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Backpacking Light is an Independently owned and operated retail shop located in Little Bourke Street 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 an Adventure Race, backpacking through Europe or cycling through Asia. 

We stock outdoor gear from a number of category-specific suppliers such as Aarn Packs, Osprey Packs, Big Agnes, Nemo  Big Sky tents, Patagonia and Montane Clothing ,Six Moon Designs and Terra Nova tents and have the largest range of Sea to Summit Sleeping gear available. These  Category-specific companies specialise in focusing their skills in one field, so their products are a cut above those who try to do a bit of everything. 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.