Category Archives: Camping Tales

Day 14 of #30daysofme

Day 14 – a picture of you and your family.

This one is easy, and relatively recent too.  We all went on a camping trip over one of the long weekends earlier in the year, up to Benarkin State Forest.

This photo has all of our closest family – both sets of parents, my sisters, and my sister-in-law and her husband and family.  And the dogs, of course!

 

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Day 3 of #30daysofme

Day 3 – A picture of you and your friends

Well it’s another camping one (surprise surprise!)  This one is from Easter this year, when we went camping down in Northern NSW with our good friends.  We had such a good long weekend that we will probably make it an annual event.

Can’t wait until next year!

The Maiden Voyage

The Trackabout has finally been out!  And we have actually slept in it (not just joking about sleeping in it in the backyard!)

Last weekend we headed up Woodford way and camped for two nights at a little place called Neurum Creek Bush Retreat.  We tried to go the weekend before but they pretty much turned us away after all of the rain that we’d had.  There were concerns that if we could get onto the property, come Sunday we would not be able to leave.  We would have been really upset about having to call in to work on the Monday to say that we couldn’t make it…

Long story short, lovely spot, great camping and good facilities.  Drop toilets but the good kind (believe me, there is a BIG difference between drop toilets!)  There is a lovely creek to swim and float in, we’ve had the inflatable boat there in the past and had a great time.

But most importantly, how did the camper trailer go?  Well it was fantastic!  We got there quite late on Friday night as the traffic on the Gateway was just awesome (there are some really inconsiderate people out there) so it was well and truly dark when we arrived.  Then there were some issues finding our allocated campsite, it was down a little track that didn’t look like it went anywhere until you got most of the way down it.  Luckily there were some nice people camped next to us who were able to tell us where to go (politely of course!)  My faith in humanity restored!

We tried to take things slowly, pick a good spot, have the camper positioned correctly, and not rush it.  I’m not very good at not rushing things.  We didn’t think to get things out of the trailer before we put the canvas part up.  Luckily you can still get to things but only through the tailgate, quite entertaining to watch!  We also forgot to put down the shadecloth that we bought specifically to put under the canvas but there’s always next time.  It just meant a little bit more work on the packup, wiping the floor.

All little dramas aside, we pretty much had a bed ready to sleep in within 10 minutes of starting to set up.  We still have a few little kinks to sort out, but that’s just from it being new and us being inexperienced (with camper trailers, not camping!)  Putting up the awning turned out to be slightly more challenging, as we had not been able to play with that in the backyard.  Corners and zips above one’s head can be quite the challenge!  But it all worked out eventually, and we set up the kitchen and cooked up some noodles for dinner.

We also used two of the annexe walls that we ordered, the kitchen wall (with window) and the one next to it.  At least if the weather is really foul or windy we shouldn’t have any dramas cooking, and everything is pretty much covered from the weather.  It’ll also be good for privacy on those longer stays as our bed window is right next to the kitchen.  It is fantastic to have everything right there in the kitchen, cutlery, plates, even tea and coffee.  No more digging through bags and boxes looking for things, it’s all right there.  Have I sold you on a camper trailer yet?

Check out our new baby

We picked this up on the weekend and I can’t wait to take it somewhere to get it set up properly and use it!!  With all of this stupid rain that we have had this week it is still set up in the backyard and can’t be packed away as it is still wet.  And the worst news is that the place we had booked to go has called to say they are canceling camping on the weekend as it is too wet.  Spewing!Photo until we can set it up properly

So now we need to work out if we are still going to go away for the weekend and where we should go.  I’m sure that we will still go, couldn’t possibly wait another week to use our new camper trailer.

Our Big Holiday

We had three weeks off in May to do a few different things, go camping at a few different places and we hoped for a road trip.  Thanks to some lovely weather we had to modify our plans somewhat.  First week was ok, we bummed around at home for a couple of days, enjoying sleep ins and no work.  Then we took off to Kilcoy to stay at Sandy Creek Campin’ for a few nights.  Lovely spot, we have big plans to get back there again.

Sandy Creek

Then we came home for birthdays and to see Dylan Moran Live which was awesome! Don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in ages.  Then it started to rain.  We had planned to go to Levuka early to mid-week and set up camp and relax with the cows for a few days before our friends joined us for the weekend.  The rain ruined those plans.  Everytime we have holidays and plans to camp it rains.  In January 2008 we are pretty sure that we were responsible for breaking the drought and causing Somerset Dam to start filling up again.  All because we were camping at Neurum Creek.  Lovely spot, like to see it when it’s a bit drier.  We still haven’t made it back there.

Long story short, after Levuka (which we only managed for 3 nights instead of 5 or 6) we wasted time by driving to Grafton in the hope of getting to Yamba.  Needless to say we wasted two nights in Grafton, still couldn’t get through to Yamba and ended out going back north to stay at Brunswick Heads.  We wished we had gone straight there but we probably couldn’t have camped there then if we had.

Brunwick Heads, Huz fishing.

Then we had to come home and get ready for work again!  We had a great time but the rain made it disappointing in a lot of ways.  Hopefully the next lot of holidays will be a bit drier!!