When I booked the site, we were the only people onsite, but as the weekend draws near, the numbers onsite are increasing. A workmate tells me there is a Rally happening around Imbil, so we are hoping that no-one camping near us has much to do with it. Last time I check we will be camping with 37 others. We are hoping the campsite isn't
as small as "they" say on various websites. I can only find one photo of it and it shows nothing much.
We are on the road, just before 0800. The day is cool and overcast, but the forcast is for sun by days end with an overnight minimum of 4 and a perfect Sunday. Sounds perfect. We hit the Gateway, then the Bruce Highway, passing icons such as Caboolture, Ettamoogah Pub, Yandina's Ginger Factory, Eumundi and into Gympie. We spot the Mary Valley Rattler on it's way to either Imbil or Amamoor.
About 3 or 4k up the road, we throw another left onto Petersens Road. We have a further 5k's to go and we'll be there. First kilometer is bitumen and the remainder is dirt. Once on the dirt, we note a sign stating 3.6k to the campground. The dirt is slow going as it's got a few holes filled with water, but it's better than some roads I've been on. Keep your eye on the signs and you won't get lost.
We spend the evening by the OzPig trying to keep warm and listening to our neighbours. I'm happy to report no generators can be heard, so the sign at the entrance is working. There is respectful quiet all around, broken only by laughing and the sounds of cooking. It's 8 degrees.
Next morning it's still 8 degrees and I'm out of bed around 0800. With the sounds of other campers, I just couldn't continue to sleep in and get up to make coffee. We've only 1 coffee cup this trip, the others and some other assorted crockery sitting on the coffee table back home, forgotten alas. Never mind, we are easily coping.
Once breakfast is out of the way, and we've thrown the ball for Telashi once more, it's time to don our walking boots and head out to see the views. The dogs are coming, but will stay in their box at the car, as it will be too dangerous for them to be running around even on leads. This area is renouned for it's abseiling, so we reckon the cliffs will be tall and dangerous and according to the signs we come across at the lookouts, we thought right.
Eagles Nest has 3 cars parked up with abseilers gathering together their gear together as we pull up. We head the very short walk to the lookout and find another stunning view, and many anchor points. The abseilers pass us by on their way to the cliffs edge. They look and must be super fit I'd imagine.
Back in the car and back to camp. It's time for lunch and the inevitable pack up. Part of our weekend adventures that neither of us enjoy much. At least next weekend will be a long one!We are packed and on the road by 1330 and heading back home. This weekend has been restful for us both, as well as the pups, who I think love the camping as much as we do. The trip home is uneventful, and we are backing in the driveway by 1600.
Trip Kilometres: 440
Trip Duration: 48 hours