We've got Alex with us as well this time, Glenn's kid, so are taking so much extra stuff ... can anyone explain that? Anyway, we get off a bit late, as we aren't as prepared for this trip as we think - packing wise. We throw in the fridge freezer as well as the esky ... better too much than too little. And Alex does eat alot! Extra bedding, bed, tent, tarps, games, the electric guitar, pillow, a new water resistant box for the timber, a gift for me (yay!), and a Badminton Set ... and it all goes in where ever we can fit it. I've never seen the ute tray so full!
The day is lovely. Only slightly overcast with some fantastic high level cloud formations, but sunny. It takes 2 hours from home and we arrive. Glenn has a little difficulty deciding where we should set up due to lots of Gum Trees, sometimes known as Widow Makers, around. These are rather dangerous when they drop branches and have killed many people who sit below them for the great shade they provide. There is one in front of our camp, but we are far enough away that it shouldn't cause us problems.
The boys are using a fallen tree to jump into the creek, and the girls are clinging to the stairs. You can see the water is murky from some previous rain, but it's quite deep in this area. Always be careful of submerged logs and the likes, as they really take the fun out of a holiday when encountered! Let's do the 700m Yabba Creek walk ... the boardwalk is going under ... and collecting debris ...
The next morning was overcast, but fine. We checked out the facilities. On entry, the first toilet block is to your right, and it's the largest. It has 2 showers and toilets for both men and women. It also contains the pay phone, which is working even though the screen is not. The second loo block is down near our camp at the other end of the camp ground. It contains toilets only. It also shows the level of the creek 25.04.1989 which was half way up the outside wall! Reminds us to keep a good eye on the creek level if we encounter any more rain. But currently it's humid and hot! We decide to go for a drive to view our first campsite, the Overflow for vehicles over 4 tonne. It's still there and I think the grass is higher. Only one tennant though. We head back out to the Kilcoy - Murgon Road and find a Fire Tower that the locals are trying to save. It has a historical significance which should be looked after. It's got 241 steps, which the public are not allowed to climb (the mounds of barbed wire would deter anyone I reckon). This is the view from the ground not far from the tower.
Please help to save it by visiting Heritage Listed Jimna Fire Tower,
phoning 07 5497 3174 which is the Action Group headquarters
or sending a letter to the
Jimna Visitor Information Centre,
4 Currawong Street,
Jimna, Qld, 4515
I reckon they need some help to keep it in it's current condition as an icon of the area to help promote tourism. And it was an awesome sight amongst the tall pines of the forestry. I just couldn't believe the height of the trees required to build it in the first place! Amazing. The we are off to visit Jimna itself, see that info centre and make a donation to the cause, but as we enter the town, it starts to rain. Well rain wasn't exactly what happened ... it absolutely poured with some hail to boot. We'd best visit another time and head for our little canvas tent home to make sure it is okay. The rain becomes torrential, the hail becomes a bit larger and the sky thunders all the way home to our campsite.
The storm continues for a few hours, only letting up rain wise after a solid hour, and finally slowing down to a steady drizzle after another hour. There is now a stream running through the campsite along side the road, and we find that a few of those Gum Trees have dropped some branches, which encouraged an older couple in an A-Van to move onto less treed ground. A river has suddenly appeared on the eastern side of the camp ground and is coming from surrounding paddocks. Still nothing to worry about for us, but we'd best check the creek crossing into the camp ground and keep a good eye on it!
In the meantime, another couple has arrived and have gotten their vehicle bogged in the soft ground. Luckily Glenn received a new ARB recovery kit for Christmas and has brough it with him! So we provide a Ford Recovery to christen the new gear. It comes out of the bog without a hitch and Glenn is the hero for a brief time. He's rather proud that his "Unbreakable" D4D Hilux has towed out a 2.5 tonne V8 diesel Ford. Good Onya Darling!!
Next morning it's my birthday! The rechargeable Ipod dock will be great for our future camp trips I reckon. Nothing like some background noise to take your mind off the rain. The creek crossing has gone down enough so we can drive out, so we pack up. As we do, it starts to rain again. Typical! I don't think we'll ever put this camper away with dry canvas! Glenn even decides that we'll have to make up Business Cards claiming that we have an 80% guarantee of rain ... we'll just pull up and open the camper!!!! LOL!
We make it back home, but it's rained the entire way. I find that we've had 72mm at home. Another memorable camping trip in our trusty Aussie Swag!
Trip Kilometres: 300
Trip Duration: 72 hours