We made it to Aratula in good time, so decided to stop at the Bakery and grab some morning tea and an after dinner treat. Sausage Rolls weren't up to Big Dad standards, but the Vanilla Slice and Date Loaf were excellent. We also stopped at the pub to grab some prawns for lunch
, which incidently was our turnoff. You go 4k's or so down this road and then turn down (funnily enough) The Gorge Road. Another 500 metres and you are there.
The front area is lovely and grassy, but our campsite was another 500 metres or more down the most squeezy of creek side tracks, and Val (the manageress) suggested we go down to check it out. We worried about turning around our 7.5 metre rig as the track was one car wide. I wished Glenn had parked the car and we'd walked down, but we are driving it. Four campsites were down this track. One near "the rapids" where some young boys were camped, the "broken bbq" site near "the puddle" which was were the track had been inundated and wasn't drying up, another campsite with a guitar playing gent, and ours was the last of all. We named it "Riverside" as we could easily fall in if we got a bit intoxicated! Just beyond the grass is a 2 foot drop into the drink. Thankfully, we'd be able to turn it all around no worries as there was a large loop, part of which was our campsite.
I returned to camp to find Glenn had completed the set-up on his own (good lad) and it was still only 11am. We decided to have a few prawns and then have a bit of a wander around. Our first wandering took us down a small track near our campsite, leading off the main vehicle track.
And found this great place for a swim. If you do camp down this end, be prepared for both vehicular and foot traffic to this place. Oh and ask Val for an inner tube or boogy board to aid in your fun whilst swimming.
And then we were at Yarramalong. So I guess this is also a report about it in a fashion as well. We didn't check out the amenities, but everyone there seemed to be having a vast amount of fun ... we could hear it all until about 8pm when all went blissfully quiet. It sounded like a concert of some sort, with laughing and cheering at intervals between what sounded like huge amounts of 'whip cracking' *wink*wink*. The Doof stopped much earlier than this. Anyway, as we were wandering along the creek, a goup of kids passed us with an adult in the lead. They were playing a game along the lines of hide and seek. Other kids were paddling down the creek in proverbial canoe's with an adult on board. Looked like a great place for kids to go. Didn't see too many adults however. This photo describes what we saw of the campground.
So we wandered back to our campsite, but not before getting a photo of how our across the creek neighbours saw us ... looks good to me!
So, the next day we wandered back to the grassy campground on our side of the creek to check out the facilities and the swimming hole there. I'm happy to report that the cold showers and septic toilets are clean. There is a Donkey for heating shower water. It works by you suppling the timber to heat a 205ltr drum or at least take the chill out of the water, and then pouring more water in one end, forces the warmer water out the other which you capture in a bucket. Each shower has a fixed bucket above it. You pull the chain and the water starts, pull the chain again and it stops. I gather you'll need to fill the bucket first though, but after you've heated the water of course.
The swimming area near the grass camps has a pool step ladder for entry and exit, along with a rope for the more adventurous swing in. Because the creek has much timber and huge rocks submerged, I don't think I'd recommend swinging in.
All in all, this place was no Andrew Drynan, but for a nice creek side experience once every few years or so I felt it was nice enough. So prepare to be quiet self sufficient as there is no drinking water onsite and no power. Out of 10, I'd give this place a 5 for comfort, 3 for the creek which although nice is not running as perhaps it would be if Moogerah Dam wasn't there, but a 10 for photographical opportunnites (or PO's in Kit_e speak) ... I went crazy ... and a 7 for animal life. We spotted Koala's, many birds, a few water creatures, a few other land creatures (spider rated highly) and a wolf. I know, you are thinking a what? LOL! Glenn said to me on day one as we were relaxing under the awning, don't turn around too fast there's a wolf behind you ... and there was!
Meet Husky the Malamute, who I gather, belongs at Yarramalong. I'm wondering if they have a Husky called Malamute?
Beatiful isn't he? No manners at all, but he sits when you request it, but wanders off at the drop of a hat. Swims the creek to get back and forth between the two camps. At least he comes when you call him I guess.
Trip Kilometres: 207
Trip Duration: 48 hours