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.
Centenary Park has picnic tables, a playground, running hot water (yay) and a shower and laundry. Also powered sites if you wish to pay extra and stop off at Lake Dwyer on the way in to grab the key to access it. It’s advertised as Laidley’s # 1 Pet friendly campsite.
Looking SouthWith roads on 2 sides, it’s rather open as well. Not appropriate for us for a long weekend, but would be a great stop on the way to somewhere. The road further south leads to more farm land I believe. We also were not keen on the No Fires policy, as it's freezing at 14C.
So we decide to check out Lake Dwyer otherwise known as BillGunn Dam. Seems everything around Laidley has a second name. It’s rather nice. The campground is back from the water, which we didn’t like so much, but all the sites are flat and can be powered if you wanted. Just remember to take a long lead with you if you require it. Same pricing as Centenary Park, but no pets allowed here. The lake looks inviting for a summer camp, but as it’s wintery cold right now … I can’t believe people are swimming there.
CampgroundGates close for day use at 6pm. Campers need to pay a security deposit for the gate key to access at all times. No Fires here either alas.
I ring and make a booking for Glen Rock again. 2 nights if the weather holds up, 1 if it doesn’t. I owe them a night anyway from when we got flooded in. It’s not so far up the road and I have plans to check out a few other places before the weekend is over.
As always Glen Rock is nearly deserted. One young couple with a baby are the only tenants and are in our normal site, but that’s just fine as there is heaps of room. They are tenting it and have a tarp over the fire pit. There are many day visitors though coming and going. We set up in the centre of the loop road and start to relax.
I’ve checked with the Info Hut and it tells me that they’ve turned off the water to the toilet block, but doesn’t say why. At least the water taps around the place are still providing water for the campers. As always it’s from the creek so boil it before drinking or use those tablets that make it drinkable. We don’t have to worry as we have 130L on board thanks to our wonderful AS.
We head up the track that crosses the creek and plan to drive it tomorrow if we can, but find that a dozer has pushed a large heap of dirt and rocks over the road. We’d have to move that if we want to do the road.
We had steak and egg sanga’s for dinner. Yummo! Oh and it’s rather cold.OzPig keeps us rather warm as do the sheepskin seat covers I’ve bought. Glad I threw in an extra blanket in case we need it. After we head to bed it starts to rain.
We awaken to celebrate Queen Elizabeths birthday and it’s still raining. And it was great to note that we had zero leaks through any zippers this time.The canvas is drowned. The pig is drowned. I got drowned packing up the shower tent. Must remember it holds water on the roof when it’s raining next time. And the water is cold, so I’m cold. Might as well stay this way as due to the rain, I’m no doubt going to get a bit wetter as we pack up. I dislike packing up wet canvas, but our “chance of rain %” has gone down somewhat, so we shouldn’t really complain too much. Just means we have to back the AS into a different spot and put it back up again when we get back home. *Sigh*
As it continues to rain, we slowly pack up everything. Once it’s all completed and we are ready to go … yep … you guessed it … the rain stops. But not for long. We head back through the Tenthill Valley admiring the vegetables and trying to name them as we go. Cabbage, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Carrots and Spinach just to name a few.
We head back to the highway, but instead of following it back to Brisbane, we head north towards Esk. The plan is to check out 2 caravan parks along the banks of Lake Atkinson which is south west of Wivenhoe Dam (Brisbane’s water supply) and west of Lowood. We pass a few other water bodies as we go … Lake Clarendon and a few other ones that aren’t named on my map. 20k’s north of the highway, we take a right and head east for another 8k’s and we are suddenly on the shore of Lake Atkinson. Of the 2 caravan parks, we drive through the second one which has a day use area and quite a few people enjoying the facilities and the shoreline camping. Both have easy access to the water for boaties and shoreline camping.
Regardless it’s another cheap and cheerful campsite. More on that later.
We head east through Lowood where we see the height of the debree in trees means that where we are driving would have been under water as would the vehicle, we appreciate how well the city has coped with the event through January. Then kit's through Fernvale, back to the highway and home to set up the camper so it may dry out, raining along the way, but dry at home of course.
Trip Kilometres: 368
Trip Duration: 48 hours