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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 =^..^=

30.12.11 Waterfall Creek Reserve ... Puppies Long Weekend Out

It seems that Glenn has already made up his mind about where we are going for this New Years weekend. That’s a good thing as it saves me having to run off the list of potenial places. And we are taking the pups with us as well, so Glenn has organised things so they can go in the cab of his ute and I know Jack will appreciate the air conditioning being that he’s 13 now.
We aren’t in a hurry to leave today and make sure we pack everything securely which means we head out about 0900. We head south to Beaudesert, then onto Rathdowney which certainly has its fair share of places to stay close by. Once through Rathdowney

17.12.11 Lake Atkinson Scout Camp

I’d made a booking here a little while ago, planning to stay for a long weekend for my birthday.  During the time between then and now, the Camp Manager had contacted me, saying that a family always spent this particular weekend out there and were wondering if I’d mind sharing the camp with them.  No worries at all, but we’ll be taking the dogs, so would prefer if they didn’t let any kids approach them, as they would be off lead.  We were hoping to camp right on the lake shore, so would they mind if we chose the first spot as we’d be out there rather early.

I made sure I rang before we left, telling the camp manager that we’d be out there in about an hour or so.  We headed off towards Ipswich and along the Darren Lockyer Way towards Minden

26.11.11 Andrew Drynan … The Puppies Big Day Out (again)

We hadn’t actually planned where we would go this weekend, it was a very quick decision and one that we were glad we made. 

The weather lately has been really warm.  Really, Really Warm.  But Saturday dawned overcast and remained so for the rest of the day, and this took a bit of the edge off the heat we’ve been experiencing.  Driving past Browns Plains, we are told by someone unknown to park out rig in Depot 218.  We aren’t sure who it is, or where Depot 218 is, but we laugh about it, saying things like “how did they know we were coming?”

29.10.11 Heifer Creek Rest Area (with the puppies)

Glenn went to buy a roof rack for his ute as he’s found a shop that has an opening special that would save him $60.  Why wouldn’t you give that saving a thumbs up?  This means we don’t end up leaving home till 0930, and the day is overcast.  Hopefully no rain to come.  Bureau says fine, fine, fine … let’s hope so. 

Just as we make it to the highway, we pass about a zillion trucks all flashing their lights and driving very slowly ... must be some fund raising event.  Wish we knew what for.

01.10.11 Spring Gully Stays - Puppies Big Day Out

So this time Glenn wanted to go somewhere close.  I wanted to take the puppies with us.  So Spring Gully Stays it is.  Mostly because we think River Bend Camping will be completely packed and Flanagan’s is “a bit far” for this weekend.

We hit the road in a timely fashion, some puppies loaded in my car, and the camper in tow with his puppy in his car.  I know a bit of overkill, but that’s how you get 3 dogs to said location without much drama.  He connected up his CB and I switched on my handheld and away we go.  Wish it had been this easy back when I was tailing my parents around the countryside, but instead we used the old light flash for the car behind or the simply pull over for the car in front, ensuring we had a plan prior to leaving.  So much easier to chat about things driving along when one has a CB.

17.09.11 Cedar Grove Campground

We left home at 0830 heading north this time.  It was a last minute decision to head for the Amamoor State Forest.    

As we reached the Bruce Highway, we realised that it must be school holidays as most of Brisbane had also reached the highway and were heading north.  I counted 3 camper trailers and many caravans whizzing past us in both directions.  School holidays sure bring out the “moronic idiot” in some drivers I must say.   

03.09.11 Spicers Gap Camp Ground

Leaving home and heading towards Ipswich, we turn off onto the Cunningham Highway.  Passing Willowbank Raceway, we marvel at how beautiful the day is, considering the local forecast is for showers.  It is a little overcast with a bit of wind, but the sun is rather warm, when it does appear.  Heading through the little towns of the Scenic Rim is always a great drive.  Contended cows are everywhere and we are happy it is finally Spring.

Passing through Aratula, we take note of the usual tourists stopping off to grab some cakes and coffee or take advantage of the fruit store in the centre of town.  On the outskirts we see blokes in 4wd’s pulling up outside the pub and think it is a bit early for it.  Perhaps they are planning to grab some seafood at the mobile fisho

20.08.11 Gheerulla Campground – Mapleton Forest Reserve

If you remember, we almost got to check this place out on our way home from Charlie Moreland.  We walked in about 500m that day and we had a bit of a laugh when we discovered we only had about another 400m to go.

