We’ve been wanting to camp here for ages and finally we had a gap in the calendar so Cherie arranged the booking. Rob and I arrived and setup camp in this large well cared for camp, the others arrived well after dark but in no time had the tent up and Indigo settled down for the night.There was a large group of scouts camping behind us so it was fingers crossed that they wouldn’t be too noisy.
Saturday was a warm one but this only made the swim in the water hole more enjoyable for Cherie & family, I was photographer while Rob relaxed back at camp minding Missy (Cherie’s Labrador). Perfect spot for Indigo to run in and out of the water. After lunch Rob and I went for a walk to explore the river and Tim also went off exploring enjoying having Rob’s bike to ride while following the railway line and taking some short cuts through farmland.
Late in the afternoon it was time to go and see the bird feeding and although Indigo wasn’t feeling the greatest even she enjoyed watching the scaly breasted & rainbow lorikeets, the galahs, pigeons and doves enjoy their dinner. Our evening was rather noisy with the scouts having their ceremony complete with a very loud lady (magpie I think she called herself) egging them on to make as much noise as they could. After they finished we were all quite exhausted so it was an early turn in.
Sunday I decided to explore the other camping area up the 4wd track, again Rob decided to stay at camp but the others joined me. It was a steep climb and my teva sandals decided to fall apart just after starting but we enjoyed our walk and thought this would be a good place to camp next time we came out here. Lovely views and definitely much quieter. Indigo isn’t too keen on walking far so appreciated that Cherie had borrowed a good deuter child pack.
We decide to head off toward Murphy Creek township then up towards the highway to Crows Nest. We stopped in at the Spring Bluff Railway Station for a nice lunch. I’m sure Indigo would love to come here again as they had a great play room and also a hill that was perfect for rolling down. After driving the highway to Hampton (much busier than when we were last up this way but figured that was about 18 years ago) we turn right to Esk then home past the dam full of water. The country out here is just so nice and lush with very healthy cattle and the farms are all looking at their best.
Tim explained to me how these levers worked so that there would be no collisions
Lovely family shot
Rainbow & Scaly Breasted Lorikeets
Scaly Breasted Lorikeet
The preferred method of bush walking for Indigo
Missy getting her swim in too
I love those curls
Loves the water just like her mum
Don’t think that Indigo would have managed this wall without some Papa help
New doll Murphy is enjoying his day
Do we finally have a climber?
Great water hole
I’m sure there were rock wallaby’s around but we didn’t see any
I decided that I would contact the owners at Murphy Creek Escape to see what their thoughts were on our disappointment on be placed near to the noisy scouts. We had a really good response, well 3 responses actually and now have a voucher from them for 4 adults to stay for 2 nights for free. A good outcome.
Camping with the 4wd club again after our USA trip is good fun. This was a camp specifically designed for meeting new members and potential members. We drove out on Friday after work to the camp at Maroon dam on the Scenic Rim such lovely countryside especially with all the rain that has been had here since November.
We were surprised at the number of people already set up but that’s the luxury of being full time retirees. No sooner had we found a flat site,and they were few, the rain came down. This soon passed and only one heavy shower during the night.
Saturday we went off for a quick paddle on the lovely clean dam plenty of healthy water weed and lovely delicate flowers, the water was super clear and we could see meters down. I was tempted to jump in and have a swim but then had second thoughts as realised I’d probably not be able to get back into the kayak.
We cadged a ride with club president John on the scenic drive with 19 in the convoy up to Governors Chair at Spicers Gap. A nice drive through some of the back roads with a combination of gravel and bitumen. Great view from the top over the Scenic Rim area then meandered back to camp.
After some relaxing we had a quick overview for all members on the do’s and don’ts within the club – as a new members weekend so this was the formal part. We also got to see a couple of the other members vehicles and Rob enjoyed seeing what they had done, as always he’s looking for new ideas.
View from the kayak Saturday morning
Lovely blue skies after last nights rain
Loved these delicate flowers
Getting rid of the shirt sleeved tan
Can you see our set up
So lovely after the rain
There we are perched on the hill
More lovely skies
Chilling on Friday night
View from the Governors Chair
Lots of club shirts great value at only $10
Good to see everyone paying attention
Had a good happy hour with some sitting round the fire but that was just way too warm for me on this summers night even sitting a good 20 or so meters away we could feel the heat. Sunday morning we ventured off to the other side of the dam exploring it was a good long paddle so enjoyed relaxing in the afternoon before the drive home via the back road skirting Beaudesert.
I’ve created another blog now that we are back from the US
Also finally a weekend at home to catch up on posting to my blog, since coming back from our trip we’ve had multiple camping trips which I will post about separately and also been down to Crescent Head twice. This weekend, Easter, we were planning on going away camping to Kyogle with the 4WD Club but there had been some heavy rain and more was predicted both in Brisbane and where we were heading so decided to cancel the camping.
Really don’t mind at all as it is giving us a chance to catch up round home as although Rob is currently retired there is still things that I do, yes exciting stuff like preparation for tax returns, not to mention sorting out photos etc and also things to do together where 2 pair of hands are better than one. Such as loading the ute for a trip to the Transfer Station.
So anyway here are some pics from our weekends at Tracey’s, as you can see these grandchildren are growing up super fast
Austin is loving his bike now
So lucky to have a beautiful beach only 10 minutes drive from home
Papa assisting with tree climbing
Soon they will be doing this on their own
I think Austin will be the first to the top
Mum something under your car
Don’t worry I’ll get it
Goodness it just happens to be the golf ball I rolled under there
A joint mission to retrieve a toy
Darcy now becoming quite creative with her castles
Writing her own and Austin’s without any problems
Special moment with Papa
Climbing is so easy but still have to be careful going back down
Nice to see the “little Princess” doing some tomboy activities
Another creative family member
Hard to believe Darcy is now 4
Pretty in Pink
And even more pink
First of many pool parties I’m sure
Darcy using her swimming strokes
Finally we get to eat the cake. All children had been asking when this time would come
Great white chocolate mud cake Tracey
Next weekend was Easter so nice to be able to give presents when we were down
And looks like I’ve worked out how to add a map