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.
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Please Enjoy. Tracey =^..^=
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.
We turned left here and drove another 4k's or so ... cross the creek 3 times and your next right will be Spring Gully Stays, where you can utilise all the facilities or find accommodation OR take the 4th creek crossing and another right, brings you to their Bush Camping section, where you will need to be self sufficient with the exception of a portable toilet.
We saw these before we saw Spring Gully Stays.
We took the bush camping section (of course) and checked out the entire site before choosing our site. I have to say it's much smaller than I thought. The information I've gathered from the internet had lead me to believe that the area was much larger than we found it to be. No biggy, but if you put 20 camps in this area it would appear crowded.
Once we were comfortably set up, we checked out the creek, as it was extremely warm and setting up the camper makes you a tad sweaty!
Upstream looking towards crossing # 4.
The creek is blissfully cold and refreshing and we continue to take dips for the rest of our stay here. We have lunch then go across the creek to check out the accommodation and facilities that the other side of the creek is lucky enough to have. Camp kitchen, toilets and showers, canvas permanant tents, the creek of course, and large grassy areas to camp on.
All in all the place was nicely taken care of. The 1 (only) portable loo was very clean (cleaned daily) and the friendly caretaker Paul, came in every day to clean it and remove any rubbish left by campers as no bins are available in the bush section. We were a little peeved at some campers for leaving rubbish behind, we always take our rubbish with us, and then realised that it was being collected, but we took ours with us regardless. Having to wait in the Loo Queue was a bit of a pain in the arse, but we coped. They really could use a 2nd loo, so as to have one for the Sheila's and one for the Blokes.
I will mention that there were heaps of Hairy Catepillars onsite and we practically had to flick them off our anything left on the ground, so be wary of this when camping there. One of these little suckers heading into your clothing will leave you itching like a crazy person for hours.
The place was fantastically peaceful (well most of the time ... there were kids there you know). Mostly, the only sounds you heard were birds, cows (one sounded like it was having a really bad day), the creek and the odd dog, and once the kids had left, those things were the only things you heard. By the way, dogs are allowed onsite.
The place hasn't flooded since 2008. Judging from the debre in trees it was rather deep over the entire campground ... and I'm talking metres here not inches or feet. Paul said that they lost 2 cars and one camper trailer that year. So if it's been raining upstream, best to check before going I'd reckon! You will need to book your site here as well, but they have a website, email and landline or mobile, so are easy to reach.
We set up the OzPig for cooking our dinner. There are fire pits around, but are far and few between. We love taking the Pig and using it. Simply convenient for us. We dislike leaving unsightly new fire scars at any site we visit. It was Thai Chicken, with fried vegies and soy/chilli noodles for dinner, cooked with some fallen Gum Tree. That Gum Tree decided to fall while we were there, due to white ants I reckon, so be careful when traversing up and down the creek sides, as you just never know when they will decide to deliver some free firewood! Dinner was fantastic! We even had enough left over to provide some breakfast.
Whilst watching the flames that night, we worked out that we were on our 13th Destination and our 16th night under canvas. Devine! We also came up with a few other mods that we want to do to our CT, but more on those at a later date! One neat thing we did bring into action this weekend though utilises a so far useless thing on the CT. Here's a picture of something that made things a little easier. I'm going to enter this into the CTA "Why didn't I think of That" competition.
Next morning Hairy Catepillars over our chairs, shower tent, falling from the Loo roof ... bloody everywhere. Looks like they are not restricted to daylight hours for their wanderings. We were flicking them left and right at a great rate.
Took another dip in the creek and went for another walk, then started to pack things up, removing Hairy Catepillars as we went. Still managed to take a few home though ...
Sorry for the lack of photo's this time, but my favourite lens has decided that it doesn't want to chat with my camera body anymore. Looks like it's time to upgrade the technology there. I can hear the cash register "ker ching ing" right now ... *sigh*. The 90-300 doesn't do a good wide angle view unless you are a mile away alas, but it's great for close ups ...