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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.

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Tracey =^..^=

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! 
So we positioned and constructed and before you knew it we were settled just in time for lunch.  Wondering how much the flooding had affected the campsite was fairly easy to see.  Debris was all over the lower section (where we were) to a possible knee depth (guestimation) but everything seemed to be in functioning order and the grass was impossibly green.

We explored the creek again to see what had changed.  Guestimating the height way above our heads standing in the creek really made me appreciate high ground.  As we wandered further up the creek, I happened to rescue a wayward floating thong much to the relief of the young thong wearers mother.  The dad and many other hands were building a dam wall for the little kids to swim in relative safety and they were doing a marvelous job of it.  Glad to see they weren't building it on the 4wd crossing though.  And incidentally, quite a few 4wd's were using that crossing and disappearing for hours.  Maybe next time we'll see where they go?
Walking back to Black Fellow Creek which is the last of the creek crossings just before you get to the registration and information hut, it was amazing to see how much the creek had remoulded the area.  When we first came here, that creek was flat with the surrounding area, and now it was a deep crossing.
Returning to camp for a sit down, a few horses came into view.  I chatted with the riders for a bit.  They had just returned from a full day riding to a waterfall way up the valley.  The horses were very sweaty and I'm sure the day for them would have been brilliant.  They headed up to the corral to hose the horses off and relax.  They are sleeping in the horse float, which is rather common around show grounds and the likes.
Lit the OzPig for a herb marinated chicken, roast veg, and veg dinner.  Superb!  It got quite cold once the sun set and we were glad for the warmth of the fire.  Decided to cook up a chocolate cake for desert, but I'm afraid I burned the bottom a little and it tasted a little herby from the chicken, but otherwise ... I'll have to practise I think.

I took some star photos as the boys checked the creek for creatures.

Alas, one of our neighbours were in a caravan (not the issue) and were loudly having fun (not the issue) and had a generator going until late in the night (the issue) and again first thing in the morning (the issue), but thankfully they packed up the next morning and then left while we climbed the hill behind the campground again.  Glad to repor that the Telstra Rural Ready phones mean you don't need to go quite so far up the hill to find a signal ... YAY!

The Rangers came in and did something with the pump down by the creek this morning before we headed up the hill.  They kept returning to the pump and somewhere near the facilities, but finally left.  Not sure what they were doing, but with the flooding I'm sure it was something important.
We met some other neighbours as we made it to the bottom.  They were interested in what the view looked like from up there ... of course I had photos!  Don't think they were going to do it themselves however.  Back at camp again, I thought relaxing and trying to find more 4 leaf clovers would be the go ... found 7 within the space of an hour.  Very lucky.
Spent the rest of the day relaxing around the campsite and grounds.  Heading to the creek in the afternoon.  Noticing quite a few of the campers were slowly disappearing, including the horse people.  It's rather peaceful, except for the kid screaming in pain, the man talking and laughing, someone chopping wood, the wind in the trees and the sound of crows.  At least it's not raining like they predicted.  

Dinner consisted of crumbed snapper, prawns with a two tonne of chips.  As a car passed by the camp after dinner, we spotted the Easter Bunny eating the shorter grass around the edge of the camp!  I knew he'd find us, even being so far from home!!  Headed up to the facilities only to find the ones in the day use area don't have the solar lights helping you see the way like the ones in the camp ground.  A good torch is something to keep in mind as there are snakes around the area and some of them poisonous.  Also keep in mind as the weather cools down at night, that a shower before the sun goes down is a pretty good idea!  Talk about freeze ya tits off otherwise.  Another early night due to the cooler weather.

Next day dawns bright and clear once again.  So much for the weather prediction of showers.  Heading up the road above the campground, we take a walk for a few kilometres further up the valley.  Would be good to have horses or be able to drive.  Which some people are doing on the other side of the creek.  Wonder how far they will get?

We head back to camp to do the slow pack up.  I found a watermelon growing so we've made a cute face for you.
It's started to cloud up and is raining over the hill.  Of course, once packed ... the rain disappears and the sun comes out and remains with us till we get to Marburg.  After that it really starts coming down ... so much so we have to slow right down to see the highway.

And it's been raining on and off ever since.

Trip Kilometres:  290
Trip Duration: 72 hours

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love the watermelon face :)


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