The day dawned perfect.  So much for the Bureau of Meteorology and their showers prediction so far.  It was a little cool and somewhat windy … as is always the case around Ekka (Brisbane Exhibition) time.  Those southerlies always appear right in time for the Ekka and  usually hang around for 3 days … we are into day 4

06.08.11 Murphys Creek Escape

Finally got in our 30th night in Rover 6 days late.  Better late than never I say!  One month out of our year camping has to be a good thing.  Watching a show on the box last week stated that people who go camping are more relaxed, richer, and less stressed than those that don't.  Sweet!  :)

We head west along the Warrego Highway to Helidon and then take a couple of rights, a left and another right and we are there. 

23.07.11 Lake Atkinson Scout Camp

I found this site after a workmate mentioned how they had stayed at a caravanpark on Lake Atkinson.  As you may have already noticed, we aren’t so keen on the whole caravan park thing, preferring the peace and serenity of the natural world … without all the crowds.  When I noticed that this site catered tocampers, well, I was sold.  I contacted them directly via email, and was sad to find the email address was out of date.  I then noted that the website hadn’t been updated since 2005. 

09.07.11 Pardise Valley

Another beautiful clear and crisp Winters day for camping.  This weekend we are off to Paradise Valley, a small, privately owned campground along Lions Road and only 18k's from the NSW border.  Since we won State of Origin through the week, it's probably a good idea not to venture too far into the losing state. 

At 0900 we are on the road and heading towards our destination.  Glenn has picked this site for the weekend.  The day is cool, clear and we are both wearing jumper and beanies!

25.06.11 Sheep Station camp Border Ranges NP

Another late start at 0930, but we don’t have far to go, so not a worry for us. 
Not so for the Camel Camper family down the street who were pulling out at 0800.  I wonder where they were going, swags packed upon the camper top, car brimming with gear and people?  It’s school holidays, so perhaps they were off to somewhere for a week or two … maybe doing a few nights here and there.  Lucky them!  Might nick down the street when they get back and find out what they’ve been up to.  A great way to meet the neighbours I guess.  That’s if they come back!

11.06.11 Glen Rock via Centenary (Thornton) Park Laidley and home via Atkinson Dam

Queens birthday long weekend and the weather prediction is rain, rain, and more rain.  Perfect weekend for camping?  Maybe …  We are heading to Centenary Park or Thornton Park as it’s right in Thornton.  It’s in the middle of nowhere, but still manages to have 2 road frontage. 
From Laidley continue south till you reach the Ipswich Rosewood road, and take a  right.  Continue to follow the signs to Mulgowie, specifically the pub which I believe does a great meal, then Thorton.  It’s not hard to find, but comes up on you suddenly none the less.  It’s between the Mt Mistake and Little Liverpool ranges, and Castle Mountain very noticable on the drive down.  My grandfather used to own Mt Mistake and grazed cattle there.  Now it’s a national park.  Dad remembers it being very scrubby and only good for horses to access to gather the wild cattle that it ran.

28.05.11 Charlie Moreland

Glenn decided on Charlie Moreland some weeks ago, but being Easter, we opted for somewhere a little quieter.  Now with Winter days away, we thought it a great idea.  Crowds would be down due to the blast of snow in the air ... no we don't get snow, just freezing cold winds that head our way, like they've come straight off the snow ... Barrington Tops has had snow in the last week or two.

So I reckoned 2 hours and we would be there and I wasn't far out thankfully.  We made our way over the Gateway Bridge and up the highway, passing Caboolture and turning off on the Steve Irwin Way (formerly the Bruce Highway) towards Landsborough.  The day was perfectly crisp and clear

24.04.11 Glen Rock Regional Park

So it's 145k from home and we were aghast at the changes the council are making to the creek ... right from the start of the Tenthill Valley.  Every single crossing has had major works done to it.  I'm not really surprised as they had a few weeks where the Tenthill Creek on www.BOM.gov.au was around 6 metres or so before it started falling.
We also passed some soft floor campers and a roof top camper on the way out, so hoped we'd have our favourite spot.  So we pulled into the campground, to find our favourite spot vacant! 

30.04.11 Butinga - Update: Now Closed

UPDATE: Tried to make another booking here and have been told that this place is closed for good. Unless you are family or a very good friend ... no chance of camping here any longer.

Yes ... we've decided to spend the Labour Day weekend out there in the CT as well!  We have decided to go to Butinga.  I've made arrangements with the owners to spend 1 night babysitting their cows in their cow paddock!  Magic.  It'll just be us and the cows.

So we loaded up the camper and headed out on a brisk morning, as you do.  The day was crystal clear and beautiful.  It didn't take us long to get where we were going either ... which is always nice.

