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Queensland, Australia
Two Life Motto's: 1. It's All About The Journey 2. De Camino A La Verada - Do Not Stray From The Path.

Bush Camping ...

Bush Camping ...

I've created this blog mainly to let family and friends know where we have been "Bush Camping" of late as well as a permanent record for us. Sort of an online Scrapbook I guess.

We live in the South East Queensland region of Australia, so I am trying to camp in places that are, at most, 3 hours from Brisbane. Places you can visit on a quick weekend trip, over a long weekend period, or take a week or fortnight to explore. On occassion, we may venture much further afield (here's hoping) and show some other destinations we've managed to locate.

I've tried, where possible, to add links to important things. Such as websites for the places, towns, national parks, state forests, or places of interest. Please click those to take you away from my site, to theirs ... but don't forget to come back! I've added these so that you may get up to date information about these places.

If there is something that I haven't covered or that you can't locate information on ... Contact Me has been set up for you to send me an email. It's for comments or questions you may have about anything to do with the blog itself, my photo's, our camper trailer, or the destinations. Please don't hesitate to provide information on other places we can go, as we are always happy to visit another location.

You can also learn more about me and our camper trailer by visiting the Other Pages links.

Please Enjoy.
Tracey =^..^=

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07.12.13 Mount Barney Wilderness Retreat

This time there is a difference to our journey … we aren’t taking the camper.  
Yes, you heard it right. 

No camper trailer. 

Why?  Well, it’s going to be a hard slog for Glenn’s Ute.  The auto overheats at the sight of hill and with the camper on … we know it’s going to hurt something.  And this time it isn't just any hill.  We’ll be 800 metres above sea level on a track that’s 4WD only and steep sections that just go up and up and up.  Poor Ute. 

23.11.13 Amamoor Station

We are on the road a bit earlier for this trip, leaving at 0723.  We are heading north again this weekend, and take the highway up towards Gympie.  The police are out in force this morning and we see more speed camera’s than we’ve seen for a long while.  Not sure what’s so special about this weekend … perhaps they are broke?  We also spot the army heading south in tanks. 
At the Mary River Link road, we take a left and head west.

26.10.13 Cooroy Colony

On the road at 0756 and heading for the highway north.  The day has dawned clear and bright but the forecast was for occasional showers.  Today we are headed for another naturist venue we haven't been to.  We'll meet people we haven't met.

28.09.13 Elephant Rock ~ Naturally

On the road by 0800, and our destination is Elephant Rock Naturally.  The hour plus trip in was okay.  Some road works made us stop for a few minutes and slowed us down a bit but this one is so close to home so not a worry really.  1.25 hours on a good day.  The weather is cool and overcast due to a storm early morning.  Was very strange to see lightning and hear thunder in the dark and it woke me up. 

22.06.13 Six Mile Country Retreat - Update: 12.10.13 Now Closed

We are on the road about 15 minutes behind schedule.  The day is extremely foggy, due to a day or two of rain, but soon turns into a glorious morning. 

07.06.13 Tranquillity (A Naturist Venue)

On the road a bit late this morning 0815, but the trip will be longer than usual so not overly worried about it.  First issue is getting past several schools on our way to the highway. I can’t believe how driving rules go out the window if you are a parent dropping your kids at school.  The roundabout was choked with vehicles, so that you couldn’t even get on it, due to vehicles no even bothering to give way and allow others to use it.  I’m assuming the lights are red because those that are on the roundabout aren’t moving at all.

28.03.13 Fordsdale Farmstay

So Easter is here again.  It means a long weekend with no packing up for 3 whole days which we both think is divine! I had made plans to head to Yandilla … even went so far as to make a booking, but David said it would be busy and we might not get our favourite spot … especially now there is water in Kilcoy Creek.

So Glenn has chosen Fordsdale for our long weekend, as we know it won’t be crowded.  We have the most ideal spot in mind as well.  I couldn’t get a hold of David by phone to cancel, so sent him an email via his website.  I hope he’s not too upset that we won’t be attending.

16.03.13 Land Cruiser Mountain Park

We started out at our normal time.  Glenn had suggested our destination for this trip.  Definitely worth a look as it’s the largest 4WD park in the Great South East.  Heading north along the Bruce Highway, we take our turnoff at Caboolture and head west to Kilcoy.
Traffic is moving well at all stages, but about 2k’s before we take another right, we come to a complete standstill.  It seems that there are some road works halting our progress.  Expected delays are 15 minutes says the sign.  And it’s right.  We pull up in line and wait.

02.03.13 Pacific Sun (A Naturist Venue)

This fortnight we are off to another textile optional camping ground.  Glenn has been investigating them on the net and found quite a few that accept well behaved dogs.  As an alternative to regular camping areas, we’ve decided to try a few out. 

16.02.13 Waterfall Creek Reserve

The weather promise is occasional showers, but somehow that’s not an issue for us.  The day is a bit cool and overcast to start with, but in less than ½ hour on the road, the sun peaks out and stays with us.

02.02.12 Yandilla Farmstay

It had been raining last week with Ex tropical cyclone Oswald, so we were expecting that there would be good water in the creek.  It also rained Thursday, so we were hoping that we could make it there.  I’d called David on Wednesday to make the booking and he’d requested we call back on Friday.  When I called late Friday night, he was surprised that we still wanted to come out, but was happy to accommodate.

19.01.13 Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails

We booked this trip rather late as I’d been trying to contact another camp ground with no success alas.   To date I've still not heard from them.  

Arriving about 0930 onsite, we found that the site we had booked had been taken by a family friend and being a rather hot weekend, we would now have to set up and be in the hot, hot sun all day long.  I tried to convince Glenn to take another site that was lightly shaded, but was in close proximity to another large camping group, but he wasn’t easily swayed.  So with no choice but to make the best of it we headed down to the sites with no shade. 

05.01.13 Guanaba Scout Camp

I’d been researching all the SEQ scout camps to find a few we could stay at and found one less than an hour away.  On contacting the gentleman running Guanaba at the last possible minute, we found that he had a cancellation that morning and was only too happy to let us hire out his facility.

Having no idea what the site was like other than what can be seen on Google, we agreed to his terms and conditions.  We’d need to pick up the key some 30k’s from our destination and it’s further down the highway than we really need to go, but if it gets us in the gate all well and good.

26.12.12 Fordsdale Farmstay

We are on the road late again for this trip, not actually leaving home till 0900.  We are taking the Kid with us and have to organise our things around him which takes a bit of time.  It means taking less of our things to get in more of his – tent, guitar, extra tarps and ropes, bedding, mattress, clothes, extra food, etc.  Alas we have not made provisions in our usual organising of things for his stuff as well, but we make do.  He is a bit crowded in the back seat.  Our chairs have been mounted on the trailer top and strapped down, so hoping it doesn’t rain on them too much.