We look at both campsites ... Poplar Flat and Manna Gum ... to see which is the nicest of the two. Poplar Flat is more open on one side with a smaller loo block ... where Manna Gum has lots of gum trees, larger loo block and Bell birds chirruping away madly. Manna Gum also has the start to a few walks and a carpark for the day trippers. Where to camp?
We head back to Poplar and pick a spot. We haven't done the usual "check it right out first" and simply pull into the first fireplace we come to. Which, as we find out later, is a pity ... there is a private spot down closer to the creek that would have been nicer. Maybe next time.
So we set up camp, put up an end wall for privacy and the draught flap to keep out the rather chilly wind that's about. It's still sprinkling, but eases off further as the day progresses. We then check out the toilet block (2 x each sex with wash basin) and head for the Dalrymple creek to see what's to see. Not much really, but the creek is beautiful. The rapids are quite rapid and we can't find any animals inhabiting the shallows. It would be great in Summer, but today it's just cold.
We do one of the close walks and see birds and Wallabies, but not much else ... except for leeches. There are two lookout walks which I'm saving for the morning as they are under 1k each return from a distant carpark along Forestry Reserve Road. The day clears enough so we can see some blue sky. However my shoes and socks are soaked from the squishy conditions and walking through some creeks on the start of yet another walk (which turned out to be 6k's or more), before we backtracked to camp.
Male Satin Bowerbird
Bowerbirds Bower ... Sexy Yes?
You can see they love all things blue.
Trip Kilometeres: 430
Trip Duration: 48 hours
P.S. We trialled a 50mm high density foam beneath our existing mattress (of 110mm) to see if I gained a better sleep, than I had been. Having back surgery sure makes you aware of how you sleep and the comfort level of your mattress. It made closing up the camper a little harder (due to the extra foam), but I found the comfort a little better, not waking up as achy as I had been. Going to give it another shot over a 2 day weekend and if we find it fails, we'll then trial a pillow topper without the extra 50mm foam and see how that performs. There was still enough room to get our table and chairs on the bed before we closed the camper, just made closing it use a little more effort, so we'll have to check it for dust and water sealing apon it's next opening.