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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.

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Tracey =^..^=

26.05.12 Glastonbury Creek Camp Ground ... Pups Far North

This week it's Glastonbury Creek Camp Ground. 

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.
Once there, we cruise through town, head further north for about 15k's and throw a left to head over the Mary River.  There is debris caught on the bridge, so I can imagine just how much water flowed this way many weeks ago.  Lots!

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 arrive at site about 1025, park and walk to pick our site.  One group are right near the entrance, another below the loo's have a few dogs running around, 1 more opposite them have motor bikes, so once we've checked things out, we choose our site away from the other dogs and organise the set up of our camp.  We are hard up against a fence, so this makes a great place to leash the dogs whilst we erect our camper.
We can see the creek below us, but it's a steep and slippery 100m to get to it.  It can't be heard from where we are, but it's flowing fast and is crystal clear.  We'll check it out and access is indeed slippery, but we find a beach to stand on further upstream.  Of course, despite the cool day, Telashi is straight in the water, but she has trouble swimming as it isn't very deep.

After settling in and having some lunch, we head for the sights.  First is the information hut at the entrance.  No new information there.  Then we check out the facilities.  One toilet per sex and they are the flushing type (like a porta-loo) and no showers.  There is a day use area, with 2 picnic tables and one bbq.  It would be a great place in Summer as it's completely covered with trees and currently very shaded and a little bit dingy.  There is a walk starting from the day use area and we see if there is any access to the creek.  There is, but it's straight into the water with beach on the opposite side.  I guess the steps have been washed away.

We head back to camp to relax in the sun, which is now out and get things ready for dinner.  OzPig gets set up, as does the shower tent, and then there is nothing to do but relax.  The solar panel is out and picks up 8.5ah before it gets affected by shade.  I've picked up a 1/2 Mexican Chicken to cook for dinner, so we'll have roasted spuds and veg as well.  The only sounds to be heard are the occassional dog bark, a bit of laughing, motorbike and cars heading in and out and birds.  Telashi gets some off leash excercise as we always take a ball and thrower with us camping.

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.
Today we've decided to check out the two lookouts in the State Forest.  One called Point Pure and the other Eagles Nest.  The day is perfect and the solar panel goes out.  It only picks up 4.5ah today as the battery is already full and is on absorb charge. 
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.

 At Point Pure, there are people already climbing.  They are from the camp site as we recognise one of the vehicles parked up.  The cliff they are on is straight up and down.  We'd noticed many anchor points at the top as well as signs warning that if you aren't planning on abseiling then keep away from the edge.  Very good point!  We watch the two for awhile and take in the stunning views, then back to the car to see what the other lookout is like.

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

1 comment:

PATT PATT 0770 said...

Sounds like a nice little spot. We better check it out one day.

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