16.04.11 Poplar Flat - Main Range National Park

Booked in here site unseen ... just hoping for the best.  We'd heard alot about Gordon Country and Goomburra Valley, and the photo's on their websites looked nice.  So we were hoping that alot of walks through the National Park would keep us entertained if all else failed.

Firstly it's a nice drive out to Aratula, raining all the way.  Up through Cunningham's Gap towards Warwick.  Signs told us to expect delays of 15mins on the way up.  They are still trying to hold the Gap pass together after the torrential rains of recent months.  They might be winning ... it was hard to tell ... but they were giving it a good effort. 

02.04.11 Stinson Park

I got to drive this time!  Yay!  All the way there and all the way back.  Was nice to be in control of the vehicle and camper for the entire trip.  We reached the campsite at Stinson Park, south of Laravale and along Christmas Creek in an hour and a half.  Bit slower than usual, but I like to see the views and enjoy the journey.

12.03.11 Mt French then Flanagans Reserve

So we thought we'd check out Moogerah Peaks NP as a campsite.  Go south from Boonah and turn right here ...
 and keep following the signs.  It's okay if you have a tent.  Shitty if you have a camper trailer.  The 2 areas are right on either side of the road in and out (it's a ring road and you are at the start of it).  So we decided to pass on this one.  Would be okay if you had a view of some sort (which you don't).  The road in told us many stories ... all of them hoons on bikes.  And the notice board said stuff had been stolen from cars here on a "regular basis".  Fantastic picnic facilites though.

26.02.11 Heifer Creek

This week we headed to Heifer Creek which is a rest area and 48 hour roadside stop, 39k's from Gatton and about 27k's down the Clifton - Gatton Road.  We noted that after all the flooding in the area, it's really hard to tell where it occurred ... if at all ... but the place is wonderfully green.  I'm sure the locals are still living with thoughts of it ... but have picked up the pieces and are putting things back together with surprising resiliance.  I made some calls to Main Roads before leaving to ensure we could make it to the site and that the site was still in good condition.  The Engineer for this road gave it the Thumbs Up but did warn us that the onsite toilet hadn't been tended to in a while (I'm sure they meant the compost pit cleaning and not the physical toilet itself).

19.02.11 Andrew Drynan ... Puppies Big Day Out

We decided it was about time the Puppies in our lives got to have a holiday as well.  Sort of a test run for behaviour, containment and various other criteria that Glenn deemed necessary.  And (thankfully), all Puppies passed the test.  Not necessarily with flying colours, but they weren't too much hassle ... except when the camp was approached by a stranger and they took our a corner pole on the awning.

It's just over an hour from home, 104.5 k's to be exact ... which incidentally is my favourite radio station's number.  The day promised to be hot and steamy ... and it was ... mostly.  As we headed to Beaudesert, the sky was covered in heavy looking, low lying, clouds. 

12.02.11 Spring Gully Stays

From home, we travelled down the M1 (Pacific Highway) till we got to this sign and took the turnoff.
Then we followed the signs to Canungra.  From here we took the road directly opposite The Outpost Cafe, which leads to Lamington National Park.  We followed this for approximately 10k's, passed a large vineyard with a beautiful old Queenslander amongst the vines, and continued another kilometre of so, till we came across Sarabah Road. 

29.01.11 River Bend Country Bush Camping

We decided to go somewhere closer to home this time.  The weather forcast is for showers and Glenn is a bit irritated by that ... being that we have the whole 80% rain guarantee thing to shake off ... and as we set out the day is decidedly gloomy, and the "chance" of rain looks more and more certain.

Roughly 1 hour by road and 80 kilometres from home, River Bend Country Bush Camping is directly opposite James McD Sharp Park (named for the Beaudesert Shire Council chairman from 1936 - 1961 ... quite a stint, so I guess he must have liked the job) on Coomera Creek.  This is the closest camp to home so far.

22.01.11 Waterfall Creek Reserve

Yes, it's been awhile since we've been out.  Four whole weeks! 

Due to the flooding in the Great South East (and pretty much everywhere in Qld) it's been hard to get anywhere we like to go.   My heart felt heavy when I heard about the "Inland Tsunami" that went through Toowoomba, Murphys Creek (Escape especially ... another good camping spot), Grantham, Gatton ... just to mention the more (now) famous towns.  I feel so badly for those caught in that weather event.  They never knew it was coming and it's a complete tragedy for those little towns.  However, we intend to support them, by visiting Glenn Rock as often as we can and buying our goods in town (Gatton).  If you can belive it ... they had 6 metres going over those 16 creek crossings.