . We focus our range of products on offering the best and most appropriate lightweight gear for your needs.

Our web site lists most of the gear we stock and is regularly updated with new products.

If you visit us in store, shop online or call or email us we will strive to give you the best possible service, advice and value.

Our staff are a dedicated group of people who love the outdoors and the environment. We have been a plastic bag free shop for 12 years. We Hike,Trek, Climb, Cycle, Sail and Travel Light and we like to carry less weight when we are out in the wilds or traveling the globe.

We like gear (so we sell gear) that weighs less and performs well. We recommend the gear that will suit your trip and budget, whether it’s walking the Camino, hiking in Tasmania, running the Sahara Race, backpacking through Europe or cycling through Asia. The gear we sell may not be the lightest in the world (although some of it is!) but it is always going to be the most lightweight that suits your needs and budget.

We stock outdoor gear from a number of category-specific suppliers such as Aarn Packs, Big Sky tents, Montane Clothing ,Six Moon Designs and Terra Nova tents and Osprey Packs. Category-specific companies specialize in focusing their skills in one field, so their products are a cut above those who try to do a bit of everything. Montane are able to produce clothing for outdoor sports which have sport-specific features, while keeping the weight low and the comfort and breathability high. Aarn Design packs are bio-mechanically efficient so that the weight is balanced and is more easily carried.

Come visit us to hear more – our staff have traveled widely and are active in the outdoors, so we are discerning about the gear we recommend. We are happy to discuss with you the range of options on the market and advise on the gear most suitable for your needs.